Ray of Light Farm
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK GUARDIAN PROFILE
Last Updated: 07/11/2018

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

MISSION & PROGRAMS

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

90%% 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. Ray of Light Farm

Our organization does not use foster facilities

Mission:
Ray of Light was established to provide a place where animals and people can form healthy connections in a safe environment. In addition, we aspire to be a healing presence in a wounded world.

Every year thousands of horses and donkeys are abandoned, abused or slaughtered. Ray of Light Farm serves as a safe haven for some providing medical care, nutritious food and training.

Many of these beautiful animals are then adopted into loving homes. Some very special ones go on to serve humanity as therapy animals.

Living out their lives as permanent farm residents, these animals provide a range of little miracles, from giving inspiration and encouragement to an autistic child to being an unjudging place to find solitude and companionship for a person suffering or dying from illness.

The farm remains open to the public and these animals are available and happy to listen to anyone in need of a friend.

Summary of organization's goals, strategies to achieve the goals, accomplishments, and capabilities to meet the goals, including its long-term plans to sustain its programs:
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Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     There are two needs addressed by our program. First is the daily care of the horses, and second is the need for extended time required for educating horses born into difficult circumstances to become good citizens. We also rehabilitate displaced horses whose owners have died.
     Working with these exceptional horses requires time and patience. Over the past decade, we have successfully gentled over 70 premarin foals and adopted out more than 60 to forever homes. Of the 30 horses currently in the program, most receive hands on training several times a week and are contributing participants in our many community activities.

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

Our organization provides services for the following specific populations:
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Our organization provides services to individuals with:
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Overview of our programs involved with providing EAAT to individuals with special needs:
     The Ray of Light Farm is actively creating a unique approach to horse handling and animal assisted therapy. The Farm has hired a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Certified instructor to codify and implement a truly holistic approach to horse handling, training, and animal assisted therapy. All Farm volunteers, trainers, and program participants will be taught to follow this gentle, compassionate approach to building a human - animal relationship to the benefit both.
     Current active programs include: Tiny Trotters, an interactive program for preschoolers; Mighty Minis, an after school and weekend mentoring program teaching animal care, horse handling, and teamwork; Horse Feathers, six week therapeutic equine program for twenty veterans including briefing, partnership selection and acquaintance (horse and veteran), grooming, leading, safety, tack (harness).

At a time when equestrian sports are under pressure to protect horses while making those sports more accessible, so too must all equine organizations ensure that horses are treated humanely when interacting with people with and without special needs. Our organization takes the following steps to ensure that horses are benefiting from their interactions with people: *Missing


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

Special Needs: Any difficulty or difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or learning disability or impairment) that require or benefit from assistance and support from certified specialists, therapists, counselors, instructors, trainers and/or facilitators. The difficulty may not be limited to a health issue but may result from the interaction between the individual and the society in which he or she lives arising from an abusive or unhealthy environment and a lack of resources, including economic resources, which can impact an individual's ability to successfully transition into adulthood and being at-risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes.

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


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     Ray of Light Farm serves the entire community of Middlesex county. Active programs include: Tiny Trotters - an interactive program for preschoolers designed to educate young people about the importance of kindness to animals; Hoofbeats - an educational program about horses designed for area schools and other youth oriented organizations. Horse Feathers - We have completed the beginning stages of developing this program that pairs veterans with equines and focuses on equine driving, groundwork, harnessing, and basic horsemanship. This program was specifically designed to meet the needs of our returning veterans with PTSD. Of course, animal assisted therapy is a continuous program offered by the farm.

Our Programs/Activities involving animals other than horses:
 Annual Fundraising events: Easter Egg Hunt, Silent Auction, Halloween Hayrides, Winter Wonderland, Horse Feathers Fundraising dinner, Wine Tasting Event
      Employment training programs for youth and disabled individuals and volunteer opportunities for Veterans with PTS
      Community service programs for area schools, churches, Veterans, and the Middlesex county court system
     
     Other animals rescued and cared for include: goats, pigs, donkeys, mules, peacocks, guinea fowl, ducks, llamas, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, alpaca, tortoises, and several breeds of chickens.

GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Bonita V. Buongiorne
Employees:   Full-Time:  3  Part-Time:  8  Volunteers:  40

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 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
✔    One or more staff members are trained in CPR and human first aid
✔    One or more staff members are trained in equine first aid
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    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
    The Employee Handbook is reviewed annually and updated

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 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
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    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  12
Number of Board Members:  13  Number of Voting Board Members:  10

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

Board/Staff Relationships:
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No

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

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

Organization documents available on our website:
    None

Organization documents available on request:
    Most recent Financials
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Bylaws

Financial Reporting:
Month Fiscal Year Ends: *Missing
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): *Missing
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): *Missing
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2018? *Missing
IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990 has not been uploaded for this facility.

POLICIES

Acquisition
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Free Lease  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  
    Purchase from auction, kill pen or feedlot  
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization will accept the following:
    
    
    
    
    

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

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

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


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Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
Ray of Light Farm also accepts hardship cases, and horses of deceased owners.


Intake, Assessment & Training
The organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse prior to acceptance and arrival at the organization:
✔    A current Coggins
✔    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
✔    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.
✔    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
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The organization has the following policies in place prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility:
✔    The owner of a potential horse is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the horse
✔    The horse is evaluated at its place of residence
✔    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
✔    Horses are on trial for up to 30 days
✔    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
✔    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
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    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the horse to and from the organization
    Horses are not taken on trial
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care

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

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

The typical length of quarantine is:   20 to 30 days

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   Daily

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
Intake may vary depending on the circumstances. For example, rescued horses may have different quarantine periods and/or intake processes which may not conform to the norm.

