Equine Welfare Network Guardian
AWARDED ANNUALLY
Effective Date
May 28, 2020


Healing Strides of VA
672 Naff Road
BOONES MILL, VA 24065

Mailing Address:
PO Box 456
BOONES MILL, VA 24065


Phone: 540-334-5825

EIN: 54-1594325
Founded: 1991
Last Updated 2020-08-03

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Healing Strides of VA
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK GUARDIAN PROFILE
Effective Date: May 28, 2020 Last Updated: August 03, 2020

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
To promote wellness for people with personal challenges who can benefit from equine assisted activities and therapies in a safe and supportive environment.

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services which are in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS).
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED FOR or were HOUSED AND CARED FOR during 2020: 1
     1. Healing Strides of VA
Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities: Not Applicable. Our organization does not use foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities
Our organization has made equines available for research studies or medical training.

Please explain where and for what purpose equines are/were provided to use in research or medical training. 
     Healing Strides always humanely euthanizes before doing any kind of research that would cause pain, harm, undo stress, or other negative experiences to the horse OR ensures that any research a horse is involved in causes no pain, harm, undo stress, or other negative experiences if the research is conducted with a living equine.
     
     In all cases — past, present, and future — Virginia Tech and Healing Strides would never allow our horses to participate in any research or medical training that is not directly supervised by a licensed veterinarian where euthanasia is involved. This ensures that the euthanasia is humane and done only when absolutely necessary per the recommendation of the veterinarian team involved in any research or medical training. Upon veterinary recommendation of euthanasia (from our local vet or VT), Healing Strides will generally contact VT’s large animal hospital to inquire about current research or medical training being done.
     
     Healing Strides strongly believes that after humane euthanasia, our horses can help provide valuable information in a post-mortem exam or necropsy as part of research or medical training to help horses live longer, healthier and happier lives.
     
     For example, a Healing Strides horse was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his large intestine and was going to be humanely euthanized due to the severity of the cancer per recommendation of our veterinarian. We contacted VT and found a study that was looking at neurons and their reaction to new medications and it was determined our horse would fit into the study. After evaluation by VT large animal hospital, he was humanely euthanized in a quiet and peaceful way that caused him no undo stress before we donated his body to the research study. This opportunity VT presented allowed our horse’s death to contribute to the medical knowledge we have in the equine world and will benefit horses’ overall well-being for years to come!
     Healing Strides horses have also been involved in research while healthy, alive, and active in our programs. We have worked with Tad Coffin to look at the benefits of using his Thera-Tree® on our program horses whom are usually older and have normal arthritic changes or stiffness in one side or the other. The Thera-Tree® is a therapeutic and performance enhancing device based on the Smart-Ride Rx saddle tree technology from Tad Coffin Performance saddles. In 2013, our horses participated in Senior research study completed by a Healing Strides intern from Roanoke College. This study investigated the benefits of horseback riding on children with Autism, focusing on the impact the frequency of lessons had on behavior and progress (riding 2Xweek for 6 weeks OR riding 1Xweek for 12 weeks).
     
     We also rehabbed a horse after Keratoma surgery in 2018 who was donated to Healing Strides. We worked closely with VT’s veterinary podiatry department, traveling back and forth every 6 weeks for 6 months to complete a case study on his progression. This study can be found in the American Farrier Journal, Keratoma Case Report: Trail Riding Horse (1/25/2019).
     
     To recap, all horses are ALWAYS humanely euthanized before being donated to VT for any post-mortem research to be done and all horses are under the careful supervision of Healing Strides staff to ensure they remain healthy and happy during any research while alive.
     Thank you again for allowing us to clarify.

Summary of organization's goals, strategies to achieve the goals, accomplishments, and capabilities to meet the goals, including its long-term plans to sustain its programs:
Goals
     Goal 1: Capacity Building – Creating Programs and funding opportunities that have the biggest impact and generate funds to self-sustain.
     Goal 2: Quality Assurance – Developing a strong Outcome Evaluation System that collects data and supports research for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.
     Goal 3: Education- Provide quality educational programs for volunteers, staff and community members. Educational programs to enhance leadership skills, equine knowledge and ensure ongoing credentials for individuals in the field of equestrian.
     Goal 4: Capital Improvements – Ensuring safe working environment for horses, staff and participants. Identifying projects that support the environment and enhance the facilities and pastures.
     Goal 5: Growth – Growing programs so we can provide care to individuals who need us the most. Growth goal in 2020 to serve 400 individuals in various programs.
     We are fully staffed with highly qualified individuals to manage all aspects of the business. We have a capacity team focused on fund development and the financial management of the agency. The agency has invested in recruiting talented and credentialed riding instructors. We have a dedicated barn crew to ensure horse care is a priority for us. Our sustainability plan involves quality programming and community partnerships. Majority of our programs are sustained through program fees, clinics and workshops and donations.

Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     HSVA is working with equines in the very early stages of becoming involved in a negative situation, such as happens to horses coming out of: child goes off to college/loses interest, divorce, moving, etc. Our goal is to help place these horses directly into our therapeutic programs or to help place them in a safe forever home that will allow them to be appreciated and or retired. This is not our primary focus but became a part of what we do out of necessity of this industry

Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
Our organization provides the following equine assisted services (EAS):
    Therapeutic Mounted Services
    Therapeutic Unmounted Services
    Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)
    Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development
Not Checked:
    Therapeutic Driving Services
    Therapeutic Vaulting Services
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning


Overview of our programs involved with providing EAS to individuals with special needs:
     Healing Strides of VA (HSVA) serves a population of both children and adults with personal challenges, in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas, as our primary focus and mission. We provide services for an umbrella of disabilities including physical, cognitive, and/or emotional; with approved medical form. Our services and resources have few limitations; we specialize in the needs of people with multiple diagnoses. Our equine activities and therapies are integrated with able bodied students, as the horse provides equal opportunity for all.
     
     Healing Strides of VA (HSVA) provides the following EAAT programs: General Description of the participant would be: Physical, emotional, behavioral or cognitive challenges. All of our programs have the Certified, licensed or credentialed professionals to execute the program being provided, as defined by the Guidelines issued from Equus Foundation.
     
     1. Mental Health, Learning and Coaching.(Equine Interactive Therapy) Our Mental Health model is the Global standard of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy EAGALA. Equine Assisted Learning and Coaching are modeled after ground based programs like Eagala and the PATH International Equine Specialist Mental Health Learning Model (ESMHL). We serve both children, adults and also groups in this program.
     
     2. Therapeutic Horsemanship is provided by certified Instructors or Instructors in training, with PATH International and CHA. Per a research project done by Baylor University, this program is proven to benefit all that participate with reduction of PTSD triggers. Other projects show a growth in confidence, social skills, and a positive change in balance and physical strength.
     
     3.Para Equestrian Dressage:(Therapeutic Horsemanship) HSVA has two Certified Para Bronze Level Coaches and we have the distinguished Creditialing of being one of 9 Centers of Excellence in the United States.
     
      The above programs are provided to individuals with special needs ranging from PTSD, Autism, Sensory Issues, and Developmental Delays to name a few. Veteran's, Parenting, Grief, Leadership and Professional Development etc are a few more of the 65 different disabilities and populations that we serve.
     
     4. Equine Interactive Therapy: (Hippotherapy) utilizes the movement of the Equine to influence the participant in conjunction with medical goals working with Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy goals. Healing Strides has a contract with our local hospital to provide these services.

At a time when equestrian sports are under pressure to protect horses while making those sports more accessible, so too must all equine organizations ensure that horses are treated humanely when interacting with people with and without special needs. Our organization takes the following steps to ensure that horses are benefiting from their interactions with people:
     HSVA acknowledges the respoinsibly that comes from owning and caring for horses. We consider them partners in our service here and do not look at them as a tool to be used. We teach our participants and volunteers about the partnership, overall care, and communication with the horse, so that all are listening to the horse as they give us a special gift each time we work with them. We want our equines to be a willing partner in all of our programs. Since they are completely relaying on us to care for them, we want them to trust us and know they are loved and appreciated. The following measures are in place at HSVA to ensure the horses benefit from their interactions with all peoples.
     
     All of our Instructors are certified through PATH Intl. and Equine Specialists through Eagala, both of these organizations have extensive requirements in knowledge of equine skills, welfare and management. Several other staff members are certified through USEF, USDF, USHJA, and CHA, all of which have their own Equine Welfare and Safety, Code of Ethics, and Best Practices guidelines that we at HSVA follow. Our staff have training in the overall health and wellness of the equine to help ensure they are comfortable physically and mentally doing the work we are asking them to complete.
     
     We are regularly checking tack and equipment fit, soundness, monitoring facial expressions, body language and behaviors so we can be sure they are at their best when serving our participants. We also track the hours and specific work of each horse daily, so no horses is exceeding their hourly limits and are receiving the breaks (no tack or human contact. Food and water available.) when they should.
     
