GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/25/2017
I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Chief Staff Officer:  Janna Griggs
Employees: Full-Time: 0 Part-Time: 1 Volunteers: 30
Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No
Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. Saving Grace Farm follows the standards set forth by PATH International to recruit, train, and manage volunteers. We have a training program that involves several steps. It starts with an orientation that allows volunteers to become more familiar with the organization, staff, and safety procedures. They also learn to be a "sidewalker" with clients during orientation. After that we have several levels where volunteers can gain ongoing knowledge, skills, and continue their safety training. The levels after Sidewalker are Groomer, Leader, Mentor, and Horseman. Groomers are volunteers who have become regular helpers during lessons and have mastered the horsemanship and skills of grooming & tacking. The leader has more extensive horse handling training and can lead in a therapeutic lesson. A mentor has mastered all three previous levels and is able to manage the entire preparation of a lesson without instructor supervision. They can then "mentor" the other volunteers. The Horseman must at least master the Sidewalker, Groomer, & Leader levels and then either take lessons at Saving Grace Farm or pass a riding test to ensure they are capable of riding the horses independently. Once at horseman level volunteers can then help with exercising horses as needed, feeding, and other various horse related tasks at the farm. This process typically takes some time and many volunteers are comfortable staying at groomer or leader level.
All volunteer job descriptions are listed in the volunteer handbook and they detail duties and expectations of each volunteer "job" during the lessons. All other job descriptions are kept in the PATH Accreditation Manual that holds all other manners of documentation required by the standards set forth therein.
Board meetings per year: 6
Number of Board Members: 5 Number of Voting Board Members: 5
Is Board Chair compensated? No Is Treasurer compensated? No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated? No
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No
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
1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100
2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
Saving Grace Farm provides equine assisted activities and psychotherapy services to people with special needs, disabilities, youth at-risk, veterans, seniors, and those who have experienced trauma.
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
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.
Saving Grace Farm strives to provide our horses with quality, natural care. The farm acquires services from a natural hoof trimmer and provides natural horsemanship training to all equines in the program. The farm has space and pasture enough to accommodate 5 horses comfortably and we maintain that as our maximum. We accept horses that have appropriate demeanor, health, and physical attributes acceptable for light work and therapeutic riding activities.
Horses are typically chosen for temperament. They must be appropriate for working with people with special needs, or be at a point at which it will be possible to train them to become a therapeutic riding horse within a reasonable amount of time.
Horses are trained on an as needed basis unless they are young or somewhat green in some areas and need regular training to deter bad habits. Horses in good condition are schooled once or twice a week by the trainer/equine specialist. Horses that have "been there done that", or that have chronic issues that require only light work, are exercised lightly by volunteers on a weekly basis. We feel that at least light exercising is good for the psyche of all therapeutic riding horses.
As a non-profit organization we also must consider the condition of the horses we acquire. We have accepted emaciated horses, green horses, and horses with chronic issues if we feel that they can be rehabilitated, trained, or made comfortable enough for doing the light work typically needed for therapeutic riding lessons. Most horses that have underlying issues are chosen because they have excellent temperament and we feel that once we overcome the issue at hand, they will make a good therapeutic riding horse.
2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase,
auction sale, retirement).
Saving Grace Farm no longer owns any equines. The organization currently free leases horses from others in a special arrangement that benefits both parties. Saving Grace Farm takes horses on a trial basis for 30-90 day to consider them for the program. After they are approved, the owner enters into a free lease agreement with the organization. The organization agrees to cover costs of feed and hay as well as manage daily care for the equines in exchange for the ability to have the equine in the programs. The owner is responsible for veterinarian and farrier costs, but must maintain these needs for the horse to our minimum expectation for the horse's health and well-being. (regular inoculations, vet care, and trims)
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.
At this time, Saving Grace Farm does not own any of the horses that participate in our programs. So, if a horse is determined to no longer enjoy their job, or become unsafe to continue in the program, Saving Grace asks that the owner take the horse back. If for any reason an owner can no longer care for the animal, or they have no place for the horse to go, Saving Grace will assist the owner in finding the equine a suitable and safe home either through boarding, adoption, or sale. This process requires Saving Grace and the owner to know where the horse is going, and have an understanding that the new owner is experienced and knowledgeable about horse care and the specific needs of that equine. The final decision of course is up to the owner, however since we have no ownership of the animal.
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.).
When acquiring a new horse, Saving Grace Farm staff does their best to discover the history of the animal and acquire all records associated with that equine. Prior to being on the premises, they are required to have updated vaccinations, worming, Coggins, and vet records or a vet check. Once they arrive at the facility, they are kept separate from the other equines until we feel it is safe to add them to the herd.
