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Rising Starr Horse Rescue


Rising Starr Horse Rescue
93 Silver Spring Rd
Wilton, CT 06897

Phone: 203-257-8345  MAKE AN INQUIRY

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EIN: 47-4027991
Founded: 2015
Profile Last Updated May 13, 2022

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Effective Date
May 2022

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We welcome you to donate directly to Rising Starr Horse Rescue; Rising Starr Horse Rescue will receive 100% of your donation made here. However, before making a donation, we encourage you to review this organization's Guardian information.

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MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
The purpose of Rising Starr Horse Rescue is to save America's horses from cruelty or slaughter and provide them with a second chance at life. We do this by rescuing horses in need and education the public through our programs at our wellness center. Our talented and specialized group of veterinarians, care staff and volunteers work together and are committed to each horses rehabilitation ensuring that they become healthy, happy, and confident horses before they move on to their loving homes. Our Mission does not stop there as we also strive to educate others around us about the cruelty of horse slaughter and provide guidance on decreasing the number of unwanted horses in the United States. ​

Our organization provides programs involved with equine rescue, adoption & retirement
Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS) and the Optimal Terminology Summit For Services That Incorporate Horses To Benefit People Report. For additional information on the Optimal Terminology Summit, click here.
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization uses satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities which adhere to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization
Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED FOR or were HOUSED AND CARED FOR during 2021: 1
     1. Rising Starr Horse Rescue (*Main) Status: 2022 and 2021

Summary of organization's goals, strategies to achieve the goals, accomplishments, and capabilities to meet the goals, including its long-term plans to sustain its programs:
Strategic Planning Through Goals / Long Term Sustainability Plan:
     2022 and Current Programs:
     Forever Foundation/Carter Ranch. RSHR follows a volunteer training program for all volunteers to handle horses in the same constant manner. RSHR offers this program and free training with our horses weekly to all volunteers with a qualified instructor. We have already seen a shortened rehab and retraining time in our rescue horses. Our Junior board holds scheduled volunteer training weekly.
     Volunteer Opportunities for all ages, hands on with horses or administrative.
      RSHR now has a junior board: We want to cultivate and grow future staff and board members.
      RSHR's mounted and unmounted programs started in December 2019. RSHR can now rescue more horses and lease/sponsor our rescued horses to potential adopters. We offer boarding to rescued horses.
     
     Education outreach: RSHR is visiting schools and now can have school bus in to our facility. We visit nursing and rehabilitation homes, other not for profit organizations and local business with our spokes pony education the community on the reality and responsibility of horse ownership.
     
     Rising Starr will be putting a sanctuary in place in the state of VA for horses that are difficult to place 2022 and 2023.
     
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     Teaching riding (to able bodies of all ages) and proper horse care and ownership programs are offered year round; we use our facility to offer programs such as corporate team-building, school education, life coaching, yoga with horses. Veterans and immediate family are able to participate free in any program. RSHR will use the facility to bring in other professionals for clinics in horse training as well as human horse contact. RSHR will also be able to hold fundraising events at its own facility, thus saving money. All these programs will bring in revenue for the Rescue to grow and be a sustainable not for profit.
     
     2022 will focus on education, fence repair, indoor roof repair and building new repairing more buildings on the farm. We will also be adding more run in sheds for horses that need more outdoor time. We will be adding more turnout space.
     
     
     Our five year goal:
     
     To open a sanctuary for hard to adopt horses.

Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     The Trainer/Vet.Tech/President of Rising Starr Horse Rescue, locates a horse in need of rescue. The rescue is presented to the board for approval via text/email and approved. Then decisions are made to quarantine offsite or on. Once free from illness, our rescue is introduced to the other horses that reside at RSHR and the training or rehabilitation process begins. Once trained, our rescue will be introduced to the public at our fundraisers, in our email blasts and posted to our website. Training by our trainers and the volunteers continues until they are rehomed. We offer sponsorship, lessons, leases and boarding for all our adoptable horses. All proceeds from our boarding, training, lessons, life coaching, equine yoga and educational classes go to fund our rescue horses.

Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
Our organization provides the following equine assisted services (EAS):
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development
Not Checked:
    Therapeutic Mounted Services
    Therapeutic Driving Services
    Therapeutic Vaulting Services
    Therapeutic Unmounted Services
    Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)
    Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning


Overview of our programs involved with providing EAS to individuals with special needs:
     Jennifer Peterson offers Equus Coaching® at RSHR.
     
     The Definition of Equus Coaching:
     
      A unique experience with horses that offers an individual the opportunity to gain a visceral understanding of how their inner dialogue affects their relationships and everyday life. Equus Coaching is a dynamic approach to personal transformation that combines world-class life coaching with the timeless wisdom of the natural world. In partnership with horses, Equus Coaches guide others on a profound and personal journey to discover their own true nature and gain a vivid awareness of the patterns that shape our lives and world. Equus Coaching is designed for cognitively and physically healthy individuals who are seeking support in their own personal growth. They have a desire to better embody genuine personal leadership, improve the quality of their relationships, and explore a deeper level of trust to their own spiritual connection.
     
     Jenn at RSHR uses approximately 4 horses 3 to 5 days per week. Horses are usually turned out in fields or paddocks when life coaching is conducted. Most sessions are conducted during our normal business hours are individual and private. Occasionally Jenn will do group sessions. Horses are not physically handled. The horses choose to participate or not. What information is shared in sessions are not spoken about. Jenn, Client and 1 to 2 horses are in a open space. A discussion between Jenn and client is had. Horses choose to come and be part of the conversation or not depending on energy shared. A better understanding is in the definition above.


At a time when equestrian sports are under pressure to protect horses while making those sports more accessible, so too must all equine organizations ensure that horses are treated humanely when interacting with people with and without special needs. Our organization takes the following steps to ensure that horses are benefiting from their interactions with people:
     2022 programs:
      RSHR now has a junior board: They will teach the reality and responsibility of horse ownership at clinics, fairs and schools. We want to cultivate and grow future staff and board members.
      RSHR's mounted and unmounted programs started in December 2019. RSHR can now rescue more horses and lease our rescued horses to potential adopters. We offer boarding to rescued horses.
     
     Teaching riding (to able bodies of all ages) and proper horse care and ownership programs are offered year round; we use our facility to offer programs such as corporate team-building, school education, life coaching, yoga with horses. Veterans and immediate family are able to participate free in any program. RSHR will use the facility to bring in other professionals for clinics in horse training as well as human horse contact. RSHR will also be able to hold fundraising events at its own facility, thus saving money. All these programs will bring in revenue for the Rescue to grow and be a sustainable not for profit.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     All our fundraisers are geared towards enlightening the public on the need that exists to rescue horses in danger. Each volunteer is educated on the reality of horse ownership and proper care.
     
      By investing in our volunteer and educational programs we will have more qualified volunteers. A strong volunteer program will allow us to responsibly grow and rescue more horses. Programs include bringing our rescued horses to schools, camps, nursing homes and miscellaneous venues in effort to further educate and connect the community to the need and find homes for horses in need. We currently work with Ridgefield High School, Wilton High School, Agricultural schools, Westconn, and most schools in Fairfield and Westchester counties. We offer classes to girl scouts and boy scouts. We offer free programs to our local veterans and immediate family. We participate in community events and have volunteer open house every month free of charge.
     
     Rising Starr has added the Forever Foundation /Carter Ranch hands on training for all our volunteers free of charge.
     In 2021 we have partnered with Stead Fast Alliance; they offer free sessions at the rescue to all Fist Responders. After a session with Stead Fast Alliance participants can then enjoy one of RSHR equine programs for free.
     
     
     2022 RSHR will focus on education programs and outreach programs. Our goal is to inform the surrounding communities the plight of America's horses and the reality and responsibility of horse ownership.

Research/Medical Use of Equines:
Our organization has never made, and would not ever consider making, equines available for research studies or medical training that involves invasive procedures and/or that which may cause pain or suffering to the equine. 

Religious Affiliation:
Our organization does not promote religious education or religious purposes or use donations for religious education or religious purposes; require participants to be of a certain faith; require participation in religious, instruction, activities or services; or require participation in prayer, worship, religious instruction or other religious activities as a condition of receiving social or secular services offered. 

Auction Donation:
Our organization has never allowed, or would not consider allowing, an equine to be sold, transferred, released, or otherwise placed into possession of any person or organization that would cause or allow the equine to be sold at auction for slaughter. 

EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICES CENSUS

Rising Starr Horse Rescue
Current EAS Providers: 1
         
2021 EAS Operations Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Horses/Equines participating in EAS programs at this facility        
Number of horses/equines aged 3-8 0 4 4 8
Number of horses/equines aged 9-14 0 1 1 2
Number of horses/equines aged 15-20 0 1 1 2
Number of horses/equines Over 20 0 2 2 4
Total number of horses/equines participating in EAS programs at this facility 0 8 8 16
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of hours per day each horse works 0 1  
Number of days per week each horse works 0 2  
         
Clients participating in EAS programs at this facility Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually 0 15 15 30
Average number of clients (not lessons) participating in activities per week 0 4 4 8
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of days per week programs are conducted at this facility 0 2  
Number of weeks per year programs are conducted at this facility 0 40  
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Average wait list time for a client 0 0  
         



EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICE PROVIDERS


Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
Our organization provides the following Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

1: Total number of Equine Assisted Service Providers at Rising Starr Horse Rescue

     1. Jenn T. Peterson

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Rising Starr Horse Rescue

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Certification with Koelle Institute


GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  KELLY STACKPOLE
Employees/Independent Contractors:   Full-Time:  6  Part-Time:  4  Volunteers:  145
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes including employees and independent contractors:
    Prospective staff/independent contractors complete a written application/agreement
    Our organization has a practice in place to ensure that the organization has sufficient knowledge of the background of prospective staff and independent contractors that may impact the safety of your clients and your horses, such as whether prospective staff/independent contractors serving in the capacity as staff have been convicted of a sexual offense or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect. Such practices must comply with local, state, and federal mandates.
    Staff and/or contractors are required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Staff and/or contractors are required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Staff and/or contractors are required to sign a Photo Release
    Staff and/or contractors provide parent/guardian information if applicable
    Staff and/or contractors carry current health insurance
    Staff and/or contractors have a written job description
    Staff and/or contractors are evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Staff and/or contractors are updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Staff and/or contractors receive training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, equine handling, equine identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Staff and/or contractors have a supervisor and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    One or more staff members or contractors are trained in CPR and human first aid
    One or more staff members or contractors are trained in equine first aid
Not Checked:
    Prospective staff/independent contractors are required to undergo a Background Check
    The organization provides a handbook to every member of the staff, including employees and/or independent contractors serving in staff positions;
    The handbook includes information, such as hours of work, vacation, sick leave, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    Staff and/or contractors are subject to Random Drug Screening

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective volunteers complete a written application/agreement
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every volunteer is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, equine handling, equine identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every volunteer is assigned a supervisor (staff member and/or senior volunteer) and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The supervisor assesses the volunteer's abilities and assigns specific duties to the volunteer based on their skills
    The organization records and maintains written attendance information and hours on every volunteer
    The organization provides a Volunteer Handbook to every volunteer
    The Volunteer Handbook includes volunteer-related information, such as hours of work, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Volunteer Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    The organization holds regular orientation sessions for volunteers and prospective volunteers that includes an overview of the organization, its mission, activities, volunteer responsibilities and expectations, safety guidelines, and a tour of the facility
Not Checked:
    Our organization has a practice in place to ensure that the organization has sufficient knowledge of the background of prospective volunteers that may impact the safety of your clients and your horses, such as whether prospective volunteers have been convicted of a sexual offense or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect. Such practices must comply with local, state, and federal mandates.
    Prospective volunteers are required to undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  8
Number of Board Members:  9  Number of Voting Board Members:  9

Board Compensation:
Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  Yes
If yes, provide the name, title and responsibility of each VOTING Board member who is compensated:
Executive Director serves as voting member and is compensated for services provided as Executive Director.

Board/Staff Relationships:
Are any members of the Board, Staff or Program Participants related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board, Staff member and/or Program Participant.
Kelly Stackpole, Executive director, and Megan Robertson, board member, are sisters.