     All Instructors and Equine specialist received special training on equine soundness, injuries, illness, and general normal and abnormal equine behavior so they are able to adequately determine if the horse is appropriate to participant in a session. If it is determined the horse is not sound, or otherwise unfit to be used in a lesson, the horse is removed from lesson/session and appropriate staff is immediately notified so horse can get the care it needs as quickly as possible. Every horse at HSVA has access to multiple Veterinarians, Chiropractor, Acupuncture, and Equine Massage as needed and are regularly used for the overall care and welfare of our equines.
     All horses are regularly exercised, ridden, or worked with on the ground as appropriate so they are mentally and physically fit and ready to serve in our lessons/sessions. We also offer “vacations” to horses we think need a mental or physical break from work here at HSVA, and they are taken off campus with a friend to relax in a field at a trusted staff members farm. This allows them to decompress and be a “horse” for a few weeks, which usually has them coming back in a more relaxed and ready to work mentality.
     
     HSVA recognizes that without happy and healthy horses, we could not do what we do. Therefore, the welfare of our equines is of the utmost importance and will remain so while HSVA serves our many different populations.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:

Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     HSVA has several Community Outreach programs:
     1. We support integrated riding programs that combine participants with and without disabilities so that all are placed on equal ground on the back of a horse. This allows people without a specific diagnosis to learn how to communicate and socialize with others that may not be "like them". We have seen outstanding changes in the people that are a part of these integrated classes.
     
     2. We offer two colleges/universities the opportunity to ride out of our barn as a host facility. The participants also volunteer back into our Therapeutic program giving these students an opportunity to earn Volunteer credits toward their graduation. It also allows them to learn how to interact with those not like them, allowing people to appreciate differences gives us opportunity to grow.
     
     3. We offer a college level course "Intro to the EAAT Industry" as a 4 credit level 200 course. This is a May 3 week intensive, provided every odd year (2021. 2023 for example). We have seen great growth in the students who participate in this course, with significant feedback from the students. Some of these students have decided to come into this industry because of this course.
     
     4. Equine Assisted Learning and Coaching fall under our Mental Health, Learning and Coaching program. These programs specifically have Certified Life Coaches and or Virginia State Licensed Teachers who work with individuals and or groups to teach Life Skills, Leadership Training and Professional Development to hit the highlights.
     
     5. We also offer to host on site or go into the public schools systems (from elementary to Universities), libraries, churches and other organizations, etc to have educational opportunities to learn about the industry of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies along with Equine Welfare, re-homing etc, in order to promote the equine industry as a whole. We may teach grooming, nutrition, basic anatomy all the way to teaching about equine assisted psychotherapy and how the horse becomes an equal partner on the treatment team.


EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICES CENSUS


Healing Strides of VA

Equine Assisted Services (EAS)
         
2020 EAS Operations Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Horses/Equines participating in EAS programs at this facility        
Number of horses/equines aged 3-8 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 9-14 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 15-20 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines Over 20 0 0 0 0
Total number of horses/equines participating in EAS programs at this facility 0 0 0 0
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of hours per day each horse works 0 0  
Number of days per week each horse works 0 0  
         
Clients participating in EAS programs at this facility Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually
Average number of clients (not lessons) participating in activities per week
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of days per week programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
Number of weeks per year programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Average wait list time for a client 0  
         




EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICE PROVIDERS


Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
Our organization provides the following Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
    Therapeutic Mounted Services
    Therapeutic Unmounted Services
    Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)
    Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development
Not Checked:
    Therapeutic Driving Services
    Therapeutic Vaulting Services
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

20: Total number of Equine Assisted Service Providers at Healing Strides of VA
     1. Amy Carroll

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         College of Charleston, Bachelors in Psychology. Regent University, Masters in Community Counseling. Liberty University, PhD Developmental Psychology (May 2023). Eagala ES and MH (in-training for Advanced and Military Designation).


     2. Anne Lloyd

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         National Certified in the Management of Horses (UK). National Vocational Qualification (NVQ ) Level 2 – Horse Management. National Vocational Qualification Level 2 – Equitation (UK). Association of British Riding Schools Initial Teaching Certification and Intermediate (UK). PATH CTRI. USEF Para-Dressage Cert. Coach, Bronze Level. CPR/First Aid, AED Certified. Safe-Sport Certified.


     3. Betsy Osborne

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         University of Virginia, Bachelors degree in History & Government. PATH Intl. CTRI and Mentor. Eagala Equine Specialist (ES), PATH Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL). CPR/First Aid, AED Certified.


     4. Carol Young

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Certified Development Executive (CDE). Certified Non-Profit Executive (CNE). Certified Non-Profit Consultant (CNC). Professional International Speaker. PATH CTRI and Mentor, PATH Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL). Eagala Advanced ES, Military designation. Certified Life Coach. CPR/First Aid, AED Certified.


     5. Challen Maybry

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Masters in Counseling. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Professor at Radford University


     6. Dee'Anna Wright

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Virginia Tech, Bachelors in Communications. PATH Registered and Advanced Instructor. Eagala ES (in-training Advanced ES). CPR/First Aid, AED Certified.


