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California Coastal Horse Rescue

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 05/07/2017



Chief Staff Officer:  Adri Howe

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  45

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. New volunteers attend an Orientation meeting where they tour the facility, meet key volunteers and the horses, receive ranch rules and policies, and complete paperwork. Their skills and interests are then assessed. Depending on this assessment, they then are paired with an appropriate veteran volunteer who trains them on CCHR procedures.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  8

Number of Board Members:  5  Number of Voting Board Members:  5

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? 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


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

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     ~Rescue -- CCHR takes in abandoned, abused, neglected, owner relinquished and/or slaughter-bound horses, providing them with a second chance for healthy, productive lives.

~Rehabilitation -- Many of the horses are severely underweight and have various physical conditions and/or injuries when they arrive at the rescue. After medical needs are addressed, the emotional rehabilitation process begins, which includes working through trust issues that often are the result of abuse – either outright or disguised as “training.”

~Rehome/Adoption -- Once the horses are healthy and well adjusted, CCHR volunteers strive to find permanent, caring homes for them. Potential adopters are screened carefully, and every effort is made to match a horse with a compatible new owner. Site checks and follow-up visits also are part of the placement protocol.

~Refuge -- CCHR is dedicated to its horses throughout their lives. If for any reason the new adopter cannot keep the horse, CCHR steps up and takes the animal back. Horses that do not find permanent homes for any reason, live out their lives surrounded by love and kindness at the rescue.

~Training -- CCHR volunteers only practice natural horsemanship in training our horses.

~Education -- While at CCHR, horses are engaged for the benefit of public education and related programs. Groups including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H, several local schools, the California Youth Authority and other child-related agencies are invited to interact with the horses and learn about their care. CCHR believes that children benefit from interacting with the horses (and animals in general) because it feels that learning about compassion and empathy early in life can help build moral character, reduce violence and build a sense of responsibility.

~Community outreach and fundraising -- Volunteers actively help spread the word about our rescue, attending community events and fund-raising activities.

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. Everything we do is horse related in one way or another.

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. 
     Our mission is to “rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses and to provide them with a second chance at healthy and productive lives.” With this goal in mind, we evaluate prospective rescue horses for issues that would impact their adoptability, such as health/soundness and rehabilitation potential.

Being “adoptable,” however, is not our only consideration. We also maintain a population of “sanctuary” horses, many of whom (due to age or preexisting conditions) are unlikely to find suitable adoptive homes. These horses are still a part of our rescue family and given the care and love they deserve as long as they live.

Because of zoning, we hold an open stall to ensure we have space for horses adopted out by us that are returned by the adopter. There is no statute of limitations on one of our horses – once a CCHR horse always a CCHR horse.

The county of Ventura limits us to 18 “horse units” on our property. A full sized horse is one unit. A small horse or pony is ¾ of a horse. A miniature horse is ½ of a unit. We currently have 16 ½ horse units. We’ve accepted horses with a Henneke score as low as 1.

After their physical needs are met, we work with each horse using natural horsemanship methods, focusing on progressive groundwork exercises and transitioning into light riding where applicable. We do not attempt to produce performance horses – just horses with safe ground manners that can be calmly and confidently ridden around our 9.2-acre property.

Even “non-adoptable” equines are worked with several days a week to maintain good physical and mental health.

Our horses also are used as a part of our “Learn, Care, Share” program that brings elementary school children to our facility to learn, under strictly controlled conditions, about horse care and responsible horse ownership.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Our horses have been abandoned, abused, neglected, owner relinquished and/or slaughter-bound.

CCHR also works in conjunction with Ventura County Animal Services to assist them in placing horses. Unless we are at capacity, we take in horses acquired by animal services.

We also assist owners looking to place their horses by offering space on our website and networking with potential adopters and other rescues.

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 only leave CCHR if they are adopted. Otherwise they remain at our rescue for the rest of their lives. While our goal of finding happy and suitable homes for all of our horses is something we continually strive for, we provide care for seniors and horses who are not ride-able or require special attention. Our "sanctuary" horses are given the opportunity to serve the community as ambassadors, and they are a critical part of our educational program as they interact with children and young people.

We are hoping to develop a foster program soon. Homes will be sought locally, which will allow us to be in close and continual contact with fosters and horses. Potential foster will be held to the same rigorous standards we require for adoption.

The goal of CCHR in the adoption process has always been to create an environment in which an individual who comes to adopt a horse from us is given all the time needed to bond and work with the horse. Bonding is an absolutely critical part of the adoption process.

We match horses and potential adopters on the basis of the adopter's horsemanship and riding experience levels, horse temperament and horse level of training. Before any adoption discussion, potential adopters complete an initial survey of basic information, including what type of horse they are looking for in relation to temperament, riding discipline, etc. They also are asked for information about their background as it relates to horses (training, leadership, etc.).

If there is a developing serious interest in a particular horse and it is deemed a good potential match for all parties concerned (horse, potential adopter and CCHR), CCHR offers a first right of refusal. The first right of refusal removes any pressure from the adoption decision for the potential adopter. The horse will be removed from the available for adoption list as the adopter continues to get to know the horse. We strongly recommend and actively encourage a several week process for the potential adopter in getting to know and work with the horse. Our lead trainer is available during visits and works with the horse and potential adopter during those times. For the potential adopter, opening his or her heart and home to a new horse is a very important and serious commitment, and we want to make sure it is approached and understood in a deeply thoughtful manner.

Before we place a horse, CCHR volunteers conduct a home/ranch/boarding facility visit to ensure a safe and happy environment for the animal.

Also before finalizing the contract, we encourage the family, trainer, veterinarian and farrier to visit the horse with the adopter.

The title on the horse does not transfer to the adopter for three years. During that period if the adopter cannot keep the horse, it must be returned to California Coastal Horse Rescue. Also, if the adopter wishes to relocate the horse to a different facility, CCHR must be notified and approve of the new facility. The horse cannot be sold or given away. Volunteers make several periodic unannounced field visits during the first three years.

A benefit we provide to those adopting horses from CCHR is the continuing support of our trainers and barn manager (for any questions regarding overall horse health, diet, etc.).

To attract potential adopters, CCHR has designed and built a new website where adoptable horses are featured with photos and descriptions. We also feature our adoptable horses in our social media outlets and at our many public outreach events via images and videos.

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.). 
     New arrivals are placed in 10-14 day quarantine at a distance of approximately 200 feet from the other horses unless we receive a health certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian and recent health records.

A new horse is immediately assessed by the barn manager. Body condition, vital signs and general appearance are evaluated, as is attitude and behavior. A veterinary exam is scheduled for any horse placed in quarantine or who presents with potential physical problems. Underweight animals are started on the U.C. Davis protocol for re-feeding.

In the first few weeks, we give the new horse time to adjust. We carefully monitor food and water intake, elimination, stall manners, interactions with other horses and behavior. Any needed farrier, dental or veterinary work is done.

After this adjustment period, the horse will be evaluated on the ground and started on a regular groundwork training schedule. Only after a good relationship has been established on the ground (usually 30-90 days) will riding be started.

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 is assessed daily by the barn manager with attention to body condition, any possible injuries, eating and drinking, elimination and overall attitude. Special attention is given to at risk, geriatric and special-needs horses. Any negative change is immediately assessed and, depending on the situation, our veterinarian is either consulted or an exam is scheduled. All horses are closely monitored during temperature highs and lows, especially if the weather change is rapid.

Every volunteer working with the horses is encouraged to notice changes and let the barn manager know if he or she feels something is just "not right." There is a log book in the barn where this information is recorded and the barn manager is called.

Every six months, the barn manager makes an entry into each horse’s chart as to physical and mental condition and training status.

All horses receive farrier care every eight weeks. Horses younger than one year of age receive all recommended vaccinations. Older animals are routinely vaccinated against tetanus only due to the fact that they are not exposed to outside horses. All horses are wormed every three months, with Ivermectin being given in the spring and fall, Fenbendazole in the summer and Pyrantel Pamoate given in the winter. All horses are on a weekly psyllium/corn oil/wheat bran mash to maintain digestive integrity. This protocol, endorsed by our veterinarian, has reduced our incidence of all forms of colic by 98 percent during the past two years.

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: 
     CCHR NEVER euthanizes for space. If we are full, we simply do not take in another horse until a space becomes available. We also are working to build a network of foster homes so we can help more horses than our acreage allows.

We only euthanize a horse when all other options have been exhausted. When that happens, volunteers gather and spend time with the horse, feeding carrots, apples and sugar cubes as we say goodbye. We believe we owe it to our horses to be at their sides until they pass -- either naturally or through humane euthanasia.

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: 
     Our breeding policy is NO. It is impossible for a mare to become pregnant at our facility. We only have geldings right now. If a stallion comes in, he is castrated as soon as possible. No exception.

There is a no breeding clause in our adoption contract.

Foals remain with their dam for six months, providing her health remains good. Unless the health of the mare is in jeopardy, the minimum age for weaning is four months. We feel this is essential so the foal will learn necessary equine social skills.

Babies are imprinted if possible using Dr. Robert Miller’s method and are handled consistently to learn leading, tying, foot care and ground manners.

Colts are castrated according to our veterinarian’s recommendation. The only colt we’ve had from a very young age was castrated at 18 months. His behavior was monitored closely well before this time, however, and he was not housed near the mares. Had he started developing any behavior issues, he would have been gelded immediately. He is now an almost 4-year-old, well-behaved gelding who socializes appropriately with both mares and other geldings.

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 

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 provided: NA

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: $501 to $750

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine age.
  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: We do not currently have any foster homes. We are looking to build a network, however, which will allow us to assist more horses in need.

When we do select foster homes, the criteria will be the same as for potential adoptive homes, including a written contract, an interview/application to assess the foster’s ability to care for and work with the horse, a pre-placement facility inspection and frequent post-placement visits to check on the horse.

In addition to serving equines at our facility, volunteers put in a lot of time and effort networking to help find homes for those we can't take in. We dedicate room on our website to assist in this effort, and gladly list horses in need. Whether they are ours or not, the goal is the same -- to find homes for as many horses as possible.


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
California Coastal Horse Rescue

PO Box 1646 Oak View CA 93022

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Cathy Cunningham

2. Contact's Phone: 805-755-5732

3. Contact's Email: cchrgrants@outlook.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: 9.2

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. Our horses are housed in a 24’x24’ dry-lot pipe stall, each with a 24’x8’x10’high open-sided shade/rain shelter. The area under each shelter is stall matted and is where feeders and water tubs are situated. Our two miniature horses each have a 24’x20’ dry-lot pipe stall with a 12’x12’x6’ high chain link night shelter with a solid roof for predator protection. (They are out during the day, enclosed in the shelter at night.) We also have two (1/3 acre) and two (1/6 acre) dry-lot pipe turnout areas each with an open sided shade/rain shelter. We do not currently have grazing pastures due to the severe drought in our area; however, we have the space prepared and are planning for two grazing pastures of approximately 1 to 1.5 acres each. The entire property is available for walking/riding. Only feed and tack are kept in our 30’x40’ metal barn. Tools and flammables are kept in a secured outshed.

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.
     Each horse gets a minimum of two full days/nights per week (most with a buddy) in one of our larger turnout areas.

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

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 40-foot round pen with sand, a 55-foot round pen with sand and a 140’x70’ arena with native soil. We are trying to raise the funds for sand/rubber mulch surfacing for the arena and for incorporating rubber mulch in the round pens, as well. Groundwork and very low-impact riding only are done in all three areas. Light riding also is done around the property, which is covered with native soil/grasses.

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.
     We have been verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries through an application process and a personal interview and onsite inspection of our facility by a member of their equine team. We also are a member of the Homes for Horses Coalition and inspected regularly by county officials to ensure zoning compliance.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have a two-horse trailer and truck in good working order that are kept on the property at all times and several volunteers who are trained/available to haul.

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.
     Our volunteer trainers assess the fit of and the need for tack on a horse-by-horse basis. We have a wide variety of tack available to fit most needs. Blankets are used only rarely but we have them available in sizes for all our horses.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Our volunteer barn manager devised a clever system to identify the horses and their dietary requirements. We have a large, magnetic whiteboard in the barn. The board is taped off to indicate the different stalls/turnout areas. Each horse has its own small piece of whiteboard, with its name and morning/evening feed and supplements. As we move horses around the property, the whiteboard is updated to make identification and feeding easy for the volunteers. Because each horse has its own magnetic piece, it saves the barn manager from rewriting all the information in a different area each time the horse is moved. Because we are a relatively small facility, most volunteers easily learn to identify individual horses with minimal effort.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     We do not have any stall-bound horses at this time. All dry-lot pipe stalls are 24’x24'. Each horse gets a minimum of two full days/nights per week in one of our four larger turnout areas. In addition, each horse receives a combination of hand walking and groundwork training/riding three to four days per week.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Most of our horses receive alfalfa hay in the morning and orchard grass hay in the evening. Our miniature horses receive grass hay only. Horses on a re-feeding program and seniors getting only a small amount of hay along with their wet food receive alfalfa only. Most of our horses also get supplementary hay pellets and/or senior food to balance out the inconsistent quality of hay available in this area and ensure their nutritional/caloric needs are met. Our veterinarian reviews each horse’s diet during routine visits. All feed and feeding supplies are kept in our metal hay barn. We keep an approximately two-week supply of hay at a time to assure quality. All open bagged feed is stored in labeled metal bins with secure lids. Unopened bags are stored in a rodent-proof feed locker. Supplements are used on a horse-by-horse basis as recommended by our veterinarian and/or farrier. Each horse is fed twice a day unless on a re-feeding program or as advised by our veterinarian. Each has a posted diet card listing exact quantities to be given for each feeding including supplements. All feed is weighed. We are currently raising funds to purchase Nibble Nets for each horse’s hay feedings in order to promote more natural feeding behavior and reduce waste.

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 Body Condition Score to evaluate new arrivals and as part of our continual monitoring of each horse’s condition. Our horses are kept at a body condition of 5-6 during the summer and 6-7 during the winter. This is achieved through an individualized feed and exercise program for each horse.

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.
     Outside horses are not allowed on our property. New arrivals are quarantined unless they come in with a health certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian and recent health records. Any horse exhibiting signs of communicable illness, such as fever, cough or colored nasal discharge, is quarantined immediately and the veterinarian is called. Water tubs are emptied and cleaned at least twice weekly with a bleach solution used once a week. Stalls are cleaned twice a day at a minimum and manure is taken to an area approximately 100 feet from horse living areas. Manure is composted and given free of charge to local organic farmers. Excess manure is hauled away by a disposal company. Horses who die on the property, whether through natural causes or euthanasia, are picked up within a few hours by a licensed dead animal disposal company. Areas of standing water are addressed to prevent mosquito infestation. Flies are controlled through a combination of fly parasites, three types of traps each targeting different species and limited premises spraying with the lowest possible concentration of pyrethrin. All horses wear regularly washed fly masks. Rodents are controlled through strict food storage procedures and traps when needed.

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.
     There are two fire extinguishers located in the hay barn, and potential combustibles are not stored near or in horse living areas or the barn. In case of a wildfire requiring evacuation, horses would be transported to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, about 10 miles from us. We have a 2,500-gallon water storage tank as a source of emergency water in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster. Because we do not have electricity, we have a generator to provide lighting and power when needed.

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?
     The entire perimeter of our property is securely fenced with a 6-foot, chain-link fence. Gates are kept locked with access only to staff, invited guests and emergency personal. Additional gates are located in the horse living area. These breezeway gates are kept closed and chained shut when not in use. This ensures that even if a horse were to get out of its stall, it cannot get out of the breezeway. Horses are under volunteer supervision approximately 12 hours a day.

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.
     Ventura County Animal Services 600 Aviation Dr. Camarillo, CA 93010 805-388-4341 or 888-223-7387 info@vcas.us Humane Society of Ventura County 402 Bryant St. Ojai, CA 93023 805-646-6505 or 805-656-5031 animals@humanesocietyvc.org

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.
     ASPCA -- (212) 876-7700

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/04/2017

Veterinarian: Charles Liskey, DVM

    Street: PO Box 892    City: Somis  State: CA    Zip: 93066

Phone: 805-525-5553    Email: cliskey@hotmail.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Adri Howe

     2. Instructor: Jeri Pfannenstiel

     3. Instructor: Lynn Dorgan

     4. Instructor: Shannon Macias

     5. Instructor: Sonia Banon

     6. Instructor: Sue Francis

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: 17.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 17

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

18 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 5 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

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

23 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 4 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

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

           - 3 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

7 = Total of 2d-2f

16 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            9 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            7 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.

2016 Horse Care Costs

$24135     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$960     Bedding.

$4194     Veterinarian.

$4665     Farrier.

$0     Dentist.

$528     Manure Removal.

$840     Medications & Supplements.

$427     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$0     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

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

$35749     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

6062     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: $6
Question 3 ($35,749 ) divided by Question 4 (6062).

Average length of stay for an equine: 264 days
Question 4 (6062) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (23).

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

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-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

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? 200

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 4

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 52

4. What is the average wait list time? 2 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)

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

    Mounted: 0.50  Un-Mounted: 2.00  Total: 2.5

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 3

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 5%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. We offer programs for our community throughout the year. There isn't a set day or time. We will often not have any visitors for a few weeks, then several groups will ask to come through. Our horses "work" in our community programs mostly by being groomed or walked. We also host some EAGALA sessions. One of our mini horses is our community ambassador, making special appearances throughout the year at numerous events. We also have a reading club which allows young children to sit outside the stall and practice reading to the horses. Those too young to read can simply tell the horse a story. We are working to offer a new program for at-risk foster children in our area.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Adri Howe

         *Facility Participation:

         California Coastal 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. Adri has worked with horses for more than 30 years. She specializes in helping horses who have suffered emotional and physical trauma rebuild their connections to people through trust-building exercises based on a mixture of Clinton Anderson and Parelli techniques, which she has learned at seminars and through home-study courses. She takes on some of the more emotionally damaged horses at the rescue. During what can be a long process, Adri patiently gives the horse all the time needed to heal. Gaining the horse’s trust and confidence not only allows other volunteers to be able to work with the horse safely, but greatly improves the horse’s chances for a successful adoption. Adri trains both on groundwork and under saddle and is usually the first person to assess horses at our local shelter in terms of physical condition, training level and potential behavioral issues. She also is one of the lead trainers for new and/or inexperienced volunteers, instructing them in proper and safe natural horse handling techniques.

     2. *Instructor: Jeri Pfannenstiel

         *Facility Participation:

         California Coastal 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. I’ve been around horses since I was a kid. My mare had a filly and I halter trained her and trained her under bit and saddle. I spent at least three to four days a week riding (more in the summer), generally bareback (no bareback pad). If I did ride with a saddle, it was in a Western saddle. During college and as an adult, I was unable to have a horse. A big piece of my life was missing. I found California Coastal Horse Rescue and began volunteering in September 2010. In September 2011, I took a week-long horseback riding vacation in Montana where I was exposed to Parelli Natural Horsemanship. Although I had viewed material from various other natural horsemanship trainers, I then chose Parelli Natural Horsemanship for my natural horsemanship training. I attended a two-day Parelli ‘Horse and Soul Tour’ in Rancho Murietta, California in May 2013; the three-day Parelli Summit, held in Pagosa Springs, Colorado at the Parelli Ranch in 2013 and 2014; a three-day ‘Rehoming for Life’ clinic at Best Friends Rescue in Utah with five-star Parelli Professional John Baar and three-star Parelli Professional Kathy Baar in March 2014; and a three-day natural horsemanship clinic with John Baar at Rancho Oso, California in October 2014. I also attended the Horse Expo in Pomona, California in January 2013 and 2014, where I watched sessions with Chris Cox, John Lyons (and his family) and various other horsemen and women. I have purchased and studied the following Parelli DVD home-study training material over the last two and one-half years: 1. Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 1 & 2 (Essential skills for safety, confidence and fun, both on the ground and riding.) 2. Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 3 (Essential skills for excellence in communication, bridleless riding and liberty.) 3. Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 4 (The fundamentals of performance.) 4. Parelli Partnership Level 1 5. America’s Lost Mustangs (A National Geographic documentary where scientists have requested assistance from Pat Parelli and his professionals to round up “these living pieces of history with the hope of breeding the back from the brink of extinction.”) 6. ‘The Horseman’s Apprentice’ which highlights the Parelli intern and externship program. 7. The ‘Colt Starting’ series with Pat Parelli. 8. Parelli Liberty Horse Behavior (10 disc program) which includes Problem Solving, Seven (7) Games, Leadership and Horse Behavior. 9. Parelli Success Series DVDs: Natural Lead Changes, Impulsion, Liberty, Ride Out, Safe Ride, Fluidity, Seven (7) Games, Natural Collection, Natural Attraction and Horsenality. 10. The Parelli Four Savvy Series – On-line - Savvy Pack and Student Lessons (DVD – 8 disc) 11. The Parelli Four Savvy Series – Liberty – Savvy Pack and Student Lessons (DVD – 6 disc) 12. The Parelli Four Savvy Series – Freestyle – Savvy Pack and Student Lessons (DVD – 6 disc) 13. The Parelli Four Savvy Series – Finesse – Savvy Pack and Student Lessons (DVD – 5 disc) 14. Parelli Horseman’s Horsemanship DVD. 15. Parelli DVD – ‘Hit The Trail’ - which includes: Preparing at home; Trailering; Knot Tying; Tackup Up; Preflight Checks; Natural Obstacles; Water Crossings; Essential Groundwork; Despooking Exercises; Bend to a Stop; Follow the Rail; Passing Horses; and Beep Beep Game. 16. ‘Jump Start’ – A Quick Reference Guide to the Parelli Program 17. Parelli DVD – ‘My Horse Won’t Go’. 18. Parelli DVD – ‘One Day with Pat Parelli’. 19. Parelli Celebration of Horsenality: How Horsenality was Developed; How to Decode Horsenality Through Observation; How your Humanlity Affects your horse; How to be Provocative with Extroverts; How to Match and Mirror Introverts; Training Secrets with Pat; Magic’s Retirement Performance; and Savvy Team Spotlights. 20. The Key to Collection: ‘The Game of Contact’ featuring Linda Parelli (5 disc DVD) 21. Savvy Club DVD’s – 24 DVD’s (so far and counting) on a wide variety of horse related topics.

     3. *Instructor: Lynn Dorgan

         *Facility Participation:

         California Coastal 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. Clinics: ~Monty Roberts: Horsemanship 101, Working with Veterans and horses ~Sylvia Zerbeni (Cavalia trainer): Working with horses at liberty ~Clinton Anderson: Level 1 groundwork ~Parelli: Level 1 clinic (audit) ~EAGALA Advanced Certification as Equine Specialist (6,000 hours horse experience required) ~Currently employed by Reins of Hope/Hope for Warriors, providing Equine Assisted Growth and Learning ~Six years volunteering at CCHR assisting with rehabilitation of horses, as well as assisting volunteers in basic groundwork with and care of horses ~Personal library of 122 horse books, ranging from hoof care to pasture management to communication with horses to natural horsemanship training techniques.

     4. *Instructor: Shannon Macias

         *Facility Participation:

         California Coastal 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. Shannon is a member of the all-volunteer team that provides retraining and rehabilitation to the horses of California Coastal Horse Rescue with the goal of finding permanent adoptive homes for them. She has been a part of this organization for six years, most of that time serving in the position of assistant barn manager. She has done extensive research into the various methods of natural horsemanship and attended clinics put on by trainers, such as Chris Cox and Bill Cameron, and studied and applied the Foal Training Fundamentals and Colt Starting courses of Clinton Anderson. She specializes in working new arrivals through fear/trust issues, establishing good ground manners and preparing horses for their under saddle training.

     5. *Instructor: Sonia Banon

         *Facility Participation:

         California Coastal 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. I am taking classes to get an equine science diploma from the University of Guelph. This is a veterinary university specializing in equine research. My coursework covers anatomy, nutrition, diseases, health checks, behavior, genetics and much more. The equine science diploma is for lay persons who want the general knowledge. It is an award-winning program. For training, I am learning Clinton Anderson methodology from his formal method series. I’ve also attend several of his workshops. I am responsible for groundwork training at the rescue. As I’m not a proficient rider yet, I’m not able to work with the horses under saddle. Therefore, I take riding lessons regularly at a riding academy and lease a horse at another facility to practice and develop my riding skills so that eventually I can train horses under saddle at the rescue. And I do the normal stuff at rescue two to three per week, usually about 6 hours per day – mucking, grooming, walking horses, etc.

     6. *Instructor: Sue Francis

         *Facility Participation:

         California Coastal 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. * Started riding at age 11 (1964) when I got my first horse (a quarter/morgan gelding). Rode western, bareback, and finally English. * Trained with a former member of the Mexican Olympic team from 1965 to1967. * Started showing at age 14 (1967) for 4 years. Showed English pleasure, English equitation, hunter hack, hunter over fences, and jumping. * Showed and trail rode my second horse (T'bred gelding off the track) and my mother's horse (half Arab mare). * Fox hunted for two seasons (1966 to 1967). * Owned my last horse (Arab gelding) at age 27 (1979). * Started volunteering at the rescue in 2005 as a feeder. * After I retired from my corporate job in 2010, I started working with the horses with serious behavior problems. To be more effective, I began using Clinton Anderson Downunder Horsemanship in 2011. * From 2011 through 2014, I have successfully rehabilitated more than 15 horses at the rescue and have helped find new owners for 6 of them. * I also help educate other volunteers about safe interactions with the horses.