Equine Welfare Network Guardian
AWARDED ANNUALLY
Effective Date
May 06, 2020


Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center
14 Lilac Dr.
Windham, ME 04062
Phone: 207-892-2813

EIN: 01-0482069
Founded: 1993
Last Updated 2020-05-06

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Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK GUARDIAN PROFILE
Effective Date: May 06, 2020 Last Updated: May 06, 2020

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

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) which are in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED FOR or were HOUSED AND CARED FOR during 2019:
     *1. Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center
* Operational in 2019

Mission:
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center ("RTT") is a non profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing health and wellness through equine assisted activities and therapies.

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:
Strategic Objectives
     Client-Centered Programs: Provide high quality and dynamic services to a broad range of clients in our community.
     Caring for our Horses: Provide superior care to our horses through top quality nutrition, training, handling and herd management.
     Financial Sustainability: Develop balanced, expanded and diverse revenue streams to support RTT’s mission.
     Sharing our Story: Promote visibility and awareness of RTT’s impact, programs, and services.
     Supporting our Team: Provide a positive, caring and respectful environment that promotes life-long learning and professional growth.
     Stewardship of our Farm: Plan, develop and utilize RTT’s property in a fiscally prudent and environmentally sensitive manner.
     
     2019 Accomplishments
     Clients
     • 250+ children and adults served
     • 2,640 client visits
     • Geographic reach: 45 cities and towns; 7 counties
     • Ages 3-90+
     
     Horses
     • Herd of 18; ranging in age from 7 to 30+
     • Miniatures to Draft
     • Average cost/year/horse: $5,000
     • Training is overseen by our Equine Manager and a team of volunteer schoolers
     
     Staff and Volunteers
     • Small, professionally credentialed paid full-time and part time staff (9 FTEs)
     • Average tenure of staff: 8 years; range 1-20 years
     • Large, unpaid staff of trained volunteers >250 individuals
     • PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center since 2000
     
     Farm and Property
     • 50+ acres in Windham, ME
     • Handicapped accessible facility with indoor arena; development of accessible trails on property
     • Solar array on arena to decrease carbon footprint
     
     Sustainability
     • 27 years of service to our community
     • Individuals, businesses and foundations provide more than 75% of our operating budget funds
     • RTT receives no municipal, state or federal operating support
     
     For 27 years, RTT has served children and adults with disabilities, while maintaining a healthy and happy herd of horses. We charge modest fees for services with the remainder of our operating budget made up of individual, corporate and foundation gifts (over 75% of our total budget comes from these sources). We have a dedicated staff who are knowledgeable and professional, and who committed to RTT's mission.

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT):
Our organization provides the following equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT):
    Therapeutic Mounted Activities
    Therapeutic Driving Activities
    Therapeutic Unmounted Activities
    Equine-Interactive Therapy: Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology
Not Checked:
    Therapeutic Vaulting Activities
    Equine-Interactive Therapy: Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)
    Equine-Interactive Learning: Academic Learning
    Equine-Interactive Learning: Self-improvement/Wellness/Team Building/Personal Coaching/Professional Coaching

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
Homeless
Foreign-born (Immigrants)
Racial Minorities
Ethnic Minorities
Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
At-Risk Youth

Our organization provides services to individuals with:
Alzheimers/Dementia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Autism, Behavioral disorders, Cerebral palsy, Chronic illness, Cognitive disabilities, Development delay or disability, Down Syndrome, Economic disadvantages, Emotional disabilities, Epilepsy, Genetic conditions/disorders, Head Trauma/Brain Injury, Intellectual disability, Joint abnormalities, Language impairment, Learning disabilities, Mental health disabilities, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Orthopedic issues, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Physical disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Speech impairment, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Visual impairment

Overview of our programs involved with providing EAAT to individuals with special needs:
     At Riding To The Top we provide services to individuals who have a wide range of diagnoses that include, but are not limited to, cerebral palsy, brain injury, autism, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, Down syndrome and developmental delays.
     
     Over 250 people with disabilities, ages 3-85+ are served each year through individual and group lessons. Riding To The Top offers therapeutic riding, therapeutic carriage driving, Equine Assisted Learning programs and hippotherapy for our clients based on their individual needs.
     