     7. Emily Guill

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Speech/Language Pathologist - Lic. 2202005764. We do not have the educational credentials of therapists employed with Carilion Clinic Pediatric Therapy.


     8. Gloria Wood

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Ferrum College, Bachelors in Human Health in Performance (HHP), Emphasis Sports and Exercise Studies and Pre-professional Health Science Emphasis on Pre-therapy with a minor in Coaching (Graduation May 2020). PATH CTRI. USEF Para-Dressage Certified Coach, Bronze Level. Stewards of Children Cert. through Southern VA Childs Advocacy Center. Human Kinetics Coaching Education Cert. Safe-Sport Certified. CPR/First Aid, AED Certified.


     9. Jane Evans

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         PATH Registered. CPR/First Aid Certified.


     10. Jason Hogancamp

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Veteran Coordinator, PATH Registered and Advanced Instructor. Eagala ES (in-training Advanced ES). CPR/First Aid, AED Certified, retired military.


     11. Kaitlyn Cole

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Liberty University, Bachelors in Exercise Science. PATH CTRI mentee. Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA): English Rider level 3, Western Rider level 4. CPR/First Aid, AED Certified.


     12. Kate Yates

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Occupational Therapist - Lic. 0119005897. We do not have the educational credentials of therapists employed with Carilion Clinic Pediatric Therapy.


     13. Lauren Maxwell

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         DPT-Physical Therapist - Lic. 2305205520. We do not have the educational credentials of therapists employed with Carilion Clinic Pediatric Therapy.


     14. Lindsey Parvana

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         State University of New York – Cobleskill, Bachelors in Agriculture Business. PATH Registered Instructor. CPR/First Aid, AED Certified.


     15. Lisa Belders

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         DPT-Physical Therapist - Lic. 2305204677. We do not have the educational credentials of therapists employed with Carilion Clinic Pediatric Therapy.


     16. Margaret Cornwell

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Ferrum College, Bachelors in Science . PATH CTRI. CPR/First Aid Certified. USHJA Certified Trainer. Safe-Sport Certified.


     17. Megan Jennings

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Occupational Therapist - Lic. 0119005893. We do not have the educational credentials of therapists employed with Carilion Clinic Pediatric Therapy.


     18. Morgan Jamison

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Driving Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Hollins University, Bachelors in Environmental Science, Minor in Biology. PATH CTRI and Advanced Cert. Instructor and Mentor. Eagala ES. Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA): English Rider level 3, Western Rider level 4. CPR/First Aid, AED Certified.


     19. Norma Hoeppner

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Indiana University, Associate in Interior Design. PATH Registered Instructor. CPR/First Aid, AED Certified.


     20. Robin Mays

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Healing Strides of VA

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Radford University, Bachelors of Science in Health and Physical Education. Capella University, Masters of Science in Psychology-Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Qualified Mental Health Professional- Children. Certified in Reading Remediation. Eagala Mental Health (MH). PATH Mentee, PATH Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL). Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) English Rider level 2 and Western Rider level 2. CPR/First Aid, AED Certified.



GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Carol Young
Employees:   Full-Time:  4  Part-Time:  18  Volunteers:  125
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective staff complete a written application
    Prospective staff must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every member of the staff is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every member of the staff is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every member of the staff is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every member of the staff provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every member of the staff has a written job description
    Every member of the staff is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every member of the staff is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on a annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every member of the staff receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every member of the staff has a supervisor and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The Employee Handbook includes employee-related information, such as hours of work, vacation, sick leave, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Employee Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    One or more staff members are trained in CPR and human first aid
    One or more staff members are trained in equine first aid
Not Checked:
    Every member of the staff is required to undergo a Background Check
    Every member of the staff carries current health insurance
    The organization provides an Employee Handbook to every member of the staff
    Every member of the staff is subject to Random Drug Screening

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective volunteers complete a written application
    Prospective volunteers must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every volunteer is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on a annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every volunteer is assigned a supervisor (staff member and/or senior volunteer) and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The supervisor assesses the volunteer's abilities and assigns specific duties to the volunteer based on their skills
    The organization records and maintains written attendance information and hours on every volunteer
    The organization provides a Volunteer Handbook to every volunteer
    The Volunteer Handbook includes volunteer-related information, such as hours of work, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Volunteer Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    The organization holds regular orientation sessions for volunteers and prospective volunteers that includes an overview of the organization, its mission, activities, volunteer responsibilities and expectations, safety guidelines, and a tour of the facility
Not Checked:
    Every volunteer is required to undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  12
Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

