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Dream Catcher of L.A. Therapeutic Riding Centers

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 05/15/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Joan Blank

Employees:   Full-Time:  3  Part-Time:  2  Volunteers:  150

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. All of our instructors go through an Instructor in Training program through PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International. When they have completed their training and passed written, riding, and teaching tests, they are certified. In order to keep their certification, they are required at least 20 hours of continuing education every year that include topics of horsemanship, riding, teaching, best practices, and special needs and disability education.
All of our instructors have Bachelor's degrees, and are current in First Aid and CPR.

We conduct regular volunteer trainings and have a comprehensive DCLA Volunteer Handbook that we distribute to volunteers with guidelines and procedures for safety for rider and horse and definitions of terms.
We also conduct regular leader trainings based on Sandy Webster's (Gates of Change, Master Instructor) natural horsemanship model for those volunteers who work directly with our horses to ensure health and vitality of our herd.
Our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy employs several independent contractors who all have advanced degrees in psychology, are licensed in the state of California to practice psychotherapy, and certified in Equine therapy through EAGALA.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  2

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?  Yes

If yes, provide the name, title and responsiblility of each VOTING Board member who is compensated: The Board Chair is the Executive Director and an instructor and is compensated by our organization.

The Vice Chair is the spouse of the ED.

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. The Vice Chair of the Board is spouse to the Executive Director.

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

Additional Comments:
We are in the process of creating a Conflict of Interest Policy


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:
     The mission of Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Center's is to improve the lives of children, adults, and veterans with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education.

We have five programs currently.

1. Therapeutic Riding, a unique combination of sport, recreation, and education provides benefits to individuals with cognitive, physical, or psychological disabilities. All students gain confidence by mastering riding skills. Therapeutic riding focuses on forming a partnership with the horse. The horse’s gait closely emulates that of the human gait and allows the brain to practice correct walking movement patterns. Horses are very social animals. Social interactions are developed between the horse, therapist, instructors, volunteers, and other students.

2. Equine Assisted Activities Therapy (EAAT), involves a team consisting of a licensed clinical professional, a certified equine specialist, and a trained horse has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health and human development needs such as behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, conflict resolution, relationship problems and communications. EAAT is experiential in nature. Participants learn about themselves by participating in activities with horses and then discussing feelings, behaviors and patterns.

3. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). The equine assisted learning model helps individuals better understand themselves and others through participating in activities with the horses and then discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. The debriefing process seeks to bridge the horse activities from the arena back to "real life," inviting people to reflect, generalize, and apply new insights. EAL can help you become a better team player, develop problem solving skills, improve your leadership abilities, communicate more effectively, build healthier relationships, and enhance self-authenticity.Why the Horse?Horses offer several advantages. For one thing, their size offers a perfect opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Accomplishing a task involving the horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides for wonderful metaphors for dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations. Horses are social animals, with distinct personalities; attitudes and moods. They have the ability to mirror exactly what human body language is telling them. People complain that the horse is stubborn or antagonistic. The lesson to be learned is if they change themselves, the horses responds differently.
​EAL builds skills in the following areas:• Problem Solving• Work Ethic• Personal Responsibility• Teamwork• Confidence• Attitude• Emotional Growth• Relationship Building

EAAT and EAP are often used for clients that are experiencing the following:• Personal issues• ADD ADHD• PTSD• Social anxiety or shyness• Anxiety• Trauma• Anger and acting out• Grief and loss• Poor self-esteem• Substance abuse recovery• Communication• Interpersonal relationships• Stress• Burnout




4. ​​​Dream Catcher of L.A. Therapeutic Riding Centers' Horses for Forces has partnered with PATH, International and their Equine Services for Heroes program. This program strives to assist military personnel and veterans through our available services.

"Equine-assisted activity and therapy programs are tailored to address specific issues faced by wounded and traumatized military personnel, while also providing a supportive and therapeutic environment for their families and loved ones."

Currently, Dream Catcher L.A. offers for veterans:
• Ground lessons (grooming, tacking, horse care, etc.)
• Recreational / leisure riding skills
• Sports riding - setting goals for developing riding skills(may include competitions)
• Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy & EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning).


5. Able-bodied lessons: Dream Catcher of Los Angeles offers able-bodied beginner lessons in Western and English style riding to the general public.

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. Not applicable

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



III. POLICIES

1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable), ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and condition of the horses accepted by your organization. 
     All of equine management and retraining philosophies and policies would fall under the umbrella of Natural Horsemanship, a gentle and collaborative approach to training and exercise. Dreamcatcher of Los Angeles (DCLA) has invested time and money in educating and training the people in our community to enhance their horsemanship to a level that will benefit them in communicating with and developing the minds and bodies of our horses.

