Equine Welfare Network Guardian
2019

Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc,
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK GUARDIAN PROFILE
Last Updated: 07/31/2019

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation 2019 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Our organization provides programs involved with equine rescue, adoption & retirement
Our organization provides equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs using instructors, specialists, therapists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators (full-time, part-time, independent contractors, and/or service providers) who have certified training applicable for people with special needs and specific to the program offerings - either on staff or accompanying clients when participating in our programs.
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

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:
     1. Dark Horse Ranch

Our organization does not use foster facilities

Mission:
OUR MISSION : TO RESCUE AND REHABILITATE HORSES, AND HEAL THE WORLD WE SHARE!
     
     Saffyre Sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation program that cares for horses that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. By allowing them to rediscover their true nature, we provide every opportunity for them to enjoy the possibility of enjoying a second career, or offer them a well deserved retirement, due to soundness issues, age, or owner hardships.

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:
We are implementing other fee based programs with other agencies that bring in revenue and volunteers though our unique listings and equine experiences that are not usually available to the public. This has provided great sustainability for our organization over the past year. Our partnerships with these companies are leading us to other opportunities to expand our locations and increase the number of horses we can assist.

Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     RESCUE - Saffyre Sanctuary assists homeless horses in finding their forever person. Through our networks, we successfully place them in homes that give them a new lease on life. If they are unable to physically perform in their new life path, we try to find other loving places where they can live in peace and comfort or serve as companion equines.
     
     Saffyre Sanctuary specializes in rescuing horses that would have no other chance of being saved. These horses are ones that have behavior issues, or are in need of a lengthy recovery and complex rehabilitation procedures. Our focus on quality, not quantity, enables us to give the horses in our care the very best chance of complete physical, mental and emotional recovery.
     
     Although Saffyre Sanctuary is an all-breed rescue, we have a special place in our hearts to the plight and distinctive needs of the Arabian breed. We are one of very few rescue organizations that works with Arabians, and maintains a following of Arabian enthusiasts who are familiar with their unique disposition. If you are looking to add an Arabian to your home, please consider adopting or fostering one of our loving horses.
     
     Our unique approach of equine care specializes in holistic nutrition, holistic rehabilitation, environmentally friendly equine housing, and green facility management.
     
     REHOMING - Saffyre Sanctuary offers a re-homing service for those horses we are unable to physically take in at our location. Our compassionate re-homing service provides assistance to horse owners who are going through financial hardships, foreclosures, illness, relocations, and other adversities.
     
     Our goal is to place your horses as quickly as possible. However, we do not offer any guarantee that we can do that, or in what time frame. We encourage owners to continue to locate other avenues to safely place their horse, while we assist in the re-homing process. Though we never want to see a horse in a detrimental situation, please note that we are unable to assist owners who wish to use our re-homing service because they do not want to spend the time or money to rehabilitate an ill or lame horse. We insist on owner responsibility before anything else.
     
     We will use all of our available resources to place your horse, including internet postings, screening potential adopters, reference checks and adopter site inspections. When choosing us for your re-homing needs, you can rest assured that your horse will be protected under our standard ADOPTION POLICY and AGREEMENT, and we will do our best to ensure that your horse is matched with the right person or family.
     
     Saffyre Sanctuary does not charge a fee for this service, but we will collect an adoption fee from the new adoptive owners to cover our time and expenses. Adoption fees vary per horse and help us continue our operations to rescue, rehabilitate, and find homes for other horses.
     
     For whatever reasons, there comes a time for equine retirement of well-loved horses. Horse retirement is more than being "put out to pasture" and simply being ignored. Our retirement program ensures that your horse's last years will continue in peace and luxury accompanied by excellent care in the company of other retired horses.
     
     RETIREMENT - Our compassionately operated, safe, and secure environment provides loving care to every horse accepted for retirement. Retired horses are carefully introduced into small groups of other retired horses after a suitable quarantine period. We place great emphasis on caring for injured horses, elder horses, and retired horses that need more than just careful pasturing and watchful surveillance.
     
     Our experienced and compassionate staff provides love and care for retired horses 24 hours a day, for both pastured horses and those needing care in stalls.

