The unwanted horse population has garnered a lot of attention in recent years, and now the people at the Kentucky Horse Park are doing something to change it. Along with the Kentucky Horse Council’s Save Our Horses fund and the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition, the Kentucky Horse Park is putting on its second free gelding clinic on March 10, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.
The gelding surgeries—open to any horse owner with a stallion they can’t afford to geld—will be performed by, or under the supervision of, a licensed veterinarian. They only ask that the stallions be halter broke, in good health with two descended testicles and at least 4 months old. Horses need a current Coggins and health certificate.
“The threats facing Kentucky’s horses can be overcome when horse owners take their responsibilities seriously and provide good stewardship, and when other good people make up their minds to get involved,” said John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “This clinic is a great example of how horse owners can do the right thing for their animals in spite of a challenging economy, with the help of individuals and organizations that are willing to come alongside them with resources and expertise.
Applications may be filled out online, on the Kentucky Horse Park’s website.