Board Compensation:
Is Board Chair compensated?  Yes  Is Treasurer compensated?  No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  Yes
If yes, provide the name, title and responsibility of each VOTING Board member who is compensated:
Board President is married to the Head Equine Specialist
     The CEO is the mother of the Director of Operations

Board/Staff Relationships:
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member.
Board President is married to the Head Equine Specialist.
     The CEO is the mother of the Director of Operations

Board Affiliations:
Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


Organization documents available on our website:
    None

Organization documents available on request:
    Most recent Financials
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Most recent Annual Report
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement
    Volunteer Handbook
    Employee Handbook
    Bylaws

Additional explanation regarding governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of the answers above.
We try to do as much "paperless" information as possible. We have one central handbook for staff with policies and procedures. This is the same for Volunteers, if someone requests related information in writing we have it available. But we do not do hand outs per se. Training is continuous and updated.

Financial Reporting:
Budget:  *Missing
Equine Budget:   *Missing
Month Fiscal Year Ends: *Missing
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): *Missing
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): *Missing
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2020? *Missing
IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990 has not been uploaded for this facility.


EQUINE COSTS

Total Facilities: 1
Healing Strides of VA: 2019 - Yes

Actual Horse Care Costs
$33000     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$1000     Bedding
$12000     Veterinarian
$6000     Farrier
$1000     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$10000     Medications & Supplements
$1500     Horse Transportation
$10000     Maintenance
$6000     Horse/Barn Supplies
$40000     Horse Care Staff
$8000     Horse Training
$1500     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$130000     2019 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$0     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$250     Bedding
$0     Veterinarian
$2560     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$400     Other Therapies
$1000     Manure Removal
$2000     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$22000     Maintenance
$5000     Horse/Barn Supplies
$22000     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$2000     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$57210     2019 Total Donated Costs

Average direct cost per day per horse: $10
Average total cost per day per horse: $16
Average length of stay for an equine: 251 days (8021/32)


POLICIES

Acquisition
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Free Lease  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Purchase from auction  
    Purchase kill pen or feedlot  
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares
    Pregnant Mares
    Only Stallions to be castrated

Not Checked:
    Foals
    Stallions

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
HSVA is amenable to any breed or breed type based on the ability of that animal to work in our programs. We have trainers on staff that can work with a potential horse for evaluation. If the horse does not meet our program standard we find a permanent, forever home, for the animal.

Intake, Assessment & Training
Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse:
    A current Coggins
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization has the following policies in place:
    The owner of a potential horse is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the horse
    The horse is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the horse to and from the organization
    Horses are on trial for 60 or more days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
Not Checked:
    Horses are not taken on trial
    Horses are on trial for up to 30 days
    Horses are on trial up to 60 days
    During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care

Upon intake, the organization has the following quarantine policy in place:
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time
Not Checked:
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time
    The horse is not quarantined

The typical length of quarantine is:   20 to 30 days

Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score is assigned
    Coggins test
    De-worming
Not Checked:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    The horse is scanned to check for a microchip
    The horse is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip

Following arrival at the facility, the horse is assessed for following skills and behaviors:
    Retrieval from a pasture/paddock
    Leading with a halter and lead rope
    Temperament, disposition and attitude, such as rated from very calm to very high spirited
    Saddling
    Bridling
    Lunging
    Loading onto and unloading off a trailer
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Jumping
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Bathing
    Clipping
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Not Checked:
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   2-3 times per week

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
HSVA will have a vet complete the Coggins and administer any vaccines or any other treatments deemed necessary. If there are no concerns the Head Trainer and Director of Operations will assess and determine training program and care needed.


Breeding
The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed horses.
Not Checked:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions
    Our organization prohibits the breeding of horses/equines when re-homed or this statement is not applicable as all horses/equines remain at our organization for their lifetimes and are not re-homed under any circumstances.

Euthanasia
The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
    Our organization may have a healthy horse euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other horses, or people
    Our organization may have a horse euthanized after all reasonable treatment options have been explored
    Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Not Checked:
    Our organization will never have a healthy horse euthanized under any circumstances

Horses will be euthanized upon the recommendation of:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    Senior staff member without a veterinarian's recommendation
    The Board of Directors, or a member of the Board of Directors, without a veterinarian's recommendation
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The following are authorized to administer the procedure for your organization in accordance with state laws:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    A certified euthanasia technician
    Senior staff with appropriate training
    Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
    Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The organization utilizes the following methods of euthanasia:
    Intravenous administration of an overdose of barbiturates

Additional information about our euthanasia policies and practices:
This is only done as a last choice option and must be done by our veterinarian and the choice of injection is up to them.

Rehoming
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete a contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    Our organization will only re-home a horse to a location where another horse resides
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
    Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the horse to the adopter/purchaser's facility
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates
Not Checked:
    Our organization does NOT re-home a horse to first time horse owners
    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing a horse
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
    Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.

The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
Not Checked:
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away under any circumstances
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses cannot be bred
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization for a fee
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
    None of the statements are included.

Our organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
    Personal/Other
Not Checked:
    Farrier
    Not applicable or no references required.

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase)

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
Less than $200

Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Horses remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Horses may be returned to their owners
    In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized
Not Checked:
    Horses may be sent to auction
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized

View Re-homing Agreement

EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities: Not Applicable. Our organization does not use foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities


Healing Strides of VA
Healing Strides of VA
672 Naff Rd., PO BOX 456 Boones Mill VA 24065
Contact: Carol Young
Contact's Phone: 540-334-5825
Contact's Email: carolhsva@gmail.com

Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Own

Please list all local, state and federal licenses held by the organization, including the expiration dates, or indicate that no licenses are required at the local, state or federal level. Please also list if this facility is accredited and recognized as compliant with the published standards of an accrediting organization, including the name of the organization and the date of the accreditation.
     Healing Strides of VA is a member of PATH International and is incorporated through Virginia State Incorporation.

Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Franklin County Animal Control 9246 Virgil Goode Highway Rocky Mount, VA 24151 540.483.7440

Does your organization conduct Equine Assisted Services (EAS) at this facility in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS)? Yes

Total number of Equine Assisted Service Providers AT THIS FACILITY, including instructors, specialists, therapists, counselors, coaches and/or facilitators (full-time, part-time, volunteer, independent contractors, and/or providers accompanying clients) that conduct Equine Assisted Services (EAS) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS) AT THIS FACILITY:  20

Equine Assisted Service Providers Assigned to this Facility: (see Equine Assisted Service Provider Section below for details)

     1. Amy Carroll
     2. Anne Lloyd
     3. Betsy Osborne
     4. Carol Young
     5. Challen Maybry
     6. Dee'Anna Wright
     7. Emily Guill
     8. Gloria Wood
     9. Jane Evans
     10. Jason Hogancamp
     11. Kaitlyn Cole
     12. Kate Yates
     13. Lauren Maxwell
     14. Lindsey Parvana
     15. Lisa Belders
     16. Margaret Cornwell
     17. Megan Jennings
     18. Morgan Jamison
     19. Norma Hoeppner
     20. Robin Mays

Healing Strides of VA:

Grounds
Total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility: 22
Of the total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility, the number of horses that are microchipped: 0
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those not involved with your programs: 24
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 30
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 18
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 2  Run-in sheds: 5
Pastures: 3  Paddocks/Pens: 5
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 1  Indoor Rings: 1








Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    No    
Do all stalls/enclosures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around?    Yes    
Is there adequate ceiling & beam height (a minimum of 12 feet above the tip of the horse's ear) when standing in all stalls/enclosures?    Yes    
How often are the stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 Days a Week
Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction?    Yes    
Is there a ventilation and circulation system in place to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases?    Yes    
Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety?    Yes    
Are fire prevention/protection measures (fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems) maintained and in good working order?     Yes    
Is there adequate lighting to ensure safety in all areas of facility?     Yes    
Are emergency contacts, including veterinarian contact information, conspicuously posted in easily accessible locations?    Yes    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

How many hours per day, on average, are horses stalled? 0-3;
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 24/7

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures are rotated
    Pastures have natural protection for horses (i.e., trees)
    Pastures have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where horses can graze on pasture grass
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Turnout areas have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced
Not Checked:
    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and horses
    A security guard is present at night
    Horses are checked overnight
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    The property is fitted with motion lights
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service
    The property is fitted with a security system that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)

Healing Strides of VA

Veterinarian Information
*Vet Assessment Not Current.

Veterinarian: Chris Sumner
Clinic Name: Pell Animal clinic and Farm Animal Services
600 Old Franklin Turnpike
Rocky Mount   VA   24151
Phone: 540-483-7444

Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records
    Our organization would use free cloud-based barn management software if available

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
    Horses are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Horses are fed in groups
    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area
Not Checked:
    Horses are fed in individual stalls

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    Horses are assigned a Henneke Body Condition score upon arrival at the facility
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated monthly
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated with each visit by the veterinarian
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse annually and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse with each visit by the veterinarian and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines in our care:
    Our organization evaluates the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine at least annually
    Our organization maintains a written record for each equine that documents the results of each evaluation of weight-carrying and workload limitations
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable

The following variables are considered in determining the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine:
    Equine age, weight, breed, body condition, fitness, balance, health and soundness
    Equine conformation to include the top line, length of back, strength and width of loin, bone density (measured by the circumference of the cannon bone just below the knee)
    Size, shape, condition and angle of the hooves
    Participant weight, height, body proportions, balance, fitness and riding skills as well as behavioral issues and safety concerns
    Weight and proper fit of the saddle and other equipment
    Terrain and footing in the working environment
    Duration and frequency of working sessions, as the frequency with which an equine is subjected to maximum weight carrying and/or workload
    Nature and pace of work, repetitive or varied, radius of turns, degree of incline and regularity of footing when equine is subject to maximum weight-carrying capacity
    Temperature and/or weather conditions
    Seasonal impact on the equines' workload and weight-carrying capabilities and limitations
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable

Do horses have access to clean drinking water at all times?     Yes    

Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually and when an issue arises

Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually and when an issue arises

Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? Every day or 6 days a week

Parasite Control: Our organization has the following worming protocols in place: (Check all that apply
    The protocol for each horse is determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Fecal testing is performed prior to the use of a de-wormer.

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Premise Sprays/Insecticides
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets
    Fans

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    A specific individual is assigned to care for sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy horses
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses do not have contact with other horses or other animals
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Horse trailers/vans used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cleaned and disinfected after each use and cleaning takes place away from where horses are sheltered
    Horse-specific equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is not shared and is clearly labeled
    Shared equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses
Not Checked:
    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Manure and bedding from sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is disposed of in specific areas designated for infectious materials - not put in open air piles, and not spread on pastures
    Stalls, aisle ways, and common areas are disinfected after conclusion of the quarantine
    Horses/equines are not quarantined.

The following represent the manure removal practices in place at facility:
    Manure is piled in an area where horses are not located
    Manure is hauled, sold or given away
    Our organization adheres to the manure management guidelines set by state and/or local authorities
Not Checked:
    Manure is stored in dumpster(s)
    Manure piles are covered
    Manure piles are composted or spread on pastures

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property::
    A notebook or binder with photos and information on each horse is easily accessible
    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each horse with horse names and photos
    Horse photos and profiles are available on the website
    Staff/volunteers are provided training on confirmation, markings, colors, and breeds
    Team leaders work with new staff/volunteers until they are able to identify the horses
Not Checked:
    Horses are assigned the same stall/location each day
    Name plates are located on the stall
    Photos are located on the stall
    Horses wear halters with nametags
    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with horse profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
     All horses have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each horse appropriate to the horse's needs and the weather conditions
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    Tack is inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's body condition changes
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's disposition changes
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
    Helmets are shared
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    Helmets are replaced after a fall
    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
Not Checked:
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable.


Emergency Preparedness
The following plans, policies, and procedures are in place at the facility to handle emergencies and address weather related issues, fire safety procedures, and/or any additional hazardous scenarios the facility could potentially experience:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
    The facility owns or has access to a generator
    The facility maintains at least two weeks of hay, feed, shavings and medications
    The facility collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients
    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)
Not Checked:

The written EPP addresses the following areas:
    Local fire department and/or the state's emergency planning department procedures
    Medical emergencies for clients, staff, and volunteers
    Medical emergencies for horses
    Evacuation plans
    Power outages
    Fire
    Natural Disasters - thunderstorm, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc
    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:
    Terrorist attacks

The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
    Smoking is strictly prohibited
    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled
    Permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled are kept free of dust, cobwebs, trash, cleaning rags, and other flammable items
    Aisles and doorways are kept clear
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used
Not Checked:

How often are the following checked or performed?
Fire Extinguishers are checked: Annually
Smoke detectors are checked: Annually
Electrical Systems are checked: Not at all/NA
Fence lines are checked: Monthly
Turnout Areas are checked: Monthly
Sprinkler systems are checked: Weekly
Fire drills are conducted: Semi-annually
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Semi-annually
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Semi-annually
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Annually

Equine Transportation
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    2 Owned onsite   Access onsite but not owned  2 Access offsite;
3-horse trailer with truck or van:
     Owned onsite  1 Access onsite but not owned   Access offsite;
4-horse trailer with truck or van:
    1 Owned onsite   Access onsite but not owned   Access offsite;
6-horse trailer with truck or van:
     Owned onsite   Access onsite but not owned   Access offsite;
8-horse trailer with truck or van:
     Owned onsite   Access onsite but not owned   Access offsite;
10-horse trailer with truck or van:
     Owned onsite   Access onsite but not owned   Access offsite;


Equine Assisted Services (EAS)
         
2020 EAS Operations Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Horses/Equines participating in EAS programs at this facility        
Number of horses/equines aged 3-8 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 9-14 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 15-20 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines Over 20 0 0 0 0
Total number of horses/equines participating in EAS programs at this facility 0 0 0 0
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of hours per day each horse works 0 0  
Number of days per week each horse works 0 0  
         
Clients participating in EAS programs at this facility Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually
Average number of clients (not lessons) participating in activities per week
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of days per week programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
Number of weeks per year programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Average wait list time for a client 0  
         



EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Healing Strides of VA: 2019 - Yes

25 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2019
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2019
2 Donated
5 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
7 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
3 Horses adopted/sold:
5 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
1 Horses euthanized
9 Total departures
23 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
22 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
1 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 25 on 1/1/2019+ 7 Intakes - 9 Departures = 23 on 12/31/2019

Total days that equines were in the care of Healing Strides of VA during 2019: 8021


2019 Healing Strides of VA Equine Census
25 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2019
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2019
2 Donated
5 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
7 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
3 Horses adopted/sold:
5 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
1 Horses euthanized
9 Total departures
23 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
22 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
1 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 25 on 1/1/2019+ 7 Intakes - 9 Departures = 23 on 12/31/2019



7 Horse Intake Detail during 2019 0
2 Donated 0
1Warm Blood1 Aged 3-9  1 Geldings
1Gypsy Vanner1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
5 Free Leased 0
1Donkey/Mule/Burro 1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
1Miniature Horse 1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
3Quarter Horse 2 Aged 10-14  2 Mares 1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
0 Purchased from Owner 0
0 Purchased from Auction 0
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot 0
0 Surrendered 0
0 Seized 0
0 Abandoned 0
0 Returned 0
0 Transferred 0
0 Born at facility 0


3 Re-homing Detail Horses adopted/sold by breed, age & gender during 2019:  
1Quarter Horse1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
1Thoroughbred1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
1Gypsy Vanner1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares





Definitions:
Donated: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Free Lease: The ownership of the equine is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the equine is transferred to the organization utilizing a free lease document.
Purchased from Owner: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase document.
Purchased from Auction: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by purchasing the equine at an auction.
Purchased from Kill Pen: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by purchasing the equine from a kill pen.
Surrendered (Hardship): The ownership and custody of the equine is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent with or without the use of an intake document.
Seized: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandoned: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Returned: The equine was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the equine has been transferred back to the organization.
Transferred: The custody of the equine is transferred within an organization or from one organization to another non-profit or foster organization to provide retirement, retraining, rehabilitation and/or adoption services with no change in ownership.
Born: The equine was born at the facility.

Foal: An equine up to one year old; a colt is a male foal and a filly is a female foal.
Mare: A female equine.
Stallion: A male equine that has not been castrated.
Gelding: A castrated male equine.

Equine Assisted Services (EAS): Any activity that incorporates equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or unmounted, to include 1) psychotherapy and/or mental health counseling aimed at achieving goals set forth by the licensed mental health professional and the client, 2) occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology treatment strategies utilizing equine movement set forth by the licensed therapist and the client, 3) horsemanship instruction adapted to the ability/disability of those receiving services, for the purpose of contributing positively to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being conducted by a certified professional, and 4) experiential learning approaches that promote the development of life skills to achieve educational, professional and personal goals conducted by a licensed educator, mental health professional or coach. Please refer to our Guidelines for Conducting EAS for additional information.

Special Needs: Any difficulty or difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive disability or impairment) that require or benefit from instructors, specialists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators who have certified training for their scope of practice applicable to the people participating in the programs and specific to the program offerings. The difficulty may not be limited to a health issue but may result from the interaction between the individual and the society in which he or she lives arising from an abusive or unhealthy environment or situation and/or a lack of resources, including economic resources, placing them at risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes.

At-Risk: Refers to being at-risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes. Youth are considered at-risk for a number of reasons, such as if they are homeless or transient, involved in drugs or alcohol, abused sexually, physically or emotionally, mentally ill, neglected at home or live in stressful family environments, lacking social or emotional supports, and involved with delinquent peers. At-Risk youth are likely to be involved in a number of risky behaviors, such as running away, skipping school, drinking underage, engaging in sexual behavior, displaying disruptive behavior, bullying/harassment, fighting, and committing acts of vandalism.

Community Outreach: Refers to public education programs aimed at educating the public about the horse-human bond, issues impacting the welfare of horses, and how horses change lives and activities that include, but are not limited to, any activity OTHER THAN Equine Assisted Services (EAS) that require a credentialed service provider, such as off site visits with horses at hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, crisis response, workplace well-being, on site tours, seminars and clinics, camps, community service hours, able-bodied mounted and unmounted lessons, etc.