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT):
Our organization provides the following equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT):
    Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)
Not Checked:
    Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)
    Hippotherapy
    Interactive Vaulting
    Therapeutic Driving
    Therapeutic Riding (Adaptive Riding)

Our organization provides services for the following specific populations:
Teens (13-18)
Young Adults (19-21)
Adults (Over 21)
Seniors (65-79)
At-Risk Youth

Our organization provides services to individuals with:
Behavioral disorders, Chronic illness, Emotional disabilities, Grief, Juvenile delinquency, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Substance abuse/addiction

Overview of our programs involved with providing EAAT to individuals with special needs:
     Equalia Actualization
     What Is Equalia Actualization? – A unique experience combining all the elements of equine communication, natural horsemanship, and spirituality that bring you to a new level of awareness. And through equine awareness, you can discover how to become a self-actualized, enlightened being.
     
     How This Program Can Help You – By learning how to listen and applying what you hear, you will become effective at communicating with compassion, hearing what is actually being said, and identifying your strengths and weaknesses. No matter what profession you are in, viewing life from the horse’s perspective will bring clarity to your most challenging internal and external situations.
     
     How This Helps Horses – by bridging the gap between what we want and what they need, they become willing, bio-feedback participants, actively engaging in the healing and learning process of human development. If a horse knows that they can be heard, and if we can respect what they say, they will teach us more than we could ever imagine. This knowledge will forever change how we view and treat them.
     
     What makes Saffyre Sanctuary's educational experiences so special is the method in which we conduct our programs. Our highly individualized approach to equine learning, self-awareness, and oneness, can only be described as an overall spiritual awakening that is unique to each person which MUST be experienced first hand.
     
     We offer these programs as alternative healing methods to people of all ages, including those with medical or emotional issues that are seeking other ways to view and understand what life is really about. These fee based programs, help us support our rescued horses that willingly give of themselves to save us.
     
     Equalia Actualization has 2 Segments.
     
     1) Individual one-on-one sessions that work with people who have some of the items listed above. We have seen all of them at some point, some with counselors, some without. This directly serves the people, with the horses.
     
     2) The Certification Program - serves people and horses. Many of the people looking to be certified also have some type of trauma themselves, making them better empaths for those they teach or counsel.
     
     Equalia Actualization is a private one-on-one coaching and certification program that allows traumatized horses to become the teachers for individuals seeking to become certified life coaches, equine mental therapists, or healers. This certification program is a ten day intensive, including 4 hours of daily hands on training with rescued horses, so that individuals feel comfortable working with equines that may have physical, mental, and emotional issues. This allows them to more easily recognize the needs of their clients, while feeling safe and at ease with horses that are ultra-sensitive. Equalia Actualization works with certified mental health professionals that participate in and oversee the services we provide.

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:
     We do not participate or encourage any equine sport related activities. Our horses always have the choice weather or not to participate in our emotional therapy programs and are never forced to do anything against their will. Our focus is on spirituality, meditation, games, and teaching people about their innermost feeling based on the emotional reaction of the horses to the clients. The horses give them information about themselves, and we have them make adjustments accordingly to see if they obtain an different reaction from the horse. If the horse has no interest in the person then we move on to another horse who may want to interact with people that day. Our horses are always rewarded with a treat or a grooming session after the classes so that they feel loved and appreciated.
     
     None of the activities that we do are mounted so the horses are always relaxed in their stall environment or together playing in their herd.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     SANCTUARY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
     
     Saffyre Sanctuary designed an equine educational course for SPCA-LA Disaster Animal Response Team (DART). This program provides hands-on training in basic horse handling and care. The focus for participants will be on communicating calmness and compassion, while gaining confidence when working with the horses. The DART Team will also learn basic skills such as proper leading, tying, trailering, and general horse care.
     
     Our goal for this course is to have it included in the curriculum of SPCA-LA's Animal Protection Services (APS) training courses approved by the State Humane Association of California.

DEFINITIONS:
Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT): Any activity that incorporates equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or ground-based, including horsemanship instruction aimed at contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs, psychotherapy and/or mental health counseling aimed at achieving goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology treatment strategies that utilize equine movement, and experiential learning approaches that promote the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals.

