Washington, D.C.—July 27, 2015. The American Association of Equine Practitioners has awarded the Unwanted Horse Coalition a grant of $5,000 to be put towards its Operation Gelding fund.

Through Operation Gelding, the UHC provides funds and materials to assist groups that wish to host low—cost or free clinics in which horse owners can have their stallions castrated by a certified veterinarian. Funds of $50 per horse gelded, with a $1,000 maximum, are awarded to participating groups once in a 12—month period.

The impetus for these clinics is that the castration of a stallion will help prevent overbreeding, in turn reducing the number of unwanted horses being bred. Castrations will also produce a gentler horse that is more ridable, trainable, salable, and adoptable, allowing them to be used in several careers.

Since its inception in August 2010, Operation Gelding has assisted in castrating 1,128 horses in 93 clinics.

“The American Association of Equine Practitioners played a critical role in the formation of the Unwanted Horse Coalition in 2005 and has remained a staunch supporter of the group for the past 10 years. We are sincerely grateful for the AAEP’s ongoing dedication to the UHC and its mission to reduce the number of unwanted horses,” said UHC Director, Dagmar Caramello.

Operation Gelding is made possible by tax—deductible donations or grants such as this one. Anyone wishing to support the UHC’s various efforts can do so by contacting Dagmar Caramello, UHC Director, at dcaramello@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031.