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


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

Horses will be euthanized upon the recommendation of:
✔    Veterinarian
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    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
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    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

Rehoming
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
✔    All potential adopters/purchasers complete an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
✔    Our organization will only re-home a horse to a location where another horse resides
✔    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
✔    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing a horse
✔    Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the horse to the adopter/purchaser's facility
✔    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
✔    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
✔    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
✔    Our agreement states that re-homed horses cannot be bred
✔    Our agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
✔    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits to see the horse within the first year of adoption
✔    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits to see the horse within the first year of adoption
✔    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
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    Our organization does NOT re-home a horse to first time horse owners
    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 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
    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
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    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:
$751 to $1,000

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

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

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

Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No
View Rehoming Application/Agreement

FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Ray of Light Farm
Ray of Light Farm
232 Town Street East Haddam CT 06423
Contact: Bonita V. Buongiorne
Contact's Phone: 860-873-1895
Contact's Email: info@rayoflightfarm.org

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.
     The Connecticut Horse Environmental Awareness Program and P.A.T.H. Int'l.

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.
     Usually the East Haddam animal control officer as well as the State Police call Ray of Light Farm when there is a horse related concern in the area. So we are the organization responsible for investigating abuse in partnership with animal control officers.

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.
     Connecticut Farm Bureau 78 Beaver Rd. Suite A Wethersfield, CT 06109 860-768-1100 info@cfba.org CHC - Connecticut Horse Council P.O.Box 121 Clinton, CT 06413 860-669-2466 Contact:Michael Houde, President Lgoulet@att.net

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: 6

Instructors Assigned to this Facility: (see Instructor Section below for details)
     1. Instructor: Alexandra Larrick
     2. Instructor: Cathy Langerand
     3. Instructor: Dave Bradham
     4. Instructor: Makayla McPherson
     5. Instructor: Sally Sanders
     6. Instructor: Sanna Piispanen

Grounds
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 15
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 2  Run-in sheds: 11
Pastures: 0  Paddocks/Pens: 24
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/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? 9-12
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 if there is inclement weather

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

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
✔    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
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    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:
✔    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
✔    By Appointment 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
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    A security guard is present at night
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    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

Veterinarian Information
*Vet Assessment Not Current.

Veterinarian: Michael Reilly
Clinic Name: Connecticut Equine Clinic    Street: 824 Flanders Road    City: Coventry  State: CT    Zip: 06238
Phone: 860-742-1580  
Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records
    Our organization would use free cloud-based barn management software if available

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

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
✔    Horses are assigned a Henneke Body Condition score upon arrival at the facility
✔    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated monthly
✔    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
✔    A weight limit of no more than 20% of the horse’s weight is established for each horse and is kept with the horse’s records and updated when needed
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated with each visit by the veterinarian
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse 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

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

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

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

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

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property::
✔    Horses are assigned the same stall/location each day
✔    Name plates are located on the stall
✔    Photos are located on the stall
✔    Staff/volunteers are provided training on confirmation, markings, colors, and breeds
✔    Team leaders work with new staff/volunteers until they are able to identify the horses
Not Checked:
    Horses 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

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 after each use
✔    Tack is inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
✔    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
✔    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's body condition changes
✔    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's disposition changes
✔    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
✔    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
✔    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
✔    Helmets are shared
✔    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
✔    Helmets are replaced after a fall
✔    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
Not Checked:
    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 weekly
    Tack is cleaned only when needed


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
Not Checked:
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)

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

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

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


Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT)
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually:
Total number of individual clients participating in unmounted activities per week:
Total number of individual clients participating in mounted activities per week:
Total number of horses participating in EAAT programs at this facility:
Number of horses aged 3-8:
Number of horses aged 9-14:
Number of horses aged 15-20:
Number of horses aged over 20:
Average number of mounted hours per day each horse works:
Average number of unmounted hours per day each horse works:
Total number:
Total number of mounted horse hours per week:
Total number of unmounted horse hours per week:
Number of days per week that mounted programs are conducted at this facility:
Number of weeks per year that mounted programs are conducted at this facility:
Number of days per week that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility:
Number of weeks per year that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility:

Equine Costs and Inventory
Prior Year information not updated.






FACILITY INVENTORY SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
The horse inventory numbers are incorrect.

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

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

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




FACILITY COST SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1

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





INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

V. INSTRUCTORS

     1. Alexandra Larrick

         Facility Participation:

         Ray of Light Farm

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Riding instructor for most programs

     2. Cathy Langerand

         Facility Participation:

         Ray of Light Farm

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: Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2005
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: CHA instructor and member #12526
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH INTL)
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: Certified instructor for therapeutic programs
Certification 3:
Provide the name of the certifying organization.Reach Out to Horses (ROTH)
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: Reach Out to Horses is a horse gentling program that teaches natural horsemanship and foal gentling

     3. Dave Bradham

         Facility Participation:

         Ray of Light Farm

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2004
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: P.A.T.H. Certified Riding and Driving Instructor
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Certified Horseman Association
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2010
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Certified Riding Instructor

     4. Makayla McPherson

         Facility Participation:

         Ray of Light Farm

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: P.A.T.H. Int'l.
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2017
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

     5. Sally Sanders

         Facility Participation:

         Ray of Light Farm

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: Pace University
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 1987
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Advanced Certificate for Riding Instructor
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Pace University
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 1987
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Associate's Degree in Equine Science

     6. Sanna Piispanen

         Facility Participation:

         Ray of Light Farm

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No