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Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 08/03/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Denise LeClair-Robbins

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  6  Volunteers:  50

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. Our employees are given hands on training by our Barn Coordinator. Employees have a duties checklist that they are expected to follow as well as job responsibilities and requirements sheet to sign.
Our volunteers are required to attend a barn orientation where they are evaluated for their experience and compatibility with our rescue horses. They are taught how to handle horses safely and how to work in the barn safely as well. Volunteers are given a copy of the barn procedure manual. Orientations are held every Saturday morning.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  10

Number of Board Members:  7  Number of Voting Board Members:  7

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board Relationships:

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

Board Affiliations:

Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No

Conflict of Interest:

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

Additional Comments:
We adhere to all of the requirements of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.


II. PROGRAMS

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

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     We are devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, re-education and adoption of abused, abandoned, neglected and slaughter-bound horses. ERAF has rescued over a 180 horses and we have had over a 160 adoptions. This is all possible because of our wonderful core group of trained volunteers. We try to bring in natural horsemanship professionals at least once per month to make their services available to our volunteers. At its core, this enables both our horses and our volunteers to learn the ropes of basic horse care and training. The education and development of our volunteers empowers them to learn more and do more, thus causing a positive cycle of happy healthy relationships with both horses and humans alike.

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. ERAF offers tremendous community service in attempting to educate the public by participating in Chambers of Commerce and speaking at service organizations such as Rotary, PEO, etc. ERAF also participates in local festivals and provides educational tours for organizations such as 4-H, Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; Big Brother-Big Sisters; Alzheimer's Support Groups and Home=Schooled children. Rozalyn is our therapy horse, and she has visited nursing homes and made guest appearances at community events. Just recently ERAF entertained the Treasure Coast Early Learning Academy with 22 kids and 4 adults learning about responsible breeding and feeding, where Rozalyn made an appearance. ERAF works with the pre-Vet program and the Baccalaureate program at local high schools. The message to these groups encourages responsible breeding and feeding programs. ERAF also has a featured page on its website, www.eraf.org, which is Community Hoof Prints, designed to assist horse owners in finding new homes for their horses. We also place horses through our Community Hoof Prints page on our website... without them ever having to step foot on the property!

We also have had two recent Eagle Scout Projects, one was a fencing and pasture project, and the other was a Shelter Project. We also work with the Court System and provide Community Service Projects for offenders which has been extremely rewarding to be a part of the success of this program.

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



III. POLICIES

1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable), ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and condition of the horses accepted by your organization. 
     We have 20 horses on average, but do make exceptions for emergency situations from law enforcement. Each horse is evaluated by our vet before going to work and each program is designed according to the horses potential abilities. The main goal is to get the horses adopted out, so their level of training before getting adopted needs to be in line with the level of education of the individual adopting them. An experienced adopter can handle a younger horse or a horse with less training than a new horse owner. Horses that are in poor physical condition start slowly with ground work to improve muscle function before they are ever ridden. Some horses are older and limited in what they can do, and therefore have a less intensive exercise schedule, or turnout only, as recommended by the vet.

A large focus of our organization is relationship building between horse and human. As some of our horses come in with a history of abuse, this aspect of training is paramount to the whole health and well-being of the individual equine. This process begins in any number of ways, the majority of which are established with "no-agenda time." This term is coined by Joe Camp, and it details any amount of time in which you are not requiring anything of your horse while sharing the same space. The time is spent sharing the space, whether it be a stall or pasture, and allowing your horse to move at liberty around you. This establishes a deeper level of trust and understanding between horse and human; each time you enter into their space they eventually no longer brace or run away as they begin to accept a human's presence as one of their own!

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Most of the horses that we take in are law enforcement seizures or sheriff negotiated surrenders. We have taken horses in from other rescues and horse coalitions in Florida if we have the room in the barn. We have also accepted horses from Okeechobee, Broward, Palm City Beach, Ocala and Lake Counties. We continue to see neglected horses where the owner is eventually convinced to surrender them to our organization.

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. 
     Horses that can no longer work have a permanent retirement home with us and are regularly doted on by volunteers. They may still be adopted out as companion animals to new owners who understand their needs. We do offer sponsorship programs to potential adopters to learn about horse ownership before they adopt their new horse. This is usually done over at least, a one to two month period. During that time they learn about vet, trimmers, and dentists. They also learn how to give oral syringes, get assistance with tack, and work with a trainer to be comfortable on their horse (if applicable). We have a wonderful reputation for the adoptable horses that we have and are well known in our community.

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 that we take in are put on a mandatory quarantine period of two weeks. During this time, they are kept separated from all other horses in the property (besides horses they came in with), paddocks are picked, and only staff may handle the horses. The vet sees the horses within their first few days of arrival. Many of the horses brought in are feral, so we may keep them in quarantine for at least two weeks or longer upon veterinarian request. Horses are vaccinated, de-wormed, and have a clear Coggins before they are allowed out of quarantine. All horses are started from the ground up in the safest and least stressful way possible to determine what kind of training that horse had in the past.

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 horse records are maintained online by the Barn Coordinator. All horses see the vet at least twice per year when they are in our care. They receive 6-way and West Nile Virus vaccines twice per year and rabies once per year. All horses have an annual Coggins test done. Fecal counts are done on horses, and de-worming is done based on the results of the samples. All horses are checked by the dentist at least once per year (more often for younger and older horses at the dentist's request). All horses see the farrier every 5 weeks, and all horses are kept and maintained barefoot. Geriatric horses may have feed soaked and all horses get medications or supplements as suggested by the vet. Horses have 24 hour pasture turnout in herd environments suitable to meet their social needs but do come in twice a day for feeding and to be checked for any problems.

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: 
     One of the most unthinkable truths is that your beloved equine companion may one day need your help to cross over the rainbow bridge. This is not an easy decision to make, although it can be an crucial one. The main focus when dealing with euthanasia is that, considering the circumstances, euthanizing a horse can be me most compassionate treatment for that horse. “The term euthanasia is derived from the Greek terms eu meaning good and thanatos meaning death;” this statement is taken directly from the AAEP Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities, and it helps to alter the negative connotation associated with the term by allowing a new meaning to emerge: what is a good death? A good death is one that happens with minimal pain and suffering to the animal and at the appropriate time in the animal’s life. Below are some of the values we uphold as an organization, all of which are consistent with the AAEP Guidelines. We work carefully with our veterinarians to come up with the most practical plan for each individual case.
Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation’s euthanasia policy is consistent with the AAEP guidelines for euthanasia in that we consult with our veterinarian and also consider the horses’ quality of life due to the following:
• Incurable, progressive disease
• Incurable, transmissible disease
• Chronic severe lameness
• Inoperable colic
• Foals born with serious defects
• Debilitation in old age
• Severe traumatic injury
• Undue financial burden of caring for a sick or incapacitated horse
• Undue suffering for any reason*
Also in accordance with AAEP guidelines, ERAF’s upholds these standards for the evaluation of quality of life when making the decision to euthanize:
• A horse should not have to endure continuous or unmanageable pain from a condition that is chronic and incurable.
• A horse should not have to endure a medical or surgical condition that has a hopeless chance of survival.
• A horse should not have to remain alive if it has an unmanageable medical condition that renders it a hazard to itself or its handlers.
• A horse should not have to receive continuous analgesic medication for the relief of pain for the rest of its life.
• A horse should not have to endure a lifetime of continuous individual box stall confinement for prevention or relief of unmanageable pain or suffering. *
Additionally, listed below are some other considerations that are taken into account when making the decision to euthanize:
• Any chronic condition that fails to respond to veterinary and supportive care, resulting in relentless discomfort and loss of ability to maintain self-care skills such as eating (a priority to your horse), drinking, urinating, and defecating.
• Any chronic condition that fails to respond to treatment and interferes with your horse's ability to stand, move without excess pain, and defend himself.
• Any chronic condition that fails to respond to treatment and interferes with his ability to share/enjoy the companionship of other horses, a priority that to him may be second only to eating.**
Sources:
*AAEP Euthanasia Guidelines - http://aaep.mediamarketers.com/euthanasia-guidelines-i-334.html
**http://www.equisearch.com/article/eqeuthan2466#sthash.a5JaMj5r.dpuf

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: 
     There is a no breeding policy for our organization. Stallions are castrated after being haltered and vaccinated and are kept separated from all mares while on our property. Horses that are adopted out are not allowed to be bred and this is in our adoption agreement. Horses have come to our facility already pregnant.

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? 
     No, however we have had vet students, dental students, and trimmer apprentices come out with our regular professionals overseeing them. In addition, we participate in the pre-veterinary program with local high school students.

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No

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

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 
     Yes

13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: 
     We only use Foster situations if our facility is at capacity. We currently have one horse in a Foster situation and it is monitored closely. The Foster family lost a horse and needed a pasture mate but did not want to commit to an adoption due to the age of the owned horse.

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: $501 to $750

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine age.
  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: We encourage adoptions and want to find "forever" homes for our equines. We set a donation fee for each adoptable horse and then consider our current inventory and adjust fees for individual situations. We have had families adopt 2 horses at a time and this is one example of an adjusted adoption fee.



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
Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation Barn

6400 SW Martin Highway Palm City FL 34990

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Ashley Villoresi

2. Contact's Phone: 772-220-0150

3. Contact's Email: barncoordinator.ERAF@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? No

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 1.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 9.5

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. Nine plus beautiful acres with nine separate fenced paddock areas, a shallow pond, nine paddock shelters, and 13 barn stalls. The shelters will be enclosed on 3 sides, providing the horses with adequate shelter to be able to get out of the wind and rain.

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.
     Horses are rotated daily through the pastures with the exception of the pasture used for quarantine. Each pasture is mucked almost daily and dragged weekly. The quarantine pasture is mucked daily and stored separately. Most horses are out 24/7 except for feeding time or those requiring stall rest or with a medical need. All manure is disposed of in our compost station and pastures are then fertilzed and seeded as needed.

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

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     All training, riding and equine related activity is initially conducted in a state-of-the-art riding arena. It is 210 feet by 110 feet, open air, with a sand base, and arena lights for evening riding and training. We also use a round pen and a basic obstacle course for training.

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

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

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     We are GFAS verified and we recently had an onsite visit from the ASPCA. We are currently working to be GFAS accredited.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have a 3 horse slant trailer and a 2012 Truck and we also have volunteers in the community that will assist us with any emergency needs. We moved 15 horses within just a few hours to our new facilty in April 2014.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     Each horse has its own properly fitted halter and name tag and lead ropes which are kept on each stall door or pasture/fence hook. Saddles are carefully fitted by measurement and proper padding.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     All halters, fly masks, etc., have name tags or names written on each of them. All stalls have name plates, and paddocks are numbered. A location board denotes which horse goes to which numbered pasture and with whom.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Stalls are rubber matted with shaving and are properly matched for footings, a corner stall with open air, nibble net, and hand walking management per week. Our vet determines the rehab plan for the horses who are stall bound until they are able to get back on full turnout.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     We feed Tribute and Senior Feed . We also use Supplements for joints, and electrolytes as needed. Twice a week we feed beet pulp. Our hay is orchard/alphalfa. All feed buckets are labeled with horse names and the amount of feed/supplements.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Our horses are scored at least once a year by our vet, and all medications and special training are prescribed by the vet.

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
     All muck is put is our Compost System. If we are on overload, we then use a dumpster which is taken away weekly. . Contracted carcass disposal is used per our vet's recommendation. Our small paddocks are mucked out daily, and our large paddocks are mucked several times a week dragged weekly to kill off the parasites by exposing them to the direct sunlight. We fertilize and seed as needed.

