More gelding clinics to run this year

January 7, 2012

Three more gelding clinics have been scheduled this year by the Unwanted Horse Coalition, which has castrated 359 stallions to date.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition's (UHC) Operation Gelding program, which was first launched in late August 2010, is able to continue aiding in the castration of stallions thanks to the support and seed money provided by the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (AAEP).

Operation Gelding offers funding assistance to organizations, associations, and events that wish to conduct a public gelding clinic under the name and guidelines of Operation Gelding. An organization that has completed an Operation Gelding clinic will receive funding of $50 per horse, $1000 maximum, to aid in the costs associated with the clinic.

The Operation Gelding program is in its second year, with seven clinics already completed since September 2011. Clinics have been held in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Texas, and Washington.

The UHC was pleased to be involved with Georgia Equine Rescue League's (GERL) first ever Stallion to Gelding Castration Day on November 12. The GERL had an incredible 96 horses signed up for the event, with 12 equine veterinarians signed up across the state of Georgia.

Patty Livingston, president of the GERL said, "Additionally, senior students from the University of Georgia School Of Veterinary Medicine as well as Veterinary Technician students were invited to take advantage of this learning opportunity.

"A large number of students participated and actually performed or assisted with the surgeries at Countryside Hospital for Animals near Jersey, Georgia. These students were under the supervision of UGA Vet School Instructors and the veterinarians at Countryside."

Ande Miller, with Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue located in Valley Center, Kansas, castrated 13 horses at their second Operation Gelding clinic. Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic also conducted their second Operation Gelding clinic on December 3rd in Newberry, Florida, castrating 13 horses. The Denton County 4-H Veterinary Science Club conducted their first Operation Gelding clinic in Pilot Point, Texas. Youth member, Lacey Garrison, only 14 years old, organized this clinic for her 4-H club along with the help of her veterinarian, Dr Paul Dean. With the help of the rest of the youth 4-H members, they were able to geld 17 horses at their clinic on November 19.

UHC Director Ericka Caslin said the coalistion was excited to be able to continue this important nationwide program, thanks to the generosity of the AAEP.

"The UHC continues to seek public support, via tax-deductible donations, to extend the program year round. Each generous donation of $50 goes entirely toward funding the gelding of a stallion. We hope to gain assistance from the equine industry in order to offer more grant money for Operation Gelding clinics, to help tackle the problem of indiscriminate breeding."

There are six more Operation Gelding clinics on the calendar. Upcoming clinics will be held in Florida, Kansas, Iowa and Texas.