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Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Inc

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/30/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Erin Kelley-Groth

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  3  Volunteers:  20

Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No

Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. Our volunteers sign a liability waiver form which describes potential hazards at our facility. Minors under 14 must be supervised by a parent; age 14-17, by an adult. We also hold a volunteer orientation every month which is required before volunteers can begin to work. Finally, we require new volunteers to work with an experienced volunteer at least several times before they are allowed to work without supervision. Also, we do not allow volunteers with no horse experience to work directly with the horses until the volunteer coordinator feels the new volunteer is thoroughly trained.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  4

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

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  Yes  Is Treasurer compensated?  Yes

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  Yes

If yes, provide the name, title and responsiblility of each VOTING Board member who is compensated: The founder/executive director and her husband (a board member) receive monthly rent for the use of their property by the organization. They both also receive compensation for maintenance/grounds work and horse care above and beyond what our volunteers can provide. The treasurer, Shannon Madden, receives compensation for administrative work and transporting horses entering the shelter or going to adoptive homes.

Board Relationships:

Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. The executive director of AGES, Erin Kelley-Groth, is married to John Groth, a board member. Together they own the property which is leased to the Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary.

Board Affiliations:

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

Conflict of Interest:

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


II. PROGRAMS

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

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     We take in unwanted surrendered horses (up to our capacity of about 20) and provide health/farrier care, training, boarding, grooming, whatever is needed to make them adoptable. We carefully screen adopters and have strict policies re: adoptions. Horses that cannot be restored for adoption stay at our sanctuary for the rest of their lives. During times with no waiting list, we may purchase a horse or two destined for slaughter, and start them on a journey to a new life in a loving home. We also hold a monthly "visitors' day" so the community has a chance to visit our horses and learn about unwanted horses. We especially enjoy having children at these events so they can learn how to be kind to animals.
We also have done tours for youth groups including 4-H horse project participants and Girl Scouts working toward badges. We also have had groups of volunteers, both adults and youth, spend one day working on a specific maintenance project at our facilities.

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 invite as many local animal rescue groups as are interested to attend and display for free at our annual open house/fund-raiser. They are welcome to do fund-raising activities, show animals for adoption or just to make people aware of their programs.

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. 
     AGES tries its best to balance the availability of volunteers to accomplish the workload of caring for our horses which can vary from time to time. Severe neglect has been rampant in our state of Wisconsin. While our most comfortable number of equines here would be about 16, we have fenced in more property and can accommodate up to 24 equines at one time. Generally our operation consists of receiving the surrendered horse and allowing it a few weeks to relax. During that time we update, if needed, their vaccines, teeth floating, feet trimmed. We have the equine looked over by our barn vet and if sound and healthy and already trained to saddle, we have our barn trainer put them through a walk/trot/canter to be certain all is as it should be. Assuming all well, we make the horse available for adoption. Each horse is evaluated for health, soundness of limbs and hooves, oral evaluation etc. Whatever may be needed by the horse, we line up the necessary vet appointment. We have taken numerous horses to a specialized equine clinic 80 miles away or to the UW vet hospital about 120 miles away for special treatment. We strive to adopt out every horse we take in, thus another can be helped.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     They are acquired through seizure, surrender, donation, or last-chance auction sale. Generally, however, we are found by folks in need of help, either through our website or Facebook page. Our horses are usually surrendered to us with stories that run the gamut of "my daughter no longer has interest," to "am battling cancer and can no longer take care of this horse." Sometimes of course, someone just wants to unload a horse that is no longer breeding sound/viable or they have one type of issue or another with him/her and don't know how to resolve it. We have even offered a credit at the feed store to an owner who had temporary financial problems and was considering surrender and she was able to keep her horses because of that help. When space and finances allow, we will pull from an auction holding pen, either online or in person. We also have recently been taking in more horses and donkeys due to neglect. Some cases have been initiated by law enforcement. Others are reported by caring community members and we make contact with the owner and see how can can assist them with taking care of their horses. Most recently, we acquired a TB gelding ex-racehorse that was reported to law enforcement after being abandoned.

