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Godspeed Horse Hostel Inc.

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 03/29/2017



Chief Staff Officer:  Maria Genovesi

Employees:   Full-Time:  1  Part-Time:  1  Volunteers:  2

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. We have a horsemanship handbook. All training is done in the company of the founder and executive director.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  1

Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

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:
     1. Rescue, rehab and re-home unwanted equines
2. Donate rescued horses to therapeutic riding programs
3. Job site for the developmentally disabled
4. College age summer internships.
5. Teach natural hoof care trimming
6. Regional safety net Hay Bank Program for horses and all farm animals
7. Euthanasia Program
8. Horse Treat Manufacturer

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. Even though our hay bank program is primarily for horses we also have a percentage of hay available to all species of farm animals.We have helped cows, pigs, goats and sheep thus far.

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  Yes


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. 
     I follow the natural horsemanship model in all practices including boarding, feeding, hoofcare and training.

The horses live outside in a herd in a pasturing system called Paddock Paradise by Jamie Jackson. They have free choice hay at all times and grain twice a day. We pick up all the manure around the feeding areas and in the pastures semi annually.

I am the farrier and have been trained in Natural Hoof care and hoof rehabilitation. This has been a lifelong interest and I am an accomplished farrier.

I do all the training with the exception of the PMU two year olds, who first get halter and handling training on the farm and then are sent out for saddle training. Both here and away, the natural horsemanship training regime is followed.

Because the horses live in a herd, the disabled job site program and the internships deal with all the horses. We do not have certain horses for certain jobs. This is part of the rehab and re-training part of the horses program. Being in a herd and having the paddock paradise pasturing system, the horses get plenty of exercise and even the ones who have leg and hoof troubles do very well by the constant gentle traveling of the herd from pasture station to pasture station.

We take any horse we have space for in any condition at the farm. We re-home horses off the farm as well through a network of other equestrians, and also supply hay to at-risk equines through the hay bank program. We rarely field a phone call that does not directly result in a horse either getting rescued, re-homed or fed.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     We get horses through donation, purchase, surrender and seizure.

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 leave the organization either through adoption or euthanasia.

Adoption or foster is facilitated by an agreement document, a site visit and reference checking. We never send out horses that would be living alone and never send horses to a facility that is lesser than our farm. Once they are rehabilitated and are used to a certain lifestyle and living conditions, we make certain they would not be stressed living under sub par conditions.

We like to attend adoption events like the ASPCA Hampton Classic Adoption Day and other events that have pre approved adoptors. We also have a program at the farm for adoptors and potential adoptors to initiate adoptions.

Retired horses do the programming here so even though they cannot be ridden, they are still participating. Horses that are dangerous are given every opportunity to become a part of the herd. We have a three phase integration program.

If a horse needs to be euthanized it is after every possible avenue has been exhausted and the vet concurs.

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 horses are brought in and quarantined. They can see the herd from their pen and tend to settle in well. Not all horses come in with health papers, so that determines the length of quarantine. They are vetted at this time.

Because we take in horses in any condition, they are not test ridden and fully evaluated until they are integrated into the herd and completely settled in.

Rehabilitation takes time. We spend a lot of time observing the new horses so that when it is time to do some training, we have a good idea what we are dealing with.

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 health care plan starts with good nutrition and natural boarding. We feed Poulin and Nutrena feeds. Each horse has a feed program tailored to them which is why we have no fewer than five different feeds on hand. We also have free choice hay. This helps keep the gastrointestinal tract moving. The horses live in a herd and are turned out all the time. They exercise more this way than in a small group. They also have 18 acres to roam October thru May. The horse are fed three times a day so this makes monitoring them easy. Also I live here and there are very few hours of the day that their are not eyes on these horses.

Geriatric horses receive medication and supplements to address any health concerns. Horses with serious conditions are evaluated literally on a daily basis to make sure they are not suffering and everything that can be done, is. At risk animals get annual exams to make sure the threat of a serious condition is monitored. Rotational grazing from May to October is another management strategy for possible at-risk animals.

We vaccinate annually for the minimum; EWT, Flu, Rhino. We worm usually a minimum of twice year only after fecal exams.

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: 
     We euthanize on the recommendation of the vet, after we have tried everything deemed reasonable.

We get horses in through our euthanasia program that have very little time due to illness, injury or endangerment. They have previously been evaluated and are here to "return to the wild". They cannot be rehabilitated and are simply shown kindness, are able to be in a herd with their horse friends, nothing is asked of them. They simply get to be free horses.

We do not euthanize a difficult horse for space.

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: 
     We have a no breeding policy at the farm and in our paperwork. Sometimes the auction horses are pregnant and we foal them out here. The foals stay with their mothers when they exhibit independence and no longer reasonably need milk. Colts are castrated at six months of age. We have not had any stallions thus far, but if we did, they would have to be castrated on site, before coming here.

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 used to use foster care but no longer do.

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: $201 to $500

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine 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
Godspeed Horse Hostel Inc

PO Box 146 Amenia NY 12501

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Maria Genovesi

2. Contact's Phone: 845-242-2069

3. Contact's Email: godspeedhorse50@gmail.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: Douglas Londal
23 Sturgis Road
Bronxville, NY


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? 
     May 2015 -May 2020. We will renew this lease for another five years.

