GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/30/2017
I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Chief Staff Officer:  Harriett Rubins
Employees: Full-Time: 1 Part-Time: 0 Volunteers: 30
Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No
Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. Our employee is a fully experienced barn manager. All volunteers are trained on a one-to-one basis. New individuals are assigned a trained mentor. The pair will work together until the barn manager determines that the volunteer knows the rules of the barn, routines and techniques.
Board meetings per year: 12
Number of Board Members: 6 Number of Voting Board Members: 6
Is Board Chair compensated? No Is Treasurer compensated? No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated? No
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. President of the Board/Executive Director - Harriett Rubins - Responsible for keeping Begin Again Horse Rescue running smoothly and also expected to implement the Board's rulings.
Vice President of the Board/Director at Large -Jennifer Lilly - Responsible for keeping Begin Again Horse Rescue running smoothly when help is needed or the Executive Director is away.
Daughter of Harriett Rubins
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
1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100
2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
Our organization is dedicated to helping at-risk horses to recover from their ordeals. We provide shelter and other services to help them to recover and be adopted. We provide hay, grain and volunteer services to community members who find themselves temporarily in need, to help them to keep their horses at home. We give talks and demonstrations about the plight of unwanted horses and good animal husbandry at our outreach programs. We provide work situations to individuals ordered by the courts to do public service, workers from the Livingston County Department of Social Services' Mobile Work Force. and mentally challenged individuals brought to us by the ARC, We provide transportation and temporary housing for local humane societies that have no facilities or trailers. Horses are evaluated for health needs and training and matched with suitable adopters when recovered. Volunteers at Begin Again Horse Rescue are educated in good animal husbandry techniques.
3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 1
4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. We provide transportation and temporary housing for animals other than horses when called upon, though our expressed mission is to help horses. We have helped care for and place cows, a goat, a sheep, a dog and chickens.
5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses? No
1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect
to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable),
ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and
condition of the horses accepted by your organization.
We believe that there should be a home for every horse, that horses deserve humane treatment at all times and, if it is time to die, the animal should be euthanized with dignity by a veterinarian. Each horse entering our rescue program receives a wellness exam, vaccines, fecal exam with prescribed treatment, farrier and dental services. After a two week quarantine, when it is settled into the rescue's routine, its training and limitations are evaluated. We have a non-breeding clause in our adoption contract, and any stallion that becomes a resident is quickly gelded. If training is needed, we try to provide this. With the help of our veterinarian, a recovery program is set, and progress is recorded in our log book. Photos are taken regularly to document this progress. Every horse comes into the barn at feeding time twice daily. We have adequate pasture to turn out every horse the rest of the day for grazing and interaction with other horses. When the horse is ready for adoption, it is described on our website, Facebook page, and in our newsletter.
Prospective adopters must live within two hours of Lima, NY because volunteers make yearly inspections to the farms and a greater distance than this is a hardship for them. No adopted horse can be given away or sold but must be returned to the rescue for rehoming. If the yearly inspection finds deficiencies, we try to work with the adopter to correct them. We are looking for safety for the horses, not necessarily fancy facilities. If several attempts to correct the deficiencies don't result in positive, improved outcomes, the horse must be returned to Begin Again for rehoming. In our eight years and almost 200 adoptions, we have had only two horses return for this reason. We maintain a positive, friendly relationship with all of our adopters with regular contact either by phone or email.
2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase,
auction sale, retirement).
The horses of Begin Again are all at-risk horses. Our horses are acquired through sheriff's department or humane society seizures, surrender, or purchased from the local auction's kill pen. We have also taken horses that have been abandoned or neglected, cases of serious family health issues, or owner's death. With no questions asked, we always take back horses that have been previously placed in adoptive homes.
We refer concerned citizens to local law enforcement in the event they see a horse in distress or in a bad situation. It is only after law enforcement or the local humane society has stepped in and requested our help that we get involved.
3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization.
Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives
you have to attract potential adopters.
Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses
that need to be retired.
Horses' ownerships remain with our organization. They leave for new adoptive homes or to approved foster homes with a permanent lease agreement. We follow our horses for the rest of their lives and, if necessary, care for them at the farm for the rest of their lives. Potential adopters are thoroughly screened through a detailed application process. Veterinary, farrier, and personal references are checked. Each potential adopter is given a letter detailing the adoption process and our expectations for the care of the horses. We use a farm inspection checklist for each pre-adoption visit and, if necessary, make positive recommendations. Our farm manager uses a checklist to make sure that each step of the process is completed. After the application is accepted, a pre-adoption farm visit is successfully completed, and references are checked, the horse is approved for adoption. The adopter must sign a permanent lease agreement agreeing to providing suitable feed, grain and fresh water, veterinary care, dental and farrier services regularly, and anything else the horse needs to thrive. The agreement also states that the rescue will follow up regularly to check on the welfare of the horse. Anyone considering fostering one of our horses has to go through the same process as potential adopters.