All horses acquired by the farm are free leased. Typically they are seen by the same vet that the farm uses and we are easily able to acquire up to date information. Any horse that is considered dangerous or seriously ill would not be acceptable at a therapeutic riding facility. It would be unsafe for the other horses, staff, volunteers, and students if we were to accept them.
Once we take the horse on trial, the Equine Specialist/trainer and Program Director of Saving Grace Farm will assess the equine for physical soundness, behavior during certain activities that would be required during a therapeutic riding session, and reaction to wheelchairs and other assisting devices. Some of the activities include riding, using sidewalkers, games, toys, grooming, tying, being led, etc. They are also assessed for their behavior with erratic riders, volunteers and other horses.
If the horse acts unacceptably during any part of the process, the trainer will determine if she thinks the equine can be trained to overcome the issues within a couple months. If the equine is acceptable in all areas but one or two, they may still be accepted in the program for specific needs. For example, the program may need several large horses for adult riders, but it may not be necessary for them to be able to handle games or toys right away.
If the Equine Specialist/trainer and Executive Director both decline the equine, the horse will not be accepted into the program. If one or both accept, the decision then passes to the Board to make the final determination according to their input and financial feasibility of adding the equine to the program.
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.
Saving Grace Farm maintains a Horse Profile notebook which contains a tab for each horse where we keep all of their records and information. This ensures accurate and complete records. The Equine Specialist, Instructors, and Executive Director each contribute to updating records. Horses are assessed every time they come in for a lesson and before they go back out each day by the instructor and lesson volunteers. The property owner, also lives at the center and checks on the horses several times each day. Volunteers and staff are either experienced horse people or are trained on signs and symptoms of equine distress or illness.
The farm follows veterinarian guidance on the schedule of vaccinations, which is once or twice a year, depending on the vaccine. Saving Grace Farm has always kept a strict regimen of worming every two months. However, recent research is suggesting a more individualized plan for each horse to treat specific parasites on an as needed basis. So, the farm is currently working with the local veterinarian to have fecal tests done regularly and treat the horses in need of worming. For the senior horses in our herd, we take care to watch their weight and behavior and increase/decrease feed accordingly, rotate pasture and herd mates to accommodate pecking order, and keep a close eye on their quality of life. We do our best to ensure they stay healthy and comfortable. If we notice a decline or distress we immediately notify the veterinarian to evaluate the equine and determine a solution.
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
Euthanasia, according to Saving Grace Farm, is a last resort used only when an animal is suffering and cannot be helped, quality of life is so diminished that it would be inhumane to make the animal continue to hang on, or death is imminent and putting the animal down would be a merciful solution.
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:
Our organization does not accept stallions or pregnant mares into the program.
8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical
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?
10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction?
11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold,
donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an
12. Does your organization place horses in foster care?
13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and
monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space
14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Not applicable; None received
15. Adoption Fee Policies
16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
Our organization does not feel equipped to assess a fair market value.
17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed: Saving Grace currently does not own its equines, so there is no need for adoption fees.
This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.
Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1.
Location 1 of 1
Saving Grace Farm
725 Jackson Road Salisbury NC 28146
1. Facility General Questions
1. Name of Contact: Janna Griggs
2. Contact's Phone: 704-798-5955
3. Contact's Email: email@example.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: Toby & Janna Griggs
725 Jackson Road
Salisbury, NC 28146
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?
Length of lease: Indefinite Start Date: January 2016 No end date Currently the farm is located on property owned by the Executive Director and as such is allowed to stay on the property as long as necessary to operate the programs until such time that the programs and needs exceed the facility's capacity. Saving Grace Farm is currently putting together a 5 year plan that would allow consideration of purchasing a permanent home for the operations of this organization where a lease and term would not be necessary.
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..
All facilities and land at the property is leased to the organization for a fee. The property owner is responsible for the upkeep of the barn and pastures. Utilities including power, internet, and phone are included in the lease agreement. The owner also provides horse care and farm/animal supervision as part of this agreement. Any leasehold improvements/permanent additions made by the organization are also credited to the organization through a reduction in rent. Currently rent is agreed at $750 per month and includes use of entire facility except for the private home on 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? 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: 1.
2. Facility Horse-Related Questions
1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 8+
2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. The organization has 3 pastures with shelters, 3 paddocks with shelter, and 2 stalls that are only used in emergencies or seriously inclement weather for the older or more delicate equines. We use recycled rubber fencing in the pastures with wooden posts and wooden board fencing in the paddocks and arena. The barn is primarily used for hay storage, feed storage, tack and equipment. The two stalls are in the barn, but are rarely used.
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 majority of the year our horses rotate on the three pastures. The horses that tend to be "easy keepers" are kept in paddocks during the day. If we feel that they are still retaining too many calories we may keep them in the paddock with hay the majority of the time and exercise them through riding and groundwork. For older horses, or those that need extra weight, we put them on the more lush pastures to ensure plenty of calories. Horses are pastured together according to feeding schedules, personality, and ability to get along with certain pasture mates.
