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G.A.I.T. Inc.

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Martha S. Dubensky

Employees:   Full-Time:  3  Part-Time:  3  Volunteers:  52

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. GAIT provides training sessions containing Level One: Safety Procedures and Orientation. These are usually held the day of the first Saturday of each session. All staff and volunteers are required to attend at least one Level One training per year. Level Two: Grooming entails training to groom horses in a safe and efficient manner. These trainings are held in the Spring, Summer and Autumn. Level Three: Leader Training involves learning to Lead the horse correctly and safely during class. These trainings are also held in the Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons. All trainings are recorded in office database using Microsoft Access by office personnel.

Staff responsibilities are written down in job descriptions and reviewed each year by the Executive Director along with an evaluation with each staff member which the Board of Directors also reviews.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  6

Number of Board Members:  5  Number of Voting Board Members:  4

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

Additional Comments:
All staff/ volunteers over 18 years old are required by Pennsylvania law to obtain a Child Abuse Clearance, PA State Criminal background check, and FBI fingerprinting. All staff/ volunteers are required to update information and attend 1 Safety and Orientation training each year. GAIT TRC is a Premier Accredited Center through PATH International and adheres to all safety standards and mandates set by PATH Intl.


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:
     1. Therapeutic Riding: focuses on riders in a group setting to improve balance, posture, trunk control, sensory processing, communication skills and socialization.
2. Hippotherapy: allows licensed, credentialed therapists (Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists) to use the multi-dimensional movement of the horse to improve neurological function and sensory processing in the rider.
3. Equine Facilitated Learning: is conducted by certified equine professionals and/or PATH-Certified Instructors and educators. Activities with horses offer experiential communication, team building and self-expression to groups of people.
4. Equine Facilited Psychotherapy: teams a mental health professional with an experienced horse professional and/or Certified PATH Instructors to offer therapy and experiential sessions to clients.
5. Vocational Training: opportunities abound at a horse stable. Stall-cleaning and maintenance, horse feeding, and sweeping are taught in addition to learning to follow a supervisor's instructions, math (measuring feed), and appropriate behaviors in a work environment. These skills help them transition to other job sites and work opportunities.
6. Horses for Heroes Program focuses on issues such as PTSD for service men and women as well as law enforcement officers and Emergency Medical Technicians.Sessions are designed by PATH Certified Instructors, a a specialist in horses for Heroes and a mental health professional.
7. Volunteer Opportunities: These opportunities are varied and plentiful at GAIT to people 12 years old and older with and without disabilities. This inter-generational group is trained to work effectively and safely with horses and with people with special needs.

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. N/A

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. 
     Equine Management Practices: Accepted into the program, the new horse is introduced slowly to the rest of the herd in the pasture-situation to keep every horse safe. All horses are ridden under saddle with an experienced rider to keep them in shape for the strenuous work of therapeutic riding. In 2013 we hired an experienced dressage rider to exercise all horses on a regular basis. She became so enamored by GAIT's horses and programs we offer that she has completed her PATH International Instructor Certification.
RETRAINING INFO: Occasionally a horse needs a refresher course in his job as a therapy horse. In this case we give him time off from classes and a healthy dose of trail rides. Before allowing the horse back into therapy work, he is de-sensitized again to the mounting ramps, blocks and steps and to all the toys and equipment used in the classes. Once he accepts this he is allowed back in the programs.
REHABILITATION INFO: GAIT is fortunate to have a veterinarian who cares about our horse's health as much as we do. He has saved the lives of several of our horses from colic and tick-borne illnesses and has shown us how to care for bowed tendons, severe infections, wounds and hoof abscesses. We follow his directions and have had very good luck with healthy horses in the 20 plus years we have operated.
ONGOING TRAINING INFO: With the addition of the experienced rider mentioned previously, the horses are exercised at least once a week along with their usual jobs. They are desensitized to any new equipment or toys before classes on a regular basis.
SCHOOLING & EXERCISING INFO: Described above. Records are kept on every horse for health and exercise data. Some volunteers are currently taking riding lessons on some of our horses to add to the number of people who can keep our older horses fit and flexible.
TOTAL HORSES: 10 MAX
CONDITION OF THE HORSES: Horses are groomed daily before each ride. The farrier visits every eight weeks or as needed to keep up with horses who need special care of their hooves. And the Veterinarian as mentioned is in the same town and available for care or consultation.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     GAIT has several certified equine specialists who select all horses for their suitability for the participants of GAIT programs. Horses are assessed at their own facility first for movement, gaits, and temperament. If the horse seems suitable, it is taken on trial for up to a month to introduce it to its next job in life. These horses are ridden, de-sensitized to toys, noise and sidewalkers, and then introduced in the arena during a regular therapeutic riding session with the other horses. If the horse passes this test, then it is donated to GAIT. GAIT does not accept boarders or leased animals and will only take a horse that owners are willing to donate to the program.

GAIT is a therapeutic riding center for people with special needs. We do not rescue horses nor have a retirement facility, nor do we place horses in foster care. When we accept a horse into the program, that horse remains here for the rest of its life. Whether it is actively employed as a riding horse or mostly used for grooming and admiring, the horses that come to GAIT stay at GAIT.

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. 
     The GAIT stable is typically the last place for the horses that are accepted into the GAIT program. Our policy is that the horse does not want to retire, a working horse is a happy horse and we want to keep our horses happy. A horse that can no longer be useful in the arena can be useful as a grooming horse or an educational horse to teach parts of the horse or proper tacking up procedures. Occasionally however, there is a horse who after a year or two decides he would like a different job. In these cases, the equine specialist is extremely cautious and selective as to where the horse goes and to the care he will be receiving. We never sell our GAIT horses to others, but gift them if a horse needs a different job. A good example is of a horse that worked for us for two years, then decided the "job opportunity" to be a trail horse only, would better suit him. He is now happily engaged at a Dude Ranch just down the road from GAIT!

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.). 
     GAIT has a policy and protocol for viewing and accepting horses into the therapy program. These policies include an initial phone call to get as much pre-information as possible including height, weight, age, condition, previous and current use of the horse. If the horse sounds appropriate, the equine specialist at GAIT assesses the horse in person as to its movement, soundness and temperament. The next step is to accept the coggins-negative horse on a trial basis and if he does not work out, the owner will take him back. If he does look promising, then the Veterinarian performs a thorough physical exam. If a horse passes all these tests, he becomes a GAIT horse.

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. 
     The horse health care plan for the horses at GAIT begin with equine specialists on staff that monitor horse behavior, temperament and wounds on a daily basis. Minor problems are dealt with immediately by the staff, major problems are handled with a phone call to the veterinarian. The veterinarian also vaccinates in the spring of each year, tests for worms throughout the year and supplies the wormer, and makes himself available if the farrier or dentist needs him for medical reasons. Since most of our horses are older, over 18, we avoid work overload for each, be sure they have fresh, clean water at all times with our automatic waterers, have a generator for when the electricity goes out, and follow all veterinarian protocols for health of the older horse, including their nutritional needs. Three of our horses receive Thrive feed, a specially ordered feed that is very palatable and nutritious as well as hay pellets and/or cubes that are pre-soaked before feeding.

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: 
     GAIT's euthanasia policy is for humane reasons only. GAIT's policy is to call the veterinarian for any emergency situations and allow the vet to determine the most humane treatment of that horse. Under no circumstances will a horse be euthanized 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: 
     GAIT is not a breeding facility and will not knowingly take a pregnant mare.

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? 
     N/A

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. 
     N/A

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: 
     N/A

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

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Not applicable.

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: N/A



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

.

Location 1 of 1
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

314 Foster Hill Road Milford PA 18337

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Martha Dubensky

2. Contact's Phone: 570-409-1140

3. Contact's Email: gaitdirector@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: 5.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 4

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

3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility. *Missing

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

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted. *Missing

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

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

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     Yes, we are a Premier Accredited Center through PATH International

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan. . *Missing

17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience. *Missing

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker? *Missing

19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Pike County Humane Society 189 Lee Road Shohola, PA 18458 570-296-7654 no email information available

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.
     We rely on the advice of our local veterinarian to assure our horses' welfare as well as abide by all PATH Int'l horse welfare and management standards.


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 02/16/2018

Veterinarian: Richard A. Dubensky, D.V.M

Clinic Name: Milford Animal Hospital    Street: 123 Chippy Cole Rd.    City: Milford  State: PA    Zip: 18337

Phone: 570-296-8448    Email: MAH1@ptd.net


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Diana Moldovan

     2. Instructor: Laurie Bryceland

     3. Instructor: Martha S. Dubensky

     4. Instructor: Nancy Van Wyk

     5. Instructor: Vera Remes


3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: *Missing.

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

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

2017 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2017? Please select Yes or No. Yes

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

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

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

11 = 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.

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

2 = Total of 2d-2f

2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            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.


2017 Horse Care Costs

$     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$     Bedding.

$     Veterinarian.

$     Farrier.

$     Dentist.

$     Manure Removal.

$     Medications & Supplements.

$     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$     Horse Care Staff.

$     Horse Training.

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

$71380     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$18000     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

3650     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2017.

Average cost per day per horse: $20
Question 3 ($71,380 ) divided by Question 4 (3650).

Average length of stay for an equine: 332 days
Question 4 (3650) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (11).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

Missing


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

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

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

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

4. What is the average wait list time? 1 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)

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

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

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

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

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


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Diana Moldovan

         *Facility Participation:

         GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

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)2015

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH International Registered Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Volunteered at GAIT as a teenager. Previous experience working in a group home and at a harness racing facility.


     2. *Instructor: Laurie Bryceland

         *Facility Participation:

         GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

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)2015

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH International Registered Instructor


     3. *Instructor: Martha S. Dubensky

         *Facility Participation:

         GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

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)1994

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

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

Certification 2:

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.PATH International Registered Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Certification 3:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Completed a Masters in Psychology with a focus on addiction counseling. Went on to school to become a Certified Life Coach (2015). Mrs. Dubensky has been a committee member on several PATH International committees including the PATH International Oversight Committee, Regional Representative, Lead Evaluator for On-Site Workshops and Certifications and Horses for Heroes.


     4. *Instructor: Nancy Van Wyk

         *Facility Participation:

         GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

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)2013

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH International Registered Instructor

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH 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.PATH International Certification for Specialty Instructor Training for Horses for Heroes

Certification 3:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH 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.PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Certification

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Also completed certification from PATH in Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT in 2016.


     5. *Instructor: Vera Remes

         *Facility Participation:

         GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

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)2007

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH International Registered Instructor

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH 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.PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Previous experience as a special education teacher and mounted police.