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Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 05/10/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Linda Lake

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  4  Volunteers:  40

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 must be at least 14 years of age and complete an interview and training/ safety course (full day) at the center before beginning work at Breaking Free, and an annual refresher training every year.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  9

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?  No


II. PROGRAMS

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

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Therapeutic riding lessons are available to children and adults who qualify under the "Americans with Disabilities Act". PATH certified instructors work on individualized goals with students in order to meet physical, social, and academic goals. The horse is a means of exercise, as well as a warm and friendly companion.
Breaking Free's Horses for Heroes program is open to all eligible US Veterans who are interested in working with or around horses, or in a farm and barn atmosphere. The Horses for Heroes program allows Veterans to identify their own goals for the program and to work individually or in a group setting with their horse partner and an instructor.
Breaking Free also offers one day horse-centered day camps for school groups and clubs. Horse activities vary from all groundwork or may include riding.

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. 

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. 
     Patient, friendly, reliable and a calm attitude are some of the qualities we look for in a therapy horse. Here at Breaking Free TRC we take great care in choosing the right horse for the right program.
Horses for the Therapeutic Riding Program require other qualities than horses for the Horses for Heroes program. Each horse goes through a minimum of a 60 day trial and training period before they can be accepted.
Horses at Breaking Free are turned out for exercise, and are each evaluated by our veterinarian who recommends appropriate feed and nutritional needs.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Our program accepts donations of good therapy horses, with horses usually returned to their owners when they are no longer able to be used for lessons. Some horse owners choose to lease their horse that is no longer being used. A lease agreement is signed, and the horse owner retains ownership, but allows Breaking Free to take over the care and use of their horse.

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. 
     When a horse becomes too old or has medical issues that prevent them from being used for lessons, a horse may leave the organization. Most of the time the horse is returned to the donor. In the cases where an owner does not want to take possession of the horse back, retirement homes are found.

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 donated to Breaking Free undergo an initial evaluation to determine if they have the right disposition and physical health to be used for therapy. If they initially appear to be sound and quiet, the horse begins a 60 day training period. During this time, the horse is seen by our veterinarian and farrier. The horse is put through ground work and riding activities by our trained instructors. The horse is exposed to many types of disturbances to determine what makes them uneasy or afraid. Only after this training period, will a horse be accepted into the program.

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 is vet checked twice yearly, and feeding schedules, vaccinations, and worming schedules are established by our veterinarian. In addition, some of our horses benefit from chiropractor 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: 
     In extreme medical condition, our policy is to treat our horses in the most humane way possible, and this includes euthanasia. Our organization will not accept a horse that is difficult, so euthanasia would only be considered for medical or geriatric issues.

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: 
     As a therapy center, we do not keep stallions on our facility grounds, and do not have the need for a breeding or foal care policy.

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
Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center Farm

2795 N Moose Eye Rd. Norwich OH 43767

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Bryan Lake

2. Contact's Phone: 740-872-3220

3. Contact's Email: 1bftrc@att.net

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? 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: 4.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 50

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. Four different pastures house horses who are placed according to disposition and feeding needs. The pastures including fencing and gates which all meet PATH standards. There is one barn with 12 stalls, and a fenced in arena where lessons are held.

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 pastures are adequate for the number of horses. In the winter, pasture is supplemented with round bales of hay.

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.
     The facility has a fenced arena for training and equine activities. The surface is sand, a suitable material for both horses and students.

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.
     This facility meets the published standards of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International). We have been a Premiere Accredited Center since 2013, and we look to PATH for safety and therapy standards.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     A horse trailer is on site for emergency horse transportation.

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.
     Saddles, tack, and blankets are fitted to each horse, then inspected weekly to ensure that they are in excellent working condition for both the horse and rider. All horse equipment is stored on racks labeled with horse's name, and a checklist is kept in each horse's grooming bag.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     The facility uses a whiteboard, where each horse is identified by name and description. The whiteboard lists individual feeding requirements, medications, and any other pertinent information needed by daily feeders.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Horses are not kept in stalls except for during riding lesson time periods, in the event of illness, and in severe weather conditions. All horses are turned out after lessons.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Each horse is evaluated by the horse manager and the veterinarian, and feeding schedules are established and posted on the whiteboard. Supplements are used with the recommendation of the veterinarian.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Breaking Free expects each horse to score close to 5 on the Henneke Body Conditioning Score. Horses that do not have appropriate body condition are given a feeding and exercising plan. Weights of riders for each horse are posted and adhered to.

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 monthly and spread on crop fields. Individual horses are treated for flies every 2 days. Carcass disposal is by burial. Barn area is kept clean to reduce parasite infestation. Our veterinarian is consulted and participates in the health and welfare of the horses at our facility.

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.
     Horses are turned out in the event of fire. Doorways and entrances are gated so that horses are not able to reenter the barn. In the event of weather emergency, horses are taken to their assigned stalls and barn doors are closed.

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 facility is posted with signs required by PATH. Breaking Free directors Bryan and Linda Lake reside on the property, and oversee the safety of the horses.

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.
     Muskingum County Humane Society (740) 450-7293.

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.
     PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding) International www.pathintl.org


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 05/08/2017

Veterinarian: Brandi Sneedon, DVM

Clinic Name: Flying Horse Veterinary Clinic    Street: 6690 High Point Road    City: Thornville  State: OH    Zip: 43076

Phone: 740 527-0789    Email: flyinghorsevet.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Amanda Huber

     2. Instructor: Lee McGee

     3. Instructor: Meg Shaw

     4. Instructor: Theresa Krupa


3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 15.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 15

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. Yes

13 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.

           + 1 2-c. Total number of horses returned.

15 = 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

15 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            15 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

$1000     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$600     Bedding.

$2430     Veterinarian.

$2625     Farrier.

$0     Dentist.

$242     Manure Removal.

$1000     Medications & Supplements.

$3000     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$0     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

$1900     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$12797     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

5400     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: $2
Question 3 ($12,797 ) divided by Question 4 (5400).

Average length of stay for an equine: 360 days
Question 4 (5400) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (15).


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-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? Weekly

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



6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 97

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 54

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 32

4. What is the average wait list time? 6 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)

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

    Mounted: 90.00  Un-Mounted: 15.00  Total: 105

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)? 80%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. We provide some day camps that are entirely ground-based. Our therapeutic sessions are mostly mounted. Veterans programs are specifically designed to meet individual goals and can be mounted or ground or a combination of both.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Amanda Huber

         *Facility Participation:

         Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center Farm

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)2013

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Accredited and certified therapeutic riding instructor


     2. *Instructor: Lee McGee

         *Facility Participation:

         Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center Farm

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)2015

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.accredited and certified therapeutic riding instructor


     3. *Instructor: Meg Shaw

         *Facility Participation:

         Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center Farm

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)2014

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor


     4. *Instructor: Theresa Krupa

         *Facility Participation:

         Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center Farm

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)2016

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor