September 2015 Issue - page 10

Page 10
September 2015
The Unwanted Horse
Coalition has published a new
informational brochure,
ing Unwanted Horses: Geld and
The brochure, which was
created as a supplement to the
UHC’s highly successful Opera-
tion Gelding program, highlights
the benefits and importance of
gelding, spaying, and hormone
therapy as these practices pertain
to responsible horse owner-
ship and the issue of unwanted
Preventing Unwanted Hors-
es: Geld and Spay
includes an
introduction about the unwanted
horse issue and reasons horses
become unwanted; a discussion
about responsible breeding and
how owners and breeders are
exercising responsible owner-
ship by considering gelding and
spaying; brief explanations of
gelding and spaying and how
these practices can positive-
ly impact equine population,
breed quality, and behavior; and
information about Operation
Operation Gelding continues
to help castrate stallions across
the country. Now in its fifth
year, the program has assisted in
castrating 1,128 stallions at 93
clinics in 33 states.
In the past year, Operation
Gelding has been responsible for
castrating 320 horses in 26 events
across the country.
All proceeds from the sales
of Dr. Jennifer Williams’ book,
How to Start and Run a Res-
and Ellen Harvey’s book,
Standardbred Old Friends
also help fund the Operation
Gelding program. Books can be
purchased on the UHC website:
Operation Gelding offers
funding assistance to orga-
nizations and associations
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, with
a $1,000 maximum, to aid in
the costs associated with the
clinic. Funds will be awarded to
participating groups once in a
12-month period.
Operation Gelding currently
has funding available for orga-
nizations that would like to host
their own Operation Gelding
The UHC has also released
an update of
The Problem of the
Unwanted Horse
, a brochure
which describes the coalition and
its activities.
Both brochures are available
free through the UHC.
To request brochures or for
more information on how to host
an Operation Gelding clinic,
contact Dagmar Caramello,
UHC Director, at dcaramello@ or (202) 296-
Geld and
Spay Brochure
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