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Saving Horses, Inc

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018



Chief Staff Officer:  Audrey Reynolds

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  20

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. Training of volunteers is all hands on. New Volunteers will shadow the Exec Director and experienced volunteers to learn from them. Duties will involve, cleaning corrals, cleaning and refilling water buckets, exercising horses. Assisting with the set up and execution of fundraising events.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  6

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

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? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization. Executive Director owns facility that organization leases.

Conflict of Interest:

Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes

Additional Comments:
We are a small organization. Volunteers work alongside the President a.m. and p.m. shifts. The Volunteers are hand chosen by President, and are all wonderful people. I have not found it necessary to do background checks on anyone in 10 years. These people come to volunteer from good local families in live in the area. We also have groups of special needs young adults who volunteer. Background checks would not be necessary here either. Volunteers learn by perfuming the same activities each time they come. I do not have a need for a volunteer handbook. Any new volunteers work alongside an experienced volunteer or myself.


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

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Rescue of horses from slaughter, abuse and neglect.
Rehabilitation of horses.
Permanent retirement/sanctuary for horses.
Community service & Volunteer programs for individuals who just want to give back and spend time with the horses, or be with the horses for therapeutic reasons.
At risk teens also volunteer. This helps confidence building and conflict resolution.
Volunteerism for special needs adults.
Education program, educating those that visit the rescue and public speaking engagements.
Equine assisted therapy,(EAP) and growth and development program.

Re homing program for public who can no longer afford the care for their horse, or are seeking a retirement for their horse. We will network to find placement for the horse.
Temporary Emergency feeding program available for someone who needs assistance feeding their horse for a short prior of time (1 month usually), until they can get there finances in order. We can apply for a grant from AHA if the situation warrants a longer term commitment.

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


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. 
     Horses entering our rescue, rehabilitation and retirement programs are individually evaluated over a period of time. This cannot be done in one day or one week. Horses are assessed personally by the Executive Director, having 50+ years of experience with horses. Depending on what she finds, the horse will embark upon a training program to suit the needs of the horse, this may be done with grooming, round pen (Parelli) work, or under saddle depending on where the horse is with its training, age etc.. Whatever amount of time the horse needs, we are not in a hurry. In severe cases of abuse it has taken 2 years to rehabilitate a horse. Schooling, training and an exercise plan is scheduled daily for each horse. Each horse is worked with daily and every horse gets out of its corral and exercised in some way or another each day appropriate with its age, soundness etc...All horses get turnout time and socialization with other horses. We are able to accommodate 12 horses at any given time. We will take horses in any condition, as they all need help. Horses will not be euthanized to make room for more. Our veterinarian will also check out any new incoming horses.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Over the past 10 years we have rescued horses from Auction, slaughter bound feedlot, surrender, and local cases of neglect that we have come upon.

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 majority of our horses currently in our care are retirees. They will remain in our care. They are used in the Equine assisted therapy program. The horses health and needs are monitored closely. Only the younger fitter horses are ridden by our volunteers. We do not currently have an adoption program although we may have horses available for adoption in the future.
Prospective adopters make application, and they are checked thoroughly. They will sign an adoption contract, and follow up vists will be arranged. If any horses are available for adoption they are advertised on our website.
We do continue to follow the horses that have been adopted in the past. We are prepared to take back any horses that need to be returned. This does not happen often.
Horses only leave our organization if:
They are being adopted out to a forever home with a contract
They are being transferred to another sanctuary that can provide a better environment than we can for the horse.
Horses that are no longer useful live out their days here.

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 new horses are quarantined for 30 days. Physical examination is carried out by our veterinarian. Horses are assessed for lameness initially, then will be ridden (if sound) to find out level of training. A rehabilitative plan is made for each horse. our rescue horses usually never come with a health record. A record is started once they enter the rescue. teeth will be floated, shots administered and feet addressed by our farrier.

