The National Equine Rescue Network (NERN) is hoping to castrate 100 or more horses across California through 2011. This is a trial that may result in a national roll-out of the programme.
The main aim is to reduce the number of ‘unwanted’ horses that are putting an unaffordable strain on welfare organisations across America. The programme is intended to help owners who can’t afford to castrate their horses.
Shirley Puga, founder of NERN, said ‘The current economy has created a greater number of displaced horses and this trend will likely continue for at least the next few years. By gelding colts and stallions, we can help reduce the number of new horses coming into the world during these trying economic times. Hopefully, proactive measures such as these will go a long way towards alleviating this problem”.
The gelding clinics will be a joint effort between NERN, local non-profit equine welfare organisations and veterinarians who volunteer their time.
The first clinic will be held in February at Huntington Central Park Equestrian Centre, located in Huntington Beach, California. They then intend to hold a clinic once a month and publish the details 30 days before each clinic.
NERN is a non-profit organisation and is accepting public donation to help with the costs of these clinics. Anyone interested in helping with a donation, or who needs help with their horses, should go to the NERN website.
Comment: This is a great idea and we hope that it is successful. Organisations in other countries should keep an eye on the success, or otherwise, of this programme, and maybe think of implementing a similar strategy.
Governments should also think about this approach when it comes to cats and dogs. If you have ever visited a pound you will understand the unnecessary suffering that occurs when we allow indiscriminate breeding.