Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition, which Animal Humane Society is a part, in cooperation with the Minnesota Association of Equine Practitioners have launched the Gelding Project. This two- part program is designed as a key step to reduce the number of unwanted horses in Minnesota.
The first aspect of the project, Education Earns Stallions to Geldings, will encourage horse owners to choose to make stallions into geldings through education and financial incentives. An interested horse owner who enrolls in the program will be eligible for a voucher to cover the cost of castration surgery by a participating veterinarian, once the owner attends eight horse health management educational sessions. Minnesota’s veterinarians have been quick to support the program, and will play an integral role in both the educational sessions and in the surgical procedure.
The Minnesota Horse Council provided a grant for the project. For more information contact the Minnesota Horse Council at www.mnhorsecouncil.org. The website will list participating veterinarians, educational opportunities and information on where to get vouchers.