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Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 05/12/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Karen Pomroy

Employees:   Full-Time:  2  Part-Time:  1  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. Our volunteer training program includes the following:
* A mandatory volunteer orientation, which includes an overview of the operations, a tour and basic training, volunteer handbook and level one t-shirt.
*First volunteer day, the new volunteer is required a minimum number of hours at level one prior to moving into level two. Additional training (written and oral evaluation) and shadowing a more experienced volunteer prior to moving to level two.
*Once the requirements have been met, level two volunteers must fulfill a certain number of hours at level two (additional training and shadowing ) prior to moving to level three.
* Level three allows volunteers to work directly with the horses once all criteria has been met. Each level requires a different color tee shirt.

For employees - Equine Voices requires new employees to read and understand the employee handbook. New employees are hired on a non-permanent basis until a 90 probationary period has been fulfilled. At such time a review takes place and a decision to hire permanently is done at that time. After the 90 day probationary period ,we ask for a year commitment and an annual review is administered at the end of each year.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  12

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?  Yes

If yes, provide the name, title and responsiblility of each VOTING Board member who is compensated: Karen Pomroy - President/Founder - COO
Karen Pomroy is responsible for the daily operations of the sanctuary and ensuring all programs that have been developed
have been executed to their fullest potential. Karen is responsible for all fundraising, grant-writing and overall financial responsibility
of the organization. Karen reports to Jerry Tucker, Chairman and CEO of Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary

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. Karen Pomroy is related to Cindy Marcotte (Board Vice President). Cindy Marcotte is responsible for overseeing the budget process and assists in fundraising events in New York as her home is in Bedford,New York. Relationship to Karen Pomroy, sibling. She has served on the board since 2004.

Board Affiliations:

Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No

Conflict of Interest:

Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


II. PROGRAMS

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

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     * Adoption Program - We strive to find permanent loving homes for the horses in our care.
* Foster Care Program - This program is limited to those individuals who can afford to help care for a horse in their home.
* Sponsorship Program - For those individuals that cannot adopt or foster, they can sponsor a horse and help defray feed
costs.
* Gulliver's Fan Club - Designed for those individuals who cannot afford a full monthly sponsorship, but can afford $10/month
to help feed our mascot "Gulliver".
* Volunteer Program - We are a volunteer based organization, and match individuals' skills to the needs of the organization.
Last year we logged over 17,000 volunteer hours which equaled to 7 1/2 full time employees.
* Youth Program - Designed to enlighten young people about the plight of equines and to provide physical activity away from
computers, television, and teach responsibility, compassion and the innate connection between horses, humans and nature.
* Education - We host natural horsemanship clinics, seminars such as equine care, massage, energy work, homeopathy, animal
communication and more.
* Euthanasia Fund - A fund to assist loving horse guardians that are unable to pay to have their equine companion humanely
euthanized when a horse has an incurable disease or is in intense pain.

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. We also rescue mules, donkeys and burros.

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  Yes



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. 
     * Equine Voices strives to rehabilitate all horses in our care. Due to the nature and various situations of abuse each horse endures,
we realize not all the horses we rescue will be able to be ridden. However, our goal is to rehabilitate, train and adopt those horses
that can go to permanent loving homes. The horses that are unable to be adopted due to permanent injuries, illnesses or other
serious maladies will live out their lives at Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary. Due to limited staff resources, we have recently
hired a reputable and humane trainer to assist in furthering the training for the horses that can be rideable and more easily adopted.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Our horses are
acquired through auction sale, seized, owner surrender and those purchased from the PMU farmer for the slaughter price.

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. 
     All horses that reside at Equine Voices have value, whether they are useful, manageable or need to be retired. Typically these horses are the ones that need the most help. If a horse is difficult to adopt due to the above, they will remain at the sanctuary for their lifetime. Horses that are difficult to manage, are only handled by experienced and authorized personnel and receive the training necessary in order to assist them in becoming more manageable. Although we have an adoption program, and do foster on a very limited basis, we screen potential homes by first interviewing on the telephone, second- review their completed application- contact references and third - do a physical site visit prior to any horse leaving the sanctuary. Our recruitment initiatives include a weekly posting in two local newspapers (Pet of the Week), our website, articles, word of mouth, tours and volunteers.

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.). 
     Every horse that arrives at the sanctuary is placed in a quarantine corral for thirty days. An intake form is completed, which includes photos, description of horse, injuries, height and weight. Depending on the health of the horse, we determine whether the horse needs to see our vet, or if it's a situation we can handle internally. If it is determined that the vet does not need to be called, we monitor the horse closely. Once the quarantine period has been met, if the horse is physically able and mentally able, we integrate him/her in one of the herds.

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 overall horse care plan includes ensuring that all the horses in our care receive the best choice bermuda hay available. We have
purchased hay from a reputable supplier for five years and continue to purchase from them due to the quality of the hay. The horses
are fed three times per day (as we do not have pasture/grazing land - all our feed must be purchased). Certain horses receive
supplements due to their health and age, which would include bermuda/timothy pellets (those horses who can eat alfalfa may receive
bermuda/alfalfa pellets) , in addition we add rice bran, soaked beet pulp, flaxseed oil, sunflower seeds, and those that need additional
herbs, vitamins and/or minerals receive those as well. With 46 horses on the premises, we feel it is imperative to have a strict de-
worming practice. We de-worm four times per year. Vaccinations are administered once per year and they include: eastern/western,
rabies, west nile and tetanus.
There is always an individual on the property to ensure the horses are looked over daily. The organization's Founder lives on the
property and manages the ranch on the weekends. The Ranch Manager manages the ranch Monday - Friday. Trained volunteers
work 7 days/week. Should we need vet assistance regarding any feeding regimen, we do not hesitate to contact him.

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: 
     Equine Voices will euthanize a horse only if we have exhausted all options of saving the horses' life. Much thought is placed on a horse that is ill or in severe pain prior to euthanizing. Our policy is to never euthanize a healthy but difficult horse to make room for more, or as a management tool.

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 are absolutely against breeding. Our belief is that if people took more responsibility in their breeding practices, there wouldn't be as many excess horses. There is a no breeding clause in our adoption and foster paperwork. All stallions and colts are gelded once they arrive at the sanctuary and prior to being adopted into their new homes. One exception, was a local wild horse rescue we were involved in that included 6 young stallions. They were relocated to a 3,400 acre ranch north of Tucson and are living their lives together as a bachelor band. There are no other horses where the stallions are living. In 12 years these are the only stallions we have not gelded and we had a legally binding contract stating that they would not breed.
When we rescue pregnant PMU mares, and once they foal, our policy is to keep them together for at least one year.

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? 
     Yes

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: 
     We foster on a very selective basis. Currently we have 7 horses in foster homes. These homes have been screened carefully and site visits are conducted on a minimum of twice a year. Four of our PMU mares are retired with a veterinarian and his family. They have been retired on thousands of acres with a dozen other horses.
Two of the seven being fostered are with a woman who has also adopted a PMU mare from us, and the seventh is with a woman who supports Equine Voices and lives locally.
Each foster person must complete our foster contract and must allow site visits anytime.

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: $751 to $1,000

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine breed.
  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:



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
Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary

1540 W. Dove Way Amado AZ 85645

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Karen Pomroy

2. Contact's Phone: 520-398-2814

3. Contact's Email: karen@equinevoices.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: Karen Pomroy 520-398-2814 - karen@equinevoice.org
Jerry Tucker 520-529-1978 jeroldtucker@comcast.net

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? 
     The property consists of two five acre parcels. Karen Pomroy and Jerry Tucker each own five acres. The lease between Equine Voices and Karen Pomroy and Equine Voices and Jerry Tucker - both leases commenced on February 1, 2010 - and ends February 1, 2020. Prior to the leases ending, both Karen Pomroy and Jerry Tucker will discuss the renewal of both leases. Should something happen to either party (death), each property will be willed to Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary.

8. If your organization leases or uses a part of this facility, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated.. 
     The services provided on the Tucker property consists of the use of the visitors center which also doubles as offices, training center and a place where visitors can learn more about the organization. In addition the public restroom, our gift shop, two barns, one tack room and separate office reside on this property. The compensation is $200 per month for the use of the west five acres. The east five acres owned by Karen Pomroy serves as the Executive Director's office, houses our main herd, has on it the main barn, tack room, round-pen and two other larger corrals. The compensation for these five acres is $300 per month.