     Therapeutic Riding (TR): Our TR program is our largest program and serves children and adults of all ages. Activities include grooming, tacking and riding skills to help individuals improve their physical strength, cognitive and sequencing skills, and social interactions.
     
     Equine Assisted Learning (EAL): Our EAL programming aligns with EQUUS' service area described as Therapeutic Horsemanship--Ground Based Horsemanship. This program includes a variety of activities that are ground based and may include grooming, leading and observation of horses and herd behavior.
     
     Therapeutic Carriage Driving (TCD): This program offers an option for clients who are unable to ride due to physical limitations or who may be fearful of heights. TCD offers clients an exciting activity where balance and visual-spatial relationships are challenged, while driving the horse from a cart. A PATH Certified Driving instructor and specially trained volunteers make up our driving teams. RTT’s Driving program became accredited by PATH Intl. in 2016 during our re-Accreditation site visit.
     
     Hippotherapy services at RTT are provided by an Occupational Therapist or a Physical Therapist to a small population of clients who benefit from the physical input of the horse's movement to assist in neuro-developmental skills.
     
     Between our lesson terms, we offer field trip experiences, staff and volunteer education related to EAAT and equine related clinics that have benefit for our staff, horses and the general public. Educational offerings include:
     • PATH Intl. mentoring program for Instructors In Training;
     • PATH Intl. Instructor workshops and certifications;
     • Advanced program specific volunteer trainings; and
     • Clinics on equine topics including Natural Horsemanship, Masterson Energy Work and Driving.

At a time when equestrian sports are under pressure to protect horses while making those sports more accessible, so too must all equine organizations ensure that horses are treated humanely when interacting with people with and without special needs. Our organization takes the following steps to ensure that horses are benefiting from their interactions with people:
     We track weekly workloads of our horses to ensure that our horses, while working, are also receiving needed days off. In addition, we track behavior and health concerns so that among our PATH Intl. instructors, if we notice something we write it down--it may be a one time occurrence or when documented by more than one instructor may show a pattern of behavior or health concern that needs further investigation.
     
     Our horses all have individual schooling programs that are developed and updated by our Equine Manager to assist with the physical and mental health of our equine partners. The abilities and temperaments of each horse in our herd are closely monitored and we use this information in our horse selection for lessons which is done in conjunction with our Program Director and Equine Manager (both PATH Intl. instructors), with input from our other PATH Intl. instructors.
     
     In 2019 we added Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programming. Our EAL program aligns with EQUUS' service area described as Therapeutic Horsemanship--Ground Based Horsemanship. This program is utilized with children participating in our School Based programming and has been well received by educators. In addition, we utilize EAL for individuals who are over our weight limit or who do not want to ride or drive, but want to connect with horses. In addition to providing a valuable service, this program helps to balance our horses' physical workloads. Our driving program has also helped us to continue to serve clients who are over our weight limit (or who don't want to ride, but still want to connect with horses and benefit from the activity of driving) and for several of our horses driving is their preferred activity.
     
     We supplement our horses' activities in EAAT with complementary medicine, including acupuncture, chiropractic, Reiki, massage, homeopathic remedies and Masterson body work in addition to traditional veterinary medicine. We also have offered workshops on mindfulness in our interactions with our horses for staff and volunteers and have been working to extend this awareness to our clients.
     
     At RTT, we take into consideration the needs of our clients but also the needs of our horses. This extends to the training and education of our staff and volunteers to provide consistency for our horses (and clients) and we know that without our horses, there will be no benefit for our clients. We also recognize that some horses are better suited for EAAT work than others and we work hard in our selection process to ensure that horses that come to RTT either through donation, free lease or purchase are well suited to the work that we do.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:

Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     We work to increase awareness about the benefits of EAAT through community education, outreach and research opportunities such as:
     • Forums, fairs, conferences and open houses;
     • High School and College service learning programs;
     • College level internships;
     • Participation in graduate level and NIH funded research on the effects of EAAT; and
     • Staff presentations at PATH Intl. conferences.
     
     In 2020, we are one of two centers nationally, who will begin year one of a five year NIH funded research study looking at the physiological changes in children with Autism during therapeutic riding compared to a "barn" control group. We are thrilled to be working with Univ. of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Maine Medical Center Research Institute on this exciting study.

