EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK PROFILE
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.



Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.
5825 Route 30
West Townshend, VT 05359

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 1352
WEST TOWNSHEND, VT 05359


Phone: 802-874-7213  MAKE AN INQUIRY

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EIN: 59-3800477
Founded: 2005
Profile Last Updated September 18, 2022

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AWARDED ANNUALLY
Effective Date
May 2022

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Awarded Annually
Effective Date: May 2022
Last Updated: September 18, 2022

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
GER is a 501c3 horse rescue in the green mountain of Southern VT. We rescue horses from the unthinkable fate of being slaughter bound for human consumption, and with the ultimate goal of finding them each a perfect new home.

Our organization provides programs involved with equine rescue, adoption & retirement
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: 2
     1. Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc. (*Main) Status: 2022 and 2021
     2. Summit View Farm (Foster) Status: 2022 only

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:
Gerda's Equine Rescue strives to:
     ·Rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes mainly slaughter bound horses. In order to save a horse from a feedlot/auction we calculate what their bail, shipping, coggins, and 30-day quarantine costs will be and fundraise on our Facebook page to raise the funds necessary. We do no pull horses until these funds have been raised to assure that we are not taking on more than we can sustain.
     
     ·Offers options for people needing to re-home their horses. These horses are often the easiest for us to re-home because we know their history, what their training level is and what type of home they need. They arrive to GER ready to be adopted. Because our mission is to rescue mainly slaughter bound horses, we usually only accept horses that owners are in a very tight situation and they are in jeopardy of falling through the cracks.
     
     ·Offers educational programs for the next generation of horse caretakers, the kids! Throughout the year we offer volunteer opportunities, field trips, and community events geared towards children and their families. All of these programs are volunteer led and have no cost associated with them, so they are sustainable programs for the future and are already being put in place for this year! This year we were able to offer an internship with the local highschool.
     
     Sustainability Plans:
     Our fundraising effort are now fully online. Our fundraising committee implemented a successful online Valentines Day Fundraiser, Online Silent Auction, Hay Drive and several Facebook/Instagram fundraisers for bail and hay throughout the year.
     Like all rescues, finances are the most important link to success, without public funding, we would not be able to survive. Along with monthly donations and appeals for certain necessities such as hay and medical expenses we have a grant writer, always writing on our behalf, with a good success rate!
     
     Long Term Plans:
     As life happens, we all have to deal with our aging process, and this is what I am facing now. At age 82, (which seems to have happened in a minute!) reality has come knocking at my door. My plan has always been to have this rescue continue once I am no longer involved. We have saved so many horses and have left a long trail of happy endings behind us, so not to continue bigger and better would be a travesty to many wonderful horses whose fate would be sealed. The plan at this time is to either hire a new Executive Director or to groom an existing Board Member that will be poised to step in until an appropriate one is found.

Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     Gerda's Equine Rescue rescues, rehabilitates, and re homes mainly slaughter bound horses.
     
     •Adoption Program: GER offers horse adoption mainly to families throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Our goal is to try and place each horse rescued through GER at a loving forever home. When a horse is accepted into the rescue we vow that we will do everything in our power to assure that they do not end up back in the slaughter pipeline. All owners undergo a rigorous vetting process including an application, reference check (including vet and trimmer references), pictures or tour of the facility where the horse will be kept, and an in person meet and greet with GER and the horse. If after completing the above process we feel like it’s a good match we adopt the horse out with a legally binding adoption agreement that states that if an owner can not provide the proper care for the horse for any reason they must return them to GER.

Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     2022 COMMUNITY OUTREACH
     • PHCP Mentorship: We partnered with our amazing barefoot trimmer Christine Kruger who was able to offer a Progressive Hood Care Practitioners mentorship training at GER. The mentees get to learn all about the interesting hoof cases that come along with rescue horses to further hone their skills.
     
     * We have several volunteer positions at the farm that include community members and local high school and college students.
     
     • EQUUS Foundation Animal Welfare and Adoption Day Event: This amazing event was created to help spotlight adoptable rescue horses while educating the public about animal welfare. We were so excited to join the EQUUS Foundation in this wonderful event at this year’s Hampton Classic Horse Show.
     
     •Discount Dental Clinic: We were so excited to be able to bring back our discount dental clinic aimed educating about the importance of routine dental care and helping owners in need. This year we were able to offer the discount to 6 horses in need thanks to a grant from Dancer’s Legacy.
     
     • Free Gelding Clinic: We are so excited to be back hosting our 3rd Free Gelding Clinic September 24th! This clinic has been a collaboration of many groups working together by donating their time and talent to be able to offer the free gelding clinic to 8 horses in the northeast whose owners may not otherwise be able to perform the procedure. The clinic will be overseen by Dr. Kristen Bubeck of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Greg Dows of Arlington Equine. Medication for the event will be graciously donated by Patterson Veterinary. The colleges students will perform the geldings giving them hands on experience!
     
     • Free Blanket Bank: This winter we were able to offer 23 local horse owners in need free horse blankets our Blanket Bank. The program is funded solely through donations of used blankets from individuals. We are excited to say that donations have continued to come in all spring and summer, and we will be able to offer this important free program to owners in need again this winter.
     
     • Horse Agility Clinic: We partnered with an amazing trainer, Scherri Edwards, to host our second Horse Agility Clinic at the rescue. This was an introductory clinic and is a great way to connect with your horse while keeping their minds active and engaged. Scherri donated all the proceeds from the clinic back to the rescue! Scherri will also host a fall fun show in October that we will participate in with our rescue horses.
     
     •GER had articles in several newspapers including The Brattleboro Reformer, America’s Best Racing, Keene Sentinel & the Commons.

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, religious purposes, or a specific religious faith 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. 

GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Gerda Silver
Employees/Independent Contractors:   Full-Time:  1  Part-Time:  1  Volunteers:  25
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 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 equine first aid
Not Checked:
    Prospective staff/independent contractors are required to undergo a Background Check
    Staff and/or contractors carry current health insurance
    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
    One or more staff members or contractors are trained in CPR and human first aid
    Staff and/or contractors are subject to Random Drug Screening

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective volunteers 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 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.
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    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 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:
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Prospective volunteers are required to undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    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
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  2
Number of Board Members:  5  Number of Voting Board Members:  5

Board Compensation:
Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

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.
Gerda Silver (President) and Bob Silver (Board Member)are husband and wife.

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? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization.
The organization leases a facility from the President/Founder.

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 required.

Organization documents available on our website:
    None

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

Budget:  $100K to $500K
Equine Budget:   $150K to $250K
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Review
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2021? No
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

POLICIES: ACQUISITION


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

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

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

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
We will accept stallions at our rescue but they will be castrated while in our care before being placed in a home.


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:
    A health certificate signed by a veterinarian and dated no more than seven days prior to arrival attesting to the health status of the equine is provided to our organization either prior to or upon arrival of the equine

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
    Equines are on trial for up to 30 days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the equine's progress
    During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the equine, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
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
    The Henneke Body Condition score or other body conditioning score is updated at least annually
    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:
    Photographs are taken of each equine monthly and kept with the equine's health records
    
    
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):   As needed; no set schedule

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
If a horse is a surrendered the owner is responsible for providing updated medical records. If we save them from auction we provide vaccinations and all horses go through a veterinary intake process during their 30 day quarantine period.
     
     Training is provided as needed and as trainer and or volunteers are available. All horses are handled daily.
     
     Isolation is completed prior to being introduced to other horses at the rescue.
     
     Blood work and fecal samples are done when recommended by the veterinarian.


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 upon the recommendation of the veterinarian 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
Not Checked:
    Our organization does NOT re-home an equine to first time equine owners
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the equine
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates

The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
    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 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 re-homed equines cannot be bred
    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 are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more 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 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 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 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
    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:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase)

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
$751 to $1,000

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
    Equines may be returned to their owners
    In the case an equine is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the equine may be euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian
    In the case an equine is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the equine may be euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian
Not Checked:
    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


EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 2
Our organization uses satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities which adhere to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization

Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: *Main
Summit View Farm: Foster


MANAGEMENT: Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: *Main

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

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.
     Windham County Humane Society Animal Protection Organization 916 W River Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05103 (802) 254-2232 Each town also has it's own animal control officer

VETERINARIAN INFORMATION: Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: *Main
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: Vet Assessment conducted on 2022-01-21

Veterinarian: Greg Dowd
Clinic Name: Arlington Equine
969 Trumbull Hill Road
Shaftsbury   VT   05262
Phone: 802-375-9322


GROUNDS: Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: *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: 37
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 6
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 2  Run-in sheds: 4
Pastures: 5  Paddocks/Pens: 8
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 0














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?    No    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

How many hours per day, on average, are horses stalled? 4-8
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Equines are out 16+ hours per day

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    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
    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
    Barbed wire is used for fencing

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    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
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    Barbed wire is used for fencing

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
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    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 that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)
    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced
Not Checked:
    A security guard is present at night
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service


EQUINE CARE: Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: *Main
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)
    Onsite computer with onsite backup storage system
    Onsite computer with cloud-based backup storage system
    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
    Equines are fed in groups
    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
Not Checked:
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area

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
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing
Not Checked:
    Fecal testing is performed prior to the use of a de-wormer.

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    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 and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
    Our organization follows the biosecurity guidelines of our veterinarian
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    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
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined equines
Not Checked:
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Equines are not quarantined on arrival.

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

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
    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
    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:
    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

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is 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
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    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
    Helmets are shared
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    Helmets are replaced after a fall
    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
Not Checked:
     All equines have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    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
    No equines are ridden; not applicable.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: *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:
    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
Not Checked:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)


The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
    Smoking is strictly prohibited
    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
    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where equines are stalled

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: Not at all/NA
Fire drills are conducted: Not at all/NA
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Annually
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Annually
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Annually

Equine Transportation
Owned onsite: 1 2-horse van/trailer with truck
Owned onsite: 1 6-horse van/trailer with truck



MANAGEMENT: Summit View Farm: Foster

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

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.
     New York State Police, Monroe 369 Nininger Rd, Monroe, NY 1095 845-353-1100

VETERINARIAN INFORMATION: Summit View Farm: Foster
Summit View Farm: Vet Assessment conducted on 2022-03-24

Veterinarian: Jen Nutt
Clinic Name: Pine Bush Equine
96 Waren Avenue
Pine Bush   NY   12566
Phone: 845-361-4917


GROUNDS: Summit View Farm: Foster
This section is not required for this facility because this facility adheres to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization.

EQUINE CARE: Summit View Farm: Foster
This section is not required for this facility because this facility adheres to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization.

EMERGENCY PREPARENDESS: Summit View Farm: Foster
This section is not required for this foster facility because this facility adheres to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization.

EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 2
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: 2021 - Yes
Summit View Farm: 2021 - Yes

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

Summary: 32 on 1/1/2021+ 71 Intakes - 81 Departures = 22 on 12/31/2021

Total days that equines were in the care of Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc. during 2021: 12450


     Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc. (*Main) Status: 2021 only
2021 Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc. Equine Census
32 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2021
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2021
0 Donated
0 Lease
0 Purchase from Owner
0 Auction
48 Kill Pen/Feedlot
13 Surrendered
3 Seized
0 Abandoned
7 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Adoption from rescue
71 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2021
69 Horses adopted/sold:
4 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
8 Horses euthanized
81 Total departures
22 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2021
20 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
2 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 32 on 1/1/2021+ 71 Intakes - 81 Departures = 22 on 12/31/2021


71 Horse Intake Detail during 2021 0
0 Donated 0
0 Leased 0
0 Purchased from Owner 0
0 Auction 0
48 Kill Pen/Feedlot 0
8Donkey/Mule/Burro2 Aged Under 6  2 Geldings5 Aged 6-9  3 Geldings  2 Mares1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1Draft1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
2Mustang2 Aged 10-14  2 Mares
12Miniature Horse1 Aged Under 6  1 Geldings5 Aged 6-9  3 Geldings  2 Mares1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings5 Aged 15-20  2 Geldings  3 Mares
1Paint1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
4Standardbred2 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings  1 Mares1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1Tennessee Walking Horse1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
3Thoroughbred1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1Warm Blood1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
15Pony3 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings  2 Mares2 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings  1 Mares5 Aged 15-20  2 Geldings  3 Mares5 Aged Over 20  3 Geldings  2 Mares
13 Surrendered 0
1Draft1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
4Miniature Horse1 Aged Under 6  1 Stallions2 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings  1 Mares1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
1Morgan1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Paint1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
1Quarter Horse1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
2Warm Blood2 Aged 15-20  2 Mares
1Grade/Mixed Breed/Unknown1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Andalusian/Lusitano1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Pony1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
3 Seized 0
1Miniature Horse1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1Quarter Horse1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
1Thoroughbred1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
0 Abandoned 0
7 Returned 0
1Arabian1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
1Miniature Horse0 Aged Under 61 Aged 6-9  1 Mares
3Thoroughbred1 Aged 6-9  1 Mares1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Paso Fino1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
1Pony1 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings
0 Transferred 0
0 Born at facility 0
0 Adoption from rescue 0

69 Re-homing Detail Horses adopted/sold by breed, age & gender during 2021:  
7Donkey/Mule/Burro3 Aged Under 6  2 Geldings  1 Mares3 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings  2 Mares1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
4Draft1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings2 Aged 15-20  2 Geldings1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
4Mustang2 Aged 10-14  2 Mares2 Aged 15-20  2 Mares
16Miniature Horse3 Aged Under 6  1 Geldings  2 Stallions6 Aged 6-9  4 Geldings  2 Mares1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings5 Aged 15-20  2 Geldings  3 Mares1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
1Morgan1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Quarter Horse1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
5Standardbred2 Aged 10-14  2 Geldings2 Aged 15-20  2 Geldings1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1Tennessee Walking Horse1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
8Thoroughbred1 Aged 6-9  1 Mares4 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings  3 Mares1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings2 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings  1 Mares
3Warm Blood1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings2 Aged 15-20  2 Mares
1Other1 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings
1Andalusian/Lusitano1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Haflinger1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
16Pony4 Aged 6-9  3 Geldings  1 Mares4 Aged 10-14  2 Geldings  2 Mares3 Aged 15-20  3 Geldings5 Aged Over 20  3 Geldings  2 Mares


     Summit View Farm (Foster) Status: 2021 only
2021 Summit View Farm Equine Census
0 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2021
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2021
0 Donated
0 Lease
0 Purchase from Owner
0 Auction
0 Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Adoption from rescue
0 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2021
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
0 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2021
0 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 0 on 1/1/2021+ 0 Intakes - 0 Departures = 0 on 12/31/2021



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