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GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 02/15/2017



Chief Staff Officer:  Marita Wassman

Employees:   Full-Time:  3  Part-Time:  4  Volunteers:  200

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. ROSL relies over 200 volunteers each year to fulfill our mission. Volunteers provide care to the horses, chair major fundraising events, participate on the fundraising committee, sit on the Board of Directors, work alongside clients and instructors during sessions, and help maintain grounds and offices. ROSL heavily relies on volunteer hours and offers opportunities for all ages and abilities. In 2016, 16,981 volunteer hours were logged saving ROSL $410,258 in staff costs. 20% of ROSL volunteers receive free educational workshops for professional equine care and training. ROSL hosts 12 volunteer trainings throughout the year including CPR and First Aid, sidewalker trainings and leader trainings I-IV. Sidewalkers walk along either side of the horse while a client is mounted to provide assistance and stability to the client and to assist the therapist and/or instructor with positioning and placement for treatment. A three hour sidewalker training is mandatory for any and all volunteers working directly with our clients. Leaders are responsible for controlling the therapy horse's movement and behavior to ensure safe and effect treatment and activities. Leaders must pass sidewalker training before attending and testing for leader training. Four different levels of leader training are available covering a variety of topics including, equine positioning, mounting riders/client, tack and equipment and health and care. The knowledge gained at these trainings is not only valuable in the program setting but many volunteers apply these lessons to personal horse care and personal relationships/interaction with people with disabilities. ROSL's extensive training program results in a safe, controlled environment for staff, volunteers, and clients and a lifetime of happy horses. (ROSL has on file job descriptions for each paid position and each volunteer position for program, administration and fundraising tasks. Each volunteer completes a form with photo/video release, confidentiality policy and liability. Staff and volunteers wear color name tags with designations for level of ability and training. Organizational chart is kept in office. ROSL Board President assumes responsibilities as human resources representative and assists with hiring, interviews yearly reviews and conflicts.)

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  12

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

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  Yes  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. Marita Wassman, Program Director, Mother
BriAnn Wassman, Grant Manager, Daughter
Marita Wassman is the only family member who sits on board of directors. The program began as a small homegrown operation in 1998 and Marita and BriAnn have been active and instrumental in its establishment forward.

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:
     ROSL is an equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) center that uses specially selected and trained horses to provide emotional, mental and physical improvements to children and adults living with diagnosed disabilities. ROSL offers therapy (physical or occupational), adaptive or therapeutic riding, sports riding, unmounted activities, equine services for heroes and a summer camp. Our therapy department employs licensed physical and occupational therapists who treat clients on an individual basis. A client's treatment strategy includes equine movement for core strengthening, motor control, balance reactions and developmental sequencing that demand constant sensory input and modulation/integration of this input. Adaptive or therapeutic riding participants are encouraged to perform horsemanship activities directed toward functional goals. Partaking in various activities offers stimulation to muscle groups they may not utilize, problem solving, increased communication opportunities and social and sensory integration. Sports riders train to control the horse and ride to the best of his/her ability. The sports riding classes instruct and condition individuals to be true equestrians and embrace all aspects of the equine world. Equine Services for Heroes accommodates service members who have been injured and strives to nurture the mind and body through both the physically healing movement of the horse and emotional interaction. Lesson components may consist of a variety of activities both on and off the horse. Unmounted Activities clients engage in activities that support comprehensive care and handling of equines and activities that are necessary and useful regarding safety procedures for equine interaction. Lessons address equine behavior, communication, grooming, equipment, leading, health, handling and overall basic equine management. Lastly, our Sensation Summer Camp is an inclusive day camp open to new clients, current clients, those with developmental, physical or cognitive challenges, as well as able-bodied children who are interested in riding and learning about horses in a welcoming and positive environment. Siblings and friends are welcomed and encouraged to attend. During camp, campers will utilize all of their senses to explore the sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and movement that is inherent to learning about horsemanship.
ROSL operates a 8-10 week spring session, 4 week summer camp, 11 week fall session and some clients choose to participate in a 4-6 week winter session. In 2016 ROSL provided 1164 EAAT hours to 140 individuals.

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. All of our current services utilize equine movement and/or equine interaction.

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. 
     Equine management is overseen by Program Director and founding officer, Marita Wassman. Marita is an Advanced Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Mentor with PATH International, has over 40 years of experience with a variety of equestrian enterprises and 25 years in the therapeutic riding industry; knowledge used to ensure the facility, equipment and grounds meet the program needs/standards and in researching products, safety and training for horses and clients. She has trained at Rolling Acres Stable under Liz Young Millard, a member of the 1968 U.S. Equestrian Team and had a professional career with Otis Brown Stables of St. Louis and LePere Thoroughbred Training Center in Illinois. Marita was the head instructor at Pecan Tree Farm in Houston, Texas. During her tenure as instructor, the number of riding students increased by 285% while gaining broad knowledge and experience with their adaptive riding program as a volunteer.
All training, conditioning, classes and health care visits are scheduled and documented. Certified instructors condition each horse on long lines two to four times/week (sessions do not exceed 35 minutes). Certified instructors also school horses for mental conditioning towards keenness to cues/aids and experience with new toys and treatment tools used during sessions. Upon acceptance into the program, new horses are gently desensitizes to lesson/therapy toys, games, props, noises, etc. ROSL complies with PATH guidelines for all supports involving horses and max work load. ROSL's facility and staff are suitable for 10 equines.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     At ROSL our horses are valued partners in a relationship. In order to participate and work with individuals that often have profound disabilities, we are highly selective when accepting horses into a program. Our horses are purchased, donated, volunteered or leased by horse owners in the community or nation and those involved with our programs. When selecting a horse to participate in a program, we look for a horse or pony that is ideal and suitable for equine-assisted activities and therapies. The breed of a horse is not a critical consideration. Different breeds offer different builds needed for a wide range of activities, including riding, driving, vaulting, interaction on the ground and others. Horses go through a strict screening process with evaluation charts to determine if their temperament, size and movement are compatible and desired. We evaluate a prospective horse's conformation, health, age, gaits, manners of going, posture and movement, attitude, reliability, past training and adaptability.

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. 
     ROSL staff, instructors, clients and volunteers all share a strong sense of responsibility towards the welfare of the animals living at our facility. We pride our self on maintaining top conditioned, healthy and happy willing horses that mentally and physically enjoy their special position in the program. ROSL does daily evaluations of each animal and takes immediate action if there is reason for concern. If an animal does not meet top health or mental condition to be comfortable in our program, further steps are taken. ROSL has an agreement with top rated Missouri rescue/retirement facility, Out 2 Pasture, who graciously offers special accommodations for our retired therapy horses. For medical issues within our facility, ROSL consults our veterinarian, who has been in service with the program for over thirteen years and is familiar with each animal in the program. Quality of life and health conditions are taken into account before any action is assumed.

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.). 
     Initially a phone evaluation form is completed by office staff for any potential therapy horse donation or sale to ROSL. The form is then reviewed by Program Director for further action/other questions and concerns. Next, photos or videos are requested if the horse in question seems to possess suitable qualities. If geographically possible, an on-site evaluation is conducted on the horse to gauge temperament, respect to handling, training level and flight-or-fight response. A ROSL therapist is asked to attend an evaluation to assess horse's movement. A veterinarian is consulted for repurchase exams including, Coggins, health records, lameness, respiration and vital signs. This process takes several weeks to several months to complete, which reduces complications for transmitting illness.

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. 
     An equine dentist floats teeth once/year or as needed and horses receive annual vaccinations according to region demands (farm call fee is waived.) We use equine massage therapy and equine chiropractor services if needed. Since our herd is closed a fecal count test is recommended and worming is conducted periodically throughout the year. Volunteers and staff receive training on symptoms for issues such as wounds or colic and a procedure is in place for equine emergencies. Farrier services are scheduled every 6 weeks. All equines receive dietary supplements and each horse partakes in a series of stretches after each session to stretch the top line and sides for vertical displacement correction/prevention. Horses benefits from regular chiropractic services.

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: 
     Animals would be euthanatized by overdose of barbiturates administered by a professional with consultation of our veterinarian. ROSL would under no circumstance, euthanize a horse for lack of space, but only for the humane act of not allowing suffering with eminent death. ROSL would never euthanize healthy horses due to space, temperament or any other factors.

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: 
     ROSL follows a strict no-breeding policy. All male horses on the property are geldings and stallions are not considered. It is not in our mission to breed horses.

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: 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:
  Other considerations are provided below.

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


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
Ride On St. Louis

6008 Windsor Harbor Lane Kimmswick MO 63053

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: BriAnn Wassman

2. Contact's Phone: 636-464-3408

3. Contact's Email: briann@rideonstl.org

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

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: City of Kimmswick
6041 Third Street, Kimmswick, MO 63053
Tammy Benack

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? 
     ROSL is in our 16th year as a lessee. We are in negotiations with the property owners concerning both growth with ROSL on the grounds and the compatibility of the growth of the property owners. The ROSL board of directors are seeking possible alternate locations, as well, if the terms cannot be agreed upon. The original lease began February 2002-2010. The second term began February 2012 and will ended February 2014 with options to renew for 10 (1) year periods.

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.. 
     ROSL is responsible for property improvements and rent.

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: 6

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. ROSL is located on 23 acres of the Anheuser Estate in Kimmswick, MO. The facility has two riding arenas in which instructors and therapists conduct the majority of client sessions. ROSL facility has a 60' X 90' indoor arena with Clopf dustfree and lifetime durabiltiy footing, two outdoor pastures, a 100' X 200' grass outdoor arena, and a round pen with FIBAR footing. Our outdoor arena is wood fencing and our remaining turnouts (2 acre grass, one acre dirt and half acre dirt) are plastic fencing. The mian stable has five 13' X 13' stalls and a lean-to which provides overnight shelter for two of the horses. A smaller stable has two 11' X 13' stalls. Stalls are mucked at least once daily or more often and horses are bedded on pine shavings. Each stall and lean-to contains automatic waterers, provided by a grant from the St. Louis Cardinals, and each stall has a mounted, caged fan.

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 team is treated as a herd dynamic, however smaller turnouts are limited to 2-3 horses at one time. ROSL utilizes a(1) acre turnout, a (2) acre pasture, a (1/2) acre turnout and 18 acres of grass lawn. ROSL Adheres to guidelines through PATH International.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 9

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.
     ROSL uses one indoor arena (90'X60') with Clopf footing and one grass outdoor (100'X200') arena. Considered factors for the indoor arena include: surface that absorbs concussion and is easily traversable for human side walkers and is dust free. The outdoor arena grass is multi-functional as it offers a dust free work area and alternates as a pasture when not in use.

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.
     ROSL is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Premier Accredited Center, member of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association and member of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA). Our Premier PATH status identifies our facility as one that meets the highest standards and guidelines for the highest quality of care, professional service and safety. Our instructors are state-licensed therapists and PATH certified and/or registered with the AHA. All instructors are current with CPR and First Aid and meet or exceed their requirements of continuing education hours. ROSL also adheres to the twenty Standards of Charitable Accountability as outlined by the Better Business Bureau, earning us the privilege of few, to display the BBB Wise Giving Seal and is the only BBB Accredited and Wise Giving Seal EAAT Center in the State of Missouri. ROSL distinguishes itself the only equine-assisted activities and therapies center within a 40 mile radius that staffs licensed therapists and offers therapy utilizing equine movement. ROSL is the only EAAT center in the Midwest achieve Platinum Status through the GuideStar Exchange, and is a top-rated charity through Great Non-Profits.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     ROSL owns a 3 horse trailer that is located on the property. Volunteers own both 2-4 horse trailers that are always available for our needs.

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.
     Each horse has his/her own tagged and color coded blankets and pads that are clearly labeled and stored. Bridles are exclusive to each horse, labeled and equip with appropriate bit. The Program Director and trainers have attended multiple saddle fitting classes in addition to their professional equine experience and use techniques and devices such as Wintec gullet measuring systems, tracings and wire forms to asses proper tack, fitting and comfort. Horses are monitored for even sweat across back after use and are carefully observed for behavior relating to comfort while tacked and/or working.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     All horses' tack, equipment and grooming supplies are labeled and color coordinated for each individual horse. Tack, equipment and grooming supplies are stored in designated space. Each horse's stall is also color coordinated and displays the horse's name and ID cards with info such as age, height, breed, weight, likes and dislikes, etc.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     All horses spend the daytime in a grass pasture turnout when not in service and are stalled at night. Three turnout ares utilized; 2 acres of grass turnout, an acre dirt and a half acre dirt; horses are also turned out in a grass 100' x 200' outdoor arena and/or 90' x 60' indoor arena (when arena is not in use). Horses scheduled for an upcoming rider wait in a quarter acre dry lot adjacent to the work area, prior to being groomed and tacked, instead of being stalled.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Twice daily, horses are fed a low sugar pelleted grain and/or senior grain product with vitamins, minerals and several amino-acids and a variety of hay according to diet. Grand Meadows sponsors daily vitamins and joint supplements. Any staff or volunteers who assist with feed attend several mandatory trainings. We also use color coded feed cards a and color coded, pre-filled grain buckets. Hay is measured by weight to ensure that horses receive accurate amounts. Grain bins and types of hay are clearly labeled and horses are fed separately in stalls so their is no competition for food and feed portions and consumption can be accurate and monitored.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Chart guidelines are applied to appropriately match the body condition of each horse. Metabolism rate and exercise regimen is also taken into consideration.

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.
     All turnouts, pastures, arenas and stalls are mucked once in the morning and periodically throughout the day as needed. Stalls are replenished with fresh pine shavings. Manure is composted on the property in a remote containment area and hauled off the property by volunteers and community members including local businesses and is used gardening and landscaping. Fly predators are purchased for biological fly control. A vet is consulted for fecal counts in order to keep parasite level 0. Feed tubs, containment bins and waterers are scrubbed and cleaned with bleach dilution as needed to control disease spread. Bits are rinsed in bleach water after each use. If a horse expires on the property, the carcass is hauled from the property.

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.
     ROSL has developed a full risk management outline, which complies with regulation set by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and is kept in our office. Topics included are cliff areas, black walnut tress, wild animals, train tracks, rivers, parking lots, stairwells, loss of power, loss of water, building collapse, explosions, electrocution, drowning, seizures, cardiac arrest, fire, flood, tornado, earthquake, lightening strike, rider incidents, lose equine, equine emergencies, drugs, alcohol, smoking and inappropriate behaviors. A copy of risk management procedures is available upon request.

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?
     A full-time caretaker and part-time caretaker are always on-call. Signage is posted along fencing, horse crossing signs are posted for car traffic and appropriate signage is posted regarding safety and rules. The property that we use is established as a public park, although it sees on average less than 10 people a day. The local police department is less than 4/5ths mile from the property and is familiar with our staff and organization. Ride On St. Louis has proper security lighting for evening hours and is planning on installing a video surveillance system.

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.
     Humane Society of Missouri: Union Mo 1201 Macklind Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1481 (no email listed) (314) 647-8800

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.
     Animal Planet ROAR Campaign 1, Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD-20910, Maryland (no email listed) (240) 662-8909

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 02/13/2017

Veterinarian: Dr. Jeffery Knibb, DVM

Clinic Name: Westover Ridge Equine Partners    Street: PO Box 1684    City: Manchester  State: MO    Zip: 63011

Phone: 636-227-7880    Email: westoverridge@sbcglobal.net

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Laura Dunn, OT

     2. Instructor: Marie McIntosh

     3. Instructor: Marita Wassman

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: 9.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 9

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:In 2016 ROSL began the year with nine horses. One horse was euthanized due to fatal pedunculated lipoma in October 2016. In November 2016, one horse-in-training was dismissed from the program/training and returned to his previous owner. In December 2016 two new candidate horses were brought to the facility to begin a 90 day trial period, acclimation and training.

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

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

           + 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.

11 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 1 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

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

           - 1 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

2 = Total of 2d-2f

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

            9 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

$9218     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$4895     Bedding.

$5311     Veterinarian.

$2570     Farrier.

$1035     Dentist.

$960     Manure Removal.

$1214     Medications & Supplements.

$924     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$13127     Horse Care Staff.

$8060     Horse Training.

$2450     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$49764     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

3276     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: $15
Question 3 ($49,764 ) divided by Question 4 (3276).

Average length of stay for an equine: 298 days
Question 4 (3276) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (11).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds

     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? 84

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 40

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 34

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

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

    Mounted: 2.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 3

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)? 100%

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

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Laura Dunn, OT

         *Facility Participation:

         Ride On St. Louis

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.State of Missouri

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2011

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Occupational Therapy License

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Murray State University

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.Equine Science Degree

Certification 3:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.St. Louis University

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2011

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Graduate of St. Louis University with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. Laura has experience working with the severely disabled at Mapaville and Citadel state schools. She also has experience working with children with a variety of disabilities and injuries at a pediatric outpatient facility. Laura has 17 years of equestrian experience and a Bachelor's degree in Equine Science. With 8 years experience managing the equestrian center and programs for a variety of aged and experienced girls at the Camp Cedarledge Equestrian Center.

     2. *Instructor: Marie McIntosh

         *Facility Participation:

         Ride On St. Louis

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.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Attended William Woods University, Program in Equine Science before pursuing her certification as a PATH Instructor in southern California. Marie is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor with PATH International as has experience in teaching adaptive and therapeutic riding. Marie began volunteering at ROSL in 2008 where she first gained knowledge in equine health, care and management.

     3. *Instructor: Marita Wassman

         *Facility Participation:

         Ride On St. Louis

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.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1999

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

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

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2009

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Mentor

Certification 3:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

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.Registered Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. (Program Director and Founder) Certified Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Mentor with PATH International and has over 30 years' experience in therapeutic riding and with 40 years' experience in variety of equestrian enterprises. Marita trained and worked with top equestrian professionals such as Liz Young Millard (1968 United States Olympic Equestrian team), Otis Brown Stables, Pecan Tree stables and LePere Thoroughbred Training Center. These equestrian facilities included disciplines in hunter, jumper, dressage and conditioning thoroughbreds, and she gained knowledge in breeding, foaling, training and designing youth and adult riding programs. She is also a member of the American Hippotherpy Association and the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association. Seeks to obtain Rider Bio-mechanics Certifications directed by Colleen Kelley and seeks Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification with PATH.