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 adapted to the ability/disability of those receiving services aimed at contributing positively to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being, 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 to achieve educational, professional and personal goals.

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

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


GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Sarah Bronson
Employees:   Full-Time:  6  Part-Time:  12  Volunteers:  250
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective staff complete a written application
    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
    Every member of the staff provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every member of the staff carries current health insurance
    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:
    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 subject to Random Drug Screening

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

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  7
Number of Board Members:  9  Number of Voting Board Members:  9

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.
One of our instructors is the daughter of the Executive Director. This is disclosed on our Annual Conflict of Interest statements submitted by all staff and board members.

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

Disclosure:


Organization documents available on our website:
    Most recent Financials
    Most recent IRS Form 990

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

Additional explanation regarding governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of the answers above.
All employees must undergo a background check which includes state and federal criminal checks. All volunteers provide references as part of their application and must reveal if they have been convicted of any crimes. We have a link to Guidestar on our website which provides not only our most recent 990 and audited Financial Statements but additional information about our organization including Board members, Mission, Programs, etc. We are proud of our Platinum designation with Guidestar.

Financial Reporting:
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Audit
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2019? No
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

POLICIES

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

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

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares

Not Checked:
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated
Definitions:
Donated: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Free Lease: The ownership of the equine is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the equine is transferred to the organization utilizing a free lease document.
Purchased from Owner: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase document.
Purchased from Auction: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by purchasing the equine at an auction.
Purchased from Kill Pen: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by purchasing the equine from a kill pen.
Surrendered (Hardship): The ownership and custody of the equine is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent with or without the use of an intake document.
Seized: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandoned: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Returned: The equine was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the equine has been transferred back to the organization.
Transferred: The custody of the equine is transferred within an organization or from one organization to another non-profit or foster organization to provide retirement, retraining, rehabilitation and/or adoption services with no change in ownership.
Born: The equine was born at the facility.

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:
    Draft
    Miniature Horse
    Morgan
    Quarter Horse
    Warm Blood
    Haflinger
    Gypsy Vanner

Not Checked
    American Saddlebred
    Appaloosa
    Arabian
    Donkey/Mule/Burro
    Mustang
    Friesian
    Hackney
    National Show Horse
    Paint
    Standardbred
    Tennessee Walking Horse
    Thoroughbred
    Grade/Mixed Breed/Unknown
    Other
    Andalusian/Lusitano
    Icelandic Horse
    Norwegian Fjord
    Feral/Wild
    Paso Fino
    Pinto
    Appendix Quarter Horse
    Rocky Mountain Horse
    Missouri Fox Trotter

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
Riding To The Top is committed to offering Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies in a safe and nurturing environment for humans AND horses. As such, the characteristics of our horses are critical. Regardless of whether a prospective horse is a donation, free-lease or plans to be purchased by the organization, an adequate trial period is desired to ensure that the prospective equine will meet the needs of RTT, including specifically our programs’ and clients’ needs and that the horse is happy in the work and seems well suited for EAAT. To assist in this decision making process, RTT utilizes our Trial Contract for Purchase/Lease, our Horse Profile form and our Equine Screening Assessment, to ensure the horse’s fit with RTT. In the case of a lease agreement, or a donation, we actively encourage the owners to participate in the process, ensuring that they, too, are comfortable with the fit for their horse’s and our program’s needs.
     
     The Equine Manager takes the lead role in screening prospective horses and making a decision whether a horse is appropriate for a trial. Once the horse is on RTT property, all program staff are involved in assessing the horse’s suitability for programming at RTT. Final decisions re: acceptance of the horse for RTT programs and details of any lease/purchase/donation agreements are made by the Equine Manager with input from the Program Director, program staff and the Executive Director.


Intake, Assessment & Training
Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score is assigned
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Fecal test
    De-worming
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time
Not Checked:
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Vaccinations
    The horse is scanned to check for a microchip
    The horse is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time

The organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse prior to acceptance and arrival at the organization:
    A current Coggins
    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
    Horses are on trial up to 60 days
    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
    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
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
Not Checked:
    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
    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

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
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)
    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
    Bathing
    Clipping

The typical length of quarantine is:   10 to 20 days

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   Weekly

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
In several of the sections above, we checked off seemingly contradictory statements. This is because our trial period agreement may be tailored to the individual horse/owner situation re: length of trial and RTT covering the costs of care versus the owner. This often times depends on the horse's most recent work history and whether we anticipate needing a longer period of time to get a horse into shape for our programs.
     
