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Horse Feathers Equine Center Inc.

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018



Chief Staff Officer:  Cheri White Owl

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  10

Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No

Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. Volunteer Handbook and side by side training. Volunteer Meetings monthly

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  6

Number of Board Members:  4  Number of Voting Board Members:  4

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. President and Treasurer, Spouses

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? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization. Board members owns the facility where programs are conducted.

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 provide specialized care whether it be rehab through medical, physical or spiritual or starting with ground basics and going on to further training. Those horses who are rehabbed through the program go on to be adopted out through our Adoption Program. Those who aren't will live here in Sanctuary. Our goal is to help those horses who would not be given a chance due to the time and assistance needed to rehab as far as possible giving them a second chance at a life.

We provide education to Youth and prospective/current horse owners on proper equine care. We cover a wide range of topics from feeding, dental, farrier, every topic that pertains to horse care. We hold clinics to Educate the public. We have our Food Bank and Blanket Bank to help the community with their horses on a temporary basis thereby helping to keep horses in their homes.

We offer therapy/therapeutic situations for Veterans or others in the community who are suffering from PTSD, Trauma, Drug & Alcohol Issues.

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


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. 
     Horses are evaluated by a Veterinarian if in extreme poor health or weight condition, collaboration on a feeding routine or the basic referring of facility is followed.

Retraining will only commence once a horse reaches a level of health deemed conducive to training, lunging in order to build back strength, muscle tone in order to carry a rider.

Each horse is evaluated for its ability to participate in any section of our program on its own merits. Each case is individual due to either health, weight, injuries, prior neglect/abuse.

Horses are taken on a discretionary basis according to need, circumstances for needing to come to the facility and space available. Top priority are to those in danger of death from starvation, injury or abandonment.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Currently we get most of our horses from owner surrenders. We have had donations of horses in the past, gone to auctions and worked with law enforcement on cases. Currently there are numerous owners wanting to surrender and we keep a list of those looking for a particular horse and match them up with owners who cant care for or no longer want their 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. 
     Each horse has its own use whether it goes on to be adopted as a companion or riding horse. Those in Sanctuary are those who require specialized feeding or care that most adopters are not capable or willing to do. Retired horses that can not be adopted live here in a humane fashion for their lives. If able to be adopted as a pasture pet/companion then they are secured a home as such with the adopters understanding.

Horses that are not manageable or deemed dangerous are evaluated by our Veterinarian and the BOD discusses and implements euthanasia.

Horses that leave are adopted by application and if qualified then a contract is required. Adopters are required to come to work with those horses to make sure that it is a good fit for them and their needs. The horse must begin a bonding to the adopter. We have horses listed on our website, Equine.com and EquineNow.com along with other places such as Petfinder and our Facebook pages.

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 arriving are given an exam, coggins, temp/fecals if needed, vaccines if no records or after rehab period where they can handle getting them--approved by veterinarian. Photos are taken to gauge progress of emaciated horses or to show the horse here at this location who may be adopted out. Most horses are kept separate for 30 days, any stallions are segregated until castration by vet. If a horse is deemed on arrival to be in dire need of vet one is called out immediately. Blood work is done to determine the function of kidneys, liver, check for infection or any other tests the veterinarian decides are needed. If IV fluids are needed they are run here at the facility.
Riding evals done by our Trainer are not done until the horse is healthy enough or we determine that have been ridden in the past. Ground Manners are started on when incoming to make the handleable for the Vet and Farrier.

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. 
     Horses are checked frequently-- daily when coming in for twice daily feed or every other day in pastures for changes in weight, health, injuries. Horses are wormed bimonthly rotational worming. Vaccinations upon intake if not documented on surrender or given when healthy enough and confirmed by vet. Yearly afterwards and prior to adoption if close to cycle end.
Progression photos are done to show condition and track weight changes.

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: 
     Horse Feathers uses the following criteria for considering euthanasia:
~ Is the condition chronic, incurable, and results in unnecessary pain and suffering?
~ Does the immediate condition present a hopeless prognosis for life?
~ Is the horse a hazard to himself or his handlers?
~ Will the horse require continuous medication for the relief of pain for the remainder of its life?

If these conditions exist, the rescue immediately consults with the rescue veterinarian. If time permits, the rescue Board of Directors discusses the situation and makes a careful, informed decision. If there is no chance of relieving a horse's suffering, the horse has become a danger to itself, there are no prospects for a humane quality of life, or death is inevitable, the board will recommend euthanasia. In cases of extreme circumstances or emergency, the rescue president will make a joint decision with the attending veterinarian to euthanize.

If at all possible, the euthanasia is conducted on site at the rescue facility in the horse's familiar surroundings. If necessity dictates, euthanasia may occur at an equine hospital. Regardless of the location, the procedure is administered by the attending veterinarian. Sedation is given first to minimize stress, anxiety or further injury to the animal. An intravenous barbiturate overdose is then administered by a licensed veterinarian. The euthanasia is conducted in a calm, respectful, and loving manner. The rescue director is always in attendance.

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: 
     No breeding is allowed. If a horse is adopted from the rescue, adopters must sign an adoption contract that requires that adopted mares will not be bred. Studs are gelded while at the rescue facility and are adopted out as "geldings." There are no exceptions to this policy.

Minimum time for mares and foals is 3-4 mo some stay with until 6 mo old unless deemed by veterinarian that the foal is causing issues to the mare and needs weaned sooner, the mare falls ill or dies.

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: $201 to $500

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  All equines have one set fee or donation amount.
  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
Horse Feathers Equine Center

6320 N Highway 74C Guthrie OK 73044

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Cheri White Owl

2. Contact's Phone: 405-315-2928

3. Contact's Email: plainswindrdr@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: Viet Nguyen
6320 N Highway 74C
Guthrie OK 73044

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? 
     10 Year lease was signed in 2007 Renewal when lease is up

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.. 
     Owner is given $1.00 per year for lease to Horse Feathers

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: 2.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 14

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. 8 paddocks, wooden fencing and some panel fence/corrals. wood rail arena, 36x60 barn with 7 stalls.

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.
     Horses are separated into sections depending on age level, temperament, health issues.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 24

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.
     100x150 arena being built behind the barn Sand and dirt 80' round pen for training

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.
     Verified through Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     14ft stock trailer numerous local people to assist with trailers if needed

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.
     Each horse on the property has its own winter turnout blanket. There are extra blankets/stable blankets that can be exchanged out if a horse changes size due to weigh gain or loss. Tack and saddles are fitted by our trainer, consulted with our Equine Chiropractor when needed for adjustment due to variations in the spine.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Volunteers are given time to learn the horses by continually working with staff who tell them who the horses are, how they behave, what their training is. We are in the process of putting together a booklet that can be left at the barn with photos of the horses and names, descriptions. we have implemented a color coded system for horses depending on their behaviors, temperament, in order to help assist volunteers who are learning. Red--horses to avoid unless professional staff, Yellow--horses that may need someone to assist or know that they require a handler to be able to work with, Green are horses that even the children can work with, lead, etc. In order to work at levels the volunteers have to work with training to progress to higher levels.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Only 2 horses stay in at night if needed due to age. They are elderly and can not run from coyotes or other threats to them. They are turned out behind the barn area after morning feed and left all day. One other older horse (36) comes in when the weather is bad to keep him in an area where we can monitor him or any other elderly that may need extra sheltering from the weather. Any others are new intakes until they are able to be blended in safely outside.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Horses are fed quality feed by Purina according to age, level of exercise, weight. Each horse is fed according to what their body needs to maintain optimum weight. Horses are fed individually, not mass fed, to utilize each horse getting all their feed and to reduce food aggression and anxiety. Supplements are used to help with weight gain, build immune system, help build hoof condition, repel flies, any condition that will help the horse build a better, healthier body.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Horses under a 2 on the score are fed a rebuilding, rehab diet in order to get to normal healthy weight. Upon return to normal weight or under direction of Veterinarian will do light exercise to help build body strength at timed intervals. Normally horses are allowed to roam in areas to regain strength and build according to what they can handle.

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.
     Horses needing isolation are placed in an enclosed stall. Bathroom facility on premise allows for hot water to scrub all feed containers or items related to a horse that is il. Manure is mucked daily and take to far pasture where we have a compost pile. Horses are wormed on a schedule to control parasites. Fly strips are in barn for fly control, fly spray is used when needed. Most euthanasia is done at the hospital where they dispose of carcass to place where they are buried. We have only had a few cases where we have had to bury here in far pasture. We discuss all areas of the facility concerning implementation with our veterinarian.

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.
     Barn has fire extinguishers in it. No smoking is allowed in barn. We monitor weather and in time of disaster are prepared to move what horses that can be to safer area/facility. We help others in the community when disasters hit where we are needed with possible intakes to holding pens. We also help with any owner who may need temp housing while rebuilding and rehabilitation of the horse.

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?
     No security system. we are working to install in 2016. Front gates are chained and other numerous gates to go through to get to the horses. Owner and Staff live on property to check on the animals and to maintain security. Anyone new coming to the property must come to the Office before entering the grounds.

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.
     Logan County Sheriff 216 S Broad St Guthrie, Oklahoma (405) 282-4100

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.

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/17/2018

Veterinarian: Dr Jeff Brakenhoff

Clinic Name: Oakridge Equine Hospital    Street: 6675 E Waterloo Road    City: Edmond  State: OK    Zip: 73034

Phone: 405-359-5002    Email: brakenhoffdvm@yahoo.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Cheri White Owl

     2. Instructor: Kim Hill

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: 29.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 36

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 40

2017 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2017? Please select Yes or No. Yes

Additional explanation:Explanation of Returns – 5 donkeys, 1 mini, and 4 horses were returned due to property sales resulting from divorce and barn closures. 1 was euthanized; 1 was adopted out in 2017; remainder are currently for adoption.

31 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

           + 13 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

44 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 7 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 3 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

10 = Total of 2d-2f

34 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            20 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            14 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.

2017 Horse Care Costs

$     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$     Bedding.

$     Veterinarian.

$     Farrier.

$     Dentist.

$     Manure Removal.

$     Medications & Supplements.

$     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$     Horse Care Staff.

$     Horse Training.

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

$42730     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$0     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

10950     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2017.

Average cost per day per horse: $4
Question 3 ($42,730 ) divided by Question 4 (10950).

Average length of stay for an equine: 249 days
Question 4 (10950) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (44).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds


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

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 15

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 20

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 52

4. What is the average wait list time? 0 Months(Weeks/Months/Years)

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

    Mounted: 1.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 2

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 1

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 5%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. Times and clients varies on time of year and they phase out. Currently we are not up "full time" while facility upgrades are happening and other programs are in development.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Cheri White Owl

         *Facility Participation:

         Horse Feathers Equine Center

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.Oklahoma Dept of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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.Peer Recovery Support Specialist. Renewed yearly and CEU's required.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Mustang Heritage Foundation

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.TIP Trainer to work with BLM Mustangs. Renewed yearly

     2. *Instructor: Kim Hill

         *Facility Participation:

         Horse Feathers Equine Center

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. Kim Hill is a Volunteer Instructor with our facility that reached a riding level of Gran Prix. Her many years of experience is instrumental in us acquiring and securing adoptions of horses due to her spending time on Ground Manners, Lunging, Saddle Preparation. She is working with the regular Volunteers in teaching them proper handling, tacking, lunging and ground manner work with horses.