We have held formal 'Holistic Horsemanship Clinics' and countless informal trainings based on the Parelli method for those who handle our horses. We utilize the Seven Games so our horses have recreation, play, and work their minds and bodies in way that is most beneficial to them.

Our staff has collectively decades of experience with horses and each come with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Some of our philosophies include Sally Swift's Centered Riding for riding, Monty Roberts and Buck Brannaman for training; all with the idea that includes the horse's nature and and starts with a sense of safety: this will create a true union and is the basis of training or retraining our horses. We believe people need to develop to listening and communication skills with horses through body language.

As all but one of our horses is over the age of fifteen, we have a gentle exercise plan that will be informed by chronic conditions. We have long warm-up and cool down times for horses that are ridden.

Because our riders have disabilities that include low muscle tone, poor trunk control and core strength, our goals for these riders include strengthening that must be balanced; hence we cannot accept horses that are not sound.

As to the number of horses we accept into our program, we follow our industry protocol of 'one horse per ten riders'.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Our horses are acquired through seizure, surrender, adoption, donation, and retirement.

One of our horses, Tristan, is a retired Thoroughbred racehorse. Given a new, off-the-track career, he was awarded 2015 Thoroughbred of the Year for his outstanding service as TR horse.

We also adopted two retired registered Polo ponies who are a mainstay of our Therapeutic Riding Program.

Cody was acquired through seizure and is currently being trained as he was quite green; he is starting to carry veterans in our Horses For Forces Program.

Camelina was a retired Mini broodmare. She is used with volunteers and children as safe way to teach beginning horsemanship skills.

We have not purchased a horse or used auction as a means for acquisition.

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. 
     Our policy at DCLA is extremely loyal to our horses. We retired several of our horses used in Therapeutic Riding to our non-mounted activities when they became chronically and incurably unsound. Because we have an extensive Equine Assisted Therapy Program, it is possible for us to keep horses are not able to be used in our TR Program.

Because we have a standard 30-90 day trial period and a 29 point checklist that we use to screen our horses and return them if they are not a good fit, we have not had to adopt out any of our horses. We simply return them to their owners within the trial period.

We do ask the public to sponsor our horses on our website and on public media, Facebook etc. and currently one of our EAP horses is being sponsored.ur

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.). 
     Our initial assessment would be over the phone. Next our Executive Director, accompanied by instructors, would make an assessment onesite, including a test ride.

We use a 29 point checklist used by our industry to examine a horse’s suitability for therapeutic riding. The checklist monitors reactions to everything from a mounting block, to shouting and laughing, to flopping legs and sidewalkers and cantering. If the horse has a low flight response to these potential stressors, we will accept them into our program and continue to document their reactions, retrain and desensitize if needed to our equipment and methods. They must pass this test five times in mock lessons before they are to be used in lessons with clients.

We always request health records from a previous owner and conduct veterinary exam and consultation. We have in the past done extensive veterinary testing; all of this is done to ensure a horse will be a good fit for our center and be able to stay in our care long term.

We have not included a Coggins test unless a horse was coming to us from out of state or our vet recommended it.

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 horses are monitored and handled seven days a week. We deworm every two months, teeth are checked twice a year (floated/worked on when needed), sheaths checked and cleaned twice a year. We vaccinate and administer booster shots one time per year.

As all but one of our horses are over the age of fifteen,
We provide Kelly's Senior Feed which adds needed fat and protein. For chronic joint issues, we support our horses with Antiflex to help with keeping joints oiled and comfortable. We bolster feed with Gleam and Gain for horses who are too thin, or may be hardkeepers. Flaxseed is also supplied for added fat and nutrients. Dried beet pulp fuels healthy weight gain, and helps with flushing sand out of the stomach/gut. On hot days and/or high exercise days, electrolytes are added as well.

One of our horses has Cushings Disease and is administered Pergolide. She also has a special diet low in sugars and supplements helpful to her condition.

We assess each health issue as it appears; we consult the vet at the first sight of problem. Last year a life threatening enterolith was surgically removed from Tristan at Chino Valley Equine Hospital.

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 follow our vet's counsel on euthanasia. Extreme prolonged pain and suffering in a condition that cannot be cured would be a circumstance we have and would utilize a vet's recommendation and administration of euthanasia.

We have not and would not euthanize a healthy but difficult horse for space.

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 do not allow stallions on the property and do not breed horses.

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 
     No

9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training?  NA

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No

11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 
     No

13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: NA

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Not applicable; None received

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Not applicable; Fees are not collected; Horses are not offered for adoption.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Our organization has never considered this concept.

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



IV. FACILITIES

This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.

Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1

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Location 1 of 1
Dreamcatcher of Los Angeles

1003 W. Carson St Long Beach CA 90810

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Joan Blank

2. Contact's Phone: 310-350-1311

3. Contact's Email: joanblank@dreamcatcherla.com

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: Southern California Edison
2244 Walnut grove Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770

626-302-1212

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? 
     1/1/13-1/1/18 Our plan is to renew the agreement indefinitely.

