Kentucky Offers Stallion Castration Incentive Program

Indiscriminate breeding is one contributing factor to the number of unwanted horses. The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) is now offering incentives for responsible Kentucky horse owners to reduce the number of horses capable of reproduction through a gelding voucher program.

The program is funded by SoHo (Save Our Horses), a tax deductible fund to support KHC health and welfare offerings.

Eligible applicants can work directly with local veterinarians to schedule services. After service completion, the veterinarians are directly paid a portion of fees (up to $100 per horse, not to exceed $250 per household for multiple horses).

"This program is a win-win for Kentucky horses because their owners will have access to affordable castration services and the horses will be seen by a local veterinarian," said KHC Board President Madelyn Millard. "While onsite to perform the geld service, the veterinarian may also be able to provide the owner information on up-to-date herd health management practices. Ultimately this may lead to an improved relationship between the equine veterinarian and their clientele."

Voucher funding is available by advance application only to Kentucky residents with non-commercial operations. Restrictions and some limitations apply. All arrangements for castration services are the responsibility of the horse owner and should be made after the application is approved.

More information including requirements, limitations, and a program application are available online at or by contacting the Kentucky Horse Council at 859/367-0509 or e-mail

Several other groups offer similar services--read "Castration Clinics Snip Away at Unwanted Horse Population."  

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