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Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc,

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018



Chief Staff Officer:  Esta G. Bernstein

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  25

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

Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. Volunteers are trained by the Volunteer Leader for the day(s) they show up. Release forms are signed and we assign tasks based on their skill level.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  2

Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

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. Esta Bernstein - President & CEO and, Emilee Bernstein - Director are sisters. A conflict of interest policy is in place and neither are compensated.

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:
     Educational programs are provided free to children and the community, which emphasize the importance of proper equine care, ownership responsibility, and the consequences of neglect. Through the interaction with our horses, participants learn empathy, compassion, cooperation, and trust. But most importantly, how to understand their nature and become one with them and the world we share.

3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 1

4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. none

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


1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable), ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and condition of the horses accepted by your organization. 
     Upon arrival all horses are assessed for their overall physical, mental, and emotional well being. An individualized holistic diet and exercise regimen is implemented. Natural horsemanship methods are used to determine what each horse has been subjected to and training is adjusted accordingly. Only upon full recovery and extensive groundwork are they ridden. If being ridden is not possible they are utilized in our emotional/spirituality healing programs.

Currently we only accept a limited number of horses to ensure the quality of care our programs emphasize.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     All horses are either surrendered or donated to us. Occasionally we accept horses seized by animal control agencies.

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 do not believe that a horse is never useful. They all have a place and a purpose. Horses that are unable to be adopted are placed in our educational programs for emotional and spiritual healing. Horses are adopted once their forever person has been identified by the horse. We will not adopt sight unseen. Potential adopters must spend time with the horse they choose to ensure they are a proper match. Foster care providers we select must adhere to our overall care and feeding guidelines, while making viewing of the fostered horse always accessible to potential adopters. Through our volunteer and educational services, we attract a wide variety of people who are potentially able to provide great homes for our horses.

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.). 
     New horses are given a visual, soundness, and temperament assessment. After a brief quarantine and necessary recovery period, we reassess them again to determine what they are best suited for. Veterinary consults are used if necessary.

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 horse care plan is based on holistic and homeopathic practices. Horses are checked daily to ensure optimal health and soundness. Diatomaceous earth is our de-wormer of choice and is regularly fed every other month. Our at-risk or geriatric horses are brought back to prime health with the use of specialized diets, holistic veterinary care, including chiropractic and acupuncture. Horses with serious issues are monitored regularly by our vet and aggressive rehabilitation programs are implemented.

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 will only euthanize a horse if they are suffering from an incurable medical issue. We never under any circumstance, euthanize a horse to make room for another.

7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt, donate, sell, etc. a horse: 
     We have a strict no breeding policy. All male horses must be castrated prior to adoption and there is a no-breeding clause in our adoption agreement. Our current set up ensures that no horse will become pregnant while in our custody. Our policy is to keep mares and newborn foals together until at least 6 month of age, unless health issues negate differently.

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: 
     Foster homes are placed under the same scrutiny as our adoptive homes. Progress reports must be made monthly, including photographs of our horses in their care. Unannounced site inspections must be allowed given a 24 hour notice.

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: $501 to $750

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine age.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine type.
  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
Dark Horse Ranch

11267 Sheldon St. Sun Valley CA 91352

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Darrell Harris

2. Contact's Phone: 310-927-0207

3. Contact's Email: darrellharris.sr@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: Darrell Harris
11267 Sheldon St.
Sun Valley, CA 91352

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? 
     Month to Month Lease

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 provides space only, our organization is fully responsible for the care and maintenance of the horses, barn, and the area we lease. The owner is compensated monthly per stall we use.

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: 1.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 2

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. *Missing

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. *Missing

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

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. *Missing

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

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

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility. *Missing

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? *Missing

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc. *Missing

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property. . *Missing

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound. . *Missing

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements. . *Missing

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse? . *Missing

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. . *Missing

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. *Missing

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? *Missing

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.
     Department of Animal Services 221 N. Figueroa Street, 6th Floor, Suite 600 Los Angeles, CA 90012 (888) 452-7381 email - n/a

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.
     East Valley Shelter 14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405 888-4LAPET1 (888-452-7381) (818) 756-9323 email - n/a

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 05/12/2018

Veterinarian: James Travers, DVM

    Street: P.O. Box 859    City: Datil  State: NM    Zip: 87821

Phone: 575-838-7072    Email: jmtdvm@hotmail.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Esta Bernstein

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: *Missing.

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

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

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:Due to our limited resources and space, we are unable to take in any additional horses at this time

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

           + 0 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

7 = 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, 2017.

            7 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 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.

$53547     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$9033     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

2555     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: $21
Question 3 ($53,547 ) divided by Question 4 (2555).

Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days
Question 4 (2555) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (7).

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? *Missing

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

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

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:   Un-Mounted:   Total: 0 *Missing/Error

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

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

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. n/a

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Esta Bernstein

         *Facility Participation:

         Dark Horse Ranch

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.Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc.

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.What Is Equalia Actualization? – A unique experience combining all the elements of equine communication, natural horsemanship, and spirituality that bring you to a new level of awareness. And through equine awareness, you can discover how to become a self-actualized, enlightened being. How This Program Can Help You – By learning how to listen and apply what you hear, you will become effective at communicating with compassion, hearing what is actually being said, and identifying your strengths and weaknesses. No matter what profession you are in, viewing life from the horse’s perspective will bring clarity to your most challenging internal and external situations. How This Helps Horses – by bridging the gap between what we want and what they need, they become willing, bio-feedback participants, actively engaging in the healing and learning process of human development. If a horse knows that they can be heard, and if we can respect what they say, they will teach us more than we could ever imagine. This knowledge will forever change how we view and treat them.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Esta designed her own equine therapeutic program entitled “Equalia Actualization,” that embodies the wisdom, knowledge, and spirit of the horses, combined with some of the theories of psychologist Abraham Maslow, which refers to an enlightened maturity characterized by the achievement of goals, acceptance of oneself, and an ability to self-assess in a realistic and positive way. Equalia Actualization was developed after seeing a need to bring rescued horses and people together so that we as a species could see the real value of horses. A rescued horse knows first hand what mental, emotional, and physical trauma is, and when they are allowed the freedom to express their wisdom, they enlighten the way to the kingdom inside all of us. Additionally, Esta is in post-production of her documentary “Changing Horses” http://www.changinghorsesthefilm.com. As the producer/director of this film, Esta is uncovering the depths of the horse/human dynamic from people all over the globe. The film explores the personal stories of how horses change people, so people can change the world. Through interviewing prominent individuals in the equine community, we discuss some very complex issues regarding our human value systems, and how we can adjust our societal beliefs to ensure our survival as a species.