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.. 
     We pay rent the first of every month. We take care of the grounds and everything associated with the daily use of the horse operation. All major infrastructure repairs are paid for by the owner. Examples would be a new oil burner, water heater, water pump.

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: 1.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 33

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. Three 6 acre pastures, board and hi-tensil fence type, 4 run in sheds One 1 acre barnyard pen, board fence. two sheds Two half acre quarantine pens, board and Portable panel fence, one shed in pen Barn- 8 atalls Round Pen, Board and Portable panel fence type

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.
     The horses are in a herd. The herd roams all enclosures from October to May. June thru September we utilize the separate pens by rotational grazing.

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.
     We use the quarantine pen and round pen area for training. It is grass and stonedust footing respectfully. This area is surrounded by the three pastures and the barnyard pen and was chosen so that all horses can see each other. Horses are less stressed this way.

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.
     Verified by The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries for the last eight years.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have our own trailer and access to several others.

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.
     For the last 20 years I own and operate a blanket cleaning, repair, manufacturing and sales service. I do all the fitting and have apprenticed prior to the business. The same can be said for tack fitting and assessment. In college, we were required to take a course. Since then, I go to clinics whenever possible.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Each horse has a picture, physical description, and where they eat posted on the feed chart.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     We have outside stalls will bars all the way around, so if someone needs stabling, they can see other horses and other horses can visit them in the stall next door. We then move them to the round pen, then quarantine pen, then back in the herd once they are deemed ready for turnout.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     We feed Poulin and Nutrena feeds. Senior, Low Carb, Hay Pellets and Oats. Each horses feed is based on their nutrition needs and their teeth. Generally, we follow a 25# diet rule, an Mcal chart and adjust the amount from there. We feed first cut hay year round, free choice and second cut hay Dec, May three times a day. Supplement are administered on an as need basis. Typical supplements are joint, multi, breathing aid. Medications for Equine afflictions include Precend, Equioxx, ThyroL.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We stay above the guidelines for the senior horses because if they get sick for even a short period of time, they loose too much weight. We don't want this happening at a cold time of year when gaining weight is difficult. Therefore, we keep them on the heavy side. Working horses are right where they should be as far as weight and overweight horses we use low carb feed and pasture management practices.

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.
     Besides the quarantine pens, we have the manure removed by dumpster, pick the manure from the barn yard, sheds and pens three times a day and the fields twice a year. We release fly predators April thru Sept, set fly traps. The horses are sprayed with fly spray twice a day May thru Sept and some horses get Top Spot for Ticks and Flys. Carcasses are buried away fro the barn, 8 feet or more deep. We developed the biosecurity plan, the vat has approved this is above satisfactory.

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.
     I am on the Steering Committee and a team member of the Dutchess County Animal Response Team. We have two farms we can relocate to if needed as well as the infrastructure currently being established by the Steering Committee which include trailering, secure sites and provisions.

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?
     I live on the premises. We have a perimeter fence in most places and front gate. Most of our fence is electrified.

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.
     Dutchess County SPCA Rte 9 Hyde Park, NY 12538 info@dcspa.org 845.452.7722

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 424 E 92nd Street NY, NY 10128 212.876.7700 lobby@aspca.org HSUS 2100 L Street Washington, DC 20001 info@hunamesociety.org 202.452.1100

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 03/23/2017

Veterinarian: Dorraine Waldow

Clinic Name: BeeTree Vet Clinic    Street: Main Street    City: Sharon  State: CT    Zip: 06069

Phone: 860-364-0008    Email: beetreevet@alltyel.net

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Maria Genovesi

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: 15.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 11

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 20

2016 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2016? Please select Yes or No. Yes

Additional explanation:We are able to keep the hay and feed costs low because we have our own hay fields. Our vet also, deeply discounts our medications and her services. I am a hoof care specialist and therefore trim all the hooves but don't charge for my services. Other farm needs and services are donated, contributing once again to keeping the costs down. I did not understand the above question abouit horses in my care/number of days.

10 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 4 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

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

14 = 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.

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

2 = Total of 2d-2f

12 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.

            3 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.

2016 Horse Care Costs

$15000     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$0     Bedding.

$1000     Veterinarian.

$0     Farrier.

$500     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$2400     Medications & Supplements.

$500     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$0     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

$1000     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$20400     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

5110     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: $4
Question 3 ($20,400 ) divided by Question 4 (5110).

Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days
Question 4 (5110) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (14).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds

     1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? Some 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? Most 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. Most

      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? Not at all or when issue arises

      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? 5

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? 20

4. What is the average wait list time? 0 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)

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

    Mounted: 1.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 2

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 1

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 0%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. Our programs are seasonal, and not always annual. They change from year to year based on what is needed. We also have a hay bank program to help other rescues and animals do their work with rescue horses and children. We are part humane society with the hay bank and euthanasia programs, part programs for the disabled and children and part rescue, re-home and rehabilitate. I apologize if the above answers are not terribly accurate, there was little room, except for this answer box, to explain.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Maria Genovesi

         *Facility Participation:

         Godspeed Horse Hostel Inc

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. Maria Genovesi is an Equine Business Management Graduate from John and Wales University in Rhode Island. She also holds a degree in Rural Resource Management; forestry, wildlife and agriculture. She is a verified Hoof Care Specialists and an expert in hoof rehabilitation. She is a horse trainer of both saddle and carriage horses.