EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK PROFILE
Dream Catcher Stables, Inc

http://www.dreamcatcherstables.org




Dream Catcher Stables, Inc
20907 Birnamwood Blvd.
Humble, TX 77338

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1454
Spring, TX 77383


Phone: 281-216-3494  MAKE AN INQUIRY

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EIN: 76-0618111
Founded: 1999

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Profile Last Updated July 6, 2024

Public Charity


Equine Welfare Network Guardian
2024

The Guardian Seal of Transparency is awarded annually to recognize an organization's commitment to transparency and accountability by their willingness to make comprehensive data about their programs, horse care practices, and governance available for public scrutiny. The Guardian Seal of Transparency is NOT an endorsement.
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Last Updated: July 6, 2024

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
To provide a place in perpetuity where people with disabilities can be successful, equal, and capable, growing to their maximum life's potential through interaction with horses in a positive environment.

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS).
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 equine-related.

Our organization does not CURRENTLY use satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities.


Summary of organization's recent accomplishments, goals, strategies to achieve the goals, and capabilities to meet the goals, including its long-term plans to sustain its programs:
Looking for a Life Changing experience? Come to Dream Catcher Stables Inc where you are loved, accepted, and received in a Can DO atmosphere. This horsemanship program for youth and adults with disabilities is fully operated by volunteers - teenagers, adults, and senior citizens.
     
     Accomplishments
     Athletes
     Angela stated “this is a breath of sunshine.” Her 37 year old daughter, blind from birth, loves horses and has been told NO by every organization they have ever talked to until she called Dream Catcher Stables Inc. Her daughter, Franchesca, has no physical concept of our world so introduction to a horse facility consisted the first day of walking down the center of the barn aisle and eventually touching a horse with the tips of her fingers. They will spend the heat of our summer creating a visual concept of our world so that as the weather cools, Franchesca will be able to mount and learn to ride a horse.
     
     Avery H, athlete, came to us because the family and caregiver felt that equine therapy could help. As an infant, doctors said she’ll never live and if she does she will be a “vegetable”. As an infant she was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. Two years ago she came to Dream Catcher Stables Inc and rode a horse with two sidewalkers and a horse handler. Those assistants are still necessary today, however she has won trophies and a belt buckle for her riding capabilities. More important, in June 2023 her pediatrician told the family - at this age with her disabilities all of the other patients I have had are in physical decline. Avery is thriving and improving. Keep doing what you are doing. Avery tolerates her other physical therapies because she gets to ride horses and asks daily if it is riding day. Improved speech, ability to walk, balance, and self-esteem are just some of her successes.
     
     Avery S, athlete and volunteer, is a Senior in high school planning a career in neonatal nursing.
     
     Blake had been denied participation in all ball sports. Labelled a danger to his 1st grade class, Blake thrived at Dream Catcher Stables and excelled academically too. Graduating high school #42/572 students with just 9 credits short of his associates degree, that fall he earned an internship in cyber security from his school district. The fall of 2023 Blake lived on his college campus and completed his Junior Year of college while totally responsible for himself. Now a senior in college majoring in cyber security, Blake has adjusted to the challenges he faces because of his disabilities and looks forward to a professional career. Here at Dream Catcher Stables Inc he is a volunteer helping with our IT challenges as well as working with the horses and athletes. When his favorite horse needs a refresher, Blake takes her for a ride.
     
     Diego is a senior in high school in the process of selecting his college with a major in editing. Horses brought him out of his shell and gave him the courage to socialize with his classmates.
     
     Eddie, former athlete now an adult with capabilities in the automotive world, came back for help as he was being discriminated against in job seeking. With help he found a simple job and continues to seek the job of his dreams that he had been offered by a manager and refused by the corporation.
     
     Makayla and her mother used to be at “war”. Through horses both are understanding each other.
     Makayla grew from athlete to volunteer become a founding member of our teen advisory board. She enters college this fall studying Marine Biology.
     Her mother, after conquering her fears by riding a horse for her birthday two years ago, serves as Treasurer on our Board of Directors. We are blessed to have them both.
     