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.. 
     Dreamcatcher of Los Angeles leases land from Southern California Edison. We pay $2,058.50 every three months. No other services are provided.

9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 2.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 4.5

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. DCLA houses our eleven horses in a Cactus Coral custom designed "Mare Motel". Pipe stalls are made with galvanized 16-inch steel tubes and 7.5' high bowgates. The stalls are roomy 12' by 24' and horses can walk, lay down, drink, and eat without having to compete with other horses for food. The roof shades more than 50% of each stall so our horses can choose sun or shade. DCLA boasts three arenas: a rectangular arena that measures 65' by 90', a very large arena/turn out that measures 200' by 300', and a 65' diameter round pen that we use for exercising horses.

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.
     We turn out one to four compatible horses at a time in the very large arena so they have ample room to run, roll, lay down, and socialize. We host plenty of space for our horses at our facility. DCLA compromises the only business at our 4.5 acre lot so our horses occupy plenty of time and space in turn out.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 2

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.
     Our footing is top quality "Cushion Track" synthetic All Weather footing manufactured by Equestrian Surfaces. Acquired from the Hollywood Park Thoroughbred Racetrack when it closed in Inglewood, CA, Cushion Track provides excellent drainage after rain which makes it ideal for us and our mostly older horses. As a synthetic footing, it is considered the safest in terms of equine welfare from many sources.

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.
     Our center is a "PATH International Member Center" and we are in the process of becoming a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center; an onsite inspection is currently pending.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     DCLA owns one trailer and vehicle capable of towing that are on site. We have two entrance/exits from our property and have trailered sick horses to the Chino Valley Equine Hospital in emergencies. We also hold a contract with Peggy Lane who can evacuate all of our horses in the case of a large scale emergency. Our Executive Director holds a position on the Equine Advisory Board at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA. Pierce College is an evacuation center that is available to our horses in a case of an emergency.

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.
     When a horse arrives at our facility, it is evaluated on how it will be used in our program based on its history, previous training, and current health. Sticking with past training as far as English or Western, we fit our horse with bit and bridle, using the least amount of restriction and pressure needed for safety. We often transition our horses down to bitless bridles or the Monty Roberts Dually as we evaluate their needs and get them accustomed to the more gentle system. Our saddles are numbered, and we use a chart that hangs on the bulletin board in the tack room with each horse's name that enumerates which saddles fit each horses and therefore which saddles may be used on each horse. We keep a large collection saddle pads and blankets. Some have specific horses' names on them as some of our horses need extra padding. Our instructors either tack up the horses or conduct a final tack check. Each horse has an individually marked tack box including a hoof pick, comb, mane and tail brush, curry comb, and dandy brush, as well as with needed bell, brushing, or athletic support boots. Our vet determines maximum weight capacity for each individual horse.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Each horse inhabits their own stall with their name positioned on their gate. An experienced staff member remains on the property when volunteers are present. This person knows the horses and procedures and is always available in sight supervising activities.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Our horses reside in 12' x 24' pole stalls surrounded by Southern California weather and sunshine and fresh air. The breese way/aisle is 12' wide. The doors are 6 foot wide gates with four bars. The base footing in the stalls is decomposed granite mixed With sand for comfort and urine control; the sand is replaced as needed every couple of weeks for sanitation. Each horse also has two stall mats in the shade as most of our horses are 15 years old and up. The mats are swept and cleaned daily. Every horse is turned out every day for two hours with other horses that we have deemed compatible over time. They often trot, canter, frolic, and roll. Each horse has an individual written exercise plan that is adjusted as conditions arise. Some horses are additionally hand walked for 20-30 minutes, longed, schooled, or worked in lessons.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Our Program Director and vet evaluate each horse according to their needs and assign and monitor different amounts and types of feed and supplement: each horse's diet is unique. We feed morning and evening, with supplements given midday. We use Organic Brohme and alfalfa. Because all of our horses but one are over the age of fifteen, we provide Kelly's Senior Feed which adds needed fat and protein. For chronic joint issues, we support our horses with Antiflex to help with keeping joints oiled and comfortable. We bolster feed with Gleam and Gain for horses who are too thin, or may be hardkeepers. Flaxseed is also supplied for added fat and nutrients. Dried beet pulp fuels healthy weight gain, and aids with flushing sand out of the stomach/gut. Also Psyllium (Sandrid) is added to supplements once a month to help to flush sand out out of the digestive system..