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 that ensures that any compensated board member is a NON-VOTING (Independent) board member or that any compensated board member or any board member related to a compensated staff member, independent contractor, or any related board members, or any individual or organization that might benefit from a board decision, abstains from voting on issues impacting such compensation and requires officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose at least annually in writing interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


Compliance:
Below is a list all local, state and federal licenses held by the organization, and/or accreditations or compliances with the published standards of an accrediting organization, if applicable:  No licenses are required at the local, state or federal level

Organization documents available on our website:
    Adoption/Foster Agreement
    Volunteer Handbook

Organization documents available on request:
    Most recent Financials
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Most recent Annual Report
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement
    Volunteer Handbook
    Bylaws

Additional explanation regarding governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of the answers above.
Volunteers are directed to our website for volunteer requirements and form online. We also provide a volunteer handbook. (paper copy can be provided upon request).

Budget:  $500K to $1M
Equine Budget:   $500K to $1M
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Audit
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2021? Yes
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

POLICIES: ACQUISITION


Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  
    Auction  
    Kill pen/Feedlot  
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Lease  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Only Stallions to be castrated

Not Checked:
    Stallions

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
All aquisitions at the review, direction and approval of the trainer/vet for Rising Starr Horse Rescue.


POLICIES: INTAKE, ASSESSMENT & TRAININING

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse:
    A current Coggins
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization has the following policies in place:
    The owner of a potential equine is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the equine
    The equine is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the equine to and from the organization
    Equines are not taken on trial
Not Checked:

Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian upon arrival and/or prior to quarantine departure
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken of each equine upon arrival at the facility and kept with the equine's health records
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score or other body conditioning score is assigned
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
    The equine is scanned to check for a microchip
    The equine is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip
Not Checked:

Upon intake, the organization has the following quarantine policy in place:
    The equine is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time
    The equine is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time
Not Checked:
    The equine is not quarantined

The typical length of quarantine is:   20 to 30 days

Horses are assessed for following skills and behaviors:
    Retrieval from a pasture/paddock
    Leading with a halter and lead rope
    Temperament, disposition and attitude, such as rated from very calm to very high spirited
    Saddling
    Bridling
    Lunging
    Loading onto and unloading off a trailer
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Bathing
    Clipping
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Not Checked:

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    The Henneke Body Condition score or other body conditioning score is updated at least monthly
    Photographs are taken of each equine monthly and kept with the equine's health records
    Photographs are taken of each equine annually and kept with the equine's health records
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist
    Physical examination by a veterinarian at least annually
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score or other body conditioning score is updated at least annually
    
    
Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines that are ridden in our care:
    Our organization evaluates at least annually and maintains a written record of the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden
    No equines are ridden; not applicable

The following variables are considered in determining the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden:
    Equine age, weight, breed, body condition, fitness, balance, health and soundness
    Equine conformation to include the top line, length of back, strength and width of loin, bone density (measured by the circumference of the cannon bone just below the knee)
    Size, shape, condition and angle of the hooves
    Participant weight, height, body proportions, balance, fitness and riding skills as well as behavioral issues and safety concerns
    Weight and proper fit of the saddle and other equipment
    Terrain and footing in the working environment
    Duration and frequency of working sessions, as the frequency with which an equine is subjected to maximum weight carrying and/or workload
    Nature and pace of work, repetitive or varied, radius of turns, degree of incline and regularity of footing when equine is subject to maximum weight-carrying capacity
    Temperature and/or weather conditions
    Seasonal impact on the equines' workload and weight-carrying capabilities and limitations
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden
    No equines are ridden; not applicable


Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   Daily

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
All volunteers are trained to handle horses the same. We currently participate with the Forever Foundation and Cater Ranch. If owner surrenders a horse and cannot pay transport we will.


POLICIES: BREEDING

The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed equines.
Not Checked:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds equines
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions


POLICIES: EUTHANASIA

The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have an equine euthanized for space
    Our organization may have a healthy equine euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other equines, or people and euthanasia is recommended by a veterinarian
    Our organization may have an equine euthanized after all reasonable treatment options have been explored
    Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Not Checked:
    Our organization will never have a healthy equine euthanized under any circumstances
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility

The following are authorized to administer the procedure for your organization in accordance with state laws:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    A certified euthanasia technician
    Senior staff with appropriate training
    Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
    Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
    Not applicable. Our organization prohibits euthanasia under any circumstances