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.
     Emergency preparedness is on our website: eraf.org. ERAF Disaster Preparedness Plan 1.0 Barn Fires 2.0 Wildfires 3.0 Hurricane Preparation 4.0 Emergency First Aid Kit Items 5.0 Evacuation of Horses in Preparation for Catastrophic Storms 1.0 BarnFires In case of a fire in the barn, 911 should be called immediately. The address for our physical location is 6400 SW Martin Highway, Palm City, 34990 The nearest main cross street to Markel Street is Citrus Boulevard. ERAF Office phone number is (772-220-0150). This information should be posted next to the phone, and the current gate code should be given to emergency personnel. ERAF President is Randy Kinder and her number is 561-358-0625 if the above phone number is not working. . Switches on the electrical panel should be turned off during a fire if possible. Fire extinguishers are located outside of the barn office and are located throughout the barn. Extinguishers should be checked on a quarterly basis to ensure that they are working properly. Be aware of all exits for horse and personnel evacuation. Every attempt should be made to evacuate horses still in the barn during a fire. Exits are located at each end of the barn, and two by the barn office. Horses inside the barn should be evacuated to the nearest safe exit. The horse should be haltered and led out if possible. Close the stall door behind you to prevent the horse from re-entering. A horse’s eyes should be covered only when necessary, using a rag, shirt or towel (or whatever is available) so they can be led out. If smoke is very heavy, a horse’s nostrils can be covered with a light wet towel until out of the smoke-filled area. Rags and towels are located on the supply shelves just inside of the laundry room. Horses should not be let loos but lede to the nearest pasture for evacuation. After release into the pasture the gate should be securely closed. Horses should not be pastured alone in this stressful situation, as they may try to break through or jump over fences to be with the rest of the herd. The barn cats will most likely be able to escape the barn on their own during a fire. No one should place themselves in a dangerous situation in an attempt to look for the cats. 2.0 Wildfires Wildfires in the area should be closely monitored by barn personnel. If a fire is approaching the area, preparations for evacuating the horses should be planned well in advance. ID tags should be placed on each horse and all Coggins records, medical records and other vital information will be transported with each horse to the evacuation area. The ID tags for each horse along with its medical records is located in …….where? . ERAF’s evacuation area is a location to be determined by the Barn Coordinator and Board of Directors. When? Where will it be posted? At least a 3 day supply of grain, hay, supplements and medications should accompany evacuating horses to the evacuation area. Feed and water buckets should also be taken. Other staff members and all Board members should be notified if a wildfire evacuation becomes necessary. If the barn cats must be evacuated, they will be kept at a location to be determined. 3.0 Hurricane Preparation Preparations should be made well in advance of a storm, preferably at the beginning of a hurricane season. Who is responsible to begin storm preparations? Where are storm preparations (items) stored? a. Check generator and gas supply b. Prepare to keep a two to three week supply of hay, grain, supplements, medications and cat food. These items can be stored at the Ed Center. c. Check for adequate fresh water storage, including frozen soda/water bottles filled with water to keep refrigerator cool in the case of power outage. Our old water tubs should be filled and used as drinking water for the horses and barn cats. 12 – 18 gallons of water per horse per day should be stored for drinking d. Check supply of heavy duty trash bags, flashlights, battery operated lanterns, hand sanitizer and baby wipes. e. Check boarding for windows in office and tack room. f. Check equipment storage in preparation for storm (including take down of the round pen) g. Prepare horse identification – tags, livestock markers on horses and halters. h. Photographs or video of property and animals should be taken in advance of a storm and securely stored for insurance and identification purposes. i. Horse records and other important documents should be copied and stored in a plastic container. These records should be moved to a secure location just before the storm (i.e. Ed Center). j. Store and secure items that could become debris and projectiles during strong winds. k. Have an adequate supply of chlorine bleach to treat contaminated water. l. Fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems should be checked and tested. m. Prepare to turn off the electricity to the barn and turn off the supply to the electric fences. Circuit Breakers are located in the Tack/Laundry Room. n. Have emergency first aid kit prepared and on-hand. The kit should be stored in a secure location during the storm. o. Fences should be checked and repairs made before the storm if horses will be turned out during hurricane conditions. p. Put breakaway halter on each horse with ID tag. No nylon halters during the storm! 4.0 Emergency First Aid Kit Items • Any current medications for each horse • Medications that may be needed • Syringes or needles required to administer medication • Ointments for wounds • Hydrogen peroxide • Bandages and wraps • Medical Towels • Scissors • Medical tape • At least two thermometers • Flashlights with fresh batteries • Hoof Knife • Sterile gauze pads • Vetwrap • Additional halters and lead ropes • Cotton-tipped swabs • Hand-Sanitizing towels • Eye flush and ointment • Insect repellent • Furazone • Blue Kote spray • Horseman’s Dream Cream • Anything else we can think of for minor physical ailments or conditions 5.0 Evacuation of Horses in Preparation for Catastrophic Storms Eraf has been listed on the Sunshine State Horse Council, Inc. (www.SSHC.org) as a shelter during storms. Yes, ERAF is Currently Listed on WWW.SSHC.Org, But information needs to be checked and updated, if necessary. An evacuation decision will be determined by the Barn Coordinator and members of the Board of Directors. In all probability, horses will remain at the ERAF barns during storms. The barn is well-constructed and has adequately weathered numerous hurricanes. Many of ERAF’s horses with health and physical problems would not be able to make a long trip in a horse trailer. Horses remaining at the barn for the duration of the storm will be kept inside for storms in Categories 1 – 3. Horses will be turned out to pasture for Category 4 and 5 storms if the decision is made not to evacuate. Each horse must be wearing a breakaway halter during hurricane conditions. Evacuation factors to be considered will be intensity and anticipated location of landfall and conditions associated with the storm. Locations in north and south Florida, as well as locations out of state are available to be considered. Stable locations for disaster evacuations are available in Georgia and south Carolina, with specific information on these locations on file. Evacuation routes will be discussed when location is determined. In the case of a decision to evacuate, horses that are able to physically make the trip will be transported by ERAF trailer and trailers owned and operated by ERAF members at least 72 hours before anticipated hurricane conditions. Rescue horses that are not physically able to make a long trip will be relocated to more stable and secure structures in the immediate area until the storm passes (Martin Downs). All coggins records, medical records and other vital information will be transported with each horse. Sufficiient supplies of feed, water, buckets and necessary medications will also be transported. Barn cats will remain at the barn unless it is determined that the structure of the barn will not withstand the anticipated winds. If the cats must be evacuated, they will be kept at a location to be determined. Emergency animal transport services in the area and Emergency Management contacts for Martin County are attached. This information can also be found at www.flsart.org. More disaster preparedness information can be found at WWW.floridadisaster.org. For all volunteers, staff and personnel responding to a disaster at ERAF you must bring all food, drinks, clothing, bug spray, bedding, toiletries and medication for yourself. It is important that you assume that there is nothing being furnished for you. If you respond plan at least for two or three days for all of these items. If you have a working phone you are advised to Call the Barn Manager or a Board member to find out where to meet if the road to the barn is blocked. There will be vehicles available to get you to the barn from a cental meeting area to be determined according to the disaster declared. Emergency Management Agency Staff 2013 • EMA Director: Debra McCaughey (772) 219 4942 • Deputy EMA Director/Rep Administrator: Chris Church (772) 463-2852 • PlannerII/Special Needs Program: Carol Dryburgh (772) 419-2664 • Administrative Specialist: (772) 219-4941 • Emergency Public Information Line: (772) 287-1652 • Emergency Management Fax: (772) 286-7626 Florida Disaster Prepare and Stay Aware List Water: at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days Food: at least enough for 3 to 7 days Non –perishable packaged or canned food/juice Snack foods Non-electric can opener Cooking tools/fuel Paper plates/plastic utensils Blankets / Pillows, etc. Clothing: seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes First Aid Kit/ Medicines / Prescription Drugs Special Items: Toiletries – hygiene items Moisture Wipes Flashlight / Batteries Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio Cash – Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods. Keys Books / Games Important Documents – in a waterproof container Tools – Keep a set with you during the storm Vehicle fuel tanks filled

