Reducing the number of unwanted horses through Operation Gelding
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 23, 2017
BATON ROUGE, LA – The Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP) at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) hosted a free gelding clinic on April 22, resulting in the castration of 22 stallions.
Operation Gelding is a collaborative effort among LSU SVM SCAAEP, local veterinarians, and the Unwanted Horse Coalition. Volunteers organized the event to help owners who might not otherwise be able to afford the procedure. The program not only benefits owners, who may not have the proper facilities or knowledge to care for a stallion, but it ensures the horse cannot be bred, and often results in a horse that is much calmer and easily trained, which means he is more likely to find a new home if the owner can no longer care for him.
“The gelding clinic was a huge success for all involved,” said Dr. Laura Riggs, SCAAEP Chapter Advisor. “Owners were grateful to have the opportunity to have their horses gelded and it was an incredible learning experience for the veterinary students who were there to help.”
Funding for the clinic is provided in part by the Unwanted Horse Coalition, whose mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses. “By funding these clinics, we hope to prevent unwanted foals, says Jennifer Purcell, UHC Director. “Imagine that 10 of the stallions gelded today sired just one unwanted foal; at a cost of $2000 annually, today’s clinic potentially saved local rescues $20,000 for just one year of care.”
The Unwanted Horse Coalition has set a goal to geld over 800 stallions in 2017. For more information or to support the Operation Gelding program, please visit www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org.
The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.
Ginger Guttner, APR