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Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018



Chief Staff Officer:  Lida Mosovich

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  5

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 job descriptions are located in our By Laws.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  4

Number of Board Members:  3  Number of Voting Board Members:  3

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. The Secretary is the boyfriend of the President.

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? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization. The President owns the facility where the programs are conducted. The President is not compensated.

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:
     Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue provides draft horses that are purchased from auctions or surrendered full medical evaluation and treatment, temperament evaluation and training, and housing. When a horse is deemed adoptable, we list the horse on our website, animal adoption sites and social media.

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 do not provide any non-horse related programs, services or activities.

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. 
     Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue's policy is to uphold the highest standard in taking care of those horses at the facility. Therefore, the facility houses two horses of any condition at a time so as not to deplete the rescue's resources. Once the rescue has expanded, the policy will be reviewed and more horses will be housed.

All of our horses go through a retraining regiment that involves the principles of Natural Horsemanship. We start with a solid foundation of groundwork and advance to riding. For those horses that are not able to be ridden due to medical conditions, we still provide a solid foundation of groundwork and ground manners.

For those horses with medical conditions, we follow the protocol set forth by our licensed veterinarian. We follow her instructions and are in constant contact so as to provide the highest quality of life that we can.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue acquire our horses by purchasing them from livestock auctions and from individuals that surrender their horses to the rescue.

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. 
     For those interested in adopting a horse from the rescue, the first step that takes place is a phone interview to evaluate if the rescue can meet their needs. Then the prospective adopters must fill out an application, which includes personal, professional, veterinarian and farrier references. If all the references check out, then a home check is conducted to make sure that the facilities are able to handle a draft horse. The final step an adopter needs to take is to sign a contract stating that under no circumstances can the draft horse be breed or sold. If the adopter is no longer able to care for the horse, then the horse must be returned to the rescue.

We solicit potential adopters by listing on pet adoption sites, through social media and our website. By hosting various events throughout the year, such as our open house, we also garnering interest for our horses.

If for any reason one of our horses is not able to be adopted out, then the rescue becomes their forever 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.). 
     Upon arrival to the Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue, horses are immediately placed into quarantine; 30 days for those from an auction and 14 days for those that are surrendered and have recently been seen by a licensed veterinarian. Within five days of arriving at the facility, each horse then undergoes a full physical examination by our licensed veterinarian. If the horse is deemed healthy, then vaccines are administered. If a horse is not deemed healthy, then vaccines are administered at the point and time that our veterinarian feels that it is safe to do so.

For those horses that are purchased from a livestock auction, a Coggins test is performed there. If a horse is surrendered, then we collect the health records and administer vaccines and perform a Coggins test as needed.

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. 
     At Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue, we try to provide the best healthcare that we can for those horses at our facility. Because a licensed veterinarian is at the facility within five days of a horse arriving, we are able to begin addressing any health care concerns relatively quickly.

Once an ailment is discovered by our veterinarian, we strictly follow the protocol set-forth. We keep in constant contact with our veterinarian to address any changes, positive or negative, that may occur during the course of caring for the horse.

The rescue follows the same health care plan for healthy, at-risk, geriatric and horses with serious issues. We abide by the recommendations of our veterinarian in terms of when to vaccinate and worm. In general, our veterinarian conducts fecal testing twice a year and we worm according to the results. As for vaccines, our veterinarian administers yearly vaccines. If a horse is not healthy enough to have a vaccine, it is administered once the horse is deemed healthy.

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: 
     One of our goals at Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue is to maintain a horse's quality of life while in the rescue's care. If the rescue is not able to maintain a horse's quality of life after following the recommendations of our veterinarian, then the horse will be humanely euthanized. A healthy horse will not be euthanized to make room for another rescue.

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: 
     Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue adheres to a no-breeding policy both at the rescue and once a horse is adopted out. Parties that adopt one of the rescue's horses must sign a contract that states that they will not breed the horse under any circumstances.

If one of the horses that we rescue were to be pregnant and foal at our facility, the two would be kept together for a minimum for five months. We would consult with our veterinarian for a time frame that would be best for the mare and foal.

At this time we are equipped to rescue a stallion. However, when we are, the rescue would immediately castrate based upon the health of the horse. If our veterinarian deems a castration to put the health and welfare of the stallion at risk, we would suspend the procedure until the stallion is healthy enough to have the procedure performed.

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: 
     We have an application that potential adopters must fill out. We then do reference and facility checks. If an individual is chosen to be a foster, we do routine checks to make sure that the equine is being cared for properly.

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:


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
Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue

3282 Centerline Rd Varysburg NY 14167

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Lida Mosovich

2. Contact's Phone: 716-289-7370

3. Contact's Email: roancharranchrescue@outlook.com

4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Lease

5. If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility: Lida Mosovich
3282 Centerline Rd
Varysburg, NY 14167

6. If your organization does not own this facility, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   Yes

7. If your organization does not own this facility, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     The rescue has a lifetime agreement with the owner. As long as the rescue exists, it is allowed to be at the property.

8. If your organization leases or uses a part of this facility, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated.. 
     The owner is not compensated for leasing to the rescue and pays for all utilities.

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: 2.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 10

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. We currently have three pastures that are connected by a gate system. The first pasture has a barn with a 800 hay bale capacity the capacity to house six horses. The second pasture has a run-in shed with the capacity to house three horses. The third pasture does not have a run-in shed, however, horses are never locked in and have access to the second pasture through a gate.

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.
     Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue has a rotating pasture system where during the winter the horses have access to the first and second until the first significant snow, at which time the second pasture is closed. Once Spring arrives and the second pasture has grown in, the horses are then turned out onto the second pasture and the first pasture is closed. The third pasture is opened approximately half way through the summer, but the horses still have access to the second pasture. During the Fall, all three pastures are available to the horses.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 24

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.
     Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue has a 105 x 200 foot fenced area dedicated to riding and training our rescues in. Currently the footing is packed dirt, but we are going to upgrade to sand in the next year. The area was chosen because it was deemed to have the best drainage.

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

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have 24 access to horse transportation as the rescue has its own trailer.

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.
     Each horse has their own tack, including halter, bridle and saddle that is kept separated from the other horses' tack. All tack is assessed before being used to ensure that it is sound.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Due to the size of Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue, volunteers can readily identify our rescue horse.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Our facility does not have any stalls, but run-in areas. If a horse were to be stall bound because of medical reasons, the rescue would follow the recommendations of our veterinarian.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue feeds our horses twice a day when they are healthy. If a horse enters the facility underweight, we begin a weight gain regiment where he/she is feed small amounts four times a day. During the weight gaining process, the feed amount is increased while the frequency is decreased.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     The Henneke Body Conditioning Score guides us in how much and how often we feed, exercise and use each horse. If a horse scores below a four, then the rescue increases the amount and frequency of feedings accordingly. If a horse scores above a six, then we increase exercise and use to help maintain a proper weight.

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.
     Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue's Biosecurity plan includes quarantining new arrivals 30 days if they are purchased from an auction and 14 days if they are surrendered to the rescue. Manure management is conducted on a weekly basis as a minimum and every few days as general practice. The manure is removed and taken to a manure spreader where it is spread in a field that the horses do not have access to. Parasites are controlled by fecal exams that are conducted twice a year. Based on the fecal exam, our veterinarian then produces a plan for the rescue to follow.

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.
     Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue has in place alternate locations in the event of a fire or other hazardous scenarios.

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 President is on-premises as the caretaker. We also have a neighborhood watch in place where the neighbors are made aware if anyone should be on the property if the horses are alone.

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.
     Wyoming County Animal Control Justa Goodell 4380 RT-19, Silver Springs, New York 14550 585-786-8938

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.
     Homes for Horses Coalition 4017 Bunch Walnuts Rd. | Chesapeake, VA 23322 cindy@homesforhorses.org 757-932-0394

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 01/25/2018

Veterinarian: Dr. Anne Dewar

Clinic Name: Henderson Equine Clinic    Street: 4229 Fowlerville Rd    City: Avon  State: NY    Zip: 14414

Phone: 585-243-5560    Email: hendersonequine@gmail.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Lida Mosovich

     2. Instructor: Tina Wolcott

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: 3.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 5

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 6

2017 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2017? Please select Yes or No. Yes

Additional explanation:We consider the maximum capacity at our facility the number of horses that we can financially support. Our facility can physically handle more than 6 horses.

2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

           + 1 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

4 = 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.

           - 1 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

1 = Total of 2d-2f

2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            3 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.

2017 Horse Care Costs

$     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$     Bedding.

$     Veterinarian.

$     Farrier.

$     Dentist.

$     Manure Removal.

$     Medications & Supplements.

$     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$     Horse Care Staff.

$     Horse Training.

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

$8674     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$1397     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

965     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2017.

Average cost per day per horse: $9
Question 3 ($8,674 ) divided by Question 4 (965).

Average length of stay for an equine: 241 days
Question 4 (965) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (4).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds


Program Use of Horses for Special Needs at this Facility Not Applicable.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Lida Mosovich

         *Facility Participation:

         Roanchar Ranch Draft 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. Lida has been following Parelli Natural Horsemanship, which puts the relationship first between horse and human, for the last seven years.

     2. *Instructor: Tina Wolcott

         *Facility Participation:

         Roanchar Ranch Draft 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. Tina Wolcott is the owner and manager of Wolcott Farms. She has been training horses for over 30 years and won the New York State horse person of the year for 2017. She is a respected horse woman and utilizes natural horsemanship to train.