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Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018



Chief Staff Officer:  Karen Crampton, Executive Director

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  2  Volunteers:  80

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. Volunteers undergo on-site training session and further training shadowing lessons with experienced volunteers and PATH certified trainers. Monthly volunteer training sessions are held during the year to review procedures and to introduce any new polices or procedures. Volunteer training manual and liability release forms as well as volunteer/staff contact information and health history forms at:

PATH certified trainers undergo thorough training per PATH certification protocol. Contracts are in place for trainers and evaluation feedback is provided by Executive Director periodically to support further development.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  6

Number of Board Members:  8  Number of Voting Board Members:  8

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


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

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship (Partners TH), established in 2004 and based in San Diego County, provides therapeutic horsemanship as a unique means to improve the quality of life for those with special needs, their families and the community. Partners TH is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Member Center with four PATH certified instructors.

Partners TH serves approximately 55 students from throughout San Diego County and provided approximately 836 lessons during 2016. Partners TH programs provide equestrian therapy to students who come from all over San Diego county, offering lessons to students five days per week on a year-round basis.

Partners TH has 4 PATH certified instructors with a fifth in training. Instructors are supported by an outstanding cadre of 65 volunteers, many with years of experience with Partners TH, who provide nearly 3,000 volunteer hours annually to support lessons as sidewalkers and leaders, as well as assisting with horse and stable care. Volunteers come from all walks of life, from teens via SPRITES, to adults with professional skills. Ongoing training is provided to volunteers, ensuring that they continue to improve their skills as they contribute to the Partners TH program.

Students participating in Partners TH equestrian therapy range in age from young children to adults. Our participants include those with a variety of diagnoses including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, psychological and psychiatric disorders, Downs syndrome, hearing and vision impaired as well as other disabilities. They are provided the opportunity to expand their capabilities through participation in our program. Therapeutic riding has demonstrated potential to improve strength, posture, balance, mobility and function, communication and language skills, increased mobility to process information, as well as self-esteem, self-confidence, and social skills.

Strong demand exists for equestrian therapy in the San Diego community given its increasing recognition as excellent therapy for a wide range of symptoms. Student referrals to Partners TH come from the families of existing students, as well as doctors, physical and occupational therapists, psychotherapists, schools and medical centers assisting families with special needs. Families choose Partners TH due to our strong reputation for quality instruction and our supportive environment.

Partners TH commits 98% of its budget to expenses directly associated with maintaining the horses, riding facilities, and lesson instruction, with the balance for administrative,fund-raising,and other related expenses. Lessons are subsidized significantly through grants and individual donations in order to provide access for the widest possibly socioeconomic range of students from throughout San Diego County, who can benefit from this important therapy. Many Partners TH families face challenging financial situations due to the medical conditions of their family member. Partners TH also provides needs based scholarships to several students, as resources allow.

In addition to core programming of therapeutic riding instruction, Partners TH hosts an Annual Horse Show and BBQ where students exhibit their riding accomplishments for their families and friends as well as the broader community. Several of the more experienced Partners TH students also participate in the California Network for Equestrian Therapy (CalNET) horse show in Burbank, California, as well as the local San Diego East County Horse Show Organization (ECHO) hunter and dressage shows.

Partners TH maintains close ties with the San Diego County community and benefits from ongoing sponsorship from area Rotary Clubs (Rancho Santa Fe Rotary and La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary), the Lakeside Optimists, as well as from local businesses, philanthropy organizations and personal donors. Grantors to Partners TH have included Equus Foundation, Build-a-Bear Foundation, Sempra Foundation,BIA Cares, and Cox Kids Cares Fund.

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


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. 
     Our goal is to keep our therapy horses healthy and happy. One of our veterinarians has stated that our horses are among the best cared for in the area.

Our horses are usually worked two hours a day,6 days a week. Four days they are used as therapy horses and one day they are schooled or turned out. Horses frequently are turned out on lesson days if they have not been worked or turned out the day before.

We currently have 7 therapy horses. Horses must be serviceable sound and able to walk trot and canter with a rider. We strive to maintain a stable that allows the exercise plan as outlined above. If the student population increases, we will increase our stable to maintain the above work schedule.

We do not routinely rehabilitate horses, unless they have sustained an injury of some sort, while in our care. In which case, hand walking, wraps, medication, and graduated increase in exercise etc, will be followed as prescribed by our vet.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Horses are either donated or purchased.