     Michael, Wesley, and Oscar joined our program last fall. All three are on the spectrum and 5 years old.
     Wesley put on his helmet, mounted, and rode his first lesson.
     Oscar put on his helmet and for several weeks his older sister put on a helmet too showing him what to do. Then Oscar decided it was okay to mount the horse and since then he has been learning to ride with the goal of independent control of the horse.
     Michael had to overcome his fears. This spring he became willing to lead his horse around the arena. Then finally, one day, he mounted by himself and immediately got off. Several weeks later he mounted and rode once around the arena with a horse handler. The next week he lead his horse to the mounting ramp, mounted willingly, and rode for a full lesson (shortened to 10 minutes because of the heat).
     
     Ramiro just graduated high school and is trilingual looking at opportunities for his future. We suggested translation might be one of them as he is fluent in English, Spanish, and respectable in French.
     
     Other
     Jessica, a teen volunteer who went off to college, married and has a family, stopped in at our birthday celebration and plans to begin volunteering again.
     
     LaCreatia, a Marine veteran, has chosen to work in the AAT field. She found Dream Catcher Stables Inc and plans a career with us. Our founder is now her mentor.
     
     Nathan chose to volunteer. Bullied all his life because of alopecia, he became a vital member of our program assisting in lessons and making friends with other teen volunteers. After high school graduation he tried college and fell in love with the world of work hiring on at United Airlines in their tool room. His coworkers are older often with thinning or no hair so he “fits in”. United Airlines has a variety of programs to advance their employees and Nathan plans a lifetime career here. Currently a major goal is to have a home of his own.
     
     Yarely, teen volunteer who returned after college graduation, went on to achieve her M.S. in Speech Therapy, is now in a leadership role for her employer and serves as both a volunteer and board member for Dream Catcher Stables Inc.
     
     Two long term placement behavioral group homes bring their residents to Dream Catcher Stables Inc. As these youth groom, clean stalls, ride, and untack our horses they understand how life is fair, ever changing, and are able to connect their horse/human interactions circumspectly to return to positive life pathways.
     
     While there are endless stories that we can share, the 10 amazing horses that are the heart of our program continue to be grateful to those who give financially.
     
     Our EIDL Loan was repaid in full on May 31, 2024 thanks to an unexpected gift of $38,000 from the Klein Oak High School Student Council.
     
     Strategies
     Dream Catcher Stables Inc welcomes those who need our services most and can least afford them. Here
     Youth and adults with disabilities learn to ride and care for horses, socialize in a positive atmosphere, and move into the adult world confidently.
     Families relax and share knowledge and challenges with each other.
     Youthful volunteers find purpose, understand their own strengths and life callings.
     Horses have forever homes and useful careers in the golden years.
     
     In addition to simply teaching horsemanship, our program has one important strategy for all of our athletes. Properly referred to as our positive reinforcement policy, at the close of an athlete’s very first lesson our founder repeats the following:
     
     Did you like today? Do you want to come again? The answer is almost always Yes. If not we assume the Yes.
     
     To come again you need to
     Attend school, unless you are sick or have a doctor’s appointment, or..
     At school you need to try to behave.
     At school you need to try to do your school work.
     Homework must go home to your parent(s) and back to the teacher.
     To the extent that you try you get to ride.
     
     I add for the parent’s benefit
     To the extent you don’t try you may come anyway but we have other things for you to do.
     
     Tracking metrics in 2023 we did more with less and nearly set a record number of lessons.
     31% fewer donors, 75% fewer new donors but a 260% increase in the average new donation. Annual budget was met with less than 1% change from 2022.
     6% more athletes with 3% more positive life changes.
     3% fewer lessons than the previous year due mostly to the weather.
     10% fewer volunteers (95), 49% fewer key volunteers (11), 33% fewer board members (6) actively participating in program due in large part to 2 board members moving more than 50 miles away.
     24% fewer volunteer hours (2737), 36% fewer by key volunteers (1855), 23% fewer program hours by Board Members (1338).
     
     One of our group homes is building their own therapeutic riding program relying on us as their mentors. We welcome their innovation.
     
     In summer 2023 La’Creatia stopped at our gate asking questions. Currently a student at St Andrews University on-line, her major is Equine Management with a specialty in Therapeutic Riding. A veteran, her dream is to open a PTSD program. After meeting with us, La’Creatia chose to join our volunteer force, utilize our founder as her mentor in college courses and beyond, and is now realizing her dream will come true as her position evolves at Dream Catcher Stables Inc.
     
     In addition to our credentials on Equus Foundation, we hold status with
     BBB - Accredited meeting all 20 standards
     Candid/GuideStar - Platinum
     CHA - Accredited Program Member
     GFAS - Verified
     PATH Intl - Member Center
     
     Capabilities - The Can Do spirit and fact that Can’t and Never are not part of Dream Catcher Stables vocabulary will see us through to our ultimate goals.
     
     Born the result of 13 years of pilot projects, in Dream Catcher Stables 25 years of existence, we have had 4 different homes, grown from a program with 1 horse 4 athletes, 4 volunteers, and a debt of $5,000 to a program at the end of 2023 with 10 horses, 88 athletes, 53 currently active volunteers, $381,323 in net assets ($28,329 cash). So far in 2024 we have provided 329 lessons using 52 volunteers who gave a total of 1562 hours.
     
     Over our 25 years we have taught 7076 lessons to 346 athletes using 1355 volunteers so far. Athletes leave because they die, move away, find other activities to enjoy, enter the adult world of work, or no longer have transportation. Teen volunteers go off to college and the adult world of work often moving away. Some return. Adults come because they are looking for something within themselves, stay because they are fulfilled by volunteering, and leave because they are no longer able to do what is needed.
     
     Our Founder has credentials with CHA, PATH Intl, Special Olympics, and is a retired Special Educator with an M.S. in Organic Chemistry, B.S. in Biology, A.B.S. in Life Science. Founder of two charities and assisted in forming a third, she has mentored countless individuals seeking to enter the therapeutic horse world.
     
     Our Board of Directors is comprised of individuals with backgrounds in speech therapy, banking, marketing, corporate training, real estate, EMT, public disability compliance, parent advocacy. One board member is disabled, two are parents of an athlete in our program, one is the parent of a disabled teen volunteer.
     
     Long-Term Plans
     Our move in 2018 gave us information on potential permanent homes. To achieve that goal will take about $5,000,000. In December 2023 we launched a year long Aluminum Can recycling campaign with a goal of recycling eighty million cans estimated to produce $1,600,000. Currently a long ways from that goal our internal plea is gaining strength. A plan to include local media is in it’s infancy. With recent contacts we hope to implement a Capital Campaign Committee in the next 6 months whose sole purpose will be to raise the needed $5,000,000 or more and see us settled in our permanent home by November 8, 2028 (end of our current lease).
     
     Our permanent facility will have a
     Resident caretaker whose lodging will be part of their salary and who will provide 24 hour security too.
     Covered arena with lights to maximize program days and lesson hours.
     Multiple pastures for good pasture and herd management.
     Sufficient stalls to allow boarding of non-owned horses. Boarding fees will produce income to pay the feed for our therapy herd and an employee whose job will be to care for all of the horses and the grounds.

Please describe what steps your organization takes to ensure that:
1) the interactions between your equines and people are mutually beneficial and conducted in accordance with the Guidelines for Human-Equine Interactions stated below;
2) all equines in the care of our organization and/or equines that participate in the organization's program have access to clean drinking water at all times; nutritious food in sufficient quantity, including natural forage such as pasture grass and/or hay; appropriate veterinary, farrier, and dental care; shelter and protection from the weather; sufficient safe space to move around comfortably on a daily basis; and daily opportunity to freely interact and have contact with other equines.
     1). Program activities
     Saddles, bridles, bits, and halters are fitted to each horse for the comfort of the horse. Horses are groomed and tