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La Crescent Area Healthy Community Partnership

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/01/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Shelley Ellingson

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  12

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. Each volunteer is required to attend orientation annually including a review of the volunteer handbook, review of terminology related to physical, cognitive, and/or developmental disabilities, along with a review of basic first aid and emergency procedures. Volunteer applications are required along with a signed waiver form and background check authorization form.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  12

Number of Board Members:  13  Number of Voting Board Members:  7

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

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

Board Relationships:

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

Board Affiliations:

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

Conflict of Interest:

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


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:
     Windy Ridge Ranch Therapeutic Riding center is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization and is supported by the La Crescent Area Healthy Community Partnership group. Being a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl. (PATH, Intl.) Center Member, WRRTRC strives to provide a therapeutic riding program that safely and effectively meets the needs of individuals in Houston County area with physical, cognitive and/or developmental disabilities. WRRTRC is the only recreational equine related program in Houston County, MN that serves individuals with special needs by offering its recipients the opportunity to enhance their emotional, physical, and psychological development through the use of the horse.
Since the organization’s conception, the the ranch has expanded to include youth day camps. Camps include horse related games, crafts, music, and activities along with a basic skills horseback riding lesson. Windy Ridge Ranch is also launching the implementation of a youth development module Pony Club program. Students participating in Pony Club will include the beginner rider mastering basic skill levels and advancing to intermediate. Future plans include the development of a youth-at-risk program and a Books at the Barn reading component.

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. 

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. 
     Ranch horses include 2 American Miniatures (Ariel and Star) used in ground work and for day camp activities, 4 American Bashkir Curly horses with 2 in training (Noble and King) as riding program candidates and 2 used for therapeutic riding lessons (Missy and Storm), and 1 Quarter horse (Foxy) all used for therapeutic riding lessons, day camps, and pony club. Horses are also personally used for trail riding. Our facility is at the max number for horses to be properly accommodated.
All horses are treated as individuals with customized care plans (type of feed, supplements, etc.) Their lifestyle is as natural as it can be including bare feet and plenty of turn out in a herd setting. The horses at Windy Ridge are considered family members and receive the proper care and attention required for happy and healthy horses.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     All horses on the ranch were purchased by the care givers/founding family and are not considered assets of the non profit.

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. 
     All horses are currently active but if retired, they would remain on the property and be cared for.

4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination, test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.). 
     All ranch horses currently in the program underwent an evaluation from Paula Charon. Paula is a PATH certified instructor and skilled rider. Her knowledge in therapeutic riding, equine health and training allows her to easily determine if a horse is a potential candidate for therapy work. All potential candidates (2 horses in training now) must meet certain requirements to be eligible in the program.
Criteria includes height and weight to safely carry a rider. The rider must match up for a good fit with the horse to ensure the horse can carry the rider without added strain so a nice selection of horse sizes is preferable. Horses who are naturally kind, calm, and human-oriented are desirable. A therapy horse must have correct manners on the ground and when ridden. The horse must also have the ability to learn new things and apply them to previous knowledge.
Soundness and conformation are also considered. The horse should be comfortable working at least 2 hours a day under saddle. Overall health is a must. Horses should be correct weight for their body type, with the strong, healthy hooves and a good shiny coat. Movement/gait is key to benefit the rider properly. An equine evaluation form is required for any potential therapy horse candidates.

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. 
     Care of horses is primarily conducted by the founding family members along with funding for veterinary care, hay and for feed Farrier services are donated and provided every 8 weeks. During lesson season (May through October) horses may be groomed by volunteers and riders as part of the lesson content, otherwise routine grooming is provided by care givers.
Regular vaccinations are administered every June. Deworming using alternating paste occurs every 8 weeks. Teeth are floated in the fall. Regular exercise includes trail riding and ground work.
Horses are on pasture turn out from approximately 7:00 am to 8:00/9:00 pm summer into fall. Spring turn out is minimal until the pasture matures for good pasture management and to eliminate any possibilities of founder due to high contents of sugar in the grass. Winter turn out varies based on weather conditions but typically horses have the option to roam the pasture or stay in the barn/paddock area.

6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse for space: 
     The policy is to acquire professional advise from our veterinarian regarding euthanizing in the event this would be required. A complete examination would occur and based on the vet's recommendation regarding horse health, quality of life, etc. would determine if the horse would need to be euthanized. We will not euthanize a horse to make space for another. All horses in the program are personally owned and part of the founding family.