     We also require that horses coming on trial have a current Lyme Test before coming to the farm and if it is positive, the owner is responsible for the cost of treatment.


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


Euthanasia
The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
    Our organization 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

Additional information about our euthanasia policies and practices:
In situations where a horse has chronic health issues that are painful or an acute situation arises (e.g. colic), consultation with our equine veterinarian will occur to discuss humane management of the horse considering pain and suffering, overall health and condition, potential for recovery, etc. In the event that pain and suffering will likely continue and/or treatment options are not prudent for the horse and/or organization, RTT will consider euthanasia in consultation with our veterinarian. In the event of a free-leased horse, this decision is made by the owner in conjunction with the veterinarian and RTT.

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

Our organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
    Farrier
    Personal/Other
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.

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

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
Not applicable; None received

Our organization has the following rehoming fee policies:
    Not applicable
Not Checked:
    All equines have one set fee
    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 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
Not Checked:
    Horses may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    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


Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Our placement of horses includes those who are ready for retirement from EAAT or those horses who we have purchased and after a period of time (usually up to a year) we determine that they are not well suited for EAAT. In the case of retirement we are committed to finding forever homes for horses who have worked so hard for our program. In this situation, we generally transfer ownership to the person who is taking over care, but on occasion, we have done this as a free lease arrangement. For horses that we have purchased, we may chose to place them at no fee or sell them to a suitable owner. In all cases, references are checked.
View Re-homing Agreement

FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center
14 Lilac Dr. Windham ME 04062
Contact: Sarah E. Bronson
Contact's Phone: 207-892-2813
Contact's Email: sbronson@ridingtothetop.org

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

If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of an accrediting organization, is accredited, and/or is licensed by local, state and/or federal authorities, please provide the details:
     Riding To The Top has been PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center since 2000, meeting or exceeding all of PATH Intl's core administrative, mounted, unmounted, driving and facility standards. Our most recent Accreditation visit occurred in Dec. 2016 where we scored 100% on all applicable standards.

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.
     Maine State Animal Welfare Program. Contact info: 207-287-3846 or toll free at 1-877-269-9200; email: animal.welfare@maine.gov; Physical Address: Deering Building, 90 Blossom Ln., Augusta, ME 04330

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.
     MSSPA; 279 River Road, Windham, Maine 04062 207-892-3040 (mailing address: PO Box 10; S. Windham, ME 04082)
     Maine Farm Bureau--Horse Council-4 Gabriel Drive, Suite 1; Augusta, ME 04330 207-622-4111

Does your organization conduct Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) at this facility in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT)? Yes

Total number of instructors, specialists, therapists, counselors, coaches and/or facilitators (full-time, part-time, volunteer, independent contractors, and/or service providers accompanying clients) that conduct Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) AT THIS FACILITY:  13

EAAT Service Providers Assigned to this Facility: (see EAAT Service Provider Section below for details)
     1. Cynde Putney
     2. Julia Hamilton
     3. Kate Jeton
     4. Kristin Meaney
     5. Mario Pascarelli
     6. Marissa LaGassey
     7. Mark Fuller
     8. Martha Love
     9. Renee Chervenak, MD
     10. Sara Conant
     11. Sara Gagliarducci, OTR/L
     12. Sarah Bronson, PT
     13. Susan deGozzaldi

Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Grounds
Total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility: 18
Of the total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility, the number of horses that are microchipped: 0
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those not involved with your programs: 18
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 20
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 15
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 6
Pastures: 3  Paddocks/Pens: 8
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 2  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/enclosures?    Yes    
How often are the stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 Days a Week
Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction?    Yes    
Is there a ventilation and circulation system in place to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases?    Yes    
Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety?    Yes    
Are fire prevention/protection measures (fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems) maintained and in good working order?     Yes    
Is there adequate lighting to ensure safety in all areas of facility?     Yes    
Are emergency contacts, including veterinarian contact information, conspicuously posted in easily accessible locations?    Yes    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

How many hours per day, on average, are horses stalled? 4-8
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 9 to 15 hours per day
    Horses are out 24/7
    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:
    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
    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