4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 22
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.
Equine activities are conducted in an arena, a round pen, and on a trail at the facility. The arena approximately 80' x 66' and contains "crush and run" (crushed rock)as the footing. It is deep enough to be appropriately soft, drains well, and provides good traction. The arena is enclosed with wooden fencing and contains gates that open and close during activities. The trail at Saving Grace Farm is dirt that is maintained with weeding, raking, and volunteer maintenance. The trail includes horse friendly obstacles and activities that encourage use of the five senses and is called a "sensory trail". Some of the obstacles are set to the side of the trail as they are more of a challenge and are reserved for more experienced riders, like the veterans. The areas used were chosen for suitable drainage, convenience, safety, and availability of space.
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.
Saving Grace Farm is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Premier Accredited Center and is proud to uphold the highest standards of the industry. This accreditation requires compliance with 80% of the regular standards and 100% of the mandatory standards, set forth in the Premier Accredited Center (PAC) Program. Saving Grace Farm scored 94% at our last visit during our re-accreditation process. The PAC Program gives centers the chance to demonstrate their excellence in providing quality equine-assisted activities while ensuring humane and proper care of equines. The accreditation process is a peer review system in which trained volunteers visit and review centers in accordance with PATH Intl. standards. A center that meets the accreditation requirements based on the administrative, facility, program, equine and applicable special interest standards becomes a Premier Accredited Center for a period of five years. Saving Grace Farm is due for our next site visit this year, 2017.
9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
Staff at Saving Grace Farm have access to borrow/lease horse trailers to transport ill or injured animals if necessary.
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.
Saddle fittings are done biannually or more frequently if we notice a change in weight, topline, etc. The Equine Specialist has had saddle fitting training and also enlists the aid of Wintec gullet systems and measurements to check sizes and adjust tack accordingly. In difficult to determine situations or cases of issues, we consult a veterinarian or professional saddle fitter. The majority of tack used comes with the horses from the owner. They are also required (for instructor compliance) to obtain continuing education on topics such as this and occasionally seek the guidance of a professional saddle fitter. Pads and other accessories are chosen for comfort of the equine and fit.
12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
A knowledgeable volunteer or staff member is always on hand to readily assist in horse identification when it is necessary to pull one out. We also have pictures in the tack room for reference.
13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
Horses are not normally stall bound. Typically paddocks are used if horses need to be separated or kept off grass.
14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
Saving Grace Farm utilizes Southern States feeds that are high in quality and recommended by our veterinarian and nutritionist. We consult with the feed company and vet to determine which feeds and supplements are best for each horse, or to see if something should be added. Feed is managed by the Executive Director and she consults with an equine nutritionist or feed specialist before changing feed regimens in spring and winter.
15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
Horses are under constant evaluation for changes in condition, health, weight, etc. Saving Grace Farm strives to keep horses as close to the "Moderate" score of 5 as possible. Though we prefer a 5 or 6 to a 4 or below. We however also understand the risk of founder for horses that are overweight, hence the reason for paddocks and grass moderation for our "easy keepers". Horses are exercises, fed, and partnered in the program according to their health and well-being, and weight is definitely a part of that factor.
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 is removed from pastures and paddocks (and stalls when used) regularly and moved to an area where it can dry and compost. It is them distributed to farms for use in gardening. Fly predators are used spring, summer, and fall to prevent an over abundance of parasites and flies. Fly repellent is used on and around horses to reduce their risk of irritation and infection from flying insects. Worming is done on a two month schedule as needed with input from the vet. It is now recommended to have fecal exams done before treating the horses to prevent parasites from becoming too immune to treatment. So, we have fecal tests done and treat as deemed necessary in this way. If a carcass were in need of disposal, we have the vet handle how and where is appropriate for that to be done according to state and county regulation. It is legal for us to have an animal buried to appropriate depth on our property in NC.
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.
Saving Grace Farm, as a PATH International Premier Accredited Center must cover any and all emergency situations that could arise in training and management of our organization. As such, Saving Grace Farm has a volunteer training manual that is used for volunteers and staff to address Fire, Inclement Weather (ice, snow, storm, hurricane, tornado, etc.), hazards to the site, and natural hazards to the outdoor setting. It also addresses horse health and rider emergencies. Training for all staff and volunteers includes review and practice for these scenarios.
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?
Someone lives on site and is diligent in keeping an eye out for the safety of the animals. The neighbors close to the facility also alert the owner and organization to any unusual activity. If the owners are out of town they assign someone to "farm sit" that is trained and knowledgeable.
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.