Special Needs: Any difficulty or difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or learning disability or impairment) that require or benefit from assistance and support from certified specialists, therapists, counselors, instructors, trainers and/or facilitators. 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 and a lack of resources, including economic resources, which can impact an individual's ability to successfully transition into adulthood and being 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 under age, engaging in sexual behavior, displaying disruptive behavior, bullying/harassment, fighting, and committing acts of vandalism.


GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Esta G. Bernstein
Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  25

Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Not applicable; We do not have paid staff

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    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 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:
    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 sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening
    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 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 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

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  2
Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

Board Compensation:
Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

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.
Esta Bernstein - President & CEO and, Emilee Bernstein - Director are sisters. A conflict of interest policy is in place and neither are compensated.

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:
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Most recent Annual Report
    Adoption/Foster Agreement

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

Financial Reporting:
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 05
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Compilation
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990-EZ
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2018? Yes
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

POLICIES

Acquisition
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Free Lease  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  
    Purchase from auction, kill pen or feedlot  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated
Definitions:
Donated: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Free Lease: The ownership of the horse is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the horse is transferred to the organization utilizing a free lease document.
Purchased: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase document.
Surrendered: The ownership and custody of the horse is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent without the use of a donation document.
Seized: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization as a result of the horse being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandoned: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization as a result of the horse being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Returned: The horse was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the horse has been transferred back to the organization.

Feral/Wild Horse: Free-roaming horses that are descendants of the domesticated horse and have no or limited human contact.

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.


Our organization will accept the following breeds:
    American Saddlebred
    Appaloosa
    Arabian
    Donkey/Mule/Burro
    Draft
    Friesian
    Hackney
    Miniature Horse
    Morgan
    National Show Horse
    Paint
    Quarter Horse
    Standardbred
    Tennessee Walking Horse
    Thoroughbred
    Warm Blood
    Mixed Breed
    Other
    Andalusian/Lusitano
    Icelandic Horse
    Haflinger
    Norwegian Fjord
    Gypsy Vanner
    Paso Fino
    Pinto
    Appendix Quarter Horse
    Rocky Mountain Horse
    Missouri Fox Trotter

Not Checked
    Mustang
    Feral/Wild

Intake, Assessment & Training
Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score is assigned
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    De-worming
    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:
    Coggins test
    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
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time

The organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse prior to acceptance and arrival at the organization:
    A current Coggins
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:
    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.

The organization has the following policies in place prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility:
    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 not taken on trial
Not Checked:

Horses are 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
    Loading onto and unloading off a trailer
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
Not Checked:
    Saddling
    Bridling
    Lunging
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)
    Bathing
    Clipping
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time

The typical length of quarantine is:   20 to 30 days

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   As needed; no set schedule

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
Most of the horses that we take in are extremely abused. Therefore we make the determination as to their trainability depending upon how long it takes for them to emotionally recover. The majority of the horses we take in and adopt out are companion only horses or horses that people want as pets, not for any specific discipline.


Breeding
The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    Our organization does NOT breed horses.
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed horses
Not Checked:
    Our organization breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds horses


Additional information about our breeding policies and practices:
We have a strict no breeding policy, however, stallions are permitted to be adopted out if a veterinarian determines that gelding a senior stallion may impose a health risk to that individual horse.

Euthanasia
The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
    Our organization will never have a healthy horse euthanized under any circumstances
    Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not euthanize horses under any circumstances.
    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 at the veterinarian's facility

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 a solution of concentrated potassium chloride (KCl) with the horse in a surgical plane of general anesthesia

Additional information about our euthanasia policies and practices:
Horses are only euthanized if they are in extreme pain and their quality of life would be detrimental to their happiness and well-being. We never euthanize a horse for behavioral issues or to make room for another horse.

Rehoming
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    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
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
    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 if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits to see the horse within the first year of adoption
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits to see the horse within the first two years of adoption
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to visit the horse at any time.
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
Not Checked:
    Our organization does NOT re-home a horse to first time horse owners
    Our organization will only re-home a horse to a location where another horse resides
    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing a horse
    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization for a fee
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
    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.

