Gelding Programs Continue to Gain Support

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) has announced it will continue its Operation Gelding Program after receiving donations from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the United States Trotting Association (USTA), and the Thoroughbred retirement program CANTER Pennsylvania has launched a program to help offset gelding-related costs.

A release from the UHC said it will contribute its own funds to the program, which provides money to assist organizations, associations, and events that wish to sponsor clinics to geld horses for free or at a reduced rate.

"The seed money provided by the AAEP, USTA, and UHC will allow the coalition to continue this program," UHC chairman Doug Corey, DVM, said in the statement. "We appreciate that support and want to build on it. So the UHC is asking for the support of the general horse community.

"Tax-deductible contributions can be made by anyone for the UHC Operation Gelding program through the American Horse Council Foundation," he continued. "A $50 contribution will help to geld one stallion; additional funds will do even more. All contributions will be used entirely for the gelding program."

To date, the UHC has distributed $13,350 in seed money to 29 Operation Gelding clinics in 20 states, and has aided in the castration of 267 stallions since the first clinic was held on Oct. 2, 2010.

The UHC provides all information and forms necessary to conduct a clinic, along with seed money to defray the costs. Funds of $50 per horse gelded with a $1,000 maximum will be awarded to groups each year on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to available resources.

Organizations can apply by filling out the Operation Gelding Funding Form provided by the UHC and following the instructions offered by the program's "How to Conduct a Clinic" guide. Funds will be awarded once the clinic is complete and a veterinary statement is provided.

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Meanwhile, CANTER Pennsylvania said its Gelding Incentive Program will provide an incentive for horse buyers to consider colts or stallions as they search for their next show or pleasure horse. Sue Smith, acting executive director of CANTER Pennsylvania, said the program was funded through a Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association donation.

"The success of CANTER Pennsylvania is based on our ability to help trainers and owners transition their ex-racehorses, including colts and stallions," Smith said. "This donation incentivizes horse buyers to look at colts and stallions they would normally bypass."

The fund will offer $50 vouchers to be used for the gelding of colts and stallions posted on the CANTER Pennsylvania website. The 2011 goal is to provide vouchers for 20 colts.

The objective is to increase potential non-breeding career opportunities for CANTER Pennsylvania-listed colts and stallions, CANTER said in a statement.

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