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Our Program Director and vet assign and monitor different amounts and types of feed, exercise, and use for each individual horse. The ultimate goal is to achieve a 5 through feed/exercise: to maintain proper body weight without getting too fat or too thin. As much as possible, we exercise to build or maintain muscle as necessary especially on the topline and back end. Most of our horses are older or have chronic issues so building muscle can be a challenge, depending on the individual horse's conformation and condition. We have written exercise plans on our board to accommodate special needs; for example, two horses at the moment are to be hand walked only for 20-30 minutes a day only. One horse needs to be lunged 70% to the left to build muscle evenly. Our vet recommended weight limits and we abide by those when deciding what riders can ride which horses. We feed about 15% of bodyweight with the hay/grass. We add fat and protein if necessary. See above for supplement information.O

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.
     Staff and volunteers clean stalls morning and evening. Manure is carried by wheelbarrow or tractor to the opposite side of our property. It is removed from the property once a week by a Waste Management company. Sand that absorbs urine is dug out of stalls every 2-3 weeks, thrown away, and replaced. Our horses are closely monitored by staff everyday. Because our stalls are open air, horses are in sight of staff and volunteers at all times, therefore ensuring swift action is problems crop up. We have a local carcass disposal company number on our large bulletin board. Because our center is staffed 7 days a week 8 1/2 hours a day, we are swiftly abreast of any issues that evolve and always call at the first identification of a problem. Our horses wear fly masks in fly season. We have 3 stalls separate from our mare motel where we can quarantine or isolate sick horses. Each horse is only touched with its own brushes and hoof picks to prevent contagious skin and hoof disease. We have clean laundered cotton rags laundered in hot water and also a place for soiled rags. Our Program Director and Executive Director each completed 2 years of college level equine management courses. This education, our staff's collective decades of experience with horse ownership, and our vet's recommendations inform our plan and practices.

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.
     Because of our location in Southern california, possible hazards are fire and earthquake. In the event of a fire related scenario, we would involve our key staff members. With ten water access points on the property, multiple sites for hoses, and fire extinguishers on hand. Our horses are housed in open air corrugated steel structures, not wood barns. If a fire was close but not imminent, we would move horses out of the stalls into the big arena where they are less likely to hurt themselves if they panic. If fire was imminent, we have contracted with a Peggy Lane, who would trailer and evacuate horses to the Pierce College, a facility that would accept and shelter our horses until the emergency was over. A requirement of our lease with SoCal Edison is that our property is kept clear of shrubbery,brush, and debris; this we uphold. We also border a wetland on one side and the metro rail maintenance yard that is under the Department of Homeland Security and is monitored closely. Our property is on Terra Firma, not landfill.

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?
     We installed a 6' high chain-link fence that completely encloses our entire property. The only entrances are two gates that are locked when everyone leaves the premises. We have an on-premises caretaker on property at least 63 hours a week. Our property line is adjacent to the metro maintenance yard which falls under the Department Homeland Security.

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.
     County of Los Angeles Department of Animal care and Control 5898 Cherry Ave Long Beach CA 90805 Phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 562-940-6898 To email, submit this form: http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/acc/request

20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     PATH INTERNATIONAL PO Box 33150 Denver,Colorado 80223 or 7475 Dakin St. Ste#600, Denver, Colorado 80221 +1 (800) 369-7433 EAGALA P.O. Box 993, Santaquin, UT 84655, kara@eagala.org,(801) 754-0400


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 05/11/2017

Veterinarian: Andy Berk

Clinic Name: Chino Valley Equine Hospital    Street: 2945 English Pl    City: Chino Hills  State: CA    Zip: 91709

Phone: 310-528-0668    Email: acberk1111@yahoo.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Joan Blank

     2. Instructor: Michelle Szuch


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: 12.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 12

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 12

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

12 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

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

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

12 = 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

12 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            0 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

$0     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$0     Bedding.

$0     Veterinarian.

$0     Farrier.

$0     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$0     Medications & Supplements.

$0     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$0     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

*Missing     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

4380     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2016.

Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days
Question 4 (4380) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (12).


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? Most 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? 90

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 45

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 50

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

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

    Mounted: 1.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 2

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 4

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 90%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Joan Blank

         *Facility Participation:

         Dreamcatcher of Los Angeles

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 Aasociation of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International

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.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certified to teach adaptive horseback riding and horsemanship

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association(EAGALA)

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.Certified in the EAGALA model of horse assisted psychology and personal development as an Equine Specialist

Certification 3:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH International

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.Certification: Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) to facilitate un-mounted and some mounted sessions with a mental health specialist and the equine.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. M.A. in Business From NYU Attended 2 years at Pierce College's Equine Management Program, Dean's List


     2. *Instructor: Michelle Szuch

         *Facility Participation:

         Dreamcatcher of Los Angeles

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2003

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certified to teach adaptive horseback riding and horsemanship

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. A B.S. in Animal Science specializing in Equine Industry, Minor in Psychology 2002 California State Polytechnic University of Pomona