Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK GUARDIAN PROFILE
Last Updated: 07/30/2018

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation 2018 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Our organization provides programs involved with equine retirement
Our organization provides equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs using certified 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. Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

Our organization does not use foster facilities

Mission:
The Mission of the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center is to change the lives of people with disabilities by promoting their physical, psychological and social well being through equine assisted activities.

We partner with our horses for all of our therapeutic riding programs and on-site activities.

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:
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Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     CTRC opened up the Retired Horse Sanctuary (RHS) in 2010, after seeing a growing trend in the horse industry for the need of forever homes for geriatric service equines. We ended 2017 with 6 members in the RHS (Bill, Trompo, Baytoven, Corona, KitKat and Fancy). All equine have served our special needs population and were a catalyst of positive change within the community. We provide upmost care in all stages of life, and our facility was re-accredited on December 6, 2017, by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Our equine therapists are guaranteed a spot for life in our retirement sanctuary unless we find them forever homes after proper vetting.
     As for the two horses that were adopted out in 2017, one Cheerio, he was actually a leased horse from an owner for the therapeutic riding program. (so not technically an adoption.) We do take in donated horses and leased horses for the program, and I will explain more down below. The other horse, Sparkles, was an owner relinquishment. We were in fact leasing her the entire length of her career at CTRC, as a therapeutic riding horse. Upon her retirement from the program, the previous owners did not want her back. At first, they refused to answer our phone calls, or emails, and then at one point they told a staff member they would rather euthanize her and they wanted to arrange for that to happen on our property. We stepped in and told them we would not euthanize this horse, (there was no reason to) and instead would take over ownership of her. At that point, last year, in the spring of 2017, we called to have the brand inspector come, and we transferred her to our ownership. She did get adopted, and lives in Berthoud, CO.
     Our Retired Horse Sanctuary provides for our noble “Equine Therapists” who have come to the end of their career and who because of age, restricted ability, medical issues or special care concerns are not able to be adopted.
     When horses are selected for sanctuary at our facility, there are several factors involved. First, the primary program at our facility is therapeutic riding. We have about 28+ horses in the program currently, most of them donated to us. Once these horses are ready for retirement, and we determine that by looking at their health, soundness, medical problems or temperament we will retire a horse from the therapeutic riding program. If the horse is being leased to us, we will return the horse to their owner. If the horse was donated to our center, we then evaluate if that horse would be suitable for adoption. If the horse is still able to be ridden, and could be used on trails or light riding, then most likely the horse can be up for adoption. In order for an adoption to occur, we must have several things in line. We vet the potential owner very thoroughly. (I will attach the adoption application and site checklist to this email thread so you can see some of the processes involved.) We will not adopt out to first time horse owners, adequate fencing and shelter must be onsite and inspected by a CTRC representative, and we do random inspections of adopted horses. We are very selective of our horses new families, and we have first right of refusal should anything happen to that horses home or new family, we will take the horse into to our sanctuary.
     Most members of the RHS herd have more severe issues, where finding an appropriate home is difficult, and thus why the RHS was developed, to provide a forever home to our horses that give so much.

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT):
Our organization provides the following equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT):
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    Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA)
    Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT)
    Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)
    Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)
    Hippotherapy
    Interactive Vaulting
    Therapeutic Driving
    Therapeutic Riding (Adaptive Riding)

Our organization provides services for the following specific populations:
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Our organization provides services to individuals with:
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Overview of our programs involved with providing EAAT to individuals with special needs:
     We currently have 3 programs, the Therapeutic Riding program, hippotherapy and a movement and music class. In 2017, we served over 600 people with disabilities in both TR and hippotherapy. Our clients come from 9 counties across the front range of Colorado. We work with individuals ages 3-103 with both physical and mental considerations. The music and movement class, HoofBeats, began late 2017 and is a collaboration between a music therapist and one of our therapeutic riding instructors. We also just installed in February 2018, a Surehands Mechanical Lift, so we can now work with a wider range of adults with physical limitations and can safely mount and dismount riders like never before in our 38 year history.
     
