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Nature's Edge Therapy Center

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 08/08/2018

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Becky Payne

Employees:   Full-Time:  2  Part-Time:  5  Volunteers:  7

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. We are a small organization with only 2 full-time employees. All positions, volunteer and paid, have job descriptions. Annual evaluations are performed for each employee. An employee handbook is available in print. Forms for new volunteers can be found on our website. New volunteers participate in hands-on training with a staff member and are also provided video tapes for education on sidewalking methods during a hippotherapy session, on the benefits of hippotherapy, and on other aspects of horse handling.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  4

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? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. Secretary and board member are married, board member and president are father and daughter. No board member is compensated, and all donate significantly to the mission of Nature's Edge.

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. The Board President/CSO owns the facility which the 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?  No

Additional Comments:
Our core staff includes 2 full-time and 5 part-time (1 administrator, 1 barn manager, both who are full-time; part-time employees include the following: 1 occupational therapist, 1 certified occupational therapist assistant, 1 speech therapist assistant, 1 barn assistant and 1 administrative assistant). We do supplement our core staff according to need, especially during the summer months.


II. PROGRAMS

1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 75%

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     We provide speech, occupational and physical therapy and utilize hippotherapy with most of our patients. We also utilize the horse for equine assisted activities including our "Reminiscing on the Farm" program.

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. We utilize the cow, donkey, sheep, dogs (3), llama, pot-bellied pigs, cats, and bird to assist in our physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions.

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



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. 
     Our eqine management philosophy is guided by our desire to maintain all of our animals at a high level of animal wellness. We are an affiliate center of the Pet Partners program (previously the Delta Society), which ensures that we comply with national animal wellness guidelines. We also are a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) member center. All therapists at Nature's Edge hold membership in the American Hippotherapy Association. Our horses are trained and schooled three to five times weekly on a program documented after each schooling session. They are exercised prior to any therapy session and are not utilized more than three hours a day three times a week. Written policies are in place for the care of each horse and animal. At present, we have 10 equines onsite; the maximum number of horses that could be accepted at Nature's Edge is 20. All horses accepted at our center as therapy horses must be able to walk, trot and canter and sustain the rigor of a thorough exercise program.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Our horses are either donated or purchased at a reasonable price.

3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization. Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives you have to attract potential adopters. Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses that need to be retired. 
     If a horse that has been donated to our program is no longer able to be utilized for hippotherapy, the donor has the option to take the horse back. However, since Nature's Edge is located on a 65-acre ranch, horses in our program can easily be retired here. They continue to be utilized for socialization and in other equine-assisted treatment applications, including petting and grooming with our social skills group classes or with our senior citizens groups. Our horses are like our family. Most of them stay here until they pass away.

4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination, test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.). 
     Each new horse that comes to our program must complete a 30-day trial to ensure that their level of training and temperament is compatible with the work at Nature's Edge. Prior to initiating the trial, we require a complete assessment of the horse by a licensed veterinarian, including a lameness evaluation. All vaccinations (Rabies, 5-way, Intranasal Strangles), as well as a Coggins test, must be current. We review the horse's ability to track, lead via halter (with showmanship skills), neck rein, and transition to all three gaits including taking the correct lead, all advantageous qualities. We also assess the horse's reactions to articles and obstacles of different color, size, texture, or sound. We work to sensitize each equine to challenges encountered with obstacles or articles.

5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule. Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses and horses with serious issues. 
     We have a veterinarian who assesses the health of each horse and provides care on a quarterly basis. Vaccinations are completed annually. Our veterinarian determines a worming schedule based on fecal samples. Geriatric horses in our program are supplemented with products recommended by our veterinarian, such as Adequan and Actistatin. If they need additional nutrition, it is provided (and monitored by our veterinarian) through products such as Senior Feed, Empower Boost, alfalfa pellets and/or fat supplements. Teeth floating is done minimally once a year, according to veterinarian assessment. Our farrier has each horse on an individual schedule, with assessment at no more than eight-week intervals.

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: 
     We only euthanize if the horse is suffering and there is no further rehabilitation that we can provide for the horse.

7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt, donate, sell, etc. a horse: 
     We do not breed at our facility.

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 
     No

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

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

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

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 
     No

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

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Over $1,500

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Adoption fees may vary depending on species.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine breed.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine age.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine type.
  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: Our program does not adopt out horses. If the horse was donated the donor of the horse has the option to take back the horse or the horse will retire on our property.



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

.

Location 1 of 1
Nature's Edge Therapy Center

2523 14 3/4 Ave. Rice Lake WI 54868

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Becky Payne

2. Contact's Phone: 715-859-6670

3. Contact's Email: naturesedge@citizens-tel.net

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: Becky Payne, 2523 14 3/4 Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868

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? 
     Start date of written agreement is June of 2001 and continues until the therapy center is not operational.

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.. 
     The owner is compensated at $2/square foot in the basement of the house only for lease. The owner of 55 acres and of the barn and the house utilized by Nature's Edge is the director and Speech Pathologist. The owner donates her time as the director and Speech Pathologist. The pasture and barn are used for the center's programs without a charge. The owner donated 10 acres of land to Nature's Edge. Nature's Edge also owsn several donated structures including "Diane‚Äôs House" which is a duplex structure built through donations for our intensive therapy program. A family can stay onsite for one week at a time on one side of the building. The other side of the building has two treatment rooms. Another donated structure is a therapy cabin, which has a supply closet on one side and a "safe room" where patients who need a time-out can safely take some time to calm themselves. The non-profit also owns two donated lean-to horse shelters and a therapy garden pavilion.

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: 5.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 45

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. We have 4 large pastures, all separated, and one smaller paddock. Three run-in sheds and an overhang from the barn are available for protection. Our fencing is Electrobraid, and it is maintained regularly. Our barn has 5 box stalls (12'x12'), a wash stall, and a 45'x63' indoor unheated arena. A 60'x60' round pen and a 120'x200' outdoor arena are utilized for training.

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.
     The four pastures are rotated for grazing. We mow all pastures as needed and check them for weeds that are toxic. The fencelines are mowed to reduce debris. The paddock is utilized to prevent overgrazing.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 24

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.
     Our 120'x200' outdoor arena, 45'x63' indoor arena, and 60'x60' round pen are all utilized for training. All three enclosures have good sand footing and are regularly dragged. Both arenas are utilized for riding and for equine-assisted therapy and hippotherapy sessions. To treat using hippotherapy, we need a large flat area to obtain proper movement.

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 an affiliate of the Pet Partner Association (Delta Society). Our center is a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH).

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have a one-ton Dodge Ram truck and a four-horse slant trailer onsite, available at all times. All pastures have gates of a size adequate to permit entrance by a pickup truck. There are several veterinarians within 10 miles of our center, and we have a veterinarian on call.

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.
     Our equine specialist routinely assesses the condition of all tack and its fitting to ensure proper fit and wear on our horses. A member of the Advisory Board of Nature's Edge, who is skilled in dressage, is available for questions and has had saddle fitters come to assist as needed.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     We have an equine book, with signage and pictures of each horse, as well as a description on the characteristics of each horse. All new staff and volunteers are introduced to our horses by our equine specialist.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Our horses are all pastured outside unless ill or injured.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Each horse is fed daily and a listing of their supplements, grain, and any medication needed is provided on a chart. This information is also stored in a computer file for each horse.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Their feed is adjusted to their body scoring, and this is regulated with the assistance of our veterinarian. Each horse has an individual exercise plan.

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
     We mow our pastures, we drag our turn-out area, and utilize fly tapes and organic sprays for insects. We have a delegated manure disposal site. Our veterinarian is available for any consultation.

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.
     Our emergency responses are listed in the entrance and near the phone of the barn. First aid kits and fire extinguishers are placed throughout the barn. We are a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) member center and follow their guidelines for emergency preparedness.

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?
     We do have a small video camera in the tack area of the barn in addition to a security system in the house. A primary caretaker (owner of the property) is onsite 24 hours a day.

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.
     Barron County, Wisconsin, does not have a listing for a Humane Officer on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Relations webpage. However, a complaint can be filed online (datcp.wi.gov). The closest Humane Officer is Carol L. Arndt, Rusk County, Wisconsin, 715-532-2637.

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.
     Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium 135 Enterprise Dr, Ste ID, Verona, WI 53593 888-808-1910 helpdesk@wiid.org


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 03/27/2018

Veterinarian: Dr. Rebecca Blotz

Clinic Name: Chetek Veterinary Clinic    Street: 202 Kleve St    City: Chetek  State: WI    Zip: 54728

Phone: 715-924-3301    Email: vetgirlb@aol.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Becky Payne

     2. Instructor: Cassie Niederhauser

     3. Instructor: Courtney Losey

     4. Instructor: Karissa Halverson

     5. Instructor: Sherry Borstad


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: 10.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 10

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 20

2017 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2017? Please select Yes or No. Yes

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

           + 3 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

12 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 1 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

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

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

2 = Total of 2d-2f

10 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            10 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.


2017 Horse Care Costs

$     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$     Bedding.

$     Veterinarian.

$     Farrier.

$     Dentist.

$     Manure Removal.

$     Medications & Supplements.

$     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$     Horse Care Staff.

$     Horse Training.

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

$44439     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$21267     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

3650     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: $12
Question 3 ($44,439 ) divided by Question 4 (3650).

Average length of stay for an equine: 304 days
Question 4 (3650) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (12).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

Missing


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

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 50

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 40

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 36

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: 2.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 3

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 3

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 75%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. Nature's Edge Therapy Center utilizes our horses for hippotherapy and equine-assisted therapy as a part of our program.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Becky Payne

         *Facility Participation:

         Nature's Edge Therapy Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2006

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Becky is a Registered Instructor with PATH.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.American Hippotherapy Association

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2005

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Becky is an AHA clinical specialist in hippotherapy.


     2. *Instructor: Cassie Niederhauser

         *Facility Participation:

         Nature's Edge Therapy Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2015

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Cassie is a Registered Instructor with PATH and a 4-H leader and mentor


     3. *Instructor: Courtney Losey

         *Facility Participation:

         Nature's Edge Therapy Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2014

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Courtney is a PATH Registered Instructor and a 4-H leader.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.American Hippotherapy Association

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2018

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Courtney has completed her level 1 certification.


     4. *Instructor: Karissa Halverson

         *Facility Participation:

         Nature's Edge Therapy Center

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 Hippotherapy Association

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2018

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Karissa has completed her level 1 certification.


     5. *Instructor: Sherry Borstad

         *Facility Participation:

         Nature's Edge Therapy Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2014

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Sherry is a Registered Instructor with PATH.