We have recruited qualified people from all over our two hour service radius to perform farm visits at least annually. We continually advertise our horses on our website, through Facebook, and other horse related mailing lists and organizations. We have a very active outreach program to recruit both volunteers and potential adopters. We have over 5,000 followers on Facebook who we hear from regularly when they are looking to adopt a horse.
For horses in our care who are too old to be adopted, we try to find foster homes for them. In these cases, we pay for veterinary care and euthanasia when that time comes. Our goal is that a Begin Again horse will never again be neglected or unwanted. If a horse is no longer useful, it can still be a good companion to another horse. We have been very successful in finding companion homes for some of our less adoptable horses. Several times, we have found ourselves with a horse that is either too old or unsound to be adopted or fostered. In that event, we will provide sanctuary to any horse in our program that isn't adoptable.
We do not take horses specifically for retirement and do not provide a sanctuary for horses other than ones that have been returned to the rescue and are no longer adoptable or suitable for a foster home.
4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination,
test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.).
Every horse entering the program begins with a wellness examination from our local veterinarians within the first few days of its two week quarantine. This includes physical assessment, vaccines, Coggins and fecal tests and movement evaluation. A recovery program is prescribed and written in the horses' logs. Vital signs and personality characteristics or quirks are noted during the horses' two week quarantine periods. After quarantine is over, our farm manager evaluates training levels for riding and/or driving.
5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your
horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule.
Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses
and horses with serious issues.
Each horse receives a wellness examination, coggins test, fecal tests and vaccines upon arrival. Depending on the condition and age of each animal, an individual health plan is followed. A health and experience folder is kept up to date for each horse. A copy of this goes with the horse when it is adopted. Every horse goes into the barn twice daily at feeding time. It is groomed and physically checked over for health issues such as injuries or wounds before being turned out again. We are inspected and certified by a veterinarian member of the Association of Equine Practitioners for participation in the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign. As such, we receive free Rabies, 4-way and West Nile vaccines to be administered by our veterinarians. Worming is done on a rotational basis after a fecal exam is performed when the horse enters the program. Any variation in a horse's health is noted in its folder, and corrective actions are taken according to needs. When possible, we try to utilize foster homes which provide for more individual and intense equine interactions than we can provide in a herd situation.
6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization
will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse
Begin Again Horse Rescue is a small organization. We limit the number of horses at our farm. We try to foster out some of our horses but must leave room in case they are returned to our farm by adopters. We believe that there is a home for every horse. However, there comes a time when a horse has no chance at a pain free, comfortable existence. We believe in euthanasia when this happens. We rely on our veterinarian's recommendations and those of our volunteers and caregivers to tell us when it is time. Then, and only then, we believe in euthanasia. When a horse is so arthritic or lame that medicines can't relieve the suffering, when a horse can't get enough oxygen from lungs destroyed by heaves to be able to eat, it is time for relief by euthanasia by veterinary injection. These horses are then buried on our farm with commemorative markers.
We give each horse every opportunity to lead a happy and healthy life. We provide specialized training, individual daily attention, and all possible medical treatments to ensure that we have done absolutely everything we can to make the horse adoptable. In our eight years, we have had only one horse that we were unable to help. After multiple training attempts, extensive medical testing and exploring every avenue, our veterinarian recommended euthanasia. The mare was often dangerous and unreliable, and volunteer safety was a big concern. We had learned enough about the mare over 18 months' time that it became apparent she would not ever be a safe horse either as a pasture pet or companion. It was a heartbreaking board of directors decision, and was not made without great difficulty and grief. We would never euthanize a difficult horse to make room for another. We give each horse every opportunity for a safe, useful, and happy life, either in an adoptive home or at the farm with us.
7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your
care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt,
donate, sell, etc. a horse:
Begin Again Horse Rescue has a no-breeding clause in its adoption contract. Horses have never become pregnant while in our care. Stallions are gelded immediately after arrival at the farm and are kept separate from mares. If we receive a pregnant mare, we foal out the mare, raise the foal and adopt them out to knowledgeable people with a signed no-breeding contract. There have been no exceptions to our policy. Foals are weaned at six months.
8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical
9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training? NA
10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction?
11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA
12. Does your organization place horses in foster care?
13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and
monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space
Prospective foster caregivers fill out a detailed application that describes their knowledge and facilities. Each farm is inspected for safety and recommendations are made by the Begin Again trained inspector. A copy of the inspection form is left with the applicant. We call three references, their veterinarian, and their blacksmith for opinions about the caregiver's suitability as a foster home. If the farm and references check out, the foster caregiver signs a contract agreeing to Begin Again's terms. This includes agreeing to showing the horse to prospective adopters. E-mail and/or phone contact is made weekly in the beginning and then monthly as caregiver and horse adapt to each other. Prospective adopters may go out to the foster farm to see if they would like to adopt the horse.
14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: $201 to $500
15. Adoption Fee Policies
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine breed.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine age.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine type.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness.
16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
Our organization approves of this concept.
17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed: Those of us who founded and volunteer at Begin Again Horse Rescue recognize the need for a place of respite and healing for the unwanted horses. Our adoption fees are minimal and only partially cover the costs associated with rehabilitating and supporting a horse. We feel that prospective adopters must have the financial resources to care for a horse. Our adoption fee policy helps us find responsible and financially stable homes for our horses.
This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.
Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1.
Location 1 of 1
Begin Again Horse Rescue
2828 Plank Road Lima NY 14485
1. Facility General Questions
1. Name of Contact: Jessi Freas
2. Contact's Phone: 585-322-2427
3. Contact's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Own
5-8. Not Applicable.
9. 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? No
10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 3.
2. Facility Horse-Related Questions
1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 28
2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. One three-board isolation paddock about 50' x 50' with one horse-sized run-in shed. One small isolation paddock with horse run in with no climb fencing. Three no-climb horse fence paddocks with small run-in sheds for miniature horses. One 5 acre grass pasture used for rotated grazing with no shed and tape fencing. Six large grass paddocks each with run-in sheds and no-climb fencing. Pastures range from three to five acres. One outdoor arena 100' x 200' with electric tape fencing with no shelter. We have excellent grass paddocks and pastures. One indoor barn arena is 40' x 90'. We have built six new, wooden temporary stalls for use until a new barn can be built. Arena is also used for equine turnout and training.
3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
We put one to two horses in each pasture with 12' x 16' run-in sheds and up to three horses in the pasture with a 12' x 36' shed. Each pasture is served by its own water hydrant and electric service. We rotate horses through the pastures to give them down time to recover and avoid overgrazing. Our pastures are more than adequate for the horse population we maintain.
4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 12
5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
Our training takes place in our indoor arena during the winter and in our outdoor arena, larger pasture and wooded trails during warmer months. Footing in the indoor arena is sand, and the outdoor arena is grass over fine gravel. Pastures and paddocks have lush grass and the footing is good. The farm is located on a gentle slope with improved drainage work done.
6. 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
7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable
8. 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.
Inspected and certified by the Association of Equine Practitioners yearly.
9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
We maintain a list of drivers with trucks and trailers willing to step in to help at a moment's notice. We have an updated telephone tree to enable us to reach out for help immediately. In the past, we have organized transportation and foster care for 11 horses in less than 24 hours.
10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes
11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
We conduct a used tack sale twice a year with donations from our local horse community. Experienced volunteers evaluate these donations for our use and retain those items that meet our criteria and sell the rest. We keep an inventory of well maintained tack and saddles, blankets, halters, buckets, and water troughs to meet our needs. Maintenance is ongoing to keep our horse equipment in good, safe condition.
12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
Each horse is assigned a stall with a sign posted on it indicating the horses' name, age, feed requirements, description, and any other pertinent information necessary to help identify it. Each outdoor paddock and pasture have numbers affixed to a post by each gate. A white board is posted by the exit door with a turnout map and pasturing directions. Horse names are marked on each halter to help identify them.
13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
We follow veterinary recommendations for each horse. Stall-bound horses are usually housed in a 12' x 12' well-bedded stall. If they need exercise, they can be turned out in the indoor arena, a small outdoor paddock, or hand walked by volunteers. We rescued a mammoth mule from a kill-pen last year with severe canker and white line disease. We have had to be inventive with her turnout as she cannot be turned out in mud or wet weather. She always has a horse companion to keep her company. We are always learning new ways to give her the most exercise and grazing time possible.