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? No

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: 15

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. The sanctuary covers 10 acres in total. Each of the seven corrals is a minimum of 120x120' and all turnouts have shelter. There are two tack rooms, and three barns on the property; one is three sided, the mare barn( includes a quarantine stall) has four large stalls and a large turnout with sturdy, galvanized permanent pipe fencing. The third barn has nine 12 x 24' stalls and is used for horses with special needs and disabilities. Each barn has large turnout areas for the horses that are in herds. There's is an additional corral ( approximately 165x125' ) and two smaller corrals ( approximately 75x100'). We also have a 60' round pen, a 30 x40' hay barn that is situated in the back of the property, two tack rooms, an on-site gift shop, visitors center where we hold our volunteer orientations and training classes, and a public restroom. All fencing is either permanent galvanized three rail fencing or four rail portable panels. ,

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.
     All pastures are cleaned daily with the help of our volunteers and each stall is cleaned twice daily. The manure is composted and recycled into the corrals or removed in a roll-off.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 12

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     We don't ride at the sanctuary, but we hold on the ground, natural horsemanship classes and utilize our 60' round pen. The footing in the round pen is a combination chat/DG and chat/DG and some shavings in the stalls.

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

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

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     We are accredited with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have a two, two horse trailers and one four horse slant/stock trailer. In addition we have implemented an emergency evacuation plan in the event of an emergency and we need to relocate the horses. There is one main entrance, however, we have access to the back property and side road if necessary to use two exits/entrances.

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.
     We are not a riding facility. We offer 1-3 clinics per year, however,our volunteer program Includes all the horses and volunteers.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     All of our volunteers must go through a rigorous training program and must learn all the horses' names, personalities and where they reside. This is part of a verbal and written evaluation. In our main barn we also have an updated list of all the horses and in which corrals they are housed.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     The horses that are in stalls, are kept in stalls for health and personality reasons. Each horse that is stall bound get walked and turned out each and every day so they can get plenty of exercise. All the other horses and burros have ample turnout room 24 hours a day.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     All the horses and burros are fed bermuda hay three times per day. Only a select few receive a limited amount of alfalfa, and certain horses receive supplements each day. Our criteria depends on veterinarian assessment, new rescued horses (starvation or underweight cases), older horses, and those that have certain health issues. For instance, Chip, our eldest resident (37 years old) receives free choice bermuda hay, alfalfa 2x per day, and lakin lite pellets soaked and mixed with rice bran, sunflower seeds, flaxseed oil, beet pulp, and probiotic.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     If a horse arrives under a 4 on the Henneke Body Conditioning Scoring system, they will immediately be placed on a supplemental regimen and special feeding schedule. Depending on age and if they need supplements in addition to hay, they will remain on supplements. If the horses are younger and thrive with their special diet, and have resumed to normal health, we normally cease the supplements and continue to feed them our normal amount 3x day. Should a horse exceed a 6 on the scoring system, we will reduce the amount of feed given.

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.
     Our veterinarian is very involved in our equine management processes. We recently acquired five additional acres which will serve as our quarantine facility as well as our training/adoption center. We are in the process of adding a closed in, six stall barn with two large turnouts and arena. Although the property is adjacent to our current sanctuary, these facilities are a distance away from the horses that currently reside at the sanctuary. With this additional land, we will create a specified area away from any water sources for a cemetary. Currently we compost our manure and recycle it back into the corrals. Should we have more manure than we can handle, we will hire a roll-off and have the extra manure and old hay hauled off by the waste management company. In regards to our parasite control plan, we are a proponent of using fly predators, fly bags, fly spray and clean the corrals each day and the stalls 2x per day. Our veterinarian is in agreement with our current Biosecurity plan.

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.
     Our current emergency prepardness plan for flood and fire has been vetted by our local fire department and consists of a list of individuals who have agreed to assist in trailering the equines should a fire or flood occur. In addition, we have selected two individuals to make the necessary telephone calls to the fire department, and to those individuals who have agreed to help evacuate in an emergency situation. With the additional land, we now have two entrances and exists, which will allow us to remove animals more quickly and efficiently. We have contacted local ranches and other equine facilities who have agreed to temporarily hold the animals in the event of an emergency. Our local fire department is very active and most of the firefighters including the Chief, are experienced horse people.

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 Executive Director lives on the property. In addition, there is an automatic gate that is accessed by a gate code. The code is restricted to staff and volunteers only. Visitors must make an appointment and are allowed on the property by an authorized person. We have three cameras, one at the front gate, and two in the back of the property. Two years ago, we raised the funds for a security system which alerts us if a gate to any corral is opened. When the alarm is armed, if a gate is opened it will be activated. This way, if the alarm is activated in the night, the Executive Director is aware that either there is an intruder or that a horse may be loose due to an open gate.

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.
     Arizona State Department of Agriculture 1688 West Adams St. Phoenix, AZ 85007. Rudy Acevedo. 520-975-2615 - no email Mike Duffy - Animal Cruelty Task Force - 3450! N Kelvin Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716- 520-321-3704 ext.121. Mduffey@hssaz.org

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.
     Humane Society of the United States State Director - Kellye Pinkleton kpinkleton@humanesociety.org t 602.677.9335 1255 23rd NW Suite 450 Washington, DC 20037


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 05/11/2017

Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Hutchison

Clinic Name: Pegasus Veterinary Clinic    Street: 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd. 105-261    City: Tucson  State: AZ    Zip: 85749

Phone: 520-370-0699    Email: Hutchdvm6@gmail.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Caitlin Wortman


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: 62.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 62

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 65

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

60 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 33 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

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

94 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 32 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.

33 = Total of 2d-2f

59 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            52 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            7 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.


2016 Horse Care Costs

$76766     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$300     Bedding.

$9434     Veterinarian.

$5100     Farrier.

$2,100     Dentist.

$3921     Manure Removal.

$3134     Medications & Supplements.

$1928     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$32000     Horse Care Staff.

$10135     Horse Training.

$6644     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$151462     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

21535     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: $7
Question 3 ($151,462 ) divided by Question 4 (21535).

Average length of stay for an equine: 229 days
Question 4 (21535) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (94).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

     1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time

     2. Lighting: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time

     3. Emergency Contacts: Are emergency contacts posted in easily accessible locations for staff members if only cell phones are available or by each phone if landlines are available? All of the time

      4. First Aid Kits: Are human and equine first aid kits up-to-date and easily accessible? All of the time

B. Structural

      1. Condition of surface: Are horses provided a clean, dry area on which to stand & lay? All of the time

      2. Flooring - drainage & traction: Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction? All of the time

      3. Ventilation for enclosed shelters: Is there adequate ventilation and circulation to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases? All of the time

      4. Electrical wiring condition: Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety? All of the time

      5. Fire Prevention & protective measures: Are fire prevention and protection measures including fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems, maintained and in good working order? All of the time

      6. Quarantine/Isolation: Is there a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine? Yes

      7. Ill/injured containment: If horses live outside, is there a designated and separate area (stall or enclosure) to house ill/injured horses? Yes

      8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? Yes-All of the time

      8-a. If yes, Stall/enclosure size: Do structures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around? All

      8-b. If yes, Stall/enclosure cleanliness: How often are stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 days a week

      8-c. If yes, Adequate ceiling & beam height: Is there a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear when standing? All of the time

C. Paddocks/Yard/Pastures/Turnout

      1. Turnout/Exercise Space & opportunity: Is there space and opportunity for horses to exercise or be turned out? All of the time

      2. Fencing - type, height, safety: Are these spaces appropriately fenced? All

      3. Use of electric wire or tape fence: Are electric wires or tape fence visibly marked? Please select 'All or NA' if electric wire or tape fence is not used. All or NA

      4. Condition of fences & gates: Are fences and gates functioning properly by being maintained and repaired when needed? All

      5. Condition of paddock/yard: Are these spaces free from equipment and debris? All

      6. Availability of shelter: Are natural or man-made shelters available to horses for protections from elements? All of the time

      7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? Daily or 6 Days a Week

II. Horse Care

      1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 1-2 months

      2. Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually

      3. Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually

      4. Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? 6-7 days a week

      5. Food & Water Storage: Are all hay, feed, grain and water sources clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals? All of the time

      6. Drinking water: How often do horses have access to clean drinking water? All of the time



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

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 200

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 60

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 Years(Weeks/Months/Years)

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

    Mounted: 0.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 1

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 2

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. We do not offer any riding programs. The only riding that takes place is when my trainer is training the adoptable horses under saddle.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Caitlin Wortman

         *Facility Participation:

         Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary

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. Caitlin Wortman was hired over a year ago and has done an amazing job training our horses. Many of our horses were unhandleable including five mustangs we rescued at the end of last year. They are now halterable and leadable and we just had all their feet trimmed.