Equine Welfare Network Guardian
2019

G.A.I.T. Inc.
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK GUARDIAN PROFILE
Last Updated: 05/16/2019

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 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. GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

Our organization does not use foster facilities

Mission:
To improve the quality of life of children and adults with special needs through equine activities and therapies, resulting in a more independent life in society.

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:
GAIT TRC offers a variety of equine activities and therapies designed to meet the individual needs of children and adults with developmental, physical, and/or emotional challenges and are constantly expanding programs to accommodate any and all types of challenges.
     GAIT TRC was founded in 1995 and is the only center of its kind serving Pike County and surrounding areas. GAIT TRC was first located at small farm in NJ and only offered therapeutic riding lessons to four students with disabilities with the help of just two horses and eight volunteers. Since then, GAIT has purchased its own property in Milford, PA and expanded its programs to provide services year round to over 200 participants with a herd of 10 horses, several instructors, and 50 volunteers on average. GAIT implemented its Horses 4 Heroes program in 2018 and has been doing community outreach to increase its services to local schools, specifically to help more at risk youth (as defined by the school mental health professionals). GAIT has also recently developed a new program designed to promote the health and well-being of cancer survivors and their families.
     GAIT utilizes specially trained horses that have been carefully selected for their temperament, soundness, and equilateral movement. All equine sessions are conducted by PATH Intl' Registered Instructors, credentialed mental health professionals, licensed therapists, and dedicated highly trained volunteers. GAIT also strives to ensure that its equines, facility, and other resources are positioned to support future programming. Ongoing education and training provides staff with up-to-date information regarding the latest developments within the EAAT industry. GAIT’s horses are provided with high quality feed and medical care to support their individual needs during the duration of their careers and retirement.
     GAIT TRC is constantly researching for new grants to apply to and frequently participates in community events. Optimization of funding is achieved through analysis of present/ future projected expenses, examination of current structure/ policies, community outreach, and expanding fundraising efforts to increase efficiency, maintain affordable programming, and identify potential savings.

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT):
Our organization provides the following equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT):
    Equine Experiential Learning
    Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)
    Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology
    Therapeutic Riding (Adaptive Riding)
Not Checked:
    Interactive Vaulting
    Therapeutic Driving

Our organization provides services for the following specific populations:
Children (10 & Under)
Tweens (11-12)
Teens (13-18)
Young Adults (19-21)
Adults (Over 21)
Seniors (65-79)
Elderly (80 & Over)
Veterans
At-Risk Youth

Our organization provides services to individuals with:
Alzheimers/Dementia, Amputation, Arthritis, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Autism, Behavioral disorders, Cerebral palsy, Cognitive disabilities, Development delay or disability, Down Syndrome, Emotional disabilities, Epilepsy, Genetic conditions/disorders, Grief, Head Trauma/Brain Injury, Hearing impairment, Intellectual disability, Joint abnormalities, Language impairment, Learning disabilities, Mental health disabilities, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Orthopedic issues, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Physical disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Speech impairment, Spina bifida, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Overview of our programs involved with providing EAAT to individuals with special needs:
     GAIT has increased the number of programs, riders, horses and volunteers every year since its inception to maximize the potential impact of GAIT's programs for its community. Over the years, GAIT TRC has continuously evolved to meet the demands of the community by providing services year round, hiring additional instructors, partnering with local groups and associations, and expanding the programs offered. Services include Therapeutic Riding lessons, Hippotherapy, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, Vocational Training, volunteer opportunities, Horses 4 Heroes program, LEEP (Let Equines Empower People), and community outreach programs.
     As a PATH Intl' Premier Accredited Center, GAIT now serves over 200 people annually including Veterans/ First Responders with PTSD, families in need of support, individuals struggling with mental health, cancer survivors (through the LEEP program), at-risk youth, seniors, and children/ adults with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities.

