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Granite State Adaptive

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 05/06/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Jennifer Fraser

Employees:   Full-Time:  2  Part-Time:  4  Volunteers:  57

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. GSA is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Operating Center and complies with all associated requirements. Both full time employees Hippotherapy Clinical Specialists as are two part time employees. Hippotherapy volunteers work under the supervision of these employees and evaluated by same.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  4

Number of Board Members:  7  Number of Voting Board Members:  7

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


II. PROGRAMS

1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 50%

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy: grooming, horsemanship skills, adaptive riding, sensory trail, restorative justice
Hippotherapy with AHCB Hipotherapy Clinical Specialist, OT, PT

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. GSA provides adaptive skiing at King Pine Ski Area during the season and adaptive cycling throughout the Lakes Region and Carroll County, New Hampshire. These programs are primarily for the disabled students in 15 Lakes Region schools, in cooperation with New Hampshire and local agencies and in coordination with other nonprofit organizations focused on specific disabled populations. Targeted outreach is conducted toward physically and developmentally disabled youth and adults, disabled Veterans , active duty service men and women and at-risk youth.

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  No



III. POLICIES

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 are a PATH International Operating Center and we follow PATH International Standards. Our horses have individual stalls in a well kept facility and receive a minimum of 4 hours of turnout per day weather/footing permitting. Our horses reside at our facility in Mirror Lake, NH from April through December. They currently winter at Burnt Meadow Stables in Madison, NH where there is individual and paired turnout and an indoor. We follow our veterinarian's (New England Equine Medical and Surgical) recommendations for worming and vaccination and utilize both their mobile unit and boarding facility when needed.
We turn our horses out every morning before lessons and lunge and lead them prior to mounting to assess their movement. We encourage a varied training regime with able-bodied competent riders for exercise and schooling as well as for variety for our horses. In the event of lameness, we follow our vet's direction regarding stall rest or small turnout. If possible, our horses will benefit from grooming activities if in their best interest when in recovery.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     We purchased two horses that were used in the Huggins Hospital Adaptive Sports Program (our predecessor) and then we purchased a pony. We anticipate using (loan agreement) a horse, pony and mini for six weeks that are owned by one of our instructors (they are active in a therapy program in MA in the winter). Granite State Adaptive would consider a donation of an appropriate horse or pony when our budget can supports the care of a larger herd.

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 have not had any horse that we own leave our program. We are in the process of developing a policy for this, however, we anticipate using our herd for grooming and ground work as they age out of mounted activities. We expect to provide a loving, safe home for our therapy horses throughout their lifetime.

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.). 
     All new horses undergo a trial period. Health records, physical examination, current Coggins and Veterinary consult are practices that we follow.

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 horses are observed daily during feeding and turn out. We assess their weight, behavior and soundness during our many interactions with them. Our Vet determines our vaccination schedule with a series of Spring shots and a fecal sample. We have had extensive care for horses based on their individual needs (Vit E injections, Adequan, Muscle Biopsy, Arthroscopy, etc) and they all have individual smartpaks. Our vet works with us to develop a plan of care as needed.

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 would consider euthanasia upon the advice of a vet if it was in the best interest of the horse to reduce suffering for a condition that could not be improved with veterinary care.
We would not consider euthanizing a healthy but 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: 
     N/A
We have a small herd that does not include stallions

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 
     No

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? 
     No

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? 
     No

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 has never considered this concept.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed:



IV. FACILITIES

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

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Location 1 of 1
Granite State Adaptive

44 Mirror Lake Drive Mirror Lake NH 03853

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Jennifer Fraser

2. Contact's Phone: 6033871167

3. Contact's Email: jfraserpt@gmail.com

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: Jennifer Fraser
44 Mirror Lake Dr
Mirror Lake, NH 03853
603-387-1167
jfraserpt@gmail.com

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? 
     Jennifer Fraser is the founder and Executive Director of Granite State Adaptive. This location is the center of operations for GSA and the lease is ongoing. Our fiscal year is Oct 1 to Sept 30 and the agreement is ongoing.

8. If your organization leases or uses a part of this facility, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated.. 
     The owner is the Executive Director of GSA and is compensated with a salary. Jennifer Fraser lives on site. The facility pays a monthly rent agreed upon by the BOD. We also have staff who assist with horse care. The care of the horses is shared by the owner and staff.