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
    Turnout areas have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    Barbed wire is used for fencing

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
    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
    The property is fitted with motion lights
Not Checked:
    A security guard is present at night
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
    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)
    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced

Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Veterinarian Information
Vet Assessment  conducted on 03/19/2020
Veterinarian: Rachel Flaherty
Clinic Name: Back Cove Equine Veterinary Services
PMB 1243
Portland   ME   04103
Phone: 207-232-4316

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
    Onsite computer with cloud-based 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
    Horses are fed in groups
    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area
Not Checked:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    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
Not Checked:
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    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
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses
    Horses/equines are not quarantined.

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

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property::
    Horses are assigned the same stall/location each day
    Name plates are located on the stall
    Horses wear halters with nametags
    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

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


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

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

The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
    Smoking is strictly prohibited
    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
    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:
    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled

How often are the following checked or performed?
Fire Extinguishers are checked: Quarterly
Smoke detectors are checked: Quarterly
Electrical Systems are checked: Daily
Fence lines are checked: Weekly
Turnout Areas are checked: Daily
Sprinkler systems are checked: Quarterly
Fire drills are conducted: Quarterly
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Quarterly
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Quarterly
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Annually

Equine Transportation
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    2 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
3-horse trailer with truck or van:
    1 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)
         
2019 EAAT Operations Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Horses/Equines participating in EAAT programs at this facility        
Number of horses/equines aged 3-8 0 0 1 1
Number of horses/equines aged 9-14 0 1 0 1
Number of horses/equines aged 15-20 0 2 5 7
Number of horses/equines Over 20 0 0 9 9
Total number of horses/equines participating in EAAT programs at this facility 0 3 15 18
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of hours per day each horse works 2 2  
Number of days per week each horse works 5 5  
         
Clients participating in EAAT programs at this facility Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually 24 70 163 257
Average number of clients (not lessons) participating in activities per week 19 10 51 80
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of days per week programs are conducted at this facility 6 6  
Number of weeks per year programs are conducted at this facility 41 41  
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Average wait list time for a client 2 Months 1 Months  
         

Additional explanation: During most times we are always looking for potential horses to join our herd. At present, due to COVID-19, we are not looking to add any additional horses (additional expense and staff time to care for them) to our herd and we are working hard to continue with plans to retire 2 horses from our herd (both in progress before COVID-19, but now slowed). Regarding numbers above, the following assumptions were made: Mounted only--riding or driving lessons where no grooming, tacking and leading time is involved Both Mounted and Unmounted--riding or driving lessons where grooming, tacking and leading time is involved, or could be a group that starts with all unmounted and moves on to mounted Driving was included in Mounted only (Driving only) or Both Mounted and Unmounted (Grooming, harnessing and driving) As for wait list times, while this is an average, the range is quite wide and is influenced by time, horse, instructor and volunteer(s) availability. Also, our EAAT weekly programs run 41 weeks of the year; however, during "down" weeks, we frequently have educational offerings (clinics, workshops, field trips, etc.)

Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center was operational during 2019.

2019 Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center Equine Census
19 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2019
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2019
1 Donated
1 Free Lease
1 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
3 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
0 Horses adopted/sold:
3 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
1 Horses euthanized
4 Total departures
18 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
18 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 19 on 1/1/2019+ 3 Intakes - 4 Departures = 18 on 12/31/2019



3 Horse Intake Detail during 2019 0
1 Donated 0
1Draft1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
1 Free Leased 0
1Warm Blood 1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1 Purchased from Owner 0
1Grade/Mixed Breed/Unknown1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
0 Purchased from Auction 0
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot 0
0 Surrendered 0
0 Seized 0
0 Abandoned 0
0 Returned 0
0 Transferred 0
0 Born at facility 0




FACILITY CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center: 2019 - Yes

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

Summary: 19 on 1/1/2019+ 3 Intakes - 4 Departures = 18 on 12/31/2019

Total days that equines were in the care of Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center during 2019: 6317


FACILITY COST SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center: 2019 - Yes

Actual Horse Care Costs
$31453     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$3757     Bedding
$12164     Veterinarian
$10928     Farrier
$5204     Dentist
$130     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$980     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$3500     Maintenance
$5496     Horse/Barn Supplies
$60550     Horse Care Staff
$27376     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$161538     2019 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$0     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$250     Veterinarian
$0     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$4130     Other Therapies
$1293     Manure Removal
$70     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$2400     Maintenance
$1000     Horse/Barn Supplies
$18720     Horse Care Staff
$5200     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$33063     2019 Total Donated Costs

/ Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center: Our Horse Training (both expense and in kind) includes the portion of our Equine Manager's salary that is devoted to direct training of our horses and the in kind donation of our Volunteer Schooling Team in working with our horses.
     