POLICIES: RE-HOMING

View Re-homing Agreement
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete a written contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    Our organization will only re-home an equine to a location where another equine resides
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the equine on site
    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing an equine
    Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the equine to the adopter/purchaser's facility
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the equine
Not Checked:
    Our organization does NOT re-home an equine to first time equine owners
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates

The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
    The agreement reflects that any individual or organization in possession of the equine as of the date of the agreement and any time thereafter is bound to not sell the equine at auction for slaughter or allow the equine to be sold, transferred, released, or otherwise placed into possession of any person or organization that will cause or allow the equine to be sold at auction for slaughter.
    The agreement states that should the adopter decide to re-home the equine, our organization must grant approval of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason prior to the equine being placed into the possession of such individual or organization, including being provided written notification of the name, address, and telephone number of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason.
    The agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the equine must be returned to our organization
    The agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits
    The agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return an equine to our organization free of charge
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return an equine to our organization for a fee
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
Not Checked:
    The agreement states that should the adopter decide to re-home the equine, our organization must be notified of the name, address, and telephone number of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason prior to the equine being placed into the possession of such individual or organization.
    The agreement states that re-homed equines CANNOT be sold, adopted, transferred, auctioned, released, given away, or otherwise placed into the possession of another individual or organization under any circumstances.
    The agreement states that the terms of our organization's agreement will be binding on any future individual or organization taking and/or in possession of the equine for any reason.
    The agreement states that re-homed equines cannot be bred
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
    None of the statements are included.
    The organization does not re-home equines under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our equines and ensures care of the equines for their lifetimes.
    Our organization does not have the authority to transfer ownership and/or does not own any of the equines involved with our programs.

Our organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
    Farrier
    Personal/Other
Not Checked:
    Not applicable or no references required.

Transfer of ownership occurs:   After two years

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
Over $1,500

Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Equines may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Equines may be found suitable homes by our organization
    In the case an equine is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the equine may be euthanized
    In the case an equine is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the equine may be euthanized
Not Checked:
    Equines may be returned to their owners
    Equines may be sent to auction
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the equine may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located, and space is not available for the equine to remain at the organization, the organization will secure a suitable home for the equine and accept financial responsibility for the lifetime of the equine

Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
All horses are micro-chipped, with a lifetime membership that must stay in RSHR name.
     We have a 70 question application before a potential adopter can visit the farm.

EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Our organization uses satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities which adhere to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization



MANAGEMENT: Rising Starr Horse Rescue: *Main

Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Own

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.
     Fred Mastele (president@cthorsecouncil.org) local Animal Control Chris Muir 203-563-0150 Wilton, CT

Does your organization conduct Equine Assisted Services (EAS) at this facility in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS)? Yes

Total number of Equine Assisted Service Providers AT THIS FACILITY, including instructors, specialists, therapists, counselors, coaches and/or facilitators (full-time, part-time, volunteer, independent contractors, and/or providers accompanying clients) that conduct Equine Assisted Services (EAS) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS) AT THIS FACILITY:  1

Equine Assisted Service Providers Assigned to this Facility: (see Equine Assisted Service Provider Section below for details)

     1. Jenn T. Peterson

VETERINARIAN INFORMATION: Rising Starr Horse Rescue: *Main
Rising Starr Horse Rescue: Vet Assessment conducted on 2022-04-19

Veterinarian: William Bradley DVM
Clinic Name: New England Equine
2933 NY 22
Patterson   NY   12563
Phone: 845-878-7500


GROUNDS: Rising Starr Horse Rescue: *Main
Total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility: 32
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those not involved with your programs: 32
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 32
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 39
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 3
Pastures: 10  Paddocks/Pens: 6
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings:   Indoor Rings: 1








Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    Yes    
Do all stalls/enclosures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around?    Yes    
Is there adequate ceiling & beam height (a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear) when standing in all stalls/enclosures?    Yes    
How often are the stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 Days a Week
Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction?    Yes    
Is there a ventilation and circulation system in place to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases?    Yes    
Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety?    Yes    
Are fire prevention/protection measures (fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems) maintained and in good working order?     Yes    
Is there adequate lighting to ensure safety in all areas of facility?     Yes    
Are emergency contacts, including veterinarian contact information, conspicuously posted in easily accessible locations?    Yes    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