     With outcomes and measurement being a priority in the EAAT field, we strive to work on long term outcomes just as much as short term. To ensure that therapeutic goals are met, we actively monitor programs using an outcome measurement assessment plan to track program effectiveness and participant progress.
     
     Participants establish short-term, intermediate and long-term goals and objectives for physical, psychological and social areas of functioning (and related horsemanship goals).
     
     CTRC tracks progress by the following indicators:
     1. Short-term outcomes are indicated by the number/percentage of participants who enroll in the program within six months following their intake and evaluation.
     2. Intermediate outcomes are indicated by the number/percentage of participants who show at least minimal improvement (a 1 point improvement in standardized indicator ratings) within a 10-week session in the following areas: physical functioning, psychological functioning, social functioning, cognitive functioning and horsemanship skills.
     3. Long-term outcomes are indicated by the number/percentage of participants demonstrating accomplishment of skills (a rating of 3 or higher on standardized indicator rating scales) after participation for three 10-week session within 12 months in the following areas: physical functioning, psychological functioning, social functioning, cognitive functioning and horsemanship skills.
     
     Accordingly participants' gains are tracked not only from session to session but from year to year. Review of the data from the past 4 years' shows: 1) 96% of our participants have met the short term indicator; 2) physical improvement is the top intermediate term indicator and over 82% of participants improved their horsemanship goals; 3) psychological improvements is the top long term indicator and on average over 66% of participants met their horsemanship goals.

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: *Missing


DEFINITIONS:
Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT): Any equine-assisted activity or therapy, mounted or ground-based, including but not limited to treatments that incorporate equine activities and/or the equine environment and/or experiential learning approaches that promote the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Equine assisted activities include but are not limited to therapeutic riding, therapeutic driving, interactive vaulting, grooming and/or stable management.

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.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     In the past 6 months, we have been involved in numerous public education programs on the EAAT field and CTRC's programming including but not limited to; Autism Awareness Night at the Longmont Library, the Colorado Farm Show and the Female Veterans Workshop in Greeley, CO. We work to educate our community not only on the services we provide, but the entire EAAT industry exposing myths and misconceptions, and also reiteration the need for homes for horses at all stages of life.

Our Programs/Activities involving animals other than horses:
 As CTRC has grown, we have discovered the need to look for additional ways to support our organization, and CTRC's new social enterprise at Circle of Life expands our decades-long nonprofit venture.
     
     We continue to maintain our commitment to our riders, volunteers, horses and the people who love them as we provide this sister service of small animal pet cremation.
     
     We bring to our new endeavor our commitment to excellence, compassion, dedication to the human-animal bond and our deep understanding of, and belief in, the wonders and powers of animals in our lives.
     
     While Circle of Life is a for-profit business, it will always uphold our mission - as all profits will go to support and sustain the CTRC.
     
     Therefore, together we can take a very difficult time in life, and with compassion and great care, allow it to be a time of healing and health for others -- and coincidently ourselves. Thus...... the Circle of Life.....
     
     Circle of Life was established in 2014 and continues to grow, to become a profitable source of income for CTRC. We work primarily with vet clinics, but also take in individual owners pets. CTRC has a 90% interest in Circle of Life with the remaining 10% interest belonging to the former CTRC Executive Director.

GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Michele Bruhn
Employees:   Full-Time:  6  Part-Time:  7  Volunteers:  1000

Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
✔    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 is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening
✔    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 organization provides an Employee Handbook to every member of the staff
✔    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
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    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 carries current health insurance

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 is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening
✔    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
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    Every volunteer carries current health insurance

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  11
Number of Board Members:  7  Number of Voting Board Members:  7

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? No

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

Financial Reporting:
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 2018? *Missing
IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990 has not been uploaded for this facility.

POLICIES

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

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

Our organization will accept the following:
    
    
    

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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.


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Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
Our therapy horses go through a thorough vetting process. Due to the nature of their work, they will need to be desensitized to many nuances that most horses will never be succumbed to. We have a 90 day trial period, and recognize that this type of work in the EAAT industry is not for all horses. We also can not accept injured or lame horses due to the extreme nature of the work.


