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Copper Horse Crusade

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 05/09/2017



Chief Staff Officer:  Julie Copper

Employees:   Full-Time:  1  Part-Time:  1  Volunteers:  25

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 and barn employees are personally evaluated and trained by director, Julie Copper.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  4

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?  No


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

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Copper Horse Crusade pulls slaughter-bound horses, provides them with professional training, and finds appropriate life-long homes for them. We provide services for horses who need removed due to neglect, as well as providing a safety net for surrendered horses. Every horse coming to CHC undergoes a 30 day evaluation that includes professional training , medical, farrier and dental attention as needed. Every aspect of good equine partnership is tested and then refined, improved or corrected as needed before a horse is placed. Our goal is to give our horses the tools they need to be safe and well-loved members of their forever homes. This method of saving slaughter-bound horses has resulted in the placement of over 70 horses each year.

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. none

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. 
     “Because too many good horses end up in the kill pen™,” Copper Horse Crusade has moved strongly to prevent the slaughter of hundreds of horses with few [if any] injuries, infirmities, training or behavioral issues and place them in long term homes. Copper Horse Crusade recognizes that responsible owners willing to purchase rehabilitated or retrained slaughter bound horses are perhaps the most valuable resource of all. By providing a Copper horse with a home, new owners are, in a very real sense, facilitating the rescue of other slaughter bound horses. This is the Crusade – the advancement of a sustainable horse rescue based on the conscientious decision of responsible horse enthusiasts to act in favor of the cause.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     The vast majority of horses coming into CHC are coming from the kill sales. We might define CHC as a 'Halfway house for slaughter bound horses. CHC is not a sanctuary. Horses do not come here to stay. Neither is CHC a rescue in the traditional sense of “saving every horse”. Our goal is to use the resources that are available to do the most good for the greatest number of horses. It might be fitting to say that we do have an intervention program for “at risk” horses. While horses are here they are getting training to help them lead productive lives.

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. 
     Adoption from Copper Horse Crusade requires a placement contract. Placement of mares requires a strict NON-BREEDING clause. Should you choose to give a home to a horse from CHC and can no longer care for that horse the contract stipulates that the horse be returned to CHC. We do offer refunds on returned horses, however the refund is based on current auction house prices NOT on the placement fee which included 30 days professional arena and trail training, vet and farrier care, feed and medications and other non-recoverable costs.

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.). 
     Horses coming to CHC undergo a 30 day training and/or evaluation period. This allows us to ensure that they are sound and healthy before going on to their new homes. During that time they receive farrier care and are checked by a vet. Beyond vet and farrier care, spending 30 days with incoming horses allows us to 'get to know' that horse: the horse's disposition, past training, current training needs and what type of rider the horse will be best suited for. Potential owners visiting the barn are asked a variety of questions to determine the suitability of the horse they are considering. Making a good match between horse and rider is vital to the long term placement of the horse and a positive experience for all involved.
It takes time to thoroughly evaluate an auction horse, to put that horse in a variety of different situations in order to accurately gauge training level, disposition, and soundness. Auction horses sometimes come with baggage. It is the responsibility of the organization that pulls that horse to sort through the baggage and find an owner or adopter that is appropriate for the horse.

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 who comes to Copper Horse Crusade is assessed for veterinary, dental, farrier, and other health care needs. Our board of directors includes a veterinarian, who is available to provide any emergency care needed for our animals. Vaccinations and worming are scheduled regularly and specific medical and feeding plans are developed for each horse to make sure they are getting the appropriate 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 for space: 
     We believe that end of life options for horses should include euthanasia, when a horse has serious health issues. We have a fund to offer this end of life option for elderly, disabled horses, and believe that this is the humane thing to do. When a horse is healthy, we look for other options.

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 place horses with a specific no-breeding policy. All stallions are castrated shortly after arriving at the facility. When a mare with a foal or a pregnant mare is rescued, the mare and foal are kept together for a minimum of 6 months, or until the foal is weaned.

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: $751 to $1,000

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
Copper Horse Crusade Barn

Inland Road Cambridge OH 43725

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Julie Copper

2. Contact's Phone: 740-601-2752

3. Contact's Email: heresyhorses@live.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? 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: 20

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. There are 5 pastures, with turnout groups based on temperaments of the horses. Each pasture is fenced with high tensile fencing. A barn with 20 stalls and 2 quarantine pens houses horses in 12 by 12 stalls equipped with water buckets and hay racks.