Rowan County Animal Control/Animal Shelter 1465 Julian Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146 Phone: 704-216-7768 Fax: 704-638-3998 Office Hours: Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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.
NC Horse Council 4904 Waters Edge Dr # 290, Raleigh, NC 27606 (919) 854-1990 PATH International Mailing Address: PO Box 33150 Denver, Colorado 80233 Physical Address: 7475 Dakin Street Suite #600 Denver, CO 80221 www.pathintl.org (800) 369-RIDE (7433) Fax (303) 252-4610
View The Vet Checklist conducted on 01/17/2017
Veterinarian: Dr. Michelle McCashin
Clinic Name: Large Animal Medicine & Surgery Street: 3220 Sherrills Ford Rd City: Salisbury State: NC Zip: 28147
Phone: 704-637-0546 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)
1. Instructor: Janna Griggs
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: 4.
1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 5
1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 5
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:Saving Grace Farm free leases the horses that participate in our programs. During the beginning of the year, the organization was in transition from our move and only had one equine until such time that the facility was prepared for more. We then brought in suitable horses under lease agreements. Two of the horses were sent home over the winter, thus the reason for there only being 3 here in December. There was no option to list them as "returned to owner" so we listed them as "Transferred", because though they were not sent to another non-profit, their physical presence and care was transferred back to the owner. The organization has been very fortunate in our relationships with horse products and services. Vet, farrier, and specialty services are covered by the owner. Saving Grace provides feed, hay, some supplements, and care supplies. There is no staff paid specifically for horse care. Horse care is provided by the property owner and volunteers. The organization also receives coupons and discounts regularly on feed, hay and supplements. Horse training/exercise is done primarily by the volunteers and director on an unpaid basis. Saving Grace Farm also had a large quantity of hay from the end of 2015 that they used through the beginning and middle of 2016, so hay did not need to be purchased until late in the year. Saving Grace prides itself on taking excellent care of our equines, while utilizing our limited resources as responsibly as possible. Also, no horses were retired permanently, but the form would not save without changing the answer to the number we ended the year with. Thank you
1 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.
+ 4 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.
+ 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.
5 = Total of 2a-2c
- 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.
- 2 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.
- 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.
2 = Total of 2d-2f
3 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.
3 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
$2898.00 Feed (Grain/Hay).
$0 Manure Removal.
$268 Medications & Supplements.
$327 Horse/Barn Supplies.
$0 Horse Care Staff.
$0 Horse Training.
$99 Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$3592.00 2016 Total Horse Care Costs
$ 2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs
1480 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: $2
Question 3 ($3,592 ) divided by Question 4 (1480).
Average length of stay for an equine: 296 days
Question 4 (1480) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (5).
4. Self Assessment
I. Facility & Grounds
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
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? No
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 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? 25+
2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 20
3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 48
4. What is the average wait list time? 0 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)
5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)
Mounted: 2.00  Un-Mounted: 0.50  Total: 2.5
6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 3
7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 80%
8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. Students and hours vary during the year according to season and program. At various times the organization will occasionally work with school groups or organizations that bring several school aged children at a time. During the summer the farm offers summer camps which can temporarily increase the number of hours and clients served in a week's time. Horses are used one to three hours each day, with an average of two hours typically. Most horses are used 4 days or less each week. On rare occasions, a horse may be used 5 days in a week, but only for light work, and only on rare occasions.
1. *Instructor: Janna Griggs
Saving Grace Farm
Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH International
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.Instructor Certification: To obtain certification instructors must possess certain skills and knowledge in the areas of Equine Management, Horsemanship, Instruction, Teaching Methodology and Disabilities. They are required to obtain 25 teaching hours under a PATH certified instructor, pass the CAT (center accreditation test), pass a written instructor exam, and pass hands-on tests in riding and teaching.
Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH International
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.Equine Specialist: In order to obtain a Certification as Equine Specilist in Mental Health and Learning, applicants must complete 60 hours of training in Mental Health and Equine Assisted Activities, have at least 20 Equine Behavior training hours, have references from a Mental health specialist and equine professional and pass a Horse handling test, and two written exams.
Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Janna Griggs has over 20 years experience working with horses and holds a BA in Therapeutic Horsemanship and Business Administration from St. Andrews University. Although she did not receive Instructor certification until 2005, she began teaching therapeutic riding lessons at St. Andrews in 2001. She has appropriate knowledge of managing a non-profit, working with and caring for horses, training and managing volunteers, working with people with special needs, working with clients in mental health care, evaluating equines for the program, advocating for the equines during therapy, etc. She is currently the Executive Director of the organization and manages the staff, volunteers, and operations of Saving Grace Farm. She also teaches lessons, mentors instructors in training, acts as Equine Specialist during Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, writes grants, oversees horse care and training, and plans fundraisers.