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 no not breed our horses. All male horses are gelded.

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: Not applicable; None received

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Not applicable; Fees are not collected; Horses are not offered for adoption.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Other considerations are provided below.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed: Our organization does not adopt out horses.



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
Windy Ridge Ranch

8526 Union Ridge Drive Hokah MN 55941

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Shelley Ellingson

2. Contact's Phone: 507-894-2210

3. Contact's Email: windyrr@goacentek.net

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: 2.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 9

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. Windy Ridge Ranch sits on approximately 10 acres and is centrally located within three Houston County communities serving individuals from each area. The larger pasture is about 3 1/2 acres (barn and arena are adjacent) and the lower pasture is divided into two and measures approximately 5 1/2 acres total. Pasture grass consists of timothy and orchard grass primarily. The barn is new within the last two years and measures 36 by 54 feet and is divided into two sections (split down the middle length wise) One half houses the horses and the other half serves as an area to store hay in the winter and also includes a designated area where riders are greeted and readied for lessons. The designated area also includes a space to store helmets, first aid kits and a fire extinguisher. A bulletin board is available to post information about upcoming events and lessons. In addition, barn rules and our PATH Center Member sign is also displayed. A short term goal is to add a tack room to store saddles and equipment used for riding lessons. Pasture fencing includes 3 strands of DARE brand electric braid and all t-posts are capped to prevent any injuries. In the paddock areas, fencing includes DARE electric braid with a combination of wood fencing. A 12 x 24 foot run in is located in the lower pasture used for shelter when horses are in this area. Typically, all horses are housed in the barn area daily with option to roam paddocks/pastures. Paddocks located on either side of the barn measure on the south end 32x52 and on the north end 35x43. The paddock located by the shelter in the lower pasture area measures 47x49.

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 pasture is divided into 3 sections and alternating pastures for good management is conducted. All pastures are brushed to eliminate weeds twice yearly. Daily manure management occurs and includes all paddock, barn and run in areas. Clean lime screen is added yearly where needed in barn, arena and paddock areas. In the spring horses are retained to the paddock, arena and barn areas to allow pasture growth and eliminate the risk of founder from high sugar content in new grass growth. Seed is added to pasture as needed for continued growth and to repair areas that have been worn (entrances to paddock areas for example)

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 12

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 facility includes a 60 x 100 outdoor riding arena overlooking a valley and is enclosed using moveable 12 foot panels allowing room for expansion if needed. The flooring consist of clean lime screening 2-3 inches in depth. When creating the arena, a professional landscaping service was hired to ensure the required grade needed for proper drainage was met. A long term goal is to erect a California style covering over the arena that consists of a roof over the arena but open to the spectacular country views on all four sides. Adjacent to the arena, is a paddock area where a mounting ramp is used to mount the riders (when not in use, the ramp is closed off using a 12 foot rail panel secured) Locating the ramp in this area allows for an easy flow of the horse being lead from barn to ramp and out to arena for the lesson. Lime screen is also used in this area for footing.

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.
     

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     Two volunteers with horses trailers transport horses if needed. One volunteer lives approximately 1 mile from the ranch and has a straight load 2 horse trailer that she uses frequently to trailer her own horses to and from hunter/jumper and dressage horse shows. The other volunteer lives approximately 15 miles from the ranch and uses a goose neck 4 horse step up trailer that she uses often for hauling her own horses to 4-H events and for trail riding. Both volunteers have hauled ranch horses to training centers/destinations.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     Each horse is fitted with the correct tack by using a Tack Fit Checklist. The checklist includes surcingles, Wintec saddles, Western style saddles, bareback pads and saddle pads for each horse used in the program. The tack selected accommodates the horse and rider by referencing the Rider/Horse/Equipment sheet.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Each lesson time includes an equine profile sheet that displays a picture of the horse and general information about the horse. A wipe board is used to define the volunteer(s), the lesson horse and the rider. Upon arriving, volunteers are required to sign in, check the wipe board for assignment and then check the rider and horse profile sheets located on clip boards beneath the wipe board.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     We do not normally stall our horses. However, a 10 x 12 foot temporary stall is available for use in the event a horse is ill or injured and in need of stall rest. Plans to include a permanent stall in this location will occur the summer of 2017 and will be constructed of wood fencing with a 4x6 gate.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Grass hay in small bales is provided twice daily during winter months (30% alfalfa, 70% timothy), and feed (sweet 12 with mix of whole oats,and Purina Senior Feed) is offered nightly along with mini carrots and occasionally, apple slices or purchased horse treats. Salt licks are available in the paddock area. Regular turn out on pasture is offered during the summer months. Spring and fall require supplement hay feeding and less turn out. Other supplements are given per veterinarian recommendations and have included at times joint health supplements (for senior horse Missy) or beet pulp for extra calories during cold winter months.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Monitoring a horses weight is crucial. Veterinary checkups along with a customized feeding program (based on age and needs) should be followed. Watching for signs that a horse is too thin (ribs visible, jutting hip bones)or too fat (thick neck or line visible down back to rump-rump looks like the top of a heart if standing behind the horse)are body conditions to watch for. If the horse is blanketed in winter, frequent checks are necessary (remove blanket to visually check or feel rib cage under blanket) Annual floating of teeth will help with food digestion dispersing nutrients properly. Supplements like beet pulp can be added to diet for extra calories if needed. Routine turn out and exercise are required to stay healthy.

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.
     Manure management is consistent with daily mucking and cleaning of barn, run in and paddock areas. Manure is disposed off in a location away from the barn and riding arena. Pine shavings are used and replaced as needed during the winter months. Frequent grooming and cleaning of grooming tools helps control the transfer of any parasites. Fly spray is used as needed and fly masks are typical for turn out during the day in summer months(masks are removed nightly) Fly strips are used in the barn but usually, because of the ridge top location and good ventilation in the barn, flies are minimum along with mosquitoes. Water tanks are cleaned regularly (year round)to prevent any residue build up that may attract bugs for breeding.

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.
     Taken from our volunteer handbook, the following applies: Safety is a priority for clients, volunteers, staff and horses. All participants will follow all instructions calmly and as quickly as possible to avoid any risk of injury in an emergency situation. Emergency Dismount (Fall Prevention): The primary instructor will ask all volunteers to HALT in the event an emergency dismount is required. Volunteers should stay clam in their roles as leaders and side walkers and should be attentive to their client and horse. THE TEAM WITH THE EMERGENCY shall request that the leader begin to slow the horse once the leader knows a fall is imminent. The team members shall wait for the primary instructor to assist with the dismount unless the client shows signs of slipping or falling from the horse or is in immediate danger. If no immediate danger, the team members may ask the rider to re-center himself and manually assist the rider to prevent a significant fall. THE SIDE WALKER If dismounting is required, the side walker shall remove the client’s feet from the stirrups if being used and gently assist the client to the ground by bringing the client towards them and sliding the client from the horse and to the ground. A second side walker may be needed for assistance. NOTE: To help break the client’s fall and to prevent back injury to the side walker, the side walker should collapse to the ground along with the client. After the rider has been removed from the horse and is at a safe distance from the horse, the side walker should call out “CLEAR.” THE LEADER shall stand off to the side of the horse and maintain full control of the horse while ensuring the horse remains calm during the emergency dismount by quietly speaking and moving slowly toward the horse. Once the side walker calls “CLEAR” the leader can remove the horse to a safer location. Note: In the event of a loose horse, ensure gates are properly secured. Take note of position of reins or lead line that may be dragging potentially causing the horse to trip or become entangled. All efforts must be made to ensure the loose horse stays clear of other riding teams. Encourage the horse to remain calm and approachable. THE PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR shall evaluate the emergency and may request that all remaining teams dismount and move to a safe location. In the event that First Aid or CPR is required, the primary instructor will administer as necessary and will direct a volunteer to call 911 if additional assistance is required. Slip or Fall: In the event the client suddenly falls from the horse, DO NOT attempt to lift or move the client without direction from the primary instructor. The primary instructor will evaluate the severity of the slip or fall and will determine if the remainder of the lesson will be canceled or will resume. ALL OCCURRENCE MUST BE REPORTED AND DOCUMENTED ON AN OCCURRENCE REPORT FORM (F-17) LOCATED IN LOG BOOK WITHIN 24 HOURS. Severe Weather/Tornado: The primary instructor will ask all teams to HALT and to safely dismount in the event of inclement weather or severe weather warnings. Two volunteers will be directed to move clients to shelter while the remaining volunteers will be directed to move the horses to safety. Fire: In the event of a fire, the primary instructor will ask all teams to HALT and to safely dismount. Two volunteers will be directed to move clients to designated meeting spot located at end of driveway by mailbox while the remaining volunteers will be directed to move the horses to safety. The primary instructor will attempt to distinguish the fire (if small and is easily distinguishable) using an approved fire extinguisher and/or will call 911. The primary instructor will conduct a roll call to ensure all clients, volunteers and staff are accounted for using the log book. NOTE: Do not re-enter a burning building or area. Loose Horse: In the event that a horse escapes it’s confinements and is about to interfere with a lesson or cause an interruption in the barn or paddock area, volunteers should move quickly to remove un-mounted clients and their families away from any area of potential danger. Those with horse handling experience shall attempt to quietly approach the horse while assessing the surrounds (open gates, other horses, other volunteers, etc.) and encouraging all to remain calm. If a mounted lesson is in process, the instructor will ask all teams to halt and then will determine if an emergency dismount is needed. There are some cases, where remaining mounted is a safer decision.

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?
     Facility owners live on site and monitor property. Ample outside lighting is available on house and barn (outside barn lighting includes flood lights on both ends focused over paddock areas, arena lights and a service door light)Inside barn lights are also used. Both house and barn sit on back half of property away from main road but are both visible from the road.

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.
     La Crescent Animal Rescue 523 Chestnut La Crescent, MN 55947 507-895-2066 info@lacrescentanimalrescue.org Coulee Region Humane Society 911 Critter Court Onalaska, WI 54650 608-781-4014

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.
     American Saddlebred Adoption Program S6039A Pedretti Lane De Soto, WI 54624 608-792-5126 asapinc@mwt.net


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 03/28/2017

Veterinarian: Doctor Travis Kingsley

Clinic Name: Caledonia Vetrainary Care    Street: 503 Old Hwy Drive    City: Caledonia  State: MN    Zip: 55921

Phone: 507-725-3380    Email: cvc@acegroup.cc


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Michelle Kruse

     2. Instructor: Nicole Phillips


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: 7.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 7

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 7

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

Additional explanation:Funding for feed, bedding, veterinarian, medications, supplies, and training is provided (donated) by founding family/caregivers (myself)

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

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

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

7 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

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

           - 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

0 = Total of 2d-2f

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

            7 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

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


2016 Horse Care Costs

$2200     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$100     Bedding.

$1000     Veterinarian.

$0     Farrier.

$0     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$100     Medications & Supplements.

$200     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$0     Horse Care Staff.

$200     Horse Training.

$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$3800     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

2555     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: $1
Question 3 ($3,800 ) divided by Question 4 (2555).

Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days
Question 4 (2555) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (7).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

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

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

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

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

B. Structural

      1. Condition of surface: Are horses provided a clean, dry area on which to stand & lay? 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? No

      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? 6-7 days a week

      8-c. If yes, Adequate ceiling & beam height: Is there a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear when standing? All of the time

C. Paddocks/Yard/Pastures/Turnout

      1. Turnout/Exercise Space & opportunity: Is there space and opportunity for horses to exercise or be turned out? All of the time

      2. Fencing - type, height, safety: Are these spaces appropriately fenced? All

      3. Use of electric wire or tape fence: Are electric wires or tape fence visibly marked? Please select 'All or NA' if electric wire or tape fence is not used. Most

      4. Condition of fences & gates: Are fences and gates functioning properly by being maintained and repaired when needed? All

      5. Condition of paddock/yard: Are these spaces free from equipment and debris? All

      6. Availability of shelter: Are natural or man-made shelters available to horses for protections from elements? All of the time

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

II. Horse Care

      1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 1-2 months

      2. Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually

      3. Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually

      4. Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? 6-7 days a week

      5. Food & Water Storage: Are all hay, feed, grain and water sources clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals? All of the time

      6. Drinking water: How often do horses have access to clean drinking water? All of the time



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

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 9

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 5

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 20

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: 3.00  Un-Mounted: 2.00  Total: 5

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 2

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 are a small program entering it's third year of offering riding lessons. Therapeutic riding lessons are offered once weekly (Wednesday evenings) 2 class times are offered. Pony Club is for one hour weekly (Tuesday evenings) Day camps are offered twice yearly. As the program grows, more options and classes will be added.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Michelle Kruse

         *Facility Participation:

         Windy Ridge Ranch

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.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

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.Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification obtained through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Michelle is founder and program coordinator for Thunder Rode Therapeutic Riding in Decorah, IA and is a mentor for our instructors in training with the goal to become PATH certified.


     2. *Instructor: Nicole Phillips

         *Facility Participation:

         Windy Ridge Ranch

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.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2008

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification obtained through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl.