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 2,341 horses at 186 clinics in 33 states.

Thank you for your interest in the UHC’s Operation Gelding program. Funding for gelding clinics and vouchers are on a first come – first serve basis.

As of April 23, 2018 the UHC has committed all available funds for the first half of 2018. 
We are hopeful to resume funding additional clinics and vouchers as donations and grants are received.  Please check back periodically for updates.

If you have any questions, please contact UHC at 202-296-4031. 

2018 Clinic Information

2018 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 202.296.4031