Our organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
    Farrier
    Personal/Other
Not Checked:
    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.

Transfer of ownership occurs:   After one year

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
$501 to $750

Our organization has the following rehoming fee policies:
    Fees may vary depending on the equine level of training
    Fees may vary depending on the equine age
    Fees may vary depending on the equine type
    Fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness
Not Checked:
    Not applicable
    All equines have one set fee
    Fees may vary depending on species
    Fees may vary depending on the equine breed

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 may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    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 returned to their owners
    Horses may be sent to auction
    In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized

Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 
     No

Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No

Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Our organization has first right of refusal in the event the horse does not work out for the adopter. We remain in contact with the owners for the entire lifetime of each horse we adopt out or re-home.
View Rehoming Application/Agreement

FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Dark Horse Ranch
Dark Horse Ranch
11267 Sheldon St. Sun Valley CA 91352
Contact: Darrell Harris
Contact's Phone: 310-927-0207
Contact's Email: darrellharris.sr@gmail.com

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

If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility:
Darrell Harris
11267 Sheldon St.
Sun Valley, CA 91352
310-927-0207
darrellharris.sr@gmail.com

If not owned, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   Yes

If not owned, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     Month to Month Lease

If not owned, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated. 
     Owner provides space only, our organization is fully responsible for the care and maintenance of the horses, barn, and the area we lease. The owner is compensated monthly per stall we use.

Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes
If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

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.
     Department of Animal Services 221 N. Figueroa Street, 6th Floor, Suite 600 Los Angeles, CA 90012 (888) 452-7381 email - n/a

Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     East Valley Shelter 14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405 888-4LAPET1 (888-452-7381) (818) 756-9323 email - n/a

Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes

Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 2

Instructors Assigned to this Facility: (see Instructor Section below for details)
     1. Instructor: Esta Bernstein
     2. Instructor: Tami Leevan

Dark Horse Ranch

Grounds
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 2
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 0
Pastures: 0  Paddocks/Pens: 1
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 0







Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    Yes    
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/encosures?    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 insure 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? 4-8
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 1 to 3 hours per day

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
✔    This facility does not have pastures where horses can graze on pasture grass
Not Checked:
    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
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    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)

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
✔    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
    Turnout areas have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
✔    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
✔    Horses are checked overnight
✔    No Trespassing signs are posted
✔    Hold Harmless signs are posted
✔    Entrance gates are locked at night
✔    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
✔    The property is fitted with motion lights
✔    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced
Not Checked:
    A security guard is present at night
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
    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)

Dark Horse Ranch

Veterinarian Information
Vet Assessment  conducted on 05/21/2019
Veterinarian: James Travers, DVM
    Street: P.O. Box 859    City: Datil  State: NM    Zip: 87821
Phone: 575-838-7072  
Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records

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
✔    Horses are fed in individual stalls
✔    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:
    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Horses are fed in groups

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 monthly
✔    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
✔    Photographs are taken of each horse annually 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
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
    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 with each visit by the veterinarian and kept with the horse's health records
    A weight limit of no more than 20% of the horse’s weight is established for each horse and is kept with the horse’s records and updated when needed

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
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    Fly parasites
    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
✔    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
✔    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
✔    Horse-specific equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is not shared and is clearly labeled
✔    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:
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    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
    Shared equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use

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

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property::
✔    Horses are assigned the same stall/location each day
✔    Name plates are located on the stall
✔    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:
    Photos are located on the stall
    Horses wear halters with nametags
    A notebook or binder with photos and information on each horse is easily accessible
    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
✔    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
Not Checked:
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    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 weekly
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    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.


