November 3, 2010 – Edition 14 – This Unwanted Horse Coalition news summary is provided as an educational service to those interested in the issue of the unwanted horse. The articles do not reflect the opinions of the Unwanted Horse Coalition or any of its employees. The listing of events does not constitute an endorsement of a particular event. If you see an article or event that may be appropriate for inclusion in Media Roundup, please e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unwanted Horse Coalition’s Operation Gelding Clinics Taking Place across the U.S.
The Unwanted Horse Coalition’s (UHC) Operation Gelding program is off to a successful start. The program, which was launched in August 2010 with the help of seed money from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation and the UHC, is designed to offer funding assistance to organizations, associations, and events that wish to conduct a public gelding clinic under the name and guidelines of Operation Gelding. An organization that has completed an Operation Gelding clinic will receive funding of $50 per horse, $1,000 maximum, to aid in the costs associated with the clinic.
Free Gelding Clinic Offered at Kentucky Horse Park
In an effort to help reduce the number of unwanted and inconvenient horses being bred in Kentucky, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is hosting its first Free Gelding Clinic on Saturday, Dec. 4. This free clinic is being provided by the Kentucky Horse Park in partnership with the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and the Kentucky Horse Council, with funding provided by the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition and the Kentucky Horse Council’s SoHo fund.
Equine Care Facilities: Helping Our Nation’s Unwanted Horses
A good deal of research has been done in the past few years about the importance of equine care facilities within the equine industry. With the number of unwanted horses currently estimated at 100,000 per year, increasing the ability of current facilities to care for horses and starting additional facilities will help to alleviate the burden.
Unwanted Horses: Rescue and Sanctuary Organizations Unable to Keep Up
Each year there are about 100,000 unwanted horses in the United States, too many for the registered equine rescue and sanctuary groups to handle, according to a recent survey by researchers at the University of California, Davis. They found that the 236 registered rescue and sanctuary organizations could only help about 13,400 horses a year.
Arizona Registry Lists Horse Rescues
Rescue operators in Arizona whose organizations meet specific corporate and care standards can now register with the state Department of Agriculture for inclusion in an online listing of sanctioned equine rescues in that state.
Finding Homes for Them All
The buy-back rate at the recently concluded Keene-land September yearling sale became the sale’s most significant statistic because it dropped to 26.7% from 27.5%. The improvement in trade over last year meant at least 30 more horses found new homes than would have otherwise had the buy-back rate stayed the same as in 2009.
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses.
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