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. 
     Sometimes, despite our best efforts, horses just grow tired of being a therapy horse. If for any reason, horses can no longer fulfill their role as a therapy horse we will endeavor to find a new home for them.
Horses which have been donated are first offered back to the donor and on two occasions the donor happily took the horse back.
In some cases, we have been able to retire them to be trail horses, or to at least only have one owner and rider. The new owners have kept us updated as to their welfare. One horse, which was believed by our vet, to be near 30, was retired to our co-founders lovely ranch and pastured with other horses where he lived until he quietly passed away.

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.). 
     All horses being considered for the program will be evaluated for a trial period of at least 30 days. The trial period may be shortened if the animal is deemed unsuited for the program prior to the end of the 30-day period or it may be lengthened if further evaluation is felt necessary.

1. Equines of any size or breed may be considered for the program. The size of the horse will be suited to the size and ability of the program needs. No stallions will be accepted.
2. Equines will be evaluated by the staff and must be service-ably sound and able to walk, trot and canter. Medications, if required, will be evaluated on an individual basis.
3. The screening process will include the equines willingness to:
Stand quietly when groomed, tacked and during mounting and dismounting,
Behave appropriately around other equines
Behave appropriately with personnel, volunteers and participants
Respond appropriately to participants aids, both natural and artificial

Coggins tests are not required. Once a horse is deemed otherwise suitable, we will ask our veterinarian to do a wellness exam and recommend vaccines and worming depending on what health history we have available. At this point we will also contact our farrier, for an appraisal regarding any shoeing or other concerns.

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. 
     We participate in a CARES program with our local veterinarian. He schedules a visit on a monthly basis. At that time he addresses all maintenance issues such as dental care, vaccinations, worming, acupuncture, and chiropractic care as necessary. Many of our animals are older, but we believe a horse needs to stay in work in order to be healthy, although some adjustments may be necessary. Serious issues are addressed on an as needed basis by our veterinarian.

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: 
     In our eleven years of service we have fortunately not had to euthanize any of our horses. The decision to euthanize a horse must be at the recommendation of our veterinarian, for health, or humane reasons, with agreement by our executive director and senior instructor if both are available. We cannot envision euthanizing a horse for any other reason.

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 breed. We do not accept stallions.

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 

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

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 

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

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 

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

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

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Our organization approves of this concept.

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


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
Mountainview Ranch

15665 El Monte Road Lakeside CA 92040

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Karen Crampton

2. Contact's Phone: 619-729-3853

3. Contact's Email: phorsemanship@aol.com

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

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: Richard Smith owner
15665 El Monte Road
Lakeside, CA 92040


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? 
     11/1/2017-10/31/2018 With understanding to extend the agreement if we so desire.

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.. 
     We pay a monthly board fee, which includes feed 3 x a day. Corals are cleaned six days a week. Partners cleans corals 1 days a week and feeds mid day supplements and medications as needed. Someone is on the property to observe the horses 24 hours a day.

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: 4.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 6

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. There are 2 arenas available for turn out. There are 2 more areas available to lunge. No pasture, no paddocks Fencing is entirely pipe corral Stabling is all pipe corral with a partial cover size-1/4

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.
     Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship is responsible for 7 of the horses boarded at the facility. Most other owners are not present during the day, so all turn outs and arenas are available for our use. Horses are turned out individually.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 1

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.
     Most activities, lessons, schooling, and turnouts are conducted in our dirt/sand arena. The arena is dragged daily and we make an attempt to make it both soft enough for riding, but firm enough to accommodate the many volunteers who must walk in the arena to conduct our program. The dirt/sand footing is native to the area and we have attempted to groom it to effectively accomplish our purposes.

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.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     Property management is on site 24 hours per day and trucks with horse trailers are available on the property.

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.
     We have one person who has received training in saddle fitting and she maintains a list of approved saddles for each horse. All saddles are numbered for easy identification. Bridles are individually assigned and bits are assessed by the trainers and tack expert jointly. We rarely use blankets.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Our staff only needs to identify 7 horses. (ours) All corrals have the horse's name with daily feed requirements, contact information, and vet number. Halters and bridles have horses names on them.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Horses are not kept in stalls. Turn out plan has been addressed elsewhere.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Horses are fed three times a day in attached elevated feeders. In the morning and evening five horses receive grass hay and 2 receive pellets. Pellets are soaked for the older horse. The pelleted feed is 3/4 Bermuda and 1/4 alfalfa. At midday they receive Bermuda Hay and assorted supplements depending on need and veterinary recommendation; glucosamine, electrolytes, corn oil, bute, etc. with oatmo or bran. Pellets and hay are stored in a fully enclosed sea container.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We do not routinely utilize the score, but we strive to maintain our horses in the moderate(5) to moderately fleshy(6) range.

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.
     Horse Corrals are cleaned daily and manure is hauled away daily via truck as well. Since horses are boarded outside, we are limited to using fly spy as a means of dealing with flies. Carcass disposal is handled by the ranch owner. Each horse has his/her own, brush, curry, etc. We have handled communicable diseases on an individual basis and follow procedures recommended by our veterinarian at that time. All receive vet recommended vaccines and wormers.

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.
     Property management is on site 24 hours per day and trucks with horse trailers are available on the property. Unfortunately there is only one road in and out of this valley area, so there can be no deviation of route. However, local law enforcement officials are aware of the program and the required needs should evacuation be required. They are available along with others to assist in any needed evacuation. There is a rodeo grounds in the general area which is usually the first evacuation point in case of wild fire, the most likely emergency in our area. All horses have a halter with our phone number written on it to be used for emergencies and are trained to load into a van or trailer. We also write the ranch name directly on the horse.

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
     The facility has management on site 24 hours a day. There is an extensive backup system should someone need to be away for vacation or illness.

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.
     San Diego Humane Society Investigation Department 5500 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 243-3466 investigations@sdhumane.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.

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 01/17/2018

Veterinarian: Dr. Max Wilcox & Dr. Jessica Stokes

Clinic Name: Exact Equine Inc    Street: mobile vet services    City: Lakeside  State: CA    Zip: 92040

Phone: 619-922-9275    Email: http://exactequine.com/

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Ellie Rose

     2. Instructor: Karen Crampton

     3. Instructor: Laura Barton

     4. Instructor: Samantha Hoffman

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: 7.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 32

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 40

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.

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

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

7 = 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.

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

1 = Total of 2d-2f

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

            6 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.

$44443     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$16578     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

2250     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 ($44,443 ) divided by Question 4 (2250).

Average length of stay for an equine: 321 days
Question 4 (2250) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (7).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds


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

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 55

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 20

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 48

4. What is the average wait list time? 4* 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) 5

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 100%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. *Lessons times per day vary, as some days lessons run both in the morning and afternoon. Other days just in the afternoon. **Wait time is for Saturdays only. Time is available other days.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Ellie Rose

         *Facility Participation:

         Mountainview Ranch

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

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

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

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

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. In 2009 Ellie obtained her PATH certification and she has attended both national and regional PATH Conferences. She competes in dressage.

     2. *Instructor: Karen Crampton

         *Facility Participation:

         Mountainview Ranch

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

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2001

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

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

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Karen is the co-founder of Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship. She is also the executive director and has been a PATH certified instructor since 2001. Karen was a graphic designer for 25 years before switching careers.She also manages the family business of investment properties. She has ridden dabbling in dressage, jumping, combined training, and polo for 40 years.

     3. *Instructor: Laura Barton

         *Facility Participation:

         Mountainview Ranch

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

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 Instructor Certification

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Laura was raised in Ohio and as a child, rode in the hunter jumper field. She obtained her law degree at the University of VA in Charlottesville. After graduation, Laura practiced law in Washington DC, specializing as a civil defense attorney, before moving to San Diego. She became a CASA (court-appointed special advocate) volunteer and has advocated for the same child during the last ten years. She combined her love of horses with a desire to make a difference in the lives of those with special needs, and obtained her PATH certification as an instructor last year. She volunteers her time with Partners.

     4. *Instructor: Samantha Hoffman

         *Facility Participation:

         Mountainview Ranch

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

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 Instructor Certification.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Equinology

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. In 2008 Samantha moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University, completing her degree, with honors, in Anthropology in 2012. She is also an Equinology certified Equine Body Worker. Samantha eagerly shares her insight, ideas, and talent as a rider and instructor