GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/01/2017
I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Chief Staff Officer:  Claire V Wiseman
Employees: Full-Time: 2 Part-Time: 1 Volunteers: 10
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. Volunteers are required to read the Red Skye manual and spend at least the equivalent of a day working at the task that they will be doing before they are officially considered volunteers.
Board meetings per year: 2
Number of Board Members: 8 Number of Voting Board Members: 5
Is Board Chair compensated? No Is Treasurer compensated? No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated? No
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. President of the board is the brother of the director of operations.
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? 90
2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Horseback riding lessons/Pony rides
Equine assisted team building
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. Animal assisted psychotherapy
With dogs and miniature donkeys and goats
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.
All horses are exercised as needed 4-6 days a week. Taking into consideration vet recommendations. All horses are cared for and stabled at a high standard and body condition is assessed regularly to keep them in optimal health.
2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase,
auction sale, retirement).
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.
If behavior is not compatible with our programs.
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.).
Test ride, health record, examination by vet, confirmation of vaccines, coggins test, trial if possible
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.
Annual physical by vet, spring and fall shots/vaccines, farrier every six weeks, dentistry annually, wormer as needed by fecal exam
Ill animals are cared for in compliance with specific vet instructions/care
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
Euthanize as recommended by Vet
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:
8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical
9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training? NA
10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction?
11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA
12. Does your organization place horses in foster care?
13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: NA
14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Not applicable; None received
15. Adoption Fee Policies
Not applicable; Fees are not collected; Horses are not offered for adoption.
16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
Our organization does not feel equipped to assess a fair market value.
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
110 hatfield hill rd bethany CT 06524
1. Facility General Questions
1. Name of Contact: Claire Wiseman
2. Contact's Phone: 203-891-6787
3. Contact's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Ezra Dottino
110 Hatfield Hill Rd
Bethany, CT 06524
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?
1/1/2012-12/31/2027 Plan to purchase or renew lease.
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..
Property is leased and owner is paid rent monthly
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: 1.
2. Facility Horse-Related Questions
1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 4.5
2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. Paddocks-4 dirt 1/4 acre each, fencing- Post and 3 rail combined with white tape electric fencing Grass field- One acre fenced with combination 3 rail split rail fencing and white electric tape 4 stall barn 10'x10' matted stalls with dutch doors, one three sided (run-in) matted shelter 12'x15'
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.
All dirt paddocks used daily, manure picked up daily, surface added as needed in muddy areas Grass field used during dry conditions during warmer seasons, horses rotated for 1-2 hours each
4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 12
5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
Indoor arena 60'x100' with stone dust footing, attached viewing room Outdoor arena 80'175' with stone dust footing 3' post and beam fencing Factors considered; weather, horse traffic,confidentiality, cost
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.
9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
One two horse trailer with available truck to tow, available at all times
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.
Assess behavior and temperment of horse to choose bit and bridle Use a saddle fitter regularly to insure proper saddle fit
12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
Due to the small size of our herd and unique appearance of each horse, staff/volunteers are educated about horses prior to working with them
13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
Currently we do not have any stall bound horses but if we had any: We would follow vet recommendation for transition to turnout. For example hand walking per vet instructions
14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
We feed Blue seal grain, horses are fed two times daily, individualized feeding plans are used, individualized supplement use as needed
15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
The body scoring scale is used to keep weight in check. We strive to keep their body score between 4-6/
16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
Manure disposed of in a dumpster, paddocks are picked daily, Monitor horses health and exposure of visitors to farm to illness
17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
In general we monitor hazardous conditions closely. Should an event occur we plan to move the horses from the barn to a safe location on another part of the property.
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?
90% of property is fenced, driveway is gated, security cameras are in place, caretaker lives on the property
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.
Woodbridge Animal Control 135 bradley rd woodbridge, CT 06525 203-389-5991
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.
The Connecticut Horse Council, Inc. P.O. Box 57 Durham, CT 06422-0057
View The Vet Checklist conducted on 03/31/2017
Veterinarian: stacey golub
Clinic Name: ct valley equine Street: po box 416 City: middlefield State: CT Zip: 06455
Phone: 860-365-0241 Email: email@example.com
Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)
1. Instructor: niki cogliano
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: 4.
1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 4
1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 5
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
4 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.
+ 0 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.
+ 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.
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.
- 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.
0 = Total of 2d-2f
4 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.
4 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.
2016 Horse Care Costs
$7800 Feed (Grain/Hay).
$3200 Manure Removal.
$3870 Medications & Supplements.
$1600 Horse/Barn Supplies.
$11320 Horse Care Staff.
$1400 Horse Training.
$5100 Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$56490 2016 Total Horse Care Costs
$ 2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs
1460 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: $39
Question 3 ($56,490 ) divided by Question 4 (1460).
Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days
Question 4 (1460) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (4).
4. Self Assessment
I. Facility & Grounds
1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time
2. Lighting: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time
3. Emergency Contacts: Are emergency contacts posted in easily accessible locations for staff members if only cell phones are available or by each phone if landlines are available? All of the time
4. First Aid Kits: Are human and equine first aid kits up-to-date and easily accessible? All of the time
1. Condition of surface: Are horses provided a clean, dry area on which to stand & lay? All of the time
2. Flooring - drainage & traction: Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction? All of the time
3. Ventilation for enclosed shelters: Is there adequate ventilation and circulation to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases? All of the time
4. Electrical wiring condition: Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety? All of the time
5. Fire Prevention & protective measures: Are fire prevention and protection measures including fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems, maintained and in good working order? All of the time
6. Quarantine/Isolation: Is there a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine? Yes
7. Ill/injured containment: If horses live outside, is there a designated and separate area (stall or enclosure) to house ill/injured horses? 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
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? 400
2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 7
3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 50
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) 5
7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 50%
8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed.
1. *Instructor: niki cogliano
Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Provide the name of the certifying organization.American Riding Instructors Association
Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2013
Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Level II Hunt Seat intstruction
Provide the name of the certifying organization.EAGALA
Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012
Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Equine Specialist for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. BS in Equine Business Management