Successful Low-Cost Gelding Program Expanding
photo by Jim Westin
The National Equine Resource Network (NERN) low-cost gelding clinic drive that has already gelded over 150 California horses this year will be expanding to other states this fall.
"Our goal has always been to develop a model that will work anywhere. We believe that with the success of our pilot program in California we’ve done just that,” states Shirley Puga, NERN Executive Director. “Now it’s time to take it on the road."
The low cost gelding clinics have allowed horse owners, struggling in today’s economy, to geld of their horses via leading equine vets for $75 per animal—a nominal fee compared to the average cost for this procedure of $150-300 or more.
“Since March of 2011 a total of 242 horses have been gelded in heavily equine populated communities throughout California,” says Puga. “In a world where there aren’t enough good homes for existing horses, this represents approximately twelve hundred future foals that won’t be sired.”
The out-of-state clinics will assist in further reducing the country’s future (excess) equine population, and will engage nonprofit equine rescues and equine veterinarians as partners. The first such clinic will be held this September in Washington State. In addition, NERN is organizing a two-day clinic in Nevada, and also exploring opportunities in other western states.
For a current schedule of clinics and to inquire about participation visit National Equine.org or email [email protected].