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Mustang Camp

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 05/04/2017



Chief Staff Officer:  Patricia Barlow-Irick

Employees:   Full-Time:  2  Part-Time:    Volunteers:  18

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 one week intensive training program once a month to train our volunteers and working students. The Board of Directors is developing the job description for the Executive Director.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  12

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? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. Executive Director is married to a Board Member who is not an officer of the Board. He recuses himself from voting on questions that would be an ethical conflict of interest, (ie. would benefit himself or his wife personally)

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:
     (We interpret "horses" to mean "Equine" as we also train burros.)

We procure horses and burros from the Bureau of Land Management or the US Forest Service, train them, then find them adoptive homes.

We train people how to train horses and burros using science based methods. This is a hands on training program and animals are furthered along in their training during the training classes.

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 also take burros from the Bureau of Land Management, train them, and find them adoptive homes. Less than 10% of our animals are burros. We have also cared for burros when the regional donkey rescue organization was overfull and needed temporary shelter for animals.

We provide free training classes to other equine welfare organizations.

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. 
     We use training based on the principles of Applied Animal Behavior science with an emphasis on respondent conditioning and positive reinforcement. We work according to a well tested protocol of nested learning sets making up 26 major tasks for the animal to accomplish. We take animals that otherwise would have a hard time getting adopted directly from the government. We do not return animals to the government. Unsound horses are cared for until a sanctuary placement can be located for them.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Horses are generally chosen by the Bureau of Land Management or the US Forest Service. We have a reputation for being particularly good with older horses.

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. 
     We abide by the adoption rules of the BLM or USFS. We do not accept applications from individuals seem likely to fail with their adoption or that want to breed horses. We have a return policy and will take horses back under almost all circumstances (we never refused, but it could happen). We deliver horses to their new owners and inspect the situation. If the conditions are not acceptable, we bring the horse back unadopted, because it is cheaper to do so, than to return to get the horse after the adoption fails. We have a fund to provide economic help to horse owners who temporarily are challenged to buy hay or take care of veterinary emergencies. We do not dispose of lame or older horses as there are people whose lives will be enriched by having these special animals to care for.

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.). 
     The government agencies provide health records and Coggins test results. We quarantine them for a short time and do fecal egg tests onsite if they have not been recently wormed. The horses are wild when they arrive.

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. 
     We do our own FECs as needed to control parasites. We maintain current Coggins on all adoptable animals. We have limited access to veterinary services as a vet farm call fee is $180 for the trip charge. Once a year (in February) we have our vet come and inspect the premises and do any work (like update coggins); this allows us to rely on our vet-client relationship to do phone consulation.

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: 
     Horses are only euthanized as an act of mercy. We have a detailed euthanasia policy that details how it is to be done when necessary. As the horses are property of the Federal Government, all euthanasia must be done in accordance with their policies and with their permission.

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: 
     There is a no-breeding policy at our facility, but the Federal Goverment does not prohibit wild horse adopters from breeding their animals, so we do not regulate the activities of the adopters. Most of the male animals we accept into our program are geldings. If the government provides an ungelded male over the age of one, we make arrangements for its gelding. If we adopt very young males, we help the adopters get gelding vouchers for their little guys.
If we have foals on the property, the mare and foal cannot be moved to an adoptive home until the foal is at least one month old. The foal cannot be adopted separate from the mare until it is at least 7 months old and it cannot go to a home where it is the only horse.

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: Less than $200

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  All equines have one set fee or donation amount.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Other considerations are provided below.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed: The US Government sets the fee and the fees we collect are turned in to the particular government agency that provides the horse


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
Mustang Camp

2455 CR 379 Counselor NM 87018

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Patricia Barlow-Irick

2. Contact's Phone: 5054192575

3. Contact's Email: patricia@mustangcamp.org

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

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: John and Patricia Irick
PO Box 620 Blanco, NM 87412

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? 
     Starting in Jan 2010, we have had year to year lease. Our intentions have been to grow the organization and split off or relocate to a more easily accessible location. Since we are still operating under the original founder, we must grow, develop a vision in those who will become the future managers. Until then, we have much assurance that we can continue to use this personal property of the founder.

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 facilities used by Mustang Camp include a hay barn, six large paddocks, 3 smaller paddocks, two roundpens, 14 stalls/pens, living quarters for students and volunteers (8 bedrooms), common kitchen and baths. A library and classroom are part of the indoor services. The owner is compensated by a minimum legal rent ($1/year).

