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Riding with HEART

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/18/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Catherine Gibson

Employees:   Full-Time:  2  Part-Time:  3  Volunteers:  105

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 volunteers attend a New Volunteer Orientation where they learn about the Riding with HEART organization and it's policies, horse care, leading & side walking during lessons, intro to disabilities and emergency procedures. They also attend a Hands-on-Volunteer Training where they put into practice basic horse handling, grooming & tacking up, leading & side walking during a mock lesson. All volunteers fill out the required Volunteer Participation Form which includes a liability, confidentiality, emergency consent forms and they also receive a Volunteer Manual. All volunteers are graded during training and assigned a job. Volunteers can advance if skills are shown to the PATH CTRI's.
All employees are given written job descriptions and a copy of these are kept in the Policy & Procedures Manual. All instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Before teaching lessons instructors will assist and lead and sidewalk other instructor for 5 lessons before they are scheduled to teach lessons. Instructors submit a self- evaluation annually and this is reviewed by the E.D or Program Director and submitted to the Board.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  10

Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

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? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. The Board of Trustees Financial Officer is the spouse of the Program Director who is on payroll.

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:
     Riding with HEART provides equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities. Programs include adaptive therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, Social Skills for Children on the Autism Spectrum, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Mommy & Me, Horsemanship classes, work study and volunteerism.

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. 
     All the Riding with HEART horses are donated to the program. All horses are evaluated for health, temperament, ability to do the job, and soundness. Only horses that pass the evaluation process are then accepted into the program. Each equine's needs regarding a schooling and exercise plan are evaluated by staff. All work done by each horse is documented. Each equine works for no more than two hours per day.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     All Riding with HEART horses are donated.

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. 
     If and when a program horse is no longer capable of fulfilling their duties and are removed from active duty in the program the previous owner is contacted and has the right of first refusal before a retirement placement is found. Horses may be adopted to suitable homes. The staff will see if the new facility is suitable for the horse. New adoptive owners are usually found by word of mouth.

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.). 
     Horses that are being considered for the Riding with HEART equine assisted activities and therapy program are test ridden and evaluated at their current facility. If the staff concludes the horse may be suitable a trial evaluation at the Riding with HEART facility is arranged. Owners must fill out an extensive form which includes health & medical history, backround, feed schedule, manner & vices and any information that would be pertinent. All equines must have a negative Coggins test and up to date vaccinations. If it's deemed necessary the Riding with HEART staff will contact the said equines veterinarian or our vet evaluate the 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. 
     All horses are under the care of the program veterinarian. Horses are wormed four times a year and they receive their required vaccination and tests in the spring. The dentist floats the horses teeth once a year. The program veterinarian is on-call if needed for illness and emergencies. The veterinarian is consulted for individual needs of at-risk animal, geriatric horses and horses with serious issues.

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: 
     The Board recognizes that if a RWH horse or pony acquires a severe illness or injury, the RWH veterinarian may recommend euthanasia. All decisions for euthanasia should be reviewed by the Board in advance, unless the veterinarian recommends immediate euthanasia as the only rationale alternative to not prolong the pain and suffering of the horse or pony. Again, the Board recommends the use of the Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities as published and updated from time-to-time by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and available on its website www.aaep.org. In such circumstances, the Director has the full authority of the Board to execute the recommendation of the veterinarian; the Board will be advised after the fact.

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: 
     RWH only accepts geldings into the program. Pregnant horses are not accepted into the program. RWH does not breed any 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
Riding with HEART

639 County Road 513 Pittstown NJ 08867

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Christina Baxter

2. Contact's Phone: 908-735-5912

3. Contact's Email: director@ridingwithheartorg

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: 25

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. 3 sacrifice paddocks @ .25 acres each. 4 grass paddocks @1 acre each, 2 grass pastures @ 2 acres each. A riding ring that is half footing half grass which can be used as turn out if not in use. 1 round pen.

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.
     Each turn out field has 2-3 horses in it. The sacrifice lots are used during the winter and during inclement weather. Turn out is rotated to allow forage regrowth.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 18

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.
     The Riding with HEART riding ring has a crushed stone base with a sand rubber footing mix on top. Half the ring is all footing with a footing "track" around a grassy area. The riding ring is fenced in with 3 board wood fence with a metal gate. The rubber footing is comfortable for the horses and additionally keeps the dust down.

