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North Country R.I.D.E.

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/10/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Anne Deignan, Executive Director

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  5  Volunteers:  100

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 employees and volunteers must attend a orientation annually. We provide employee or volunteer manual which includes organization information and policies.
All positions including volunteer positions have job descriptions.
All employees and volunteers sign confidentiality agreements, employee and board members sign conflict of interest statements. Employees are evaluated annually.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  11

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?  No

Board Relationships:

Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No

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:
     We provide adaptive riding for people with a variety of challenges, including physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.
We offer ground work lessons for people with weight issues.
We offer Mental health and wellness sessions for at-risk youth.
We provide lessons for Special Olympians.
We have a summer educational program for youth age 8 to 12 years which includes horse care, safety and horsemanship lessons.

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

4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. 

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



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. 
     We require our therapy horses to be of calm temperament, tolerant of distractions and people, sound and well trained. The maximum number of horses accepted by our program would not exceed 25. Therapeutic riding is an extremely stressful job, so we have a well developed conditioning program in place to assure that our horses are both physically and mentally fit. Each horse has an individualized schooling program. All horse conditioners are evaluated by our PATH certified instructors and must pass a riding test before being approved. Horse conditioners maintain a written record of schooling sessions. Our horse use is guided by the PATH Intl standards. No horse is used more than 3 consecutive hours or more than 6 hours per day. All horse use is documented.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     All of our horses are either purchased, donated, retired to us or leased.

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. 
     A horse may leave our program for many reasons. Age, soundness, health issues, burn out, or developing unsafe behaviors.
A horse can be sold if young enough and still useable in a non-therapeutic setting. They are retired to a good home if not. Previous owners always have the right of first refusal before a horse is sold or retired.
New horses are obtained through word of mouth, our newsletter, internet sites, Facebook and appeals through our website.

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.). 
     During the initial contact with the owner of a potential horse, the owner is interviewed by a member of our horse committee regarding vaccinations,worming, general health and soundness, type of training and use and reason for donating/selling. The initial interview determines whether a follow up visit is recommended to further evaluate the horse.
All potential horses are visited by at least 2 members of our horse committee, one of which is a PATH certified instructor. A new horse visit/evaluation is completed during the visit. This gathers information regarding horse behavior, vaccinations, general and specific health questions, training and use. All horses are test ridden.
Upon arrival to our facility, all new horses are photographed, weighed, assessed for soundness and any new or old injuries or blemishes are documented.
Any horses accepted into the program for our mandatory 30 day trial period is quarantined from our herd and evaluated by our veterinarian and farrier. If at any time during the 30 day trial, we deem the horse is not suitable for our program, the owner agrees to take the horse back.

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 riding season runs from mid April to mid October. All horses undergo a vet assessment in April and receive their yearly vaccinations and coggins test. Horses are on a rotational worming schedule of 6-10 weeks. Horse committee members, instructors and key volunteers monitor horse health on a daily basis.

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: 
     Under no circumstances is a healthy but difficult horse euthanized. A horse will only be euthanized if it is suffering from a debilitating illness or is acutely unsound and unable to be placed in an adoptive home.

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: 
     Not Applicable

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: 
     All of our program horses are fostered during our off season. Potential foster care is evaluated by a member of our horse committee. If the initial interview proves satisfactory, a committee member will perform a site visit to evaluate the appropriateness of the actual facility. All foster care people are required to sign and abide by the foster care agreement of our organization. Horse committee members make a monthly call or visit to foster homes during the foster period.
Most of our foster homes are people with a long association with our program.

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
North Country RIDE

180 Hatinen Road Esko MN 55733

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Anne Deignan

2. Contact's Phone: 218-879-7608

3. Contact's Email: ncride@gmail.com

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

5-8. Not Applicable.

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: 20

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. 2 daily use paddocks of approximately 1-2 acres. Wooden rail fencing between paddocks, perimeter fencing 4 strand high tensile. Run in sheds in each paddock. Automatic waterer. Larger pastures for each paddock of approximately 5 acres with additional run in shed. Perimeter fence- 4 strand high tensile. Guest pasture of 2 acres with run in shed, adjacent to but physically separate from daily use paddocks.

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 utilize smaller paddocks for daily use and hay feeding ares. We generally divide up mares and geldings. Larger pastures open from each of the paddocks and are used as areas for weekend or 'free time' for horses during the pasture season. We have a long range plan to incorporate rotational grazing. Guest pasture is used for new arrivals and available if a horse needs to be separated from others for medical reasons.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 20

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.
     Indoor arena with sand footing is primary use area for classes and conditioning. Outdoor arena and trails are mowed grass footing.

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 follow standards of PATH, Intl. as an affiliate member.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have emergency veterinary services. But should the need to transport arise, we have a horse committee who has horse transportation available to them.

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 is fitted for both english and western tack upon arrival each spring. Instructors are the final inspection for each and every rider and are continually monitoring the saddle fit.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     We have a white board listing which paddock each horse is in, and pictures of all horses for volunteer to refer to.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     We do not currently have any stalls.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     We feed hay in large feeders free choice at an average of 20 pounds per horse per day. Horses that require supplements are removed form the paddock morning and night to a smaller area to receive supplements. Most of our horses are loaned to us and we follow the requirements as set by the horse owners.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We follow veterinarian's advice after spring checks.

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 manure is collected and composted on site. Horses follow a general internal parasite plan as outlined by the owners and our veterinarian. We have had one horse die on the property in 28 years, and he was immediately buried on 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.
     We have the horses on the property only in the spring summer and fall. Winter weather is not an issue. Fire and weather related issues are addressed by getting horses out of buildings and into small paddocks.

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 do not have a security plan. We do have really good neighbors.

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.
     Friends of Animals Humane Society 1418 Hwy 33 South Cloquet, MN 55720 218/879-1655 info@foaonline.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. *Missing


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/07/2017

Veterinarian: Leah Martin

Clinic Name: Whispering Pines    Street: mobile care    City: Maple  State: WI    Zip: 54854

Phone: 715-815-0065    Email: whisperingpinesvet@gmail.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Jessica Cannon

     2. Instructor: Judy Peterson

     3. Instructor: Linda Finn


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: 20

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:We are a seasonal facility so we did not have horses in January or December. We own three and lease others. In 2016, we averaged having 9 horses (as some leave and others come during the season). Our max that we were at was 12 mid season and we had 6 to start in April. We combine our dentistry with our vet appointments. Also, our supplement costs are included in our hay and feed.

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.

9 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

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

           - 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

0 = Total of 2d-2f

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

$1977     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$0     Bedding.

$1758     Veterinarian.

$1440     Farrier.

$0     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$0     Medications & Supplements.

$631     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$695     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

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

$6501     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

1926     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: $3
Question 3 ($6,501 ) divided by Question 4 (1926).

Average length of stay for an equine: 214 days
Question 4 (1926) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (9).


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? No

      8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? No

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? Weekly

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? Every two years

      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? 152

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 25

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 26

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

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

    Mounted: 2.00  Un-Mounted: 0.00  Total: 2

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)? 95%

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


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Jessica Cannon

         *Facility Participation:

         North Country RIDE

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 registered Instructor

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Professional Association of Therapeutic horsemanship International

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.Equine Specialist- Mental Health and Learning


     2. *Instructor: Judy Peterson

         *Facility Participation:

         North Country RIDE

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

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2006

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

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


     3. *Instructor: Linda Finn

         *Facility Participation:

         North Country RIDE

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.North America Riding for the Handicapped association (NARHA)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1995

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

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

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.

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

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.