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:
     GAIT TRC abides by all PATH Intl' safety standards, including guidelines for equine management in regards to workload and well-being. GAIT's PATH Intl' registered instructors and Equine Specialists also monitor the horses' behavior, temperament, and physical ability to determine appropriate participant/horse assignments before and during a session. The horses are monitored for their willingness to work and for any signs of stress or anxiety on the part of the equine or participant. GAIT's Instructors/ Equine Specialists promote positive interactions with horses and any mistreatment such as hitting/ slapping is not tolerated.
     
     The health and happiness of GAIT's horses is of the utmost importance to the staff and volunteers. Horses are given as much turn out time as possible as a herd (weather permitting) with access to hay and water 24/7. Horses receive training/ conditioning from staff a minimum of 1x per week, or as needed. Stalls/ pastures are cleaned daily and water/ feed buckets cleaned on a regular basis.
     
     Volunteers are specially trained to groom and lead to ensure consistency of handling for each horse. Any changes in behavior/ body condition are to be reported to staff for additional follow up. First aid supplies are available on the premise and serious concerns are followed up by a local veterinarian.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     GAIT offers periodic educational workshops, including PATH's On- Site Workshop and Certification and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop/ Skills Test on an annual basis.
     Volunteer Training is offered throughout the year and includes opportunities for volunteers to advance their skills and participate in additional horsemanship training when available. GAIT is also a site for monthly 4-H Horse Club meetings, Girl Scout projects, Eagle Scout projects, field trips for senior centers and for pre-schools and charter schools, all of which involve educational programs involving horsemanship and equine management learning experiences.

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):  Martha S. Dubensky
Employees:   Full-Time:  2  Part-Time:  5  Volunteers:  52

Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective staff complete a written application
    Prospective staff must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every member of the staff is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every member of the staff is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every member of the staff is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every member of the staff 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
Not Checked:
    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
Not Checked:
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance

Please provide any additional explanation regarding your governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of your answers above.
All staff/ volunteers over 18 years old are required by Pennsylvania law to obtain a Child Abuse Clearance, PA State Criminal background check, and FBI fingerprinting. All staff/ volunteers are required to update information and attend 1 Safety and Orientation training each year. GAIT TRC is a Premier Accredited Center through PATH International and adheres to all safety standards and mandates set by PATH Intl.

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  6
Number of Board Members:  9  Number of Voting Board Members:  8

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.
Two Board members are related to each other; one member is the father of the other Board member. The parent of a client serves on the Board as a voting member.

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

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

Organization documents available on our website:
    None

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

Additional Comments:
All staff/ volunteers over 18 years old are required by Pennsylvania law to obtain a Child Abuse Clearance, PA State Criminal background check, and FBI fingerprinting. All staff/ volunteers are required to update information and attend 1 Safety and Orientation training each year. GAIT TRC is a Premier Accredited Center through PATH International and adheres to all safety standards and mandates set by PATH Intl.
Financial Reporting:
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Review
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2018? No
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

POLICIES

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

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

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

Not Checked:
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
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
    Draft
    Mustang
    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

Other breeds:
Connemara Gelderland


Not Checked
    Donkey/Mule/Burro
    Feral/Wild

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
GAIT TRC utilizes specially trained horses which have been carefully selected for their temperament, soundness, and equilateral movement. Prospective horses that are donated to the program are thoroughly vetted prior to being accepted on a trial basis.
     
     The ideal horse must be sound at the walk/ trot/ canter, have good ground manners, accepting of their environment and riders, have a low flight response, and able to learn how to handle people walking on both sides of them. Ideal height is 13-15 hands and usually in their teen years or older. While the work is at a steady pace, not every horse is suitable to accept the challenges presented within a therapeutic setting. Emphasis on the horse’s health and happiness, as well as the safety of riders and volunteers, is of the utmost importance to us.


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
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Coggins test
    Vaccinations
    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:
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score is assigned
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    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
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:

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 on trial for up to 30 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
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
Not Checked:
    Horses are not taken on trial
    Horses are on trial up to 60 days
    Horses are on trial for 60 or more days
    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

The typical length of quarantine is:   10 to 20 days

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


Breeding
The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    Our organization does NOT breed horses.
Not Checked:
    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 under any circumstances
    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
    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
    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 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:
    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 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 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
Not Checked:
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    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
Please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training? 
     N/A

Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No
Describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. 
     N/A
Rehoming Application/Agreement not applicable.

FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
314 Foster Hill Road Milford PA 18337
Contact: Martha Dubensky
Contact's Phone: 570-409-1140
Contact's Email: gaitdirector@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.
     GAIT TRC is a Premier Accredited Center through PATH International

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.
     Pike County Humane Society 189 Lee Road Shohola, PA 18458 570-296-7654 no email information available

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.
     We rely on the advice of our local veterinarian to assure our horses' welfare as well as abide by all PATH Int'l horse welfare and management standards.

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: 5

Instructors Assigned to this Facility: (see Instructor Section below for details)
     1. Instructor: Diana Moldovan
     2. Instructor: Laurie Bryceland
     3. Instructor: Martha S. Dubensky
     4. Instructor: Nancy Van Wyk
     5. Instructor: Vera Remes

GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

Grounds
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 4
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 3
Pastures: 2  Paddocks/Pens: 2
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 1






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? 13-16
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 4 to 8 hours per day
    Horses are out 9 to 15 hours per day
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in to feed
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in if there is inclement weather
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are being trained
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are used for the conduct of the organization's programs

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
✔    This facility does not have pastures where horses can graze on pasture grass
✔    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 have natural protection for horses (i.e., trees)
✔    Pastures have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
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
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Pastures are rotated

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
✔    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
✔    Turnout areas have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
✔    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    Barbed wire is used for fencing

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

GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

Veterinarian Information
Vet Assessment  conducted on 03/04/2019
Veterinarian: Richard A. Dubensky, D.V.M
Clinic Name: Milford Animal Hospital    Street: 123 Chippy Cole Rd.    City: Milford  State: PA    Zip: 18337
Phone: 570-296-8448  
Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)
    Onsite computer with onsite backup storage system
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records
    Our organization would use free cloud-based barn management software if available

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
✔    Horses are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
✔    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
✔    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
✔    Horses are fed in 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:
✔    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
✔    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated with each visit by the veterinarian
✔    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 massage therapist
Not Checked:
    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 monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse annually and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse with each visit by the veterinarian and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist

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? Only 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 parasites
    Feed Through Products
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets
    Fans

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
✔    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
✔    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
✔    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
✔    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
Not Checked:
    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
    A specific individual is assigned to care for sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Restricted access signs are posted at 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 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
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses

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

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property::
✔    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
✔    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
    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each horse with horse names and photos

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
✔    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each horse appropriate to the horse's needs and the weather conditions
✔    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
✔    Tack is cleaned only when needed
✔    Tack is inspected for overall working condition 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 replaced after a fall
Not Checked:
    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 assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    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 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
✔    Power outages
✔    Fire
✔    Natural Disasters - thunderstorm, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc
✔    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
✔    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:
    Evacuation plans
    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
Not Checked:
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

How often are the following checked or performed?
Fire Extinguishers are checked: Annually
Smoke detectors are checked: 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: Annually
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Annually

Horse Transportion
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  1 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  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: 168
Total number of individual clients participating in unmounted activities per week: 5
Total number of individual clients participating in mounted activities per week: 31
Total number of horses participating in EAAT programs at this facility: 10
Number of horses aged 3-8:
Number of horses aged 9-14: 2
Number of horses aged 15-20:
Number of horses aged over 20: 8
Average number of mounted hours per day each horse works: 2
Average number of unmounted hours per day each horse works: 1
Total number: 3
Total number of mounted horse hours per week: 5
Total number of unmounted horse hours per week: 3
Number of days per week that mounted programs are conducted at this facility: 5
Number of weeks per year that mounted programs are conducted at this facility: 51
Number of days per week that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility: 5
Number of weeks per year that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility: 51
Additional explanation: GAIT TRC offers Therapeutic Riding from January 1x week only)- November (approx 3x a week). Hippotherapy is offered approx April- October. All other programs are offered throughout the year, depending on the willingness to attend from participants. As such, GAIT's busiest schedule is typically through April- November.

GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

Equine Costs and Inventory

2018 Operations: This facility was operational during 2018.

2018 Horse Care Costs
Actual Horse Care Costs
$11836     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$700     Bedding
$0     Veterinarian
$2820     Farrier
$640     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$1500     Manure Removal
$550     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$2195     Maintenance
$279     Horse/Barn Supplies
$26000     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$46520     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$500     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$11000     Veterinarian
$600     Farrier
$500     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$200     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$350     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$5500     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$18650     2018 Total Donated Costs

Average cost per day per horse: $13
Average length of stay for an equine: 304 days
Based on a total of 3650 days equines were in the care of this facility during 2018

GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

Equine Inventory

2018 Operations: This facility was operational during 2018.

2018 Horse Care Costs

2018 GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center Horse Inventory
10 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2018
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2018
2 Donated
0 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
2 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2018
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
2 Horses deceased
2 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: 10 on 1/1/2018+ 2 Intakes - 2 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

Additional Explanation:
GAIT TRC maintains a herd of 10 horses (maximum capacity). In early 2018, we lost 2 of our oldest horses, reducing the herd to 8. Later in that same year, 2 more horses were donated, bringing the herd back to 10.



2 Detail Horse Intake during 2018
2 Donated
1Paint
1 Aged 15-20
1 Geldings
1Other
1 Aged Over 20
1 Geldings

0 Free Leased
0 Purchased from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned








FACILITY INVENTORY SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

10 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2018
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2018
2 Donated
0 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
2 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2018
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
2 Horses deceased
2 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: 10 on 1/1/2018+ 2 Intakes - 2 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
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

Actual Horse Care Costs
$11836     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$700     Bedding
$0     Veterinarian
$2820     Farrier
$640     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$1500     Manure Removal
$550     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$2195     Maintenance
$279     Horse/Barn Supplies
$26000     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$46520     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$500     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$11000     Veterinarian
$600     Farrier
$500     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$200     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$350     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$5500     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$18650     2018 Total Donated Costs

Average cost per day per horse: $13




INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

V. INSTRUCTORS

     1. Diana Moldovan

         Facility Participation:

         GAIT 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: 2015
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH International Registered Instructor
Additional information about this instructor: Volunteered at GAIT as a teenager. Previous experience working in a group home and at a harness racing facility.

     2. Laurie Bryceland

         Facility Participation:

         GAIT 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: 2015
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH International Registered Instructor

     3. Martha S. Dubensky

         Facility Participation:

         GAIT 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: 1994
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH International Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2003
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH International Registered Advanced Therapeutic Riding 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: PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Additional information about this instructor: Completed a Masters in Psychology with a focus on addiction counseling. Went on to school to become a Certified Life Coach (2015). Mrs. Dubensky has been a committee member on several PATH International committees including the PATH International Oversight Committee, Regional Representative, Lead Evaluator for On-Site Workshops and Certifications and Horses for Heroes.

     4. Nancy Van Wyk

         Facility Participation:

         GAIT 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: 2013
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH International Registered Instructor
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2015
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH International Certification for Specialty Instructor Training for Horses for Heroes
Certification 3:
Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2015
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Certification
Additional information about this instructor: Also completed certification from PATH in Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT in 2016.

     5. Vera Remes

         Facility Participation:

         GAIT 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: 2007
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH International Registered Instructor
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2014
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Additional information about this instructor: Previous experience as a special education teacher and mounted police.