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?
     There is a security system in place with locked gates at street entry. The horses are monitored at night and a security camera is being installed.

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.
     Det. John Barca Martin County Sheriff's Department 800 SE Monterey Rd. Stuart, FL 34994 772-220-7000

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.
     ASPCA 424 E 92nd Street New York, NY 10128-6804 212-876-7700 Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries PO Box 32294 Washington, DC 20007 Robin Mason: robin@sanctuaryfederation.org 623-252-5122


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 01/27/2017

Veterinarian: Dr. Todd and Dr. Fullana

Clinic Name: Harbour Ridge Equine    Street: 5236 SW Ludlum Street    City: Palm City  State: FL    Zip: 34990

Phone: 561-313-3520    Email: harbourridgeequine@gmail.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Michele Spano


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: 23.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 23

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 32

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

25 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 32 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           + 1 2-c. Total number of horses returned.

58 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 23 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 1 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

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

26 = Total of 2d-2f

32 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            32 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

$49000     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$2000     Bedding.

$16000     Veterinarian.

$3560     Farrier.

$2500     Dentist.

$4680     Manure Removal.

$2466     Medications & Supplements.

$10400     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$52000     Horse Care Staff.

$20800     Horse Training.

$12000     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$175406     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

9500     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: $18
Question 3 ($175,406 ) divided by Question 4 (9500).

Average length of stay for an equine: 164 days
Question 4 (9500) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (58).


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? Most 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-Most 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? All of the time

      7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? Daily or 6 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


Program Use of Horses for Special Needs at this Facility Not Applicable.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Michele Spano

         *Facility Participation:

         Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation Barn

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Allison has an extensive Parelli Natural Horsemanship foundation that she has followed up with various other natural horsemanship methods and principles over the past 5 years (Stacey Westfall, Clinton Anderson, Chris Cox, Dorrance, and Monty Foreman among others).