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Wings of Eagles Ranch

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/28/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Christine Cronin

Employees:   Full-Time:  3  Part-Time:  4  Volunteers:  650

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. For our therapy sessions which last for a total of eight weeks, volunteers must attend a training session before getting involved with serving at Wings of Eagles Ranch. Training usually lasts for three hours and we take time to review our policies and procedures concerning dress code, attendance, weather, language, horses, equipment on site, and a multitude of other topics concerning our therapeutic horseback riding and outdoor adventure programing. During the on site training, volunteers are active participants by leading horses, side walking, and assisting in therapy games. We give the volunteers a chance to groom and tack a horse during the training as well so they understand the mechanics of horse care.

We use a volunteer training manual during the on site training and every volunteer takes a copy home with them for review. The manual includes full descriptions of volunteer positions and goes into detail concerning proper techniques when addressing any horses or riders on property. A strong emphasis is placed on safety first at the Ranch and we work with the volunteers to ensure that horses are cared for in a manner that is respectful yet firm.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  4

Number of Board Members:  9  Number of Voting Board Members:  9

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board Relationships:

Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. Our Board Chair is the husband of one of our part-time employees.
A Board member is husband of our Executive Director.

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


II. PROGRAMS

1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Wings of Eagles Ranch is a non-profit (501)(c)(3) Corporation which specializes in a practice known as therapeutic horseback riding. Since we were founded on August 27th, 1998, we have been presenting organized opportunities for goal-determined educational riding lessons. We cater to a diverse demographic of the special needs and youth-at-risk community on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Fridays are reserved for our school-based field trips for the special needs classrooms in the Cabarrus County School System and surrounding areas. The ranch offers anywhere from 3-4 therapy classes Monday through Thursday with 4-5 students per class with a daily participation of 25-30 volunteers.

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. Wings of Eagles Ranch maintains a Challenge Course consisting of high and low rope elements, a climbing tower and two zip lines.
During summer camp, children participate in therapeutic horseback riding, challenge course activities, music and art projects. A stocked pond on our 88 acre property provides opportunities for fishing and paddle boating. They children also participate in gardening and cooking lessons.

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  No



III. POLICIES

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. 
     The equine management of Wings of Eagles Ranch adheres to dealing with the ongoing training and practice of the Parelli games that include backing, moving off the hindquarters, forehand, lunging and standing still. Each horse is exposed to all of the games as soon as they come onto the property. Some of our acquired horses have already had Parelli training, but they are reintroduced to our methods and procedures. Horses that are not used as much are usually ridden by one of the staff to keep them in shape and to reinforce ground work. Due to a highly capable staff, our horses are kept in great condition throughout their stay at the Ranch. We currently have 19 horses on property with 16 being used for programming. The maximum amount of horses we can have on the property is 25.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Wings of Eagles Ranch acquires horses through private donations and purchases.

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. 
     Our horses are retired in their upper twenties or when we notice a large decline in energy or they are unhappy with their work. Also, joint issues that arise will be a cause for retirement if the issue is not treatable to the point of comfort. Few horses are retired on the property and are highly cared for. Other horses are retired to educated horse owners, that have been approved by the Ranch Director.

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.). 
     For new horses, a full head to toe examination which includes an inspection for any serious injuries and to check for conformation is implemented. We do a test ride which includes prompting the horse to walk, jog, canter. This test allows us to see how desensitized they are. Before arriving on property, they are given a Coggins test, vaccines, and their feet are trimmed. We consult a veterinarian or farrier immediately if any problems arise during the assessment process.

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. 
     Our horses are vaccinated bi-yearly with VEWT, West Nile, Rabies, Plus FLU Booster in the spring and fall. The horses are wormed quarterly. The overall health of our horses is extremely high due to a well trained staff and professional equine health practitioners. We assess and monitor our horses health continuously throughout any given week during daily tasks (grooming, tacking, therapy, and so on). Our fields, paddocks, and stalls are cleaned daily along with our food and water buckets being cleaned weekly. Concerning the health and care of our older horses, their diet is specialized and we inform our veterinarian if anything unusual occurs.

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 for space: 
     The euthanasia policy for our facility is as follows. Wings of Eagles Ranch does not euthanize horses that are healthy but difficult just for space. Horses that are reaching the end of their life course include our retired horses and they are placed on a specific pasture during turnout. We consistently monitor their condition and notify our veterinarian if something abnormal occurs in their day to day routine. Only at the discretion of our veterinarian would we ever euthanize a horse and that decision would only be due to fatal health problems (i.e. cancer, and so on). Again, if we initiate the euthanasia process on site with guidance from our veterinarian, then the horse would be buried on the property on a remote area of available land. If our veterinarian decides that a horse needs to be put down due to health problems and we are not able to complete the euthanasia process on site, then the horse is taken to the vet hospital where they would euthanize the horse.

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: 
     The Ranch has only bred one mare and will not receive any pregnant mares or non-castrated horses. The babies are immersed in everything we do at the Ranch in order to grow up and become part of the equine assisted therapy program.

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

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? 
     No

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? 
     No

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 provided: NA

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Not applicable; None received

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Not applicable; Fees are not collected; Horses are not offered for adoption.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Our organization has never considered this concept.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed:



IV. FACILITIES

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

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Location 1 of 1
Wings of Eagles Ranch

4800 Faith Trails Concord NC 28025

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Christine Cronin

2. Contact's Phone: 704-784-3147

3. Contact's Email: wingsofeaglesranch@gmail.com

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? Yes

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 6.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 40

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. Wings of Eagles Ranch has a total of seven pastures, seven paddocks, one round pen, thirty-one stalls, and four run-in shed. We use Cameo fencing along with their maxi grunt hot wire.

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.
     Every day, the dry lots are harrowed. Pastures on the property are harrowed. The manure spreader is used to fertilize vacant pastures quarterly.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 23

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.
     We have a 120 x 220 covered area with sufficient sand and a water sprinkler system in place to help keep the dust down. Our outdoor arena has creek sand and it measures 80 x 120. In addition, we have three to four miles of trails on the property with pit gravel and they are maintained on a regular basis.

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.
     N/A

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     Two horse trailers are ready and available and the staff can easily call a phone to others in regards to assisting with transportation.

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.
     All tack is fitted for each horse. Saddles, bridles, bits are all numbered and labeled. We keep everything organized so the staff knows where to find certain items on a regular basis.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     All horses wear turnout halters with their names. There are stall cards with a color picture and important information listed.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Horses are stall bound only when injured. Stalls are 12 X 12 ft. We use turnout paddocks for lame horses.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Our feed is 13 protein/8 fat pelleted feed from a local mill. Supplements are given as needed. We use vitamins, STP and Actiflex for pain, biotin for hooves, aloe vera for gastrointestinal issues on veterinary instructions.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We use the Henneke Score as a baseline for incoming horses. These donated horses must be at least a 5 on the Henneke Score. A horse is not used for therapy if their score is less than 3. If their score is greater than 7, their feed is reduced and they are placed on an exercise program.

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.
     Manure: A manure spreader is used to place manure on a currently unused pasture. Horses are rotated through pastures. Carcass Disposal: Horses are buried here on our 88 acre property using a backhoe. Parasites: Horses are wormed quarterly under the supervision of our veterinarian. Four types of parasite control chemicals are used and rotated to ensure effectiveness. Face masks are used during fly season to prevent the transfer of eye disease.

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.
     In extreme wet, cold weather the horses are stalled. In the event of a hurricane or tornado they are put into open pastures with turnout halters(marked with identification). Since our horses are not typically stalled the danger of fire is not a problem. Also, the hay barn is separate from the horse stalls and located a good distance away.

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?
     Our ranch is 3/4 mile from the main road. Anyone entering the ranch must drive past the owner's home.

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.
     The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office within North Carolina is responsible for investigating cases of abuse in the county. Sheriff Brad Riley PO Box 525 Concord NC 28026-0525 704-920-3000

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.
     Same as above


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/26/2017

Veterinarian: Dr. Robin E. Smith DVM

Clinic Name: Yellowhorse Mobile Veterinary Service    Street: 4095 Zebulon Avenue, SW    City: Concord  State: NC    Zip: 28027

Phone: 704-305-3673    Email: yellowhorsevet@carolina.rr.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Andi Taylor

     2. Instructor: Anna Walker

     3. Instructor: Christine Cronin

     4. Instructor: Holly Hatley

     5. Instructor: Pat Winecoff

     6. Instructor: Rachael Thibadeaux


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: 16.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 21

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 25

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

21 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 0 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           + 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.

21 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

0 = Total of 2d-2f

21 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            21 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

$11424     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$0     Bedding.

$4887     Veterinarian.

$2445     Farrier.

$0     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$400     Medications & Supplements.

$509     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$32000     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$51665     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

7665     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: $7
Question 3 ($51,665 ) divided by Question 4 (7665).

Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days
Question 4 (7665) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (21).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

     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

B. Structural

      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? Yes

      8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? Yes-Some 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

C. Paddocks/Yard/Pastures/Turnout

      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



6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 450

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 30

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 35

4. What is the average wait list time? 8 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)

5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)

    Mounted: 3.00  Un-Mounted: 0.00  Total: 3

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 4

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 90%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Andi Taylor

         *Facility Participation:

         Wings of Eagles Ranch

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2011

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Membership organization which fosters safe, professional ethical and therapeutic equine activities for individuals with special needs.


     2. *Instructor: Anna Walker

         *Facility Participation:

         Wings of Eagles Ranch

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2016

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Membership organization which fosters safe, professional ethical and therapeutic equine activities for individuals with special needs.


     3. *Instructor: Christine Cronin

         *Facility Participation:

         Wings of Eagles Ranch

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1999

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.The certification allows for her to teach during all therapy classes. We adhere to their safety practices at Wings of Eagles Ranch.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Association for Challenge Course Technology

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.The certification qualifies for all high rope course activities. We adhere to their standards and guidelines concerning safety and use.


     4. *Instructor: Holly Hatley

         *Facility Participation:

         Wings of Eagles Ranch

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

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2014

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Knowledge of horsemanship theory and riding skills, beyond the level at which they teach to, observing students during lessons, effectively communicating instruction and providing physical assistance when necessary.


     5. *Instructor: Pat Winecoff

         *Facility Participation:

         Wings of Eagles Ranch

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.The certification allows for her to teach during all therapy classes. We adhere to their safety practices at Wings of Eagles Ranch.


     6. *Instructor: Rachael Thibadeaux

         *Facility Participation:

         Wings of Eagles Ranch

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. Currently in the process of being PATH certified.