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. 
     Our policy is simple. Horses that are not adopted, or not adoptable, will have a home at AGES forever. We do not use foster homes at this time. We do try to encourage as many adoptions as we can, but only to carefully screened homes. Adoptions are important because they allow us to take in new horses. We attract potential adopters through our website, Facebook, and visitors' days, plus other publicity we can garner from local media. We maintain photo galleries which include images and videos and are available to look at online. We do screen potential adopters very carefully to make sure they will be good and responsible owners. We also require annual reports from adopters along with vet reports and photos. We visit as many as possible and retain ownership rights for five years.

Occasionally, a horse we thought would be with us permanently has found an appropriate home. It is wonderful to see when someone qualified offers to adopt a horse with special needs, such as blindness or navicular syndrome (both of which happened in the last few months). We've even had two special needs horses adopted by vets (though not our vets) in the area.

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.). 
     Usually before we accept a horse, we have already received a recent Coggins and proof of recent vaccinations no less than 3 months old. If someone is financially strapped and cannot get this done beforehand, we will order it through their vet before they are transported and we will pay for it. If the horse is a feedlot save or neglect case, we will quarantine in separate stall or paddock for at least 30 days and that includes a complete vet check, vaccines and Coggins at the start of the QT. If a horse does not need QT, and most of ours do not, they spend the first nite in a stall. Weather permitting, they are introduced to their assigned paddock mates. Once they are accepted into the herd, and are eating as they should be, we then have them looked at by our vet, who usually will give them a chiropractic adjustment and let us know if there are any back/stifle/hip/neck issues we need to be concerned about. If not, they will get some roundpen work on the ground and then in the saddle, if broke to ride. If not yet broke to ride, we begin with the basic round pen beginning work.

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. 
     Every 8 weeks we have farrier trim day. This allows us to better keep track of when it gets done. We also do fecal egg testing twice per year and then wormed when needed. We document each horse's file with these dates of trims and any wormer given. The horses are all given annual spring vaccinations in May of each year at which time the vet does teeth checks and overall checkups of each horse. Vaccinations include: Prestige V ~ West Nile ~ Equi Rab. We have monthly chiropractic visits which allows continuous interaction between vet and our horses regarding ailments, abscesses, lameness, oral issues, failure to thrive/senior horses and any other concerns are readily addressed during each visit. Many times second or third visits during the month are needed to address new issues or new horses. Daily observations by Erin and John, the property owners, and other regular volunteers give us valuable information about any issues that come up during the day with any horse.

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 have only euthanized 12 horses since AGES was founded in 2009, a time period where we found homes for over 120 horses. We only consider euthasizing horses that have had serious health problems that cannot be resolved. We give them every chance, including having volunteers in the barn 24/7 while the horses recuperate, and hospital stays. Euthanasia is a very difficult decision in each case, but it what was best for the horse. We have never, and will never, euthanize a healthy horse, for space or any other reason. We are committed to the life of every horse that we take in. Euthanasia is always a last resort and only done when recommended by our vets.

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 allow breeding. Stallions are castrated shortly after arrival or when healthy enough, no exceptions. A colt born here in April 2016 was gelded in November 2016. Our adoption agreement specifies that breeding is not allowed. No horses have become pregnant while in our care. We did take in one mare several years ago who was already pregnant. We took in another one in April 2016 when we purchased a pregnant mare from a feedlot (and her colt has been adopted. More recently, we have a mare due in spring 2017, also pregnant when purchased from a feedlot. We keep mares and newborn foals together for six months. In the summer of 2014, we took in four neglected donkeys and one was already pregnant. She gave birth while at AGES and she and her foal were adopted together afterwards.

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: $201 to $500

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  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: We base adoption fees on health, age, experiences, market/sales factors, breed and discipline.



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
Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary

W4985 County Rd. FF Elkhart Lake WI 53020

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Erin Kelley-Groth

2. Contact's Phone: 262-627-0582

3. Contact's Email: agesrescue@gmail.com

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

5. If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility: Erin Kelley-Groth and E. John Groth
W4985 County Rd. FF, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020,
262-627-0582, agesrescue@gmail.com

Erin Kelley-Groth is the founder/executive director of AGES and she and her husband, John Groth, own the property where AGES exists. AGES pays them rent for use of the area where the horse shelter operates.

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? 
     In 2015 we formalized an arrangement with Erin Kelley-Groth and her husband to lease property they own that is used by AGES. The lease is open-ended. The board has discussed, and is working toward, creating provisions for how AGES might someday purchase the property used by AGES.