14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
When a horse arrives, it is usually debilitated in some way. A veterinarian conducts a thorough physical exam within a few days of arrival. If warranted, blood is drawn for full evaluation. The vet recommends a feed plan for each horse along with suggestions of supplements that may be needed. Supplements are provided on the veterinarian's recommendation and the results of the blood work done. The farm manager monitors each horse's condition and confers with the vet as needed. A feed chart is posted in the feed room that is updated as necessary to meet the needs of the various horses. Volunteers are trained to follow the schedule and to make daily notes of any changes noted in each horse. Each horse has its own labeled feed bucket and feed pan in its stall. We monitor closely our older and more debilitated horses to make adjustments to their feed regime. We provide first and second cutting hay as well as different types of forage and pelleted grass feeds. Hoof supplements, selenium, and arthritis supplements are always available if needed.
15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
We take the Henneke Body Conditioning Score very seriously. It is a great tool because both experienced and novice horse people can readily understand its scoring. Our veterinarian assigns a score which gives us a baseline to work from. Body weights and photographs are taken to document the horse's baseline and continued progress. Our goal is to have each horse in the 4 to 5 range by the time it is adopted. We educate our adopters to the importance of maintaining appropriate weight on their horses and encourage them to continually monitor the weight of their horses. Often our horses have come back from neglect situations and careful attention must be paid for many months to ensure they can maintain a healthy weight. The Henneke Body Conditioning Score gives horse owners a reliable reference guide.
16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
All new horses are isolated from others for two weeks in one of our two isolation paddocks. We routinely give vaccines at the initial wellness exam if the horse's condition permits. If the horse is not well enough to get vaccines, we continue to isolate it from the general population for an additional two weeks after it is vaccinated. We do an initial fecal test and worm accordingly to veterinarian's recommendations. We worm most older horse for tape worms due to tape worm not producing eggs that are detectable by fecal exams. Our manure storage is located at the far edge of our property in a fenced area. We use wheelbarrows and muck buckets in the barn to removed manure and regularly clean them with a hose and bleach solution. A tractor with a bucket is used to move it to the assigned area. No manure is left where horses are stabled or pastured. Each pasture and run-in shed is cleaned at least weekly to keep pests at a minimum. We have recently acquired a small spreader which will be used to help with manure management. We have a designated area at the very rear of the property for burial of horses. We hire a professional to excavate the burial hole and safely fill and cover the site. Our veterinarians are regularly consulted as we develop additional procedures to manage these issues.
17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
We maintain an updated list of emergency volunteers who are willing to transport and foster our residents in an emergency. We use our emergency contact list, Facebook page, and email to notify the public and our followers of our situation and needs. We have built outdoor storage to contain hazardous materials and maintenance equipment. An experienced horsewoman who previously owned the property lives in the house on the property and watches over the property as she always has. She knows the horses and the property and can identify any issues that need immediate attention and knows who to contact and the steps to take to handle the situation.
18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
We have an experienced horsewoman and the former farm owner living on the property directly adjacent to the barn. We have installed smoke detectors, upgraded the electrical system to code, and have installed multiple accessible water hydrants. We have also installed motion detector lighting around the barn and property. We do not have an alarm system installed. Although the barn is open daily, there is no public access during the hours we are closed. Entry doors are closed and signs posted indicating we are closed and to come back at a later time. Pasture gates and barn doors are always kept latched. We stress horse safety, and volunteers are educated in all farm protocols.
19. 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.
There are many organizations responsible for investigating abuse as we cover more several western NY counties. Humane Society of Ontario County - Happy Tails Animal Shelter William McGuigan - Chief (585) 396-4590 email@example.com Livingston County Sheriff's Office Deputy Kevin Barrett 585-243-7100
20. 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.
Humane Society of the United States ASPCA In 2016 we did a statewide outreach to all NYS senators and assemblymen encouraging the passage of the 2016 Inherent Risk legislation. We contacted each of them with copies of petitions signed in their district and a letter urging the passage of the bill. Mr. Funke represents our district and was very supportive of our efforts. NYS Senate - Rich Funke, Senator 55 Senate District Suite 230 Packets Landing Fairport, NY 14450 Phone: (585) 223-1800 firstname.lastname@example.org
View The Vet Checklist conducted on 01/19/2017
Veterinarian: Amy Leibeck
Clinic Name: Genesee Valley Equine Clinic Street: 924 Chili-Scottsville Rd City: Scottsville State: NY Zip: 14546
Phone: 585 889-1170 Email: email@example.com
Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)
1. Instructor: Jennifer Lilly
2. Instructor: Lucretia Galbraith
3. Instructor: Shane Ogden
3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions
1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 13.
1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 9
1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 18
2016 Horse Inventory
1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2016? Please select Yes or No. Yes
Additional explanation:Please note that farrier care was only $60 as we have a farrier that donates her services for the horses in our care. There were some occasions when she was not available right away that we had to use an alternate farrier and the services were chargeable.
14 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.
+ 26 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.
+ 5 2-c. Total number of horses returned.
45 = Total of 2a-2c
- 33 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.
- 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.
- 1 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.
34 = Total of 2d-2f
11 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.
11 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.
2016 Horse Care Costs
$10915 Feed (Grain/Hay).
$0 Manure Removal.
$150 Medications & Supplements.
$1637 Horse/Barn Supplies.
$33182 Horse Care Staff.
$150 Horse Training.
$823 Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$63567 2016 Total Horse Care Costs
$ 2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs
4630 Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2016.
Average cost per day per horse: $14
Question 3 ($63,567 ) divided by Question 4 (4630).
Average length of stay for an equine: 103 days
Question 4 (4630) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (45).
4. Self Assessment
I. Facility & Grounds
1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time
2. Lighting: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time
3. Emergency Contacts: Are emergency contacts posted in easily accessible locations for staff members if only cell phones are available or by each phone if landlines are available? All of the time
4. First Aid Kits: Are human and equine first aid kits up-to-date and easily accessible? All of the time
1. Condition of surface: Are horses provided a clean, dry area on which to stand & lay? All of the time
2. Flooring - drainage & traction: Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction? All of the time
3. Ventilation for enclosed shelters: Is there adequate ventilation and circulation to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases? All of the time
4. Electrical wiring condition: Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety? All of the time
5. Fire Prevention & protective measures: Are fire prevention and protection measures including fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems, maintained and in good working order? All of the time
6. Quarantine/Isolation: Is there a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine? Yes
7. Ill/injured containment: If horses live outside, is there a designated and separate area (stall or enclosure) to house ill/injured horses?
8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? Yes-All of the time
8-a. If yes, Stall/enclosure size: Do structures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around? All
8-b. If yes, Stall/enclosure cleanliness: How often are stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 days a week
8-c. If yes, Adequate ceiling & beam height: Is there a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear when standing? All of the time
1. Turnout/Exercise Space & opportunity: Is there space and opportunity for horses to exercise or be turned out? All of the time
2. Fencing - type, height, safety: Are these spaces appropriately fenced? All
3. Use of electric wire or tape fence: Are electric wires or tape fence visibly marked? Please select 'All or NA' if electric wire or tape fence is not used. All or NA
4. Condition of fences & gates: Are fences and gates functioning properly by being maintained and repaired when needed? All
5. Condition of paddock/yard: Are these spaces free from equipment and debris? All
6. Availability of shelter: Are natural or man-made shelters available to horses for protections from elements? All of the time
7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? Daily or 6 Days a Week
II. Horse Care
1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 1-2 months
2. Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually
3. Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually
4. Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? 6-7 days a week
5. Food & Water Storage: Are all hay, feed, grain and water sources clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals? All of the time
6. Drinking water: How often do horses have access to clean drinking water? All of the time
Program Use of Horses for Special Needs at this Facility Not Applicable.
1. *Instructor: Jennifer Lilly
Begin Again Horse Rescue
Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Provide the name of the certifying organization.Averett College
Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1996
Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? No
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Equine Management - Was assistant barn manager for Averett College's equine facility
Provide the name of the certifying organization.Mendon Pony Club
Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1990
Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? No
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.B level pony club - Mendon pony club
Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Jennifer Lilly is the owner/manager of Bristol Valley Training Center in Canandaigua, NY. As such she teaches all levels of English training and eventing to both horse and rider. She also teaches and trains in driving with extensive experience at National level horse shows. She is also a BAHR foster care giver. Jennifer is our main equine evaluation volunteer.
2. *Instructor: Lucretia Galbraith
Begin Again Horse Rescue
Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Lucretia Galbraith comes from a long line of well known equine professionals. She is a champion dressage competitor and gifted trainer. We are fortunate to have her working on conditioning and English training for our horses.
3. *Instructor: Shane Ogden
Begin Again Horse Rescue
Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Shane Ogden of Phoenix Performance Horses of Macedon, NY is an experienced trainer in problems of the horse and western riding. He works with our untrained or problem horses with great patience and has resolved many behavior related issues in order to make our horses more adoptable.