Equine Groups Support UHC's Operation Gelding

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) has added $14,400 to its Operation Gelding fund thanks to a collaborative donation made by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the Masters of Foxhounds Association.

“Through Operation Gelding, the UHC provides funds and materials to assist groups that wish to host low-cost or free clinics in which horse owners can have their stallions castrated by a certified veterinarian,” said UHC Chairman Doug Corey, DVM. "Funds of $50 per horse gelded with a $1,000 maximum are awarded to participating groups once in a 12-month period."

The impetus for these clinics is that the castration of a stallion will help prevent over-breeding, in turn reducing the number of unwanted horses being bred. Castrations will also produce a gentler horse that is more rideable, trainable, and saleable, allowing them to be used in several careers.

Since its inception in August 2010, Operation Gelding has facilitated the castration of 959 horses in 80 clinics in 32 states.

“Operation Gelding is made possible by generous donations such as these and the UHC would like to thank these member organizations for their continued support of the UHC and its mission to reduce the number of unwanted horses,” said UHC Director Dagmar Caramello.

Anyone wishing to support the UHC’s various efforts can do so by contacting the UHC.

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