Intake, Assessment & Training
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
✔    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.
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    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations

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
✔    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 total financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
✔    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
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    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the horse to and from the organization
    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 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
    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

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
✔    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
✔    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
✔    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
✔    Grooming
✔    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Not Checked:
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)
    Bathing
    Clipping

Following arrival 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
Not Checked:
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
    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 at the facility for a prescribed period of time
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time

The typical length of quarantine is:   Horses are not quarantined

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

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
Upon intake and assessment, we will create a training and conditioning program for each individual horse. Every horse has individual needs, and our trained professional staff work diligently to provide as needed training, conditioning and exercise. For example, we recently accepted a Friesen who needs work building up his hindquarters and undercarriage muscle tone, while another horse has been accepted into the program, an aging dressage 2nd level quarter horse who needs regular transitions etc. All training and conditioning is individualized for each equine.

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


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
✔    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
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    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

Horses will be euthanized upon the recommendation of:
✔    Veterinarian
✔    Senior staff member without a veterinarian's recommendation
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    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
✔    Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
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    A certified euthanasia technician
    Senior staff with appropriate training
    Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The organization utilizes the following methods of euthanasia:
    Intravenous administration of an overdose of barbiturates
    Intravenous administration of a solution of concentrated potassium chloride (KCl) with the horse in a surgical plane of general anesthesia

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
✔    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
✔    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
✔    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing a horse
✔    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 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 year of adoption
✔    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
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    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 for a fee
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to visit the horse at any time.
    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
✔    Personal/Other
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    Farrier
    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:   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 rehoming fee policies:
✔    All equines have one set fee
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    Not applicable
    Fees may vary depending on species
    Fees may vary depending on the equine level of training
    Fees may vary depending on the equine breed
    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

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
✔    Horses may be returned to their owners
✔    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized
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    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:
All of CTRC's RHS members are up for adoption. We will always take the horses back to our facility if any complications or issues come up with the adopter.
View Rehoming Application/Agreement

FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center
Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center
11968 Mineral Road Longmont CO 80504
Contact: Michele Bruhn
Contact's Phone: 303-652-9131
Contact's Email: execdirector@gmail.com

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

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

If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     CTRC is a Premier Accredited Center by PATH International. Our Retired Horse Sanctuary as Accredited through the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

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.
     Sheriff's Office Main: 303-441-3600 Alternate: 303-441-4444 FAX: 303-441-4739 Emergency: 911 Sheriff's Headquarters 5600 Flatiron Parkway Boulder, CO 80301 303-441-3626 rsullenberger@bouldercounty.org www.bouldersheriff.org

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.
     Colorado Department of Agriculture Brand Inspection Division 305 Interlocken Parkway Broomfield CO 80021 Phone 303.869.9160 Colorado State Veterinarian's Office (303) 869-9130 Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital 300 West Drake Road Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523 Phone: (970) 297-5000 Fax: (970) 297-1205 csu-vth@colostate.edu

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: 10

Instructors Assigned to this Facility: (see Instructor Section below for details)
     1. Instructor: Annette Gruba
     2. Instructor: Erica Zimmerman
     3. Instructor: Kim Lewis
     4. Instructor: Lisa Strother
     5. Instructor: Rachel Lichty
     6. Instructor: Stefani Victora-Anderson
10 -> 6 - The total number of instructors entered for this facility does not match the number of instructors assigned to this facility under Instructors

Grounds
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 38
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 0  Run-in sheds: 35
Pastures: 14  Paddocks/Pens: 2
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 1

How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 9 to 15 hours per day
    Horses are out 16+ hours per day
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in to feed
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are being trained

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
✔    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)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where horses can graze on pasture grass
    Barbed wire is used for fencing

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
✔    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
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    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
✔    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:
    A security guard is present at night
    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)

Veterinarian Information
*Vet Assessment Not Current.

