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Equi-librium, Inc.

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Cheryl Baker

Employees:   Full-Time:  3  Part-Time:  11  Volunteers:  250

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. All volunteers and employees are required to complete our Volunteer Training prior to working and/or volunteering in any of our programs. We have a printed Employee Manual with all policies and procedures carefully documented.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  6

Number of Board Members:  20  Number of Voting Board Members:  20

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:
Volunteers submit to background checks but not random drug screening


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:
     Hippotherapy, Equine-assisted learning programs, Senior Saddles,(for seniors 55 and older with age-related issues), Developmental Riding, Therapeutic Driving, Sensory Integration and Movement Experience, Recreational Riding, Summer Horse Camp, Farm Visits, Miniature Horse On-site Visits.

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. None

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 are a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horseman) Accredited center which follow standards and guidelines set for therapeutic riding centers. Horses are fed three times a day and turned out daily, weather permitting. Stalls cleaned once a day, twice if not able to turn out due to weather. A horse work log is kept in order to keep track of hours horses have worked. Hours are not to exceed three hours a day and no more than two consecutive. Horse are conditioned by staff twice a week during regular therapeutic riding session and 3-4 times a week during off season. Conditioning program may include lunging, long line, riding or leisure trail ride. We currently have 14 horses on site.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Horses are acquired for Equi-librium's therapeutic riding/driving program through adoption, donation, purchase or retirement.

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. 
     Once a horse has been recognized as no longer able to handle the activities of Equi-librium (behavioral changes or chronic soreness due to stress of program, lack of strength and stamina due to age), much care is taken to provide care and seek out retirement home or adoption. Our horses are highly valued and appreciated by our clients and staff it is of upmost importance for us to make sure a horse leaving the Equi-librium program will have a quality life and be loved. Some horses that have retired from Equi-librium have found retirement home with our staff or volunteers. Others have stayed at Equi-librium and been financially supported through donations in order for us to continue to provide care and a home on premises to live out their lives.

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 horse that is considered for Equi-librium's program must go through a test ride which also incorporates testing of horse's responses to situations which may be encountered within a therapeutic riding session. Horses must be sound at walk. trot and canter, up to date on shots and deworming as well as a negative Coggins test. Program horses are also selected according to temperament, movement and conformation. Some horses will undergo physical examination or be accepted on a trial basis.

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. 
     Horse care records are kept on each horse updated regularly. Each horse is dewormed on 12 week wormer rotation. Regular vet visits for vaccinations are done annually in the spring and teeth are floated in the fall. Horses with health issues are monitored daily by equine management staff and any behavior or health related sign that is out of the ordinary for that equine is reported immediately to management for assessment and further treatment and veterinary care. Geriatric horses are placed on special feeds which are easy to digest and chew and weight is monitored on a monthly basis. Adjustments are made according to animal condition and needs.

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: 
     Euthanizing is considered a last resort. We value the life of our equine partners and euthanizing is only considered if everything else has been tried to help the animal. If a horse can be helped we will help it and then rehome if needed. Quality of life and pain are considered in our decision making. If we encounter a horse with behavioral issues we will address those issues by taking them out of program and retraining in order to for it to have an opportunity for another career. We will not euthanize in order to create space.

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 are no stallions at our facility. We do not breed horses. If a mare should come into our program unknowingly pregnant. We will do our best to provide quality care , feed, and vaccinations for her to foal comfortably and healthy. Turn out away from other horses to keep her and her foal safe. The mare will be kept in light program and conditioning up to her 9th month of pregnancy or until the vet states it is no longer healthy for her. Although we do not promote breeding we would use this as an educational opportunity for our clients. The foal would stay with its mother until 4 to 5 months of age and then decision would be made about whether to raise it for program or rehome the foal.

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: $1,001 to $1,500

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  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:



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
Equi-librium

524 Fehr Rd. Nazareth PA 18064

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Cheryl Baker

2. Contact's Phone: 610-365-2266

3. Contact's Email: cheryl@equi-librium.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? 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: 8.


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. Equi-librium's facility has 3 large pastures with run-in sheds and large paddocks. We have 8 pastures in all. Pastures and paddocks are comprised of post and board fencing. Buildings include two barns with 18 stalls. The bank barn has 7 stalls in which 2 stalls 10x10 and the other 5 measure 10x12. Currently 3 ponies, 2 morgans, 1 percheron, and a miniature horse are housed in the bank barn. Our pole barn has a total of 8 stalls measuring 12x12. Our other 7 horses are housed in the pole barn.

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.
     In the winter our horses are turned out daily in the 4 large paddocks in groups of 2 or 3. During spring, summer and fall the horse are turned out in groups of 3 or 4 in the large grassy pastures. Horses will rotate between pastures and paddocks during the grazing season to allow a pasture to rest. There are a total of 14 horses at the facility.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 10

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 training and riding activities are held in an 80x100 indoor riding arena and an 80x120 outdoor arena. Both arena contain a sand and rubber mixture for the footing. Footing suitability is based on depth, support and cushion for the horse and dust control.

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 accredited by PATH. Standards for facility, program, equine management and program are met and kept by Equi-librium.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     Truck and trailer is available on site and neighbor is also available.

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 year before the start of program a saddle fitting and inspection is done by a group of our instructors. Each horse is properly fitted and a tack list is made up for instructor and volunteer use which includes saddle, saddle pad and girth assignment. Saddles and equipment are inspected for wear and tear and repairs are made or tack is replaced. Old and worn saddle pads are replaced with new ones. Equipment safety checks are also performed before riding sessions. If tack is deemed unsafe it is replaced immediately.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Horses stalls are marked with a name tag and each horse has a halter with it name on for easy identification. Horses pasture chart is listed so volunteers and staff can easily identify which horse goes in which pasture for turnout. Volunteers are also given a description of each horse according to size, color and noticeable breed characteristics.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Horses that may be stall bound are housed in a 12x12 stall and is cleaned twice a day. Horses may be hand walked, lunged or ridden for exercise. A horse that is normally stall bound can become anxious and excitable when left to be turned out after a long time span. Controlled exercise on a lunge line is implemented first. Horse is led to paddock and walked around the paddock to familiarize horse with boundaries. Horse is than calmly released and monitored. Turn out time will be lengthened as horse adjusts. Horse is introduced to other horses in adjoining paddocks to help socialize.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Feed and hay rations are determined by breed, size, current weight, and amount of exercise. hay and pasture is the main source of our horses diet. Grains are fed to those who have special dietary needs due to age, breed or health conditions. Supplements are added under recommendation of a veterinarian.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Horses' body condition is rated according to the Henneke Body Conditioning guide by the vet during the annual exam. Vet make recommendations at that time. Recommendations for feed intake and exercise are recorded and a dietary/exercise plan is implemented. Observation of body condition is done biweekly/monthly basis recorded and adjustment to exercise and feed are made.

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.
     Pest and parasite control is done by eliminating access to open feed and grain rooms. Poisons or traps are carefully used to deter population in areas not accessible to horses or clients. Manure is piled in container and emptied by local farmer 2 times a year. We do have a written manure management plan in accordance with state requirements. Carcass of small animal is buried in designated area of property away from barns,riding arenas and pastures. A policy has been put in place for staff and volunteers who travel from other farms and barns to change clothes and wash their hands before handling our horses. This policy was recommended by our veterinarian.

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.
     Under PATH regulations we have implemented an emergency action plan regarding fire, natural disasters or other potential hazards. This plan has been distributed, reviewed and practiced by staff and volunteers. A safety committee has been established and meets monthly in accordance with regulations set by the state of Pennsylvania. 20 of our staff, board members and volunteers were fire safety trained at a county facility in November, 2015. Our next onsite safety drill will take place Monday, May 22, 2017.

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?
     Our farm is fully enclosed (fenced in) and a gate is latched and locked at night and times we are closed. We have a neighbor who has horse who checks on horses periodically and alerts us to issues as needed. Staff is scheduled to also check on horses and farm.

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.
     The Center for Animal Health and Welfare 1165 Island Park Rd. Easton PA 18042 610-252-7722

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.
     Kristen Tullo Pennsylvania State Director ktullo@humanesociety.org t 717-440-5527 The Humane Society of the United States 5231 Simpson Ferry Rd. #221 Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 humanesociety.org Donna Foulk Extension Educator Equine Stewardship Penn State Extension, Northampton Co. 14 Gracedale Avenue Greystone Building Nazareth, PA 18064 Phone: 610-746-1970 x1 Fax: 610-746-1973 Nazareth, PA 18064-9212 Email: dlf5@psu.edu Work Phone: 610-746-1970


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 03/23/2018

Veterinarian: Dr. Tera Forbeck Ramig DVM, Gina G. Tranquillo, VMD

Clinic Name: All Points Equine    Street: 5074 Kernsville Road    City: Orefield  State: PA    Zip: 18069

Phone: 610-351-1404    Email: info@allpointsequine.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Christina Wise Coxe

     2. Instructor: Christy Doyle

     3. Instructor: Danielle Drosnock

     4. Instructor: Debra Hutchison

     5. Instructor: John Murdoch

     6. Instructor: Renee Vaughn

     7. Instructor: Samantha Hartzell

     8. Instructor: Yvonne Darlington


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: 14.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 14

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 15

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:We had 15 horses in program throughout 2017; at the end of the year, however, a number of horses left the program. All six were returned to their original owners. In early January 2018, 4 new horses were brought into our program and we are currently in a search to replace two more.

15 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

           + 1 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

16 = Total of 2a-2c

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

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

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

7 = Total of 2d-2f

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

            9 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.

$71300     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

5475     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: $13
Question 3 ($71,300 ) divided by Question 4 (5475).

Average length of stay for an equine: 342 days
Question 4 (5475) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (16).


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? 273

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 60

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

4. What is the average wait list time? 5 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)

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

    Mounted: 3.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 4

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 4

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 90%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. We had 15 horses in program throughout 2017; at the end of the year, however, a number of horses left the program. All six were returned to their original owners. In early January, 4 new horses were brought into our program and we are currently in a search to replace two more.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Christina Wise Coxe

         *Facility Participation:

         Equi-librium

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 Int.

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

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Christina has been certified as a riding instructor the past year and has over 16 years of experience in equine management. She is also a certified athletic trainer.


     2. *Instructor: Christy Doyle

         *Facility Participation:

         Equi-librium

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 Int.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Christy has over 20 years of horse experience and is working on her bachelor degree in recreational therapy.


     3. *Instructor: Danielle Drosnock

         *Facility Participation:

         Equi-librium

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 - Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2017

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Therapeutic Riding Instructor


     4. *Instructor: Debra Hutchison

         *Facility Participation:

         Equi-librium

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 Int.

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.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Debra has been an active therapeutic riding instructor for 11 years. She has over 26 years experience in riding instruction, training and equine management. She also has a degree in psychology and counseling and is currently Equi-librum's program director.


     5. *Instructor: John Murdoch

         *Facility Participation:

         Equi-librium

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 Int.

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.PATH certified driving instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. John is a participant parent and a long time volunteer.


     6. *Instructor: Renee Vaughn

         *Facility Participation:

         Equi-librium

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 Int.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2000

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Renee has grown up riding and showing and has been involved in therapeutic riding as a volunteer and instructor for more than 20 years.


     7. *Instructor: Samantha Hartzell

         *Facility Participation:

         Equi-librium

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 Int.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2013

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH certified instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Samantha has been an instructor with us here at Equi-librium and also at another local center - Ivy Hill.


     8. *Instructor: Yvonne Darlington

         *Facility Participation:

         Equi-librium

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 Int.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2000

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Yvonne has been working in the therapeutic riding industry for 16 years. She is also our Volunteer Coordinator.