GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/15/2018
I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Chief Staff Officer:  Julie Oelman
Employees: Full-Time: 5 Part-Time: 1 Volunteers: 85
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. Employees receive an orientation and job shadow, working alongside the employee that is leaving so that they are thoroughly trained. Employees receive a hire letter, job description, employee handbook, and receive annual reviews. Staff also receive annual professional development.
Volunteers receive an orientation and are trained by the shift leader on all aspects of horse care; feeding, grain buckets, grooming, driving the hay truck, etc. All volunteers are offered quarterly training in horse care, horse management, and best practices.
Board meetings per year: 10
Number of Board Members: 5 Number of Voting Board Members: 4
Is Board Chair compensated? Yes 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
Conflict of Interest Policy
No member of the Colorado Horse Rescue Board of Directors, Volunteers, or Staff shall derive any personal profit or gain, directly or indirectly, by reason of his or her participation in the Colorado Horse Rescue. Each individual shall disclose to the Colorado Horse Rescue any personal interest which he or she may have in any matter pending before the organization and shall refrain from participation in any decision on such matter. Any member of the Colorado Horse Rescue’s Board of Directors, Staff, or Volunteer Base shall refrain from obtaining any list of Colorado Horse Rescue clients for personal or private solicitation purposes at any time during the term affiliation.
1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100
2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
•Equine Crisis Assistance Program – CHR offers assistance to committed horse owners in the community who are temporarily struggling financially. We provide hay, veterinary assistance, and even supported the rebuild of equine facilities after the 2013 flood. For some families, this funding is the support they need to get through a difficult time and avoid having to surrender their horse.
•Surrender Program – CHR is often a horse owner’s last chance when faced with illness, foreclosure, divorce, natural disaster, or the inevitability of old age. CHR eases the pain by providing the owner peace of mind in knowing that his/her beloved horse will have a second opportunity to find a loving home. CHR also facilitates the surrender of horses referred by Animal Control due to owner neglect and abandonment. These horses receive the proper care they deserve, and once healthy are provided training so that they may find a forever home.
•Field Rescue Program - As resources allow, CHR saves viable horses in the community from dangerous situations. Some of the circumstances where CHR steps in includes: purchasing horses at auction, purchasing from private owners on Craigslist and other online sources, occasionally purchasing horses from feedlots, and networking with other local rescues to bring at-risk horses to safety.
•Adoption Program – CHR is dedicated to placing horses in their forever homes, which in turn allows CHR to help more horses. Potential adopters are carefully screened via an application and interview process to ensure the match between horse and human is suitable. CHR retains ownership of the horse for a probationary period of at least six months from the date of adoption. Transfer of ownership is completed after two successful follow-up visits. During this time, CHR monitors the well-being of the horse, and if the horse is not cared for properly, CHR will repossess the horse.
• Foster Program – This program allows screened foster families to care for CHR horses, thus alleviating some of the financial burden for CHR. Often a fosterer becomes an adopter, which again allows CHR to help more horses.
•Educational Workshops – CHR offers monthly educational clinics to the community with a focus on natural horsemanship. CHR increases and diversifies community involvement by offering clinics focused on equine art and equine photography. In addition to practical horse handling techniques, CHR offers topics like, “From Purchase to Performance”, which teaches individuals about the costs of owning a horse. Colorado State University’s top Veterinarians present lectures covering the latest medical information. CHR hopes to alleviate the unwanted horse issue by educating individuals on the responsibilities of horse ownership and providing them with the tools to manage their horses in order to achieve life-long partnerships.
•LeadChange Colorado – Colorado Horse Rescue’s LeadChange program provides businesses and corporations the opportunity to work directly with our breath-taking CHR horses. All exercises take place on the ground and are specifically designed to promote communication, problem-solving skills, and innovation, and as a result increase performance in the work place. LeadChange Colorado has its own website at www.leadchangeteambuilding.org. This innovative program increases our visibility, adds significant revenue, and forges new partnerships with local businesses.
•Personal Tours – Children and adults are given hands-on learning experiences as they interact with different types of equines. Visits include personal attention from a staff member who will answer specific questions, and provides the opportunity to observe all aspects of typical rescue operations.
•Opportunities for Volunteerism – CHR has over 80 volunteers who commit weekly to the mission of the Colorado Horse Rescue. Barn volunteers, riding volunteers, office volunteers, and volunteer board members all play an active role in promoting positive change in the community.
•Sponsorship Program – Monthly donors sponsor a specific horse whereby they are able to spend time with their selected horse, and receive one-on-one instruction in equine safety and care.
•Training Program – CHR’s training program works to both directly rehabilitate our horses and train volunteers in the skills of horsemanship. As horses are admitted to CHR they undergo evaluation and a plan is formed to fill in the gaps of their education. This training program reacquaints or introduces our horses to kind and fair handling as they learn ground-manners, trailer loading, as well as skills under saddle. This education results in horses that are more desirable to adopters.
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. N/A
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.
CHR’s property sits on a 51-acre dry lot. We are zoned by Boulder County to house 60 horses. We typically operate at full capacity, and new horses are accepted as current herd members are adopted out. We have 4 large pastures, and a number of smaller short and long-term living paddocks (all with full shelters). 2 additional overflow paddocks are also reserved for emergencies. Mares and geldings are for the most part housed separately, although we do host a mixed-gender senior pasture for harder keepers and special needs horses. To maintain a healthy herd dynamic, this group always houses more mares than geldings.
Horses are turned out to pasture based on their age, dietary requirements, and overall temperament. Many of the younger horses in training live together, as they are more rambunctious and like to play hard. Pasture horses are separated into individual stalls for about an hour each day to be grained and vet checked daily.
Welcome pens and smaller paddocks are reserved for horses that cannot go to pasture for medical reasons, and for horses who require ongoing training. They also serve as overflow areas from the pastures when they are full. Although CHR boasts a barn aisle including 5 box stalls, they are not used as long-term living spaces for horses. Exceptions include animals suffering from severe injury/illness, or mare and foal pairs (in these cases horses are turned out during the day as appropriate).
CHR places a high priority on accepting horses that fall under the following demographics: less than 15 years old, greater than 14.3 hands high, heavy breeds, Miniatures, sound and healthy, well-trained, suitable to ride on any terrain, requires a beginner or intermediate-level rider/handler, or those impounded by law enforcement due to neglect.
Moderate to low priority intakes include horses 16 – 26 years old, less than 14.3 hands high, donkeys, mules, those with manageable (or costly) hoof or health issues, horses with behavioral issues on the ground or under saddle, green or unhandled horses, low-intensity riding only, or those that require an expert-level rider or trainer.
Horses that CHR rarely accepts include those over 26 years old, stallions over 1 year old, severely lame or injured horses, those with dangerous behavioral issues, or those who are uncatchable or feral. CHR is not set up to safely house stallions, and we geld any colts that are accepted on site.
For rehabilitation and ongoing training, please see #4 below (assessment process)
2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase,
auction sale, retirement).
Equines are accepted to CHR, either through the impound seizure process or owner surrender. As resources allow, CHR saves viable horses in the community from dangerous situations. Some of the circumstances where CHR steps in includes: purchasing horses at auction, purchasing from private owners on Craigslist and other online sources, occasionally purchasing horses from feedlots, and networking with other local rescues to bring at-risk horses to safety.
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.
CHR’s adoption policies are designed to ensure that our horses remain forever safe from auction. All clients interested in adopting or fostering a horse fill out a detailed application and pay a $35 application fee. These are submitted to CHR’s Adoption Coordinator (electronic forms are available at chr.org). The application asks questions around the person’s horse handling and riding experience, activities for which they desire to use the adopted horse, and the proposed living situation for the horse. Horses are carefully matched to both the adopter and new facility based on their suitable activity level or riding discipline, required handler/rider level, feeding and medical considerations, and general temperament. This applies to both rideable and retired or companion-only horses.
With the application on file, we host two adoption appointments on site. The first is more of a meet-and-greet where our trainer shows the horse(s) to the adopter. At the second appointment we ask the adopter to demonstrate his/her horse handling and riding skills by working hands-on with the horse. This also gives the client a chance to view the horse on two separate occasions to see how the horse may react to different weather conditions or general stimuli. Additional appointments can be made at either the client or CHR’s request; we charge a fee for staff time in these cases.
If both adoption appointments go well, CHR staff performs a site visit to the proposed home. We have a full Minimum Standards of Care document prepared as part of our adoption contract, and all sites must meet this criteria. Our contract has been used by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries as a gold standard for other rescues.
Applications are good for 12 months. If we do currently not have a horse that fits the adopter’s needs, their information is kept on file. Potential adopters are then contacted when a suitable horse arrives.
Both rideable and companion-only horses are marketed through our website (chr.org), as well as on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube). Rideable horses are also posted on equine.com’s free rescue listing thanks to A Home for Every Horse, and in some cases we will list horses on paid sites such as Dreamhorse. CHR also hosts semi-annual Open Houses to promote the most adoptable horses to the general public. Volunteer riders and staff showcase the horses at these events.
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.).
Any new horse that arrives lives in a quarantined pen for at least the first two weeks at CHR. Our vet is scheduled to see all new herd members within one week of arrival, and in dire cases is available on-call. During this initial 2-week period, horses are assigned a body condition score, and brought up to date on all preventative medical care including Coggins tests, vaccinations, deworming (CHR performs fecal egg counts and reduction tests), dental care, and hoof care. Any additional medical diagnoses are made at this point, and individual diet plans are created by the Operations Manager with guidance from our veterinarian.
CHR has a livestock scale on site, which we use to weigh underweight horses every couple of weeks to monitor rehabilitation progress. Underweight horses or those who are not halter broke will remain in their intake pen until they are healthy, or we trust that we can catch them in pasture. Healthy horses are turned out as soon as their 2-week quarantine is over.
Once horses are cleared by our vet, they are released for an evaluation by our trainer. During this time the horse is assessed for its optimum riding discipline and intensity (if applicable), tack and aid likes and dislikes, and general attitude towards work. Attitude issues are carefully worked through, ensuring that pain is never a source of bad behavior. (If it is, training is put on immediate pause until further vet diagnostics can be performed). Horses that require a simple training evaluation or refresher under saddle are quickly assigned to volunteer riders for continued work, thus alleviating our trainer’s work load. Riders commit to coming out at least once per week to work with their horse.
Non-rideable companions are provided enrichment through our Companion Connection program. This program pairs each horse with a dedicated volunteer who comes out several times during the week to spend time with and groom their horse. Some volunteers are also approved to do groundwork and obstacle work with their companions.
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.
Horses are separated into individual stalls for a short period of time every morning to be grained, ensuring that they are receiving the correct diet. This also enables staff and volunteers to physically vet check every single animal on the property at least once per day, even those who are hard to catch.
With our livestock scale, we weigh the entire herd twice per year to closely monitor weight gain or loss and make dietary adjustments as needed.
CHR performs fecal egg counts (FEC’s) on the herd each spring to identify each individual’s parasite load. This creates a deworming schedule which fits the individual horse. It helps us avoid adding unnecessary chemicals to a horse’s body, and it helps reduce parasite resistance to common drugs. Our vet advises us to deworm low shedders (horses with a very low parasite load and the majority of the equine population), twice per year: once in the spring with Strongid, and again two weeks after the first hard frost in the fall with an Ivermectin Gold. (This fall deworming covers bugs that may not show up on the fecal float). Medium shedders are dewormed three times per year, with the third dose scheduled in June or July. High shedders are dewormed four times per year, with the fourth dose scheduled in August or September. For medium and high shedders, a reduction test is performed to ensure that the individual is not host to drug-resistant parasites.
All horses receive a dental exam upon arrival, and are then scheduled for annual dental exams moving forward. We will check teeth more frequently if we notice a horse is having trouble eating, or if we know there are dental issues at hand (a wave mouth or missing teeth for example). Floats are completed on an as-needed basis.
Our vet has us set up to vaccinate with a 6-way vaccine in the spring, and Rabies in the fall. Flu/Rhino is given in the fall only to those horses who will be going to a facility that requires this vaccination.
Each horse’s hoof care plan is designed to meet that individual’s needs based on their existing medical condition and riding status. Most horses remain barefoot and are trimmed every 6 - 8 weeks. We will also provide front shoes, pads, and other specialty hoof care prescribed by our vet as needed (again on a 6 - 8-week schedule). CHR contracts with a number of farriers to care for the entire herd of 60.
We monitor the health and wellness of our senior horses, and those who are battling extenuating medical circumstances, very closely. Horses are moved into hospital pens or barn stalls as needed, and can be provided with 24/7 medical care. With an on-site caretaker and knowledgeable staff that lives nearby, medical emergencies are swiftly handled. Our vet is immediately called out to assess the horse, and treatment plans are discussed on a case-by-case basis. CHR is fortunate to have a very experienced staff, and is able to provide a great deal of basic medical care and ongoing treatment with a vet’s instruction.
Detailed electronic and paper records are kept, as set by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. CHR uses the EquineGenie software, which allows us to set up preventative medical care reminders and schedules. These documents are sent home with each new adopter as well.
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
We follow AAEP Guidelines for Euthanasia. Alongside the recommendation of our vet we look at the following factors when making this decision:
* A horse should not have to endure continuous or unmanageable pain from a condition that is chronic and incurable.
* A horse should not have to endure a medical or surgical condition that has a hopeless chance of survival.
* A horse should not have to remain alive if it has an unmanageable medical condition that renders it a hazard to itself or its handlers.
* A horse should not have to receive continuous analgesic medication for the relief of pain for the rest of its life.
* A horse should not have to endure a lifetime of continuous individual box stall confinement for prevention or relief of unmanageable pain or suffering.
When a euthanasia decision has been made. Our vet administers medication intravenous.
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:
CHR gelds all colts as soon as they reach the appropriate age, at the guidance of our vet. We are not set up to safely house adult stallions on our property (so we do not accept them into the herd). Mares and foals are kept together for at least 4-6 months. Each situation is discussed on a case-by-case basis and we consult with our vet for best practices. Our adoption contract includes a no-breeding clause for any mare that leaves the property, as well as a no-sell/first right of refusal clause. If the adoptive owner wants to relinquish ownership of the horse for any reason (even if simply to sell the horse to someone else), CHR has the first right to step in and reclaim ownership of the horse.
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
Becoming a foster home is viewed as a partnership between CHR and the foster family. There are two types of foster situations; a "general foster home" and a "training foster home". The first provides refuge and individualized general care for the equine. The second is an opportunity for the horse to receive not only care but also receive training by a foster family in an individualized setting. Prior to approving a foster home, both general and training foster homes must demonstrate at the ability to appropriately manage and care for the potential foster horse.
All "foster homes" provide the following:
* Permit a CHR representative to conduct a site visit at the prospective foster care facility prior to approval of the foster home.
* Adhere to CHR’s Standards of Care for the fostered horse.
* Cover all costs associated with caring for the fostered horse including, but not limited to: hay, feed, vet care, and farrier work. CHR will agree to cover costs for medications and farrier work for horses with pre-existing health and/or hoof conditions that require medications and/or therapeutic hoof care.
* Allow potential adopters to schedule visits with the fostered horse. A CHR representative accompanies the potential adopter on all visits.
All "training foster homes" must concede to the following in addition to the general requirements:
* The health, mind, and fitness level of the named equine entering into training must be considered. Trainer agrees to take all necessary precautions to prevent injury or mental harm to named equine in training that could be caused by over-exertion or training activities that are not suitable for the named equine.
* Trainer agrees to train named equine in the basics utilizing natural horsemanship techniques that adhere to CHR’s values of compassion, respect, honesty, trust, and responsibility. Punishment based training methods are prohibited.
* Trainer agrees to perform a basic “Evaluation of the Horse” on named equine including temperament, soundness, rider/handler level requirements, and any other disposition or health related issues.
* Trainer agrees to train named equine in “Basic Groundwork” including haltering, leading, backing, yielding, desensitization, tying, and trailer loading.
* Trainer agrees to train named equine “Under Saddle” to include saddling, bridling, mounting, walk, trot, canter, and backing transitions.
* Trainer agrees to track progress of named equine’s training sessions and openly disclose all inquiries made by CHR about the progress of the named equine.
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 species.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine breed.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine age.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine type.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness.
16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
Our organization approves of this concept.
17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed:
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
Colorado Horse Rescue
10386 N. 65th St. Longmont CO 80503
1. Facility General Questions
1. Name of Contact: Shawna English
2. Contact's Phone: 303-494-1414
3. Contact's Email: firstname.lastname@example.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? No
10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 1.
2. Facility Horse-Related Questions
1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 25.8
2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. West Gelding Pasture – 3.14 acres Mare Pasture – 10.06 acres Central Gelding – 4.21 acres Geriatric Pasture – 5.44 acres Welcome Pens - .74 acres Medical Pen - 1711 square feet Round Pen 1 - 2198 square feet Round Pen 2 - 2198 square feet Miniture Pen - 2319 square feet Quarantine Pen 1 - 6487 square feet Quarantine Pen 2 - 5555 square feet Quarantine pen 3 - 5447 square feet Quarantine Pen 4 - 5463 square feet Quarantine Pen 5 - 1331 square feet Overflow Pen 1 - 3548 square feet Overflow Pen 2 - 5805 square feet Indoor Arena – 9711 square feet Outdoor Arena - 19487 square feet Barn – 4920 square feet
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.
All horses eventually live in herds in a pasture situation. The only exception would be any horses in quarantine, miniature horses, or horses with health issues that do not allow them to go to pasture. Horses are in quarantine generally for only 2 weeks and then join a pasture herd. The typical reason that a horse may stay longer is because they need to gain weight. Continued isolation allows them to graze freely all day without competing for food with other horses and receive grain/mash up to 4 times a day as needed. Horses in this situation are offered regular turn-out in our large arena when healthy enough.
4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 23
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.
Training activities occur within 2 dedicated round pens, a large outdoor arena, and an indoor arena. In addition, horses are ridden around the grounds and utilize our outdoor obstacle course which includes bridges of different sizes and a noodle forest. Currently sand is used in training areas and we are working on upgrading the surface in the indoor and outdoor arena to a "Sure Foot Arena Mix".
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 a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) Accredited Facility. Humane and responsible care of the animals has been confirmed by onsite visits by trained inspector(s), and the nonprofit meets the definition of a true sanctuary, rescue or rehabilitation center. In addition to meeting these requirements for verification, the facility has met GFAS standards in each of the following areas after a thorough examination against strict criteria, as required for accreditation status: governance, finance, education and outreach, staffing, and safety policies, protocols and training.
9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
We have 2 trucks equipped to pull our 2 horse trailers. One holds 2 horses and the other holds 6 horses. We work closely with Animal Control who responds immediately if we need to evacuate. Our site is used by Animal Control as the trailer holding area to evacuate horses in the area. We have a lot of support in this area and an off site evacuation location at Boulder County Fairgrounds to house all 60 horses.
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.
Staff are specifically trainned in saddle and bridle fitting. Each rideable horse is fitted to a saddle and bridle which is numbered and documented to ensure they are ridden in the correct tack. In addition, we support adopters by checking their tack to ensure it is the right fit for the adopted horse.
12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
All horses are on our website so volunteers can study at home. All horses are also in a book with their pictures at our welcome station and their pictures are mounted on the wall in corresponding pasture. Volunteers must be able to identify every horse in a herd before being allowed to feed. They receive individual training by their shift leader or a staff member to learn the horses during their volunteer shift.
13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
We do not keep any horses in stall bound environment.
14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
All horses are provided a basic forage diet of grass hay. Individuals who are in training or harder keepers may also be provided alfalfa hay. As part of our farm management strategy we do grain all pastured horses at least once per day, even if they are only receiving a trace amount. Again, this allows us to catch and vet check even more difficult animals each day. Horses whose teeth are in poor condition (so they cannot properly process a hay diet) and harder keepers are provided pelleted grain, beet pulp, hay pellets or cubes, and supplements as needed. We will also grain horses that are in training, and of course those who are underweight. Our starvation feeding program begins with free choice grass hay, and very slowly we add in alfalfa, soaked grain/beet pulp, and supplements. Specific feeding choices are made on a case-by-case basis with the individual horse’s medical considerations in mind. We have adopted a fairly minimalist supplement plan at our vet’s guidance. Items that we currently keep in our inventory include fat supplements for underweight horses or hard keepers, extruded soy, NeighLox, Psyllium, and Forco probiotic. Most of these are only given if our vet advises we do so. Horses are grained 1 - 3 times per day, depending on the individual’s need. As we also dose medications such as Bute or antibiotics in grain, great attention to detail is placed on what each horse is eating and when to ensure that each horse is receiving the correct diet.
15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
As each horse arrives, it is assessed and given a Henneke body condition score. With each horse we are aiming for a score of 5, and this goal is always in mind. Steering towards this number helps guide the choices we make in creating a diet program for the individual. Emaciated or underweight horses are closely monitored both with physical exams, and weighing the animal on our scale every couple of weeks. Overweight horses can be placed on diet programs (typically this means grass hay), and we often make these horses a priority for groundwork and exercise. (Again, we can double check our progress with the scale). As horses go into training we typically increase their calorie load slightly, whether it comes in the form of grain or alfalfa hay. If weight loss is noticed, additional calories are added to the diet until the horse returns to a stable score of 5.
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.
CHR is very cognizant of the risk of infectious disease, and takes a number of steps to prevent unwanted transmission. All new horses that arrive on the property enter a minimum quarantine period of two weeks. These pens do not offer nose-to-nose contact with other equines, although other horses are in sight. During this time, handlers are working with and around these horses last on each scheduled shift. (Known healthy horses are handled, and then quarantines are worked with). It’s also common for us to have different levels of quarantine simultaneously, based on the medical information we are provided when a horse arrives, and diagnoses that are discovered during the veterinary evaluation. If a contagious or infectious diagnosis is confirmed, we work with our vet to come up with a solid management plan to treat the horse and prevent transmission. Quarantined horses have their own complete set of muck equipment. Quarantined manure is dumped in a physically separate location away from all horses on the property. All stalls, paddocks, arenas, and round pens are mucked twice daily, and manure is spread and dragged. CHR employs fly predators and traps around the property to alleviate summer bug issues as well. CHR contracts with All-Animal Recovery to provide disposal services for all euthanized horses. When possible, horses are moved to a separate location outside of all horse pens for euthanasia. Only in the event of severe injury or illness, when it is not reasonable to move the animal, are horses euthanized out in pasture or in a paddock. Animals are removed from the property within 24 hours.
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.
In the event of an emergency, CHR staff have a phone tree that goes into effect so everyone is notified of the situation. We hold close relationships with several Boulder County Sheriff’s officers, and open communication in the event of emergency is paramount. As we are on a large dry lot with very little vegetation, our instructions from law enforcement in the event of a nearby fire are to stay and shelter on site. If evacuation is required, the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is our designated location. If there are horses on CHR property that are not halter trained, the front gate may be closed and horses allowed free access to the full 51 acres of space (if they needed to physically move or shelter). CHR is also held to the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuary’s standards with regards to emergency preparation. This includes (but is not limited to) MSDS paperwork on site, a human emergencies supply cabinet, and workmen’s compensation insurance policy.
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?
During operating hours all visitors are required to check-in. Outside visiting hours the gate is shut and latched to the property. Our property caregiver lives onsite with his family.
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.
Boulder County Animal Control Officer Justice Center 1777 6th Street Boulder, CO 80302 Officers: Terri Snyder email@example.com 303-859-2562 Brandy Perkins firstname.lastname@example.org 303-859-2543 Sara Spensieri email@example.com 303-859-0408
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.
Colorado Humane Society &SPCA 2080 S Quebec St, Denver, CO 80231 720-241-7111 firstname.lastname@example.org Crime Stoppers CrimestopperUSA.com 1-800-222-TIPS Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers PO Box 18063 Boulder Colorado 80308 970-669-6113 Jefferson County Animal Control Chris Padilla 303-271-5070 email@example.com State Brand Board 303-294-0895 201 Livestock Exchange Bldg 4701 Marion St Denver, CO 80215 TJ Watts, Brand Inspector 720-296-4044 Scott Dutcher Bureau of Animal Protection 303-239-4163 firstname.lastname@example.org 700 Kipling St, Ste 4000 Lakewood, CO 80215
View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/19/2018
Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce Conally
Clinic Name: Wyoming Equine Street: 1801 Blue Mountain Ave City: Berthoud State: CO Zip: 80513
Phone: 303775-8359 Email: email@example.com
Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)
1. Instructor: Sarah Hofkamp
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: 55.
1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 57
1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 60
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
55 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.
+ 41 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.
+ 2-c. Total number of horses returned.
96 = Total of 2a-2c
- 28 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.
- 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.
- 10 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.
38 = Total of 2d-2f
58 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.
58 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).
$ Manure Removal.
$ Medications & Supplements.
$ Horse/Barn Supplies.
$ Horse Care Staff.
$ Horse Training.
$ Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$248423 2017 Total Horse Care Costs
$ 2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs
23495 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: $11
Question 3 ($248,423 ) divided by Question 4 (23495).
Average length of stay for an equine: 245 days
Question 4 (23495) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (96).
4. Self Assessment
I. Facility & Grounds
Program Use of Horses for Special Needs at this Facility Not Applicable.
1. *Instructor: Sarah Hofkamp
Colorado Horse Rescue
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.Certified Horsemanship Association
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.Advanced Horsemanship Instructor http://www.cha-ahse.org/
Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Sarah has dedicated her life to the knowledge and understanding of how horses think and communicate. In 2008, Sarah tested into a college program for Equine Science which led to an internship and then a staff position at Black Forest Shires and Gypsy Horses. Managing, handling, selling, and training draft horses, mares, foals and stallions allowed her the freedom to explore different training techniques and ways of connecting with horses and people. Sarah then moved on to study under an incredible Natural Horsemanship Trainer named, Cathy Goscha who studied under Buck Brannaman before he was well known equine trainer. Apprenticing under Cathy gave her the opportunity to start and train client horses at Cathy’s RoarNC Ranch. This operation also bred, raised and trained high performance Endurance Arabians. Cathy was hired at CHR to help improve our adoption rate by training and retrain horses and Sarah joined her. Together they began transforming the lives of horses and making horse owners dreams come true. In 2013 Sarah was offered a full time position with CHR as not just a trainer, but as an adoption coordinator, photographer and clinician. Sarah obtained her Equine Riding Instructors Certification and began teaching CHR volunteers about proper horse handling, leadership and husbandry. Thanks to our donors, today Sarah’s role has grown to a full-time equine trainer, allowing more horses to benefit from rehabilitation at CHR. Sarah believes that horses are given the best quality of life by educating the people in that horse’s life. Sarah owns an Arabian named Atlas who she loves to compete with in competitive trail and endurance riding. To learn more visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-hofkamp-5a535998