     Other therapies include body work and magna wave therapy services that are donated.
     
     In kind Horse Care Staff includes our barn volunteers involved in direct care of our horses.

Average direct cost per day per horse: $12
Average total cost per day per horse: $26
Average length of stay for an equine: 287 days (6317/22)



EAAT SERVICE PROVIDER INFORMATION


Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT):
Our organization provides the following equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT):
    Therapeutic Mounted Activities
    Therapeutic Driving Activities
    Therapeutic Unmounted Activities
    Equine-Interactive Therapy: Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology
Not Checked:
    Therapeutic Vaulting Activities
    Equine-Interactive Therapy: Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)
    Equine-Interactive Learning: Academic Learning
    Equine-Interactive Learning: Self-improvement/Wellness/Team Building/Personal Coaching/Professional Coaching

     1. Cynde Putney

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Activities

         Therapeutic Unmounted Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Cynde is a PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor (2013). In addition, she is a horse owner and takes regular lessons.


     2. Julia Hamilton

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Volunteer

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Unmounted Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Julia is a long time RTT lesson volunteer and in 2019, she completed her ESMHL with PATH Intl. She assists on a regular basis with our ground based lessons and is developing skills so that she can take more of a leadership role with some of these groups.


     3. Kate Jeton

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Activities

         Therapeutic Unmounted Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Kate is a life long horse woman who has competed in jumping and equitation. She is a PATH Intl. Registered Level instructor and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She has a background in education and administration.


     4. Kristin Meaney

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Activities

         Therapeutic Unmounted Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Kristin has a degree in Equine Management and Business and is PATH Intl. Registered Level instructor. She is RTT's Equine Manager and oversees the health and fitness of our horses and supervises RTT's Volunteer Schooling Team.


     5. Mario Pascarelli

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Driving Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Mario is a retired teacher and is a PATH Intl. Level 1 Driving instructor.


     6. Marissa LaGassey

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Activities

         Therapeutic Unmounted Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Marissa is PATH Intl Registered Level Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. In addition, she holds an education degree and is licensed in the state of Maine to teach secondary education (Math). She works part-time on the Behavioral Health unit at a local hospital as the hospital educator for children hospitalized with mental health issues.


     7. Mark Fuller

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Unmounted Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Mark is a PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and conducts ground lessons.


     8. Martha Love

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Activities

         Therapeutic Unmounted Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Martha has a deep background in teaching all levels of equestrians in multiple disciplines. She utilizes this knowledge to maximize the horse, rider and volunteer connection during her therapeutic lessons. She is a PATH Intl. Registered level instructor.


     9. Renee Chervenak, MD

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Volunteer

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Renee is a PATH Intl. Registered level instructor. In addition, Renee is a medical doctor.


     10. Sara Conant

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Activities

         Therapeutic Unmounted Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Sara is a PATH Intl Registered Level instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. In addition, Sara holds certifications with CHA in English and Western. She has a bachelor's degree in Education.


     11. Sara Gagliarducci, OTR/L

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Activities

         Therapeutic Unmounted Activities

         Equine-Interactive Therapy: Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Sara is a PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She is a licensed OT in the state of Maine and she brings her skills and training as an Occupational Therapist to her therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning and hippotherapy sessions at Riding To The Top.


     12. Sarah Bronson, PT

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Activities

         Therapeutic Unmounted Activities

         Equine-Interactive Therapy: Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Sarah is a licensed physical therapist in the state of Maine and a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor and Registered Therapist. She teaches therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning and provides hippotherapy services at RTT.


     13. Susan deGozzaldi

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Volunteer

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Activities

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Susan is a PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor and a RTT volunteer. She is a horse owner and has trained extensively in hunter/jumper and more recently dressage.