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: 5

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. There are three paddocks over 300x300, All fencing is either welded pipe or heavy panel. Run-in sheds are provided in each large paddock. The center of the area is a training plaza surrounded by 14 20x20ft pens, half of which are partially covered. There are two roundpens, and a variety of small pens and alleys. We use the remainder of the acreage as turnout.

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 animals in active training live in the plaza and paddocks immediate adjacent to the central training plaza. We separate them primarily by how much handling they get everyday with long term residents living in the biggest paddocks. The typical animal in our program stays one to three months before it is adopted, so our turn over is high. Our use of space is most controlled by efficiency of the training process.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 23

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 only do groundwork. Our main training area is our plaza. It's fences are 6 feet high. The footing is a sandy surface over an old parking lot.

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)? No

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant.
     We have no pastures.

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.
     The Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service inspect our facilities frequently. The BLM normally inspects every year.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have a 10 horse trailer and a six horse trailer.

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.
     We only use halters.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     We work with the horses everyday and students and volunteers quickly learn the animals names.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     We have no normally stall bound horses.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     For horses we feed 20% of the horses body weight in grass or a grass/alfalfa mix in two feedings per day. We feed no concentrates or supplements to healthy animals. For donkeys, we feed 20% of their body weight half in straw and half in grass hay. Both species receive chopped alfalfa hay during training.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We reduce the amount of hay if we see that the horses are starting to appear fat with thicker crests. If the animals are thin or pregnant, we supply individual animals with extra alfalfa or equine senior pellets.

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.
     We muck every day and remove the manure to a pile off the immediate area. We trap flies and spray the animals with Canadian catnip oil. We are very careful to treat any eye infections because the animals eyes are constantly irritated by the cottonwood trees shading our facility. Carcasses can be disposed on a nearby ranch if they have not been treated with drugs. If they were chemically euthanized, they are taken to the regional landfill.

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.
     The potential hazards in our location include fire and flooding. We maintain a brush free environment to prevent fire. We have high ground within the property that the animals could go to incase of flooding.

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?
     Someone is always here. Dogs alert the residents if a stranger comes near the property. We meet and greet most visitors and try to make them future adopters.

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.
     New Mexico State Police, 1025 W. Navajo, Farmington, NM 87401, 505-325-7547

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.
     Cathy Truby, Farmington District of the New Mexico Livestock Board, 300 San Mateo NE, Albquerque, NM 87108-1500, no email, 505-330-4962 (inspects animals for transit, on site several times per month) Pat Williams, Wild Horse and Burro Program, Bureau of Land Management. Oklahoma Field Office. Email: pbwillia@blm.gov. Phone: 405-222-8676 Kali Sublett, Executive Director, Mustang Heritage Foundation, PO Box 979, Georgetown, TX, 78627 Email: kali@mustangheritagefoundation.org Phone: 512-869-3225

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 05/01/2017

Veterinarian: LeAnn Lake Heidke

Clinic Name: San Juan Veterinary Hospital    Street: 167 S. Browning Parkway    City: Farmington  State: NM    Zip: 87401

Phone: 505-326-2205    Email: none

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Dr. Patricia Barlow-Irick, Ph.D.

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: 36.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 39

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 60

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

30 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 54 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           + 6 2-c. Total number of horses returned.

90 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 53 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.

53 = Total of 2d-2f

37 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            37 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

$20202     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$0     Bedding.

$446     Veterinarian.

$0     Farrier.

$0     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$858     Medications & Supplements.

$1657     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$0     Horse Care Staff.

$3581     Horse Training.

$1603     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$28347     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

9638     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: $3
Question 3 ($28,347 ) divided by Question 4 (9638).

Average length of stay for an equine: 107 days
Question 4 (9638) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (90).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds

     1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? Most 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? No

      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? No

C. Paddocks/Yard/Pastures/Turnout

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

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

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

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

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

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

      7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? Daily or 6 Days a Week

II. Horse Care

      1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Not at all or when issue arises

      2. Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Not at all or when issue arises

      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

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

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Dr. Patricia Barlow-Irick, Ph.D.

         *Facility Participation:

         Mustang Camp

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.International Applied Animal Behavior Consultants.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2017

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.The certification was awarded based on a test on application of learning theory to the training of animals.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Author of "How 2 Train A _____ (fill in the blank)", 2012. Certificate in Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, 2013.