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. 
     Most of the horses currently in our care have special needs. Our veterinarian visits the rescue once a month to administer HA shots to our older horses and off track thoroughbreds who need joint care. Each month we have the vet visit, we can address any other issues that may have arisen. We have a worming schedule,(every 6 months) a shot schedule.....
5 way & WestNile) followed 6 mos later by Flu/Rhino booster. If any of our horses are in pain, this is addressed with meds or joint injections to make the horses more comfortable. Some horses require special shoeing. Our horses get what they need, and our vet bills run high. A horse will only be euthanized when we have exhausted all options available to us keep a horse comfortable. A horse must have a good quality of life.
Our veterinary program enables each horse to have its own customized care program.

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: 
     A horse will only be euthanized when we have exhausted all options available to us for the horse. We will only euthanize a very sick horse, a very old horse, or horse that is dangerous.
We will never euthanize a horse to make room for another.

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 bred nor do we condone breeding. Our adoption agreement states clearly, no breeding. All stallions entering the facility will be gelded. We have not had newborns at the facility, but if we did, a foal would stay with its mother for 6 months, longer if necessary.

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?  NA

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. NA

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: NA

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:
  Other considerations are provided below.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed: While we are not currently offering any horses for adoption, in the last we have had varrying adoption fees based on the level of training and age of a horse.


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
Saving Horses, Inc. Ranch

3224 Wildflower Valley Drive Encinitas CA 92024

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Audrey Reynolds

2. Contact's Phone: 619-247-7237

3. Contact's Email: audrey@savinghorsesinc.com

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

5. If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility: Owned by Audrey Reynolds, Executive Director

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? 
     10 year lease May 1, 2014- April 31st 2024 Lease will be renewed if necessary at that time. The organization will always have access to this facility if needed.

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.. 
     Rescue has full use of horse facility. Barn, corrals, arena. Electricity and water paid by owner. Owner compensated $100 per year by the rescue.

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

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

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 2

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. (4) 24'x60' paddocks with shelters 6 stall barn with in and out runs 50' round pen. 60' X 120' arena & turnout area. Fencing is all brand new pipe corral

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 horse has its own living space. Each horse is turned out in the larger area for 2-3 hours each day. 2 horses are turned out for the night with food and water in the arena.

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

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     50' round pen footing mixed DG and sand 60' X120' arena, same footing. Research was done on finding the right combination of materials for footing. It is watered and dragged when necessary. Drains well if there is rain. We bring in more sand when needed.

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

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

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     Our standards are in compliance with those set forth in a handbook published by UC Davis Department of veterinary Medicine. Our standards of care at Saving Horses, Inc., are very high. I have not seen this level of care offered by any other rescue I have visited. WE HAVE BEEN GRANTED VERIFICATION BY GFAS. We exceed their standard of care.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We do have a horse trailer on site. We also live in a very horse populated community, so there is always help available. In the case of a fire where all horses had to be moved, we have access to a local transporter who has agreed to help incase of an emergency.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     As Executive Director and experienced horsewoman, I am responsible for making sure all tack fits correctly. Each horse that is rideable has its own saddle and bridle, fit correctly. Our vet has assisted us with the saddle fitting. Each horse has its own flysheet, flymask, cotton day sheet, fleece cooler and winter waterproof blanket, so they all have the perfect fit.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     The horses have their name on the gate of their living area. My volunteers are here often enough that they know the horses individually.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     None of my horses are stall bound. They have large living areas and get out daily in larger turnout. I also rotate horses that may have been in the barn during the day out of the sun due to light skin. They will spend the nights outside in a larger corral.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Each horse gets an appropriate hay diet. They eat hay 3 times a day, and some have access to hay 24 hours a day. Hay provided is a mixture of bermuda, alfalfa, pasture mix, rye and timothy. Supplemental feed is given depending upon the needs of the horses. E.G. Large retired racehorses are given soaked pellets, beet pulp, rice bran and senior feed twice daily to keep weight on. The same regimen is given to older horses. Younger horses get a small amount of supplemental feed. Volunteers are instructed on the preparation of supplemental feed. Every horse has access to salt. Fresh water is provided daily in large water buckets.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We use this rating for underfed horses entering the rescue. A #1 or a #2 will make steady progress in gaining weight, with an appropriate diet. We keep our horses well rounded but not excessively fat. No hip bones or ribs will be noticeable on our horses. Our vet visits the ranch once a month, or more if needed. She will advise us if a horse is too fat...

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.
     Manure is picked up and disposed of on a daily basis. The manure is taken off the property and used by an organic farmer. If a horse is euthanized, the carcass is immediately removed by a disposal company. We use fly control in the way of predators. We use flyspray as needed on the horses, fly sheets and flymasks. Our horses are vaccinated and wormed regularly. Our veterinarian is active in helping us make decisions to run the organization to the best of its ability, and ensure the best possible care for the horses and prevent any disease.

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.
     In the case of emergency evacuation, horses will go to the Del Mar racetrack nearby. We have arranged transportation in advance. In the case of fire on our property and the horses have to be moved immediately, they can be hand walked to another large horse facility across the street from us. We are fortunate to not have extreme weather conditions here in S. CA. the weather is temperate. However in the case of heavy rains, horse can be housed in the barn, while the remainder will be under shelter in their corrals with blankets on. The ground here drains well.

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 3 acre ranch is within a guard gated community. Persons entering the rescue facility will first have to be granted entrance via the guard, then when they get to the gate of our ranch they will have to be "buzzed in", as we have an electric security gate. Executive Director lives on the property.

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 5500 Gaines Street. san Diego, CA 92110 619-299-7012 email: 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 04/13/2018

Veterinarian: Jessica Stokes

Clinic Name: Exact Equine, Inc.    Street: 15460 El Monte Road    City: Lakeside  State: CA    Zip: 92040

Phone: 619-922-7568    Email: exact.equine@gmail.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Julie Freelove-Charton PHD

     2. Instructor: Susan Crimmins PHD. Psychology

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: 12

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

10 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

           + 1 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

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

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

           - 3 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

3 = Total of 2d-2f

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

            3 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            5 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.

$82843     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$2500     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

3295     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: $25
Question 3 ($82,843 ) divided by Question 4 (3295).

Average length of stay for an equine: 300 days
Question 4 (3295) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (11).

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? 12

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 8

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

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

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

    Mounted: 0.00  Un-Mounted: 0.00  Total: 0 *Missing/Error

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 2

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 5%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. Most of the EAAT program at SGI is unmounted. Mounted lessons Provided to a child with Autism. By way of a grant, SHI is able to provide EAAT to a group of young women rescued from the Sex Trafficking Industry. 4 groups of young adults with special needs participate as volunteers and benefit from an informal therapy program.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Julie Freelove-Charton PHD

         *Facility Participation:

         Saving Horses, Inc. 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 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 as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and an equine Specialist in Mental Health.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Through PATH International, Dr. Julie Freelove-Charton holds two certifications, as a therapeutic riding instructor and as an equine specialist in mental health and learning. She received her PhD in health behavior from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, and holds an MS in kinesiology, a professional certificate in gerontology, and a BA in psychology. She is also a hunter/jumper rider. Julie instructs the Therapeutic Riding program for Children with Autism. 

     2. *Instructor: Susan Crimmins PHD. Psychology

         *Facility Participation:

         Saving Horses, Inc. 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.EponaQuest, Arizona

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.Equine Assisted therapy, Growth & development.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Susan holds a Doctorate (PHD) She conducts an Equine Assisted Therapy, growth and development program using the rescue horses. The therapy sessions are led by the horse. The horse is selected by the client prior to each session. Individuals counseled by Dr. Crimmins include those suffering from grief, PTSD, addiction, social & emotional issues. SHI has established a partnership with "Generate Hope", a local Non profit group that rescues girls from the Sex trafficking Industry in San Diego County. They are house and rehabilitated/prepared for a future outside of this industry. Their healing is enriched by sessions with dr. Crimmins and the horses at Saving Horses, Inc. SHI is able to conduct this program by way of a grant from Country Friends, Rancho Santa Fe.