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.. 
     Our organization rents most of the property (excluding the residence) which includes the pastures, paddocks, arena, and barns used for the horses. The owners live in a house on the premises and perform much of the work of caring for the horses and much of the facility maintenance as well. The owner does receive rent of $500 per month from AGES for the property.

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: 2.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 15

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. The horses are divided into 7 paddocks, 9 in summer. Each paddock holds 3-4 horses and is approximately three quarter to an acre each. All paddocks and pastures have permanent wood posts and planks. The blind horse habitat has wood fencing in place. Each paddock has at least one run-in shed for a total of 10. Again they vary in size depending on paddock. They vary from the blind horse habitat which is approx 24 by 24 feet, and currently houses 2 blind mares (horses) and 1 Shetland pony. The other paddocks have large open shelters, all 3 sided with openings to either the east or south. The areas are very big and easily contain the horses in the paddocks. In very inclement weather, horses in one paddock that is more exposed to the elements from the north and west in the winter and spring are brought into box stalls in our main barn. We have 8 large box stalls. All other run-ins can be completely closed if needed.

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 horses are turned out all day everyday with their own enclosures. Every horse has access to a run-in shelter. They choose when they want to come in out of the elements except in extreme temps when we not only blanket them but at times will bring them into the indoor stalls for their own safety and health. The small amounts of true pastures we have make it difficult for all herds to get time and grazing in the summer months. We actively try to let one herd out for a few hours, then another, every few days so there is time to clean the pastures in between and allow new grass to grow in between grazing herds.

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.
     In most of the summer/spring/fall when the weather permits we have a gravel based round pen approx 90'round where each horse gets their training and work once or twice a week in preparation for adoption. In the inclement months, we now have an enclosed arena/shed 41x82 which generally comfortably allows one horse to be worked again, a couple hours a couple days a week. This has a deeply bedded sand floor along with shredded rubber topside for deep comfortable working surface.

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.
     AGES has been verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, effective December 2012 and renewed in 2016 for another four years.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have a truck and a 3-year-old 3-horse trailer on the premises.

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 main trainer has experience and training in regards to bitting and fitting saddles appropriate to each breed and is adept at figuring out what each horse needs in that area. We also consult with our vet if we're unsure.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Our herds are relatively small and all lead volunteers introduce any new horses to the newer volunteers. New volunteers are required to work with lead volunteers until they are familiar with all the horses. In addition, experienced volunteers are assigned a horse that receives more individual attention from that volunteer on a consistent basis.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     All paddocks have spacious indoor run-ins. When a horse is stall bound for any length of time, he/she will be transferred to a clean bedded stall daily. Water, grain/hay is checked several times a day in addition to tending to any special needs the horse requires. If the horse is able to be hand walked and/or is allowed some fresh air and exercise, we have a steel gate round pen and an outdoor arena type grass paddock always available.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     All horses are fed an alfalfa/grass (30/70) mix in the am and pm. We feed them flakes appropriate for their individual size/weight with usually a lot left to mash into the mud! We generally go through around 15 to 20 small bales of hay each day. Most, but not all horses, are also supplemented with a grain. We have a sweet feed mix I have been giving to my horses for over 25 years which they love, but it's given only in small amounts. Some horses that we want to maintain good weight on, or are in training or retraining or require some calories and energy will receive about 2-3 pounds per day. Seniors or hard keepers will get a small ration of the sweet feed along with an equivalent ration of Nutrena Senior feed usually twice a day, along with a weight builder supplement. For horses with overweight issues, or compromised immune systems like Heaves or Cushings or a horse that doesn't need any calories but we want to offer them something in the way of grain anyway, we feed Nutrena Special Care, usually twice a day. We also add a Smartflex III product with a mega dose of Glucosamine (along with other ingredients) to help our horses' joints and/or joint pain as many have varying levels of arthritis due to having been overused and/or over raced in their former careers.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We use the scoring when we attempt to choose what horse "next" needs our help and assistance. Once we have a lower scoring horse here, our vet will determine when and/or if that horse is ready for exercise and or schooling. We also use the scoring when we receive updated photos of our adopteds to monitor their health status at their homes.

