Equine Welfare Network Guardian
2019

Ray of Light Farm
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK GUARDIAN PROFILE
Last Updated: 07/29/2019

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

MISSION & PROGRAMS

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

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:
Our focus is on keeping those horses in sanctuary that need to be in a safe place. In that situation we currently have 14 horses in sanctuary, four of which are currently undergoing intense rehabilitation so that they will trust humans again. The remaining ten are currently able to work with the public in programs such as: Horse Feathers (Veterans Program), Might Minis 4H (Youth Program), Oak Hill, and our general Animal Assisted Learning programs.
     To assist in facilitating our learning we have brought in a world renowned horse expert to guide and shape our methods in working with these at risk horses.
     Ray of Light Farm has developed an evaluation system with behavioral assessments to determine equine suitability guidelines for working in each of our programs. Currently, in all cases, those horses in sanctuary are used for unmounted, animal assisted learning only. This evaluation system includes the use of categories which specify the level of handling for each individual animal. All Farm volunteers, trainers, and program participants are taught to follow this gentle, compassionate approach to building a human - animal relationship to benefit both.

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 41 horses currently in the program, most receive hands on training several times a week and are contributing participants in our many community activities. There are currently 14 equines in sanctuary.

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

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)
Veterans

Our organization provides services to individuals with:
Autism, Learning disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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 are being 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). Cooperative programs for individuals on the Autism spectrum through Oak Hill and Franklin School.

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:
     While it is difficult to anticipate the specific challenges with these horses, we have learned to be proactive in educating our staff. This is already evidenced in the behavioral changes in the horses. They are relaxed and responsive to consistent handling by our staff and volunteers and are stepping into programs nicely. We have found that our methods when consistently applied result in major shifts and progress in rehabilitation.
     
     Assessment:
     Ray of Light Farm has developed an evaluation system with behavioral assessments to determine equine suitability guidelines for working in each of our programs. Currently, in all cases, those horses in sanctuary are used for unmounted, animal assisted learning only. This evaluation system includes the use of categories which specify the level of handling for each individual animal. All Farm volunteers, trainers, and program participants are taught to follow this gentle, compassionate approach to building a human - animal relationship to benefit both.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     In addition to the programs described under EAAT, Active programs are described under EAAT, Ray of Light Farm serves the entire community of Middlesex county.
     
     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 PTSD.
     
     Currently we are operating two Cooperative Programs with two local facilities working with Autistic individuals. These are the Franklin School and Oak Hill. We have also initiated an alliance with a local home school program.
     
     Community service programs for area schools, churches, Veterans, and the Middlesex county court system.

Our Programs/Activities involving animals other than horses:
 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.

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 under age, engaging in sexual behavior, displaying disruptive behavior, bullying/harassment, fighting, and committing acts of vandalism.


GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Bonita V. Buongiorne
Employees:   Full-Time:  2  Part-Time:  8  Volunteers:  80

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
Not Checked:
    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
Not Checked:
    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:  7  Number of Voting Board Members:  7

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

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

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

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

Organization documents available on our website:
    None

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

Financial Reporting:
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Compilation
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2018? No
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

POLICIES

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

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

Not Checked:
    Stallions
Definitions:
Donated: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Free Lease: The ownership of the horse is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the horse is transferred to the organization utilizing a free lease document.
Purchased: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase document.
Surrendered: The ownership and custody of the horse is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent without the use of a donation document.
Seized: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization as a result of the horse being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandoned: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization as a result of the horse being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Returned: The horse was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the horse has been transferred back to the organization.
Transferred In: The custody and/or ownership of the horse 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.

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

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


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

Not Checked
    Other
    Feral/Wild

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
Ray of Light Farm also accepts hardship cases, and horses of deceased owners.
     Any breed is acceptable depending on temperament.


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
    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 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 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
Not Checked:
    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

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.
Not Checked:
    Our organization breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed horses


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

Horses will be euthanized upon the recommendation of:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    Senior staff member without a veterinarian's recommendation
    The Board of Directors, or a member of the Board of Directors, without a veterinarian's recommendation
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The following are authorized to administer the procedure for your organization in accordance with state laws:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    A certified euthanasia technician
    Senior staff with appropriate training
    Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
    Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The organization utilizes the following methods of euthanasia:
    Intravenous administration of an overdose of barbiturates

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 cannot be bred
    Our agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
Not Checked:
    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 re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to 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:
$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
Not Checked:
    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
Not Checked:
    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 Re-homing 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: Makayla McPherson
     4. Instructor: Sally Sanders
     5. Instructor: Sanna Piispanen
     6. Instructor: Shannon Doyle

Ray of Light Farm

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

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

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
✔    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
Not Checked:
    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

Ray of Light Farm

Veterinarian Information
Vet Assessment  conducted on 07/05/2019
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: 298
Total number of individual clients participating in unmounted activities per week: 50
Total number of individual clients participating in mounted activities per week: 70
Total number of horses participating in EAAT programs at this facility: 41
Number of horses aged 3-8: 0
Number of horses aged 9-14: 19
Number of horses aged 15-20: 7
Number of horses aged over 20: 15
Average number of mounted hours per day each horse works: 1
Average number of unmounted hours per day each horse works: 1
Total number: 2
Total number of mounted horse hours per week: 70
Total number of unmounted horse hours per week: 50
Number of days per week that mounted programs are conducted at this facility: 7
Number of weeks per year that mounted programs are conducted at this facility: 46
Number of days per week that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility: 7
Number of weeks per year that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility: 46
Additional explanation: There are often mounted and unmounted activities during the same lesson.






FACILITY CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Ray of Light Farm

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

Summary: 42 on 1/1/2018+ 1 Intakes - 2 Departures = 41 on 12/31/2018

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




FACILITY COST SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Ray of Light Farm

Actual Horse Care Costs
$72754     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$22160     Bedding
$10359     Veterinarian
$9180     Farrier
$1515     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$13135     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$14673     Maintenance
$5182     Horse/Barn Supplies
$168749     Horse Care Staff
$7250     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$324957     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$0     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$0     Veterinarian
$0     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$0     2018 Total Donated Costs

Average cost per day per horse: $22




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: Master Certification Level 1 - Chris Irwin - Insight 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
Additional information about this instructor: Master Certification Level 1 - Chris Irwin - Insight

     3. 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
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Chris Irwin Insights
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2018
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: The language of horses is body language. Therefore, it’s not just WHAT we do with a horse that is important but HOW we use our bodies when we do what we do with our horses that should be kept first and foremost in mind. How relaxing and enjoyable the training is for any breed of horse of any age, or, conversely, how stressful the experience is, depends entirely on HOW the trainer behaves with his or her body language.
Additional information about this instructor: Master Certification Level 1 - Chris Irwin - Insights

     4. 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
Certification 3:
Provide the name of the certifying organization.Chris Irwin Insights
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2019
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: The language of horses is body language. Therefore, it’s not just WHAT we do with a horse that is important but HOW we use our bodies when we do what we do with our horses that should be kept first and foremost in mind. How relaxing and enjoyable the training is for any breed of horse of any age, or, conversely, how stressful the experience is, depends entirely on HOW the trainer behaves with his or her body language.
Additional information about this instructor: Master Certification Level 1 - Chris Irwin-Insights

     5. 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? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Chris Irwin Insights
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2018
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: The language of horses is body language. Therefore, it’s not just WHAT we do with a horse that is important but HOW we use our bodies when we do what we do with our horses that should be kept first and foremost in mind. How relaxing and enjoyable the training is for any breed of horse of any age, or, conversely, how stressful the experience is, depends entirely on HOW the trainer behaves with his or her body language.
Additional information about this instructor: Master Certification Level 1 - Chris Irwin - Insights

     6. Shannon Doyle

         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: Chris Irwin Insights
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2018
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: The language of horses is body language. Therefore, it’s not just WHAT we do with a horse that is important but HOW we use our bodies when we do what we do with our horses that should be kept first and foremost in mind. How relaxing and enjoyable the training is for any breed of horse of any age, or, conversely, how stressful the experience is, depends entirely on HOW the trainer behaves with his or her body language.
Additional information about this instructor: Master Certification Level 1 - Chris Irwin - Insights