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.
     Riding with HEART is compliant with all PATH, Intl. standards.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     Riding with HEART has access to numerous horse trailers. 4 board members that live within a few miles of the facility have truck and trailer. One of the board members is our veterinarian and will transport a horse if needed.

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.
     Every horse is saddle fit by an experienced staff member at the beginning of the season. A list of suitable tack is kept easily accessible. Instructors assign tack for each rider according to the rider needs and suitable fitting tack as stated on list. The barn manger will consult a professional saddle fitter if needed. The barn manger will blanket horses according to their individual needs according to weather. Every horse has their own bridle.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Each stall has a description and photo of each horse. A turnout board is kept identifying which horse is in each turn out.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Every horses needs are considered when planning turnout/stalls for each horse. The weather is taken into consideration daily. Horses on stall rest get their stall cleaned daily with "piles picked" if needed. Hand walking or care is directed by the veterinarian.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Riding with HEART has individualized feeding plan for each horse. We also have 2 equine nutritionists that work with us. Each horse's age, workload, medical needs are assessed along with the body condition to make the feed plan. There is a feed board in the feed room that lists each horse's AM & PM feed requirements along with hay and supplements and/or medications if needed.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Each horses weight, age, workload and body condition is assessed by the barn manager, veterinarian and equine nutritionists to guide an individualized feeding, exercise and supplement plan.

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.
     Riding with HEART maintains a Barn Manual and a Policy and Procedures Manual. There are steps for isolation of horses. Protocols include steps to ensure staff and/or equipment and manure do not spread any disease within the facility. All isolation materials are clearly marked. Riding with HEART hires a professional horse removal company for the removal of a dead horse. Riding with HEART's vet is also a Board Member and very involved. Our protocols are within her standards.

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.
     Riding with HEART has safety and emergency plans in the Policy and Procedure Manual including the Volunteer Manual and Rider Handbook. Emergency procedures are posted in the barn and are practiced by staff and volunteers. The staff is constantly checking weather and will adjust accordingly. If a major storm is forecast all available containers are filled with water. A staff member will sleep in the barn if there is a sick or injured horse or if a major storm is coming.

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?
     Riding with HEART closes and secures the front gate each night. An aisle guard is placed across the barn aisles with a sign forbidding entrance after hours. The residents of the house that was once part of our facility keep a close eye on the facility and call at all hours of the day or night if something is amiss. They also call the Equine Trauma Center across the street if need be. Staff will sleep at the barn if there is a need i.e. sick. injured horse or major storm.

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.
     Hunterdon County SPCA 576 Stamets Rd. Milford, NJ 08848 908-996-2525 email: magic_eight_ball@hotmail.com

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, Intl. P.O Box 33150 Denver, Co. 80233 800-369-7433


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/10/2017

Veterinarian: Dr> Suzanne Smith

Clinic Name: Spring Mills Veterinary Hospital    Street: 72 Spring Mills Rd    City: Milford  State: NJ    Zip: 08848

Phone: 908-995-4959    Email: springmillsveterinary@gmail.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Christina Baxter

     2. Instructor: Donna Orr

     3. Instructor: Stephanie Bacon


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: 11.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 11

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 15

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

11 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.

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.

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

0 = Total of 2d-2f

11 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            11 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

$13612     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$2000     Bedding.

$310     Veterinarian.

$3440     Farrier.

$675     Dentist.

$360     Manure Removal.

$1284     Medications & Supplements.

$1430     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$24000     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

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

$47111     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

4015     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: $12
Question 3 ($47,111 ) divided by Question 4 (4015).

Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days
Question 4 (4015) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (11).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

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

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

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

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

B. Structural

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? 2-3 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? 85

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 16

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? 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) 3

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 85%

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


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Christina Baxter

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding with HEART

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, Inc.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2004

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH, Intl.

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.Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning


     2. *Instructor: Donna Orr

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding with HEART

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, Intl.

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.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH, Intl.

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.Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning


     3. *Instructor: Stephanie Bacon

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding with HEART

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, Intl

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2017

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Therapeutic Riding 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.