Veterinarian: Dr. Mark Fitch, DVM
Clinic Name: Quality Equine Services    Street: 3451 95th Street    City: Boulder  State: CO    Zip: 80301
Phone: 303-877-1402  
Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Onsite computer with onsite backup storage system
    Onsite computer with cloud-based backup storage system
    Our organization utilizes a software application to maintain 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
✔    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
✔    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
✔    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:
    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 annually
✔    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated with each visit by the veterinarian
✔    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
✔    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
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
✔    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 monthly
    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
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist

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
✔    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
✔    Stalls, aisle ways, and common areas are disinfected after conclusion of the quarantine
✔    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:
    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

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
✔    Manure piles are composted or spread on pastures
Not Checked:
    Manure is stored in dumpster(s)
    Manure piles are covered
    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 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 and volunteers are provided with an information packet with horse profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions
✔    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

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
✔    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
✔    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:
    Saddle pads are shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is 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
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year


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: Semi-annually
Smoke detectors are checked: Semi-annually
Electrical Systems are checked: Annually
Fencelines are checked: Daily
Turnout Areas are checked: Daily
Sprinkler systems are checked: Not at all/NA
Fire drills are conducted: Annually
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Annually
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Quarterly
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Annually

Horse Transportion
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    1 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  2 Access offsite;
3-horse trailer with truck or van:
    1 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  1 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  0 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:
Total number of individual clients participating in unmounted activities per week:
Total number of individual clients participating in mounted activities per week:
Total number of horses participating in EAAT programs at this facility:
Number of horses aged 3-8:
Number of horses aged 9-14:
Number of horses aged 15-20:
Number of horses aged over 20:
Average number of mounted hours per day each horse works:
Average number of unmounted hours per day each horse works:
Total number:
Total number of mounted horse hours per week:
Total number of unmounted horse hours per week:
Number of days per week that mounted programs are conducted at this facility:
Number of weeks per year that mounted programs are conducted at this facility:
Number of days per week that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility:
Number of weeks per year that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility:
Additional explanation: We are seeking trained smaller horses or larger ponies. Our hippotherapy program is on the verge of expansion, and our wait list for hippotherapy can be several months long, as all of our clients come back to their same classes and same therapists year after year. We are seeking 13-14 hands older, well trained horses or ponies to help meet the needs of our community. We are at capacity at the moment for larger riding horses for our therapeutic riding program.

Equine Costs and Inventory
Prior Year information not updated.






FACILITY INVENTORY SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
The horse inventory numbers are incorrect.

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

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

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




FACILITY COST SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1

Actual Horse Care Costs
$     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$     Bedding
$     Veterinarian
$     Farrier
$     Dentist
$     Other Therapies
$     Manure Removal
$     Medications & Supplements
$     Horse Transportation
$     Maintenance
$     Horse/Barn Supplies
$     Horse Care Staff
$     Horse Training
$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
*Missing     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$     Bedding
$     Veterinarian
$     Farrier
$     Dentist
$     Other Therapies
$     Manure Removal
$     Medications & Supplements
$     Horse Transportation
$     Maintenance
$     Horse/Barn Supplies
$     Horse Care Staff
$     Horse Training
$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$     2018 Total Donated Costs





INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

V. INSTRUCTORS

     1. Annette Gruba

         Facility Participation:

         Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

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 International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2002
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor

     2. Erica Zimmerman

         Facility Participation:

         Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

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 Intl
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2011
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor, PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning

     3. Kim Lewis

         Facility Participation:

         Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

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: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship
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: Registered Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor

     4. Lisa Strother

         Facility Participation:

         Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

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 Intl
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: PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor

     5. Rachel Lichty

         Facility Participation:

         Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

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: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship
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: PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Additional information about this instructor: Rachel is a part time therapeutic riding instructor at CTRC.

     6. Stefani Victora-Anderson

         Facility Participation:

         Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

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 International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2009
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Registered PATH Level Instructor
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2012
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Vaulting Instructor
Certification 3:
Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2012
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Additional information about this instructor: Stefani is our Head Instructor.