How many hours per day, on average, are horses stalled? 9-12
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Equines are out 4 to 8 hours per day
    Equines are out 9 to 15 hours per day
    Equines are out 24/7
    Equines are out 24/7 except they are brought in to feed
    Equines are out 24/7 except they are brought in if there is inclement weather
    Equines are out 24/7 except when they are being trained
    Equines are out 24/7 except when they are used for the conduct of the organization's programs

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures are rotated
    Pastures have natural protection for equines (i.e., trees)
    Pastures have man-made protection for equines (i.e., shelters)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where equines can graze on pasture grass
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Turnout areas have man-made protection for equines (i.e., shelters)
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and equines
    Equines are checked overnight
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
    Visitors are always accompanied by staff (or volunteers)
    The property is fitted with motion lights
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service
    The property is fitted with a security system that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)
Not Checked:
    A security guard is present at night
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced


Additional information about our grounds:
Camaras are in the barn and on when the farm is closed. 12 smoke alarms, Gate at the drivr way.


EQUINE CARE: Rising Starr Horse Rescue: *Main
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Onsite computer with onsite backup storage system
    Onsite computer with cloud-based backup storage system
    Our organization utilizes a software application to maintain records
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records
    Our organization would use free cloud-based barn management software if available

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
    Equines are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Equines are fed in individual stalls
    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area
Not Checked:
    Equines are fed in groups

Do horses have access to clean drinking water at all times?     Yes    

Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually and when an issue arises

Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? Every day or 6 days a week

Parasite Control: Our organization has the following worming protocols in place: (Check all that apply
    The protocol for each equine is determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Fecal testing is performed prior to the use of a de-wormer.
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing
Not Checked:

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    Fly parasites
    Feed Through Products
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Premise Sprays/Insecticides
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets
    Fans

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines, the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines, and/or the biosecurity guidelines of our veterinarian
    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    A specific individual is assigned to care for sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy equines
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines do not have contact with other equines or other animals
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Manure and bedding from sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is disposed of in specific areas designated for infectious materials - not put in open air piles, and not spread on pastures
    Stalls, aisle ways, and common areas are disinfected after conclusion of the quarantine
    Trailers/vans used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines are cleaned and disinfected after each use and cleaning takes place away from where equines are sheltered
    Equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is not shared and is clearly labeled
    Shared equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined equines
Not Checked:
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    Equines are not quarantined on arrival.

The following represent the manure removal practices in place at facility:
    Manure is stored in dumpster(s)
    Our organization adheres to the manure management guidelines set by state and/or local authorities
Not Checked:
    Manure is piled in an area where equines are not located
    Manure piles are covered
    Manure is hauled, sold or given away
    Manure piles are composted or spread on pastures

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property:
    Equines are assigned the same stall/location each day
    Name plates are located on the stall
    Equines wear halters with nametags
    A notebook or binder with photos and information on each equine is easily accessible
    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with equine profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions
    Staff/volunteers are provided training on conformation, markings, colors, and breeds
    Team leaders work with new staff/volunteers until they are able to identify the equines
Not Checked:
    Photos are located on the stall
    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each equine with equine names and photos
    Equine photos and profiles are available on the website

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
     All equines have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each equine appropriate to the equine's needs and the weather conditions
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when an equine's body condition changes
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when an equine's disposition changes
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
    Helmets are shared
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    Helmets are replaced after a fall
Not Checked:
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
    No equines are ridden; not applicable.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: Rising Starr Horse Rescue: *Main
The following plans, policies, and procedures are in place at the facility to handle emergencies and address weather related issues, fire safety procedures, and/or any additional hazardous scenarios the facility could potentially experience:
    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
    The facility owns or has access to a generator
    The facility maintains at least two weeks of hay, feed, shavings and medications
    The facility collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients
    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)
Not Checked:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently

The written EPP addresses the following areas:
    Local fire department and/or the state's emergency planning department procedures
    Medical emergencies for clients, staff, and volunteers
    Medical emergencies for equines
    Evacuation plans
    Power outages
    Fire
    Natural Disasters - thunderstorm, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc
    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:
    Terrorist attacks


The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
    Smoking is strictly prohibited
    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where equines are stalled
    Permanent or temporary structures where equines are stalled are kept free of dust, cobwebs, trash, cleaning rags, and other flammable items
    Aisles and doorways are kept clear
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used
Not Checked:
    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently

How often are the following checked or performed?
Fire Extinguishers are checked: Annually
Smoke detectors are checked: Quarterly
Electrical Systems are checked: Semi-annually
Fence lines are checked: Daily
Turnout Areas are checked: Daily
Sprinkler systems are checked: Quarterly
Fire drills are conducted: Semi-annually
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Quarterly
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Quarterly
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Quarterly

Equine Transportation
Owned onsite: 1 2-horse van/trailer with truck
Access onsite but not owned: 2 2-horse van/trailer with truck
Access offsite: 1 6-horse van/trailer with truck
Access offsite: 1 8-horse van/trailer with truck
Access offsite: 1 10-horse van/trailer with truck


EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Rising Starr Horse Rescue: 2021 - Yes

20 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2021
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2021
0 Donated
0 Lease
5 Purchase from Owner
4 Auction
0 Kill Pen/Feedlot
19 Surrendered
1 Seized
0 Abandoned
2 Returned
8 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Adoption from Rescue
39 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2021
29 Horses adopted/sold:
1 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
2 Horses euthanized
32 Total departures
27 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2021
27 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 20 on 1/1/2021+ 39 Intakes - 32 Departures = 27 on 12/31/2021

Total days that equines were in the care of Rising Starr Horse Rescue during 2021: 8590

2021 Rising Starr Horse Rescue Equine Census
20 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2021
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2021
0 Donated
0 Lease
5 Purchase from Owner
4 Auction
0 Kill Pen/Feedlot
19 Surrendered
1 Seized
0 Abandoned
2 Returned
8 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Adoption from rescue
39 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2021
29 Horses adopted/sold:
1 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
2 Horses euthanized
32 Total departures
27 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2021
27 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 20 on 1/1/2021+ 39 Intakes - 32 Departures = 27 on 12/31/2021


39 Horse Intake Detail during 2021 0
0 Donated 0
0 Leased 0
5 Purchased from Owner 0
1Quarter Horse1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
2Thoroughbred2 Aged 15-20  2 Mares
1Other1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
1Appendix Quarter Horse1 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings
4 Auction 0
1Draft1 Aged 15-20   1 Geldings
1Standardbred1 Aged 10-14   1 Mares
2Warm Blood1 Aged 6-9   1 Geldings1 Aged 10-14   1 Mares
0 Kill Pen/Feedlot 0
19 Surrendered 0
4Donkey/Mule/Burro1 Aged 6-9  1 Mares3 Aged 10-14  3 Mares
1Mustang1 Aged 6-9  1 Mares
4Miniature Horse0 Aged Under 62 Aged 6-9  2 Mares2 Aged 15-20  2 Geldings
5Quarter Horse2 Aged 10-14  2 Geldings3 Aged 15-20  2 Geldings  1 Mares
1Thoroughbred1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Warm Blood1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1Grade/Mixed Breed/Unknown1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
2Pony1 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
1 Seized 0
1Quarter Horse1 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings
0 Abandoned 0
2 Returned 0
2Quarter Horse2 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings  1 Mares
8 Transferred 0
1Appaloosa1 Aged 6-9  1 Mares
2Donkey/Mule/Burro1 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
1Miniature Horse1 Aged Under 6  1 Geldings
2Quarter Horse0 Aged Under 62 Aged 6-9  2 Mares
2Grade/Mixed Breed/Unknown2 Aged 6-9  2 Mares
0 Born at facility 0
0 Adoption from rescue 0

29 Re-homing Detail Horses adopted/sold by breed, age & gender during 2021:  
1Arabian1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
6Donkey/Mule/Burro2 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings  1 Mares4 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings  3 Mares
4Miniature Horse0 Aged Under 62 Aged 6-9  2 Mares2 Aged 15-20  2 Geldings
1Paint1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
9Quarter Horse0 Aged Under 62 Aged 6-9  2 Mares6 Aged 10-14  5 Geldings  1 Mares1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
1Thoroughbred1 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings
4Grade/Mixed Breed/Unknown3 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings  2 Mares1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
3Pony1 Aged Under 6  1 Mares1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares

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