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.
     Copper Horse Crusade has 20-25 horses in residence at any given time. The horses are secluded initially, as they undergo an evaluation period. Horses are then turned out into paddocks or stalled, depending on their specific needs. Currently there are 22 horses at the facility.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 8

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.
     Training is done in a variety of settings to determine the suitability of the horse for trail riding, arena riding, and riding along side traffic areas. The full size arena used for training purposes has a surface of sand.

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.
     Horse trailers are housed on-site for emergency transportation.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? No

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     A variety of saddles, tack, and blankets are available on site. Diligence to the need of each horse is met to insure that any tack used has the appropriate fit and is comfortable for that horse. any tack donations to Copper Horse Crusade are inspected to determine good overall condition and fit.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     The turn out fields are identified by number. Information about each horse is recorded on whiteboards in the stall isle area. All volunteer activities are overseen by trained staff.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     A round pen located outside of the barn accommodates stall bound horses for daily turnout periods.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Horses are fed according to recommendations from the veterinarian, Rachael Elliott, DVM, who also sits on the board of directors for Copper Horse Crusade. According to need, horses are fed grain, supplements, alfalfa pellets, etc.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Our goal is to achieve a body conditioning score between 4 and 7 for each horse before we consider the horse ready to be adopted. After an initial evaluation as to the body condition, we are able to define the feeding and exercise plan that each horse needs in order to achieve an appropriate score.

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.
     Biosecurity plan- manure is removed daily carcass disposal is by burial Our veterinarian is on our board of directors, and has the opportunity to participate and create all procedures

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 the case of a fire emergency, horses will be turned out and the barn doors closed. The entire facility is surrounded by a fence, so turn out results in containment. In a weather-related emergency, the indoor arena area can house the outside horses.

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 facility is secured by a fence, with the entrance gated and locked. In addition, security cameras are in place at the facility.

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.
     Guernsey County Humane Society Address: 108 Franklin Ave # A, Cambridge, OH 43725 Phone: (740) 439-1903 www.animalshelter.org/shelters/Humane_Society_of_Guernsey_County

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.
     Ohio Coalition for Animals www.ohiohorses.com ASPCA aspca.org Unwanted Horse Coalition unwantedhorsecoalition.org

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 05/05/2017

Veterinarian: Rachel Elliott

Clinic Name: Animal Clinic at Cambridge    Street: 6679 Glenn Hwy    City: Cambridge  State: OH    Zip: 43762

Phone: 740-439-1728    Email: animalcliniccambridge@frontier.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Julie Copper

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: 22.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 22

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

2016 Horse Inventory

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

21 2-a. Total number of horses on January 1, 2016.

           + 76 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

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

99 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 75 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.

76 = Total of 2d-2f

23 2-g. Total number of horses on December 31, 2016.

            23 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

$2600     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$3000     Bedding.

$6200     Veterinarian.

$8600     Farrier.

$1200     Dentist.

$600     Manure Removal.

$2400     Medications & Supplements.

$7200     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$0     Horse Care Staff.

$7500     Horse Training.

$2600     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$41900     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

2970     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2016.

$14 Average cost per day per horse: $14
Question 3 ($41,900 ) divided by Question 4 (2970).

30 Average length of stay for an equine: 30 days
Question 4 (2970) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (99).

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-Some of the time

      8-a. If yes, Stall/enclosure size: Do structures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around? All

      8-b. If yes, Stall/enclosure cleanliness: How often are stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 days a week

      8-c. If yes, Adequate ceiling & beam height: Is there a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear when standing? All of the time

C. Paddocks/Yard/Pastures/Turnout

      1. Turnout/Exercise Space & opportunity: Is there space and opportunity for horses to exercise or be turned out? All of the time

      2. Fencing - type, height, safety: Are these spaces appropriately fenced? All

      3. Use of electric wire or tape fence: Are electric wires or tape fence visibly marked? Please select 'All or NA' if electric wire or tape fence is not used. All or NA

      4. Condition of fences & gates: Are fences and gates functioning properly by being maintained and repaired when needed? All

      5. Condition of paddock/yard: Are these spaces free from equipment and debris? All

      6. Availability of shelter: Are natural or man-made shelters available to horses for protections from elements? Most 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 3 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

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

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Julie Copper

         *Facility Participation:

         Copper Horse Crusade Barn

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. Julie Copper has been involved in pulling hundreds of horses out of the Sugar Creek kill pens and finding them good homes for over 20 years. Julie earned an associates’ degree in Business Management in 2001 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Religion and Philosophy from Muskingum University in 2009. She has a unique skill for identifying and choosing good horses, and then provides them with the hours of training they need to go on to be successful in their new homes.