Operation Gelding

One of the UHC’s most successful programs, Operation Gelding, began in August 2010. Operation Gelding provides guidance, materials, promotional, and financial support to groups that wish to host low- or no-cost gelding clinics. The impetus for these clinics is that the castration of a stallion will help prevent overbreeding, in turn reducing the number of unwanted horses. Castration will also produce a calmer horse that is more rideable, trainable, saleable, and adoptable, allowing him to be successful in several careers.

Since its inception in 2010, Operation Gelding has aided in the castration of over 1,539 horses at 120 clinics in 31 states.

During 2016, funds of $50 per horse gelded with a $1,000 maximum are awarded to participating groups. Thanks to a generous grant from the DeWitt Fund of the Community Foundation of Monterey County, the UHC will provide $50 per horse for up to 30 horses per clinic ($1500) from October 2016 – December 2016.  

The following links will help you get started.

Host a Clinic

2016 Information and Forms

Veterinarian Interest Form


Beginning January 1, 2017, Operation Gelding will be expanded to include a voucher program and additional funding up to $100 per horse.
Clinic and Voucher details are available now.

2017 Clinic and Voucher Information

The UHC is very grateful to be awarded a $100,000 grant from the DeWitt Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.  This award, in addition to grants from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation and the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association will help us surpass our original expansion goals.

Looking ahead to 2018, the UHC will actively be raising funds to keep this momentum going. If you want to help reduce the number of unwanted horses and prevent unwanted foals, consider hosting a clinic or making a tax-deductible contribution.  



If you need additional information about conducting a clinic or how to get involved in this program, please contact UHC Director, Jennifer Purcell, at jpurcell@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031.