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 have on occasion had to "cordon off" a stall or two from people/other horses when they've needed quarantine. We post signs, use latex gloves, hand sanitizer and as many precautions as we can, to not cross-contaminate feed/water buckets, halters etc. We also have a dry lot/outdoor arena that acts as a quarantine area when weather permits and/or on arrival of an un-vetted new horse. The horses in quarantine have a separate manure depository site from the others and the manure is hauled to neighboring corn fields in spring and fall. We have humanely euthanized a total of 12 horses since our inception (10/09) and one lost to natural causes. All of them are buried in a pasture on our facility. We hire a farmer with a front end loader to dig an 8 foot deep hole where the horses are laid to rest and my husband covers them with soil with his skidsteer. All decisions regarding quarantine and euthanizing are made with veterinarian guidance 100 percent of the time. Wormings are performed twice a year, but immediately for new intakes. Upon receipt of many new surrenders that have not had a lot of vet care in their history, we will have a fecal count done by our vet and follow up with appropriate worming for that horse.

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.
     We currently have indoor stalls available for up to 8 horses and we have additional indoor space in our second barn and in our training arena. All horses also have roomy run-in shelters with ample protection from wind/snow/rain/sun or pretty much anything mother nature can throw at us. When storms are seriously brewing, we will bring in the most vulnerable horses, i.e. ones without stone/concrete structures, for extra protection and safety. There is almost always at least one volunteer or property owners on the premises at all times so the horses are very closely monitored. For the most part of everyday, all the horses remain in their assigned paddocks and go into their paddock shelters at night. Our hay storage is on a second level in 2 separate barns so the likelihood of a hay fire causing harm to a horse is very small. We do keep fire extinguishers in each hay barn. We have a first aid kit with ample supplies in our main barn closest to all the activity.

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 are a private homestead with our rescue facility so one of us, our trainer, or a volunteer is home almost 24/7. We have six cameras set in various areas that allow us some visual of most of the horses' activity. We also have 3 large dogs that are allowed to go in and out at their leisure, which they enjoy all day long! Nobody drives in here without them knowing about it. We are very far away from any neighbors (at least a quarter mile) so random people do not show up here very often! We have one visitors' day each month for a 2 hour period. It is promoted on facebook and our website and visitors have come to know the schedule of when they may visit. Visitors are not allowed at any other times (with the exception of approved prospective adopters).

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.
     Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department Law Enforcement Bldg., 525 N 6th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081, 920-459-3111, no e-mail available

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.
     Elaine Nash, director of the ISPMB Project, Fleet of Angels, www.ISPMBHorseRescueMission.org (leslie.k.adams@gmail.com). Melissa Tedrowe, Wisconsin state director, The Humane Society of the US, mtedrowe@humanesociety.org, 608-572-3122.


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 03/28/2017

Veterinarian: Sara Gilbertson-Pipkorn

Clinic Name: Lake to Lake Veterinary Chiropractic    Street: 1522 Calumet Dr.    City: New Holstein  State: WI    Zip: 53061

Phone: 920-286-2291    Email: laketolakevetchiro@yahoo.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Chelsea Harley/Harley Equine LLC

     2. Instructor: Erin Kelley-Groth


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: 21.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 21

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 24

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

23 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 20 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           + 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.

43 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 21 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

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

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

23 = Total of 2d-2f

20 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            16 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            4 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.


2016 Horse Care Costs

$16478     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$2100     Bedding.

$8470     Veterinarian.

$1869     Farrier.

$2150     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$800     Medications & Supplements.

$6471     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$10200     Horse Care Staff.

$21442     Horse Training.

$14980     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$84960     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

7665     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: $11
Question 3 ($84,960 ) divided by Question 4 (7665).

Average length of stay for an equine: 178 days
Question 4 (7665) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (43).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

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

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

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

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

B. Structural

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      8-a. If yes, Stall/enclosure size: Do structures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around? All

      8-b. If yes, Stall/enclosure cleanliness: How often are stalls/enclosures cleaned? 4-5 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? 4-5 Days a Week

II. Horse Care

      1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 3 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: Chelsea Harley/Harley Equine LLC

         *Facility Participation:

         Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary

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.Meredith Manor International Equestrian College

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Riding Master III Certificate

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Equissage

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Equine Sports Massage Therapy (Certified) from Equissage under Mary Schreiber


     2. *Instructor: Erin Kelley-Groth

         *Facility Participation:

         Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary

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. Our primary trainers do not have any certifications, but Erin has been training and working with horses for years. Erin said that if she does not know how to do something, she consults with Chelsea or finds someone who can help.