The Unwanted Horse Coalition’s (UHC) Operation Gelding program started the year with three Operation Gelding clinics completed in March. With the help of the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC), the Santa Rosa County Horse Assistance Council (SRCHAC), and the All American Miniature Horse Club (AAMHC), the UHC was able to assist 32 stallions in just 15 days. The UHC’s Operation Gelding program has aided in the gelding of 406 stallions to date.
The program, which was first launched in late August 2010, is able to continue into 2012 thanks to a generous donation from Pfizer Animal Health. Operation Gelding is designed to offer 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, $1,000 maximum, to aid in the costs associated with the clinic.
Operation Gelding’s busy month started with a clinic hosted by the AAMHC and club secretary, Amy Dalsing. On March 3, the AAMHC held a successful clinic in their home state of Iowa, aiding in the castration of 5 horses. "The clinic went very well," Dalsing said. "This was the AAMHC and our vet’s first time putting together a gelding clinic. Since things went so well, would very much like to continue hosting clinics. The AAMHC, our vet, and the participants were very excited about the success of our first clinic."
Cindy Rullman and the KHC were able to perform 16 castrations on March 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Their well advertised clinic even attracted a slew of spectato