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: 3.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 15

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. 1. 36 x 36 4 horse barn 1. 16 x 16 run in 4 Turn outs enclosed with wooden posts, 3 and 4 strand rope electric and some 4 board wooden fence. Approx 8 acres 1. 12 panel 12 foot round pen 1.5 miles trails

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.
     We rotate our paddocks and pasture depending on weather and footing and horse needs. We are able to turn out horses together depending on compatibility and soundness. We observe our horses daily and adjust turn out if needed. Typically, we feed in the barn and then turn out by 8 AM. Our horses are usually brought in by 5 PM but this can vary with weather and bugs. Our operation is 3-6 horses so rotation and turnout are not complicated. I also use fly predators and other insect control. OuWer paddocks are picked regularly.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 7

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 renovated our arena last year and currently have a mix of stonedust, Concrete Sand 33 and silt. We hired RideSport (Sean Clawson)to help with the surface: depth, material and distribution. We have an ABI RascalPro and a 4 wheeler to groom the surface. Our outdoor is approximately 132 x 65

6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     We follow PATH International Standards and will be applying for accredidation this year.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have an onsite two horse trailer and we have an mobile veterinarian who is also a surgeon at the NE Equine Medical and Surgical facility.

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.
     We have a consulting saddle fitter and we are trained in basic fitting of balnkets, bridles, tack.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Our horses have nameplates on their stalls and halters and are identifiable with pictures. Our volunteers are very familiar and well trained with our herd.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     N/A Our horses are not stall bound. If necessary, we make a small turn out to the dutch door of the stall if we have an injured horse.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     We currently feed Purina Active Senior, Ultium and Purina Miniature Horse and Pony and use smartpaks and oil. We have adjusted feed based on the needs of our horses and use hay needs at times. I usually defer to my vet and research based on the horses needs. We recently had a horse have a Vit E deficiency so he was given supplements of Elevate following Vit E injections and tested. He was then switched to Purina Active Senior and is fully recovered!! We monitor our horses weight.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We use this standardized method to monitor our horses and to educate volunteers and students when appropriate. We make adjustment to feed accordingly.

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 use fly predators based on the region as well as fly spray and regular manure management. Our horses have fecal tests to determine worming needs. We have the ability to bury or transport a horse in the event of death. We have 70 acres and an excavator. Our veterinarian is available for consult on many topics. We have manure removed from the property and composted at the local garden center.

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.
     We follow PATH International Standards. Our exits are identified, our security has a fire alarm and we have fire extinguishers. We do not have programming in extreme weather conditions. Our horses are stalled when the weather is hazardous.

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?
     We have a security system with cameras, door alarms and emergency dispatch. It is through our cable company. We also have an on-premises caretaker.

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.
     Conway Animal Control 223 East Main Street Conway, NH 03818 603-447-5955

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.
     Lakes Region Humane Society 11 Old Route 28 Ossipee, NH 03864


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 05/05/2017

Veterinarian: Katy Raynor

Clinic Name: New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center    Street: 15 Members Way    City: Dover  State: NH    Zip: 03820

Phone: 603-749-9111    Email: office@newenglandequine.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Heidi Pike

     2. Instructor: Jennifer Fraser PT

     3. Instructor: Monica P Wu, OT, HPCS


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: 10

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 have 2 horses who are utilized in a horse loan agreement that are owned by one of our instructors. The horses are here seasonally for our EAAT and then return to their winter homes to resume EAAT out of state. GSA owns three horses but occasionally collaborates with another organization and uses another equine for special purposes - on loan. Our 4 day Veteran program utilized a horse that was owned by a Veteran LICSW facilitator.

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

           + 1 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

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

$4310     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$2920     Bedding.

$3602     Veterinarian.

$1600     Farrier.

$300     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$2000     Medications & Supplements.

$400     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$17000     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$32132     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: $22
Question 3 ($32,132 ) 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
A.Operational

     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-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

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? 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? 50

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 24

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 28

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: 2.00  Un-Mounted: 2.00  Total: 4

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 3

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 70%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Heidi Pike

         *Facility Participation:

         Granite State Adaptive

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.PATH

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2008

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Riding Instructor


     2. *Instructor: Jennifer Fraser PT

         *Facility Participation:

         Granite State Adaptive

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.American Physical Therapy Association

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1984

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Licensed Physical Therapist


     3. *Instructor: Monica P Wu, OT, HPCS

         *Facility Participation:

         Granite State Adaptive

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.PATH International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2004

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Registered Therapist

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.HPCS

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Clinical Specialist in Hippotherapy