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 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 maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
✔    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
Not Checked:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    The facility collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)

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
Not Checked:
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

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

Horse Transportion
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    1 Owned onsite  2 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
3-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
4-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
6-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  1 Access offsite;
8-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
10-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;


Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT)
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually: 10
Total number of individual clients participating in unmounted activities per week: 1
Total number of individual clients participating in mounted activities per week: 0
Total number of horses participating in EAAT programs at this facility: 9
Number of horses aged 3-8: 0
Number of horses aged 9-14: 3
Number of horses aged 15-20: 3
Number of horses aged over 20: 3
Average number of mounted hours per day each horse works: 0
Average number of unmounted hours per day each horse works: 1
Total number: 1
Total number of mounted horse hours per week: 0
Total number of unmounted horse hours per week: 1
Number of days per week that mounted programs are conducted at this facility: 0
Number of weeks per year that mounted programs are conducted at this facility: 0
Number of days per week that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility: 7
Number of weeks per year that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility: 52
Additional explanation: Participants in Equalia Actualization, a ten-day intensive programs, including 4 hours of daily hands on training with rescued horses, for individuals seeking to become certified life coaches, equine mental therapists, or healers to gain experience working with equines that may have physical, mental, and emotional issues.

Dark Horse Ranch

Equine Costs and Inventory

2018 Operations: This facility was operational during 2018.

2018 Horse Care Costs
Actual Horse Care Costs
$23554     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$9008     Veterinarian
$1870     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$1064     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$150     Horse Transportation
$716     Maintenance
$765     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$75     Horse Training
$20500     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$57702     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$10057     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$1220     Veterinarian
$110     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$262     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$1973     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$13622     2018 Total Donated Costs


Additional Explanation:
Feed, bedding, and supplements are all under one category in our accounting system. Veterinarian and dentist are the same person. **Other costs - board (does not include any services)

Average cost per day per horse: $18
Average length of stay for an equine: 329 days
Based on a total of 3285 days equines were in the care of this facility during 2018

Dark Horse Ranch

Equine Inventory

2018 Operations: This facility was operational during 2018.

2018 Horse Care Costs

2018 Dark Horse Ranch Horse Inventory
9 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2018
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2018
0 Donated
0 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
1 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
1 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2018
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Total departures
10 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2018
10 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 9 on 1/1/2018+ 1 Intakes - 0 Departures = 10 on 12/31/2018

10 Total number of all horses at this facility on December 31, 2018
10 Maximum capacity of horses at this facility on December 31, 2018


1 Detail Horse Intake during 2018
0 Donated
0 Free Leased
0 Purchased from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
1 Surrendered
1Mustang
1 Aged 15-20
1 Geldings

0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned








FACILITY INVENTORY SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Dark Horse Ranch

9 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2018
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2018
0 Donated
0 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
1 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
1 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2018
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Total departures
10 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2018
10 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 9 on 1/1/2018+ 1 Intakes - 0 Departures = 10 on 12/31/2018

10 Total number of all horses on December 31, 2018
10 Maximum capacity of horses on December 31, 2018




FACILITY COST SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Dark Horse Ranch

Actual Horse Care Costs
$23554     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$9008     Veterinarian
$1870     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$1064     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$150     Horse Transportation
$716     Maintenance
$765     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$75     Horse Training
$20500     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$57702     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$10057     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$1220     Veterinarian
$110     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$262     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$1973     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$13622     2018 Total Donated Costs

Average cost per day per horse: $18




INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

V. INSTRUCTORS

     1. Esta Bernstein

         Facility Participation:

         Dark Horse Ranch

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Esta Bernstein has over 45 years of horse expertise that began in the racing and showing industry. In 2013, After attending a workshop in British Columbia, and seeing a need for another type of certification program based on what the horses want us to learn, not what humans believe they should learn, Esta designed a program based on the principals of Equine Spirituality and Self Actualization. The combination of these two proven methodologies has proven to be extremely beneficial for the horses, being able to express themselves without restriction, while allowing the humans to discover their self-limiting beliefs which have hindered their emotional growth and overall happiness. Through Esta's lifetime in the racing and showing world she saw a need to to things differently for the overall well-being of horses and humans.

     2. Tami Leevan

         Facility Participation:

         Dark Horse Ranch

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2013
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Tami has the most recent CTRI update
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: EGALA
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2016
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Regular EGALA Certification
Additional information about this instructor: Tami assists part time with our Equalia Actualization Program, overseeing and participating in our coaching sessions.