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Heavenly Horse Haven

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018



Chief Staff Officer:  Gina Perrin

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  4  Volunteers:  30

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. Please note that Heavenly Horse Haven (HHH) does not have employees. There are 2 part time ranch hands compensated with room and board. The ranch hands are trained by showing what is expected of them in cleaning of the stalls, feeding the horses along with handling the horses. The volunteer consultants that help teach riding.
HHH has volunteers, helpers and any one that rides on the property read and sign the form: Release From Liability.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  3

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? 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:
HHH does not have paid employees. There is a work exchange program for living expenses (HHH provides shelter, food, and utilities). Currently there are 4 part time "staff".


1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 95

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Programs: 1.Rescue/Adoption Service: Provides the rescue transportation to the facility, initial vet assessment (physical exam, deworming), 30 day quarantine; handling/gentling, next is the training assessment and then ground work, riding in arenas evolving to trail rides and if able, participating in local gymkana events.

2.Senior/Sanctuary Program: A dual program provides a final retirement for rescues older than 20, and for younger horses with physical/medical issues determined not-ridable, both groups are not adoptable. We continue to seek sponsorships for seniors and the younger horses (as well as continuing rehabilitation for younger horses)

These programs are promoted through.

-Educational/Community Outreach which provides children and adults the unique environment to explore the farm with an emphasis on horsemanship include;

-A day at the Farm (A field trip for elementary school children to walk around and learn about the workings of a farm);

-Horse Ownership Fundamentals (after the rescue and training of a horse) Gina works with a potentially new owner and rescued horse to provide basic training, a suitable match and understanding of the commitment that is involved.

-Community organizations such as the Boy Scouts schedule a weekend camping trip on the ranch to work on badge program

-High School students and individuals earn required volunteer credits working on the ranch

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. The non-horse related programs serve in an educational capacity for the general public. The other rescues at the ranch include 6 chickens, 7 ducks, 1 cow, 2 goats, 2 emus, 6 bunnies, 2 alpacas, 2 llamas, 1 lamb, 1 donkey and 3 pigs.

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  Yes


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 believe and implement through the Rescue/Adoption Program that with proper diet, exercise and training a rescue can have a new life with a second career. After the initial vet assessment and approval, the rescue begins appropriate training for 1-2 hours/day for 3-4 days a week. This continues while promoting for adoption and/or sponsorship through our website, facebook, and the local equine community.
HHH can take in 6-12 rescues per year. The conditions have ranged from severe neglect (near starvation) to over fed, lack of dental care, farrier trims and lack of proper training.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     The rescues come from Riverside, Long Beach and Carlsbad Animal Control Services (resulting from seizure or backyard abandonment), horse advocates network(rescuing from feedlots and backyard abandonment), and owner surrendered (individuals contact HHH when they can no longer care or afford their horse due to a financial or medical crisis).

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. 
     These are the rescues that enter our Rescue/Adoption program. They are rehabilitated, retrained, and then matched to a new owner to be re-homed. The recruitment of potential new owners is provided through the website, facebook, networking in the equine community (both business and individuals). Usually there are multiple visits to ensure that both the rider and horse are ready (a 2-3 month time frame).

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.). 
     The veterinarian performs a physical exam (deworms, vaccines), farrier trims and the rescue is quarantined and observed (Gina gently handles, groundworks) 2- 3 weeks. After this time and if appropriate test riding begins in small arena. The health records are on file.

5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule. Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses and horses with serious issues. 
     The health plan follows the advise of the veterinarian. Deworming occurs 3 times a year, vaccinations annually. At risk and serious issues are addressed by the vet and with Gina (or assigned volunteer) monitored daily.

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 policy follows the advise of the veterinarian. Circumstances include: the rescue can not get up, can not eat feed or is in pain.

The horses too difficult to re-home are placed in our Senior/Sanctuary Program.

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: 
     HHH does not breed. There is a no-breed clause in the adoption contract. Stallions are gelded shortly after arrival (2-3 months). To date there have been no exceptions to this policy,perhaps if the health of the horse were at risk. There have been three births at HHH, 1. a pregnant mare (quarter mix, not adoptable)rescued from a feedlot Feb 2011. She delivered in April 2011, Romeo (gelded, in adoption program. he is separated from her. 2. A Fresian broodmare surrendered (due to owner's terminal illness) in Oct 2013 gave birth on Feb. 2014, female named Sochi, They are near each other, still working on separation, both in training and 3. A registered Quarter rescued from feedlot March 2014, gave birth in June 2014, he is called Prince Charming (gelded, in training). His mom, Jubilee adopted out in 2015.

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: $1,001 to $1,500

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: HHH works within a range of adoption fees because of the horse's needs and abilities. Please note that our range is $0.00 to $500, if it is older than 20 or not ride-able, determined to be companion horse (0.00);
If there were large vet bills or training costs on younger horses, usually fees are $1,500 to $3,000.00


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
Heavenly Horse Haven

58290 Marlis Lane Anza CA 92539

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Gina Perrin

2. Contact's Phone: 951-551-3561

3. Contact's Email: gina@heavenlyhorsehaven.org

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: 3.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 20

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. The facility has 5 fenced in pasture areas, one 400'by 300' roping arena and one 80' Round pen, 1 barn, 1 hay barn and 50 stalls (24'24'). Fencing includes stainless steel pipe, wood and ranch wire.

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.
     Different groups of horses usually 4-6 per group are rotated out between the 5 pastures (average size for the pastures is 5 acres). All horses are out in the pasture 3-4 days a week. All horses feed and sleep in their own stall (a few share larger paddock type stalls).

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 6

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 arenas have a mix of sand, decomposed granite and manure/compost which is tractor raked 3-4 times a year. This combination provides a soft/firm traction for the horse. There is walking, trot, gallop, and dressage work using obstacles (for example cones, barrels and plastic tarps). The surface and obstacles heighten the athleticism of the rescues in 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.
     HHH follows the guidelines of the veterinarian.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     There are 2 trucks and 2 horse trailors on the property. Through the local equine community there is access to 7 other trucks and trailors

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.
     Gina evaluates the horse with the bit, saddle fittings during groundwork and if ok moves to riding in the arena. Then waits (a day or two)to see if any problems (marks, bruising, limping) to show up. Then if there is an issue, re-evaluates with another saddle or bit. Gina also consults with trainers in the equine community.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Upon arrival Gina names the rescue then labels the assigned feed bucket. The rescue is assigned a numbered stall. The volunteers are shown the new rescue in its stall. The horses are identified with a description/number system, using the color, breed, name of rescue along with the position of a number of stall; for example the black Arab named Charlie is in the center aisle in stall number 13. Photos are taken recording the arrival, farrier work, training, etc. The permanent residents are in stalls that are numbered and labeled with their names.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Stall bound horses depending on their issues are either hand-walked only, or hand-walked then turned out in small arena. The larger horses that are stall bound are placed in the larger paddocks.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     The feed is Bermuda hay 2 times a day. Evening feed includes a scoop of beet pulp, rice bran, wheat bran mix combined with the Bermuda hay and or senior feed. Feed management plan includes storage of hay in a covered feed barn; storage of pellets, senior feed unopened bags stacked in covered protected area of feed-barn, and large metal containers with lids hold 2-3 opened bags of pellets and feedscoopers. Feed barn closed at night. Supplements provided under advise of veterinarian.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     The veterinarian helps determine the score, the rescue with a low score receives frequent feedings in small amounts. The feed and exercise practice under the advise of the veterinarian.

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.
     To prevent the active spread of disease, the new rescue is initially quarantined from the herd and evaluated by the veterinarian. There is deworming and vaccinations at regular intervals of all horses on the property. The facility is alert to the health issues within the community. If there is an outbreak, HHH minimizes outside visitors and feed time is restricted to 1-2 personnel as well as using boots dedicated to use on the ranch only. The feed buckets are off the ground. The manure is cleaned from the stalls everyday. The manure taken to the compost/manure pile which is hauled away by a local agricultural business every 3 months.

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 case of fire the rescues are to be gathered in the large arena located in a cleared area of the ranch. A few individuals from the local equine community are on call to assist if needed to evacuate the property. In case of loss of electricity there is a backup generator to provide power. HHH participates with REAR (Riverside Equine Emergency Assist Relay).

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 fencing around the entire property as well as around the turn-out areas for the horses. There is an electric gate with a security code. There is an individual assigned to monitor animals on the property at all times.

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.
     Riverside County Department of Animal Services Leslie Huennekens, Sgt. of Field Services Department of Animal Services 5950 Wilderness Ave. Riverside, CA 92509 951-791-2748 LHuennek@rivcocha.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.
     San Diego Animal Dpt. of Animal Services Officers, Lewis Petersen and Joshua Nix

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 05/14/2018

Veterinarian: Fred Zadick, DVM

    Street: PO Box 290657    City: Anza  State: CA    Zip: 92539

Phone: 951-763-5167    Email: Fredz3@earthlink.net

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Amy Battaglia

     2. Instructor: Denise Nelson-Finster

     3. Instructor: Gina Perrin

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: 40.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 45

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 50

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

Additional explanation:There are 5 personal horses on the property that are not apart of our rescue program and are not cared for by Heavenly Horse Haven. There are 3 stalls dedicated to quarantine of new arrivals or sick horses.

39 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

           + 7 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

46 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 6 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

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

9 = Total of 2d-2f

37 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            21 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            16 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.

$83406     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$3200     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

15273     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: $5
Question 3 ($83,406 ) divided by Question 4 (15273).

Average length of stay for an equine: 332 days
Question 4 (15273) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (46).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds


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

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Amy Battaglia

         *Facility Participation:

         Heavenly Horse Haven

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. Amy, a board member since the HHH's inception, has been riding and working with horses since childhood. She has participated in workshops utilizing natural horsemanship philosophies such as Pat Parelli and Clinton Anderson. She assists Gina in training rescues and guiding volunteers.

     2. *Instructor: Denise Nelson-Finster

         *Facility Participation:

         Heavenly Horse Haven

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.American Riding Instructors Association

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2011

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.ARIA promotes safe riding by certifying competent, knowledgable instructors.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Denise is a bronze and silver USDF medalist, currently owns DAAN Sporthorses, where she coaches serveral scholastic equestrian team members for Palm Desert and Anza. Her students learn solid dressage basics that will apply to any discipline. She helps train horses and riders for HHH.

     3. *Instructor: Gina Perrin

         *Facility Participation:

         Heavenly Horse Haven

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. Gina has had formal workshops with various trainers such as Clinton Anderson, Josh Lyons and Pat Parelli natural horsemanship. Her years of experience with rehabilitating, training and riding horses along with her continued education provides Gina with a unique ability to assist the equine rescue to find a match with a new owner. Sine 2008, she has taken in and adoped out, networked through social media and collaborated with horse advocates to rescue horses from crisis situations.