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 1,982 horses at 172 clinics in 33 states.

As of January 1, 2017, Operation Gelding expanded to include a voucher program and additional funding up to $100 per horse. Clinic and Voucher details are below.

2017 Clinic Information

2017 Voucher Program

If you are a veterinarian interested in hosting or volunteering at a clinic, or accepting voucher applications, please complete the form below.

Veterinarian Interest Form


In September 2016, the UHC was awarded a $100,000 grant from the DeWitt Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. This award helped the UHC surpass our original expansion goals, and all of the funding from the $100,000 grant has been completely used! We cannot thank the DeWitt Fund enough for this incredible opportunity.

Additionally, grants from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation and the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association helped us exceed our goals and make the Operation Gelding program even more successful. 

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 the Unwanted Horse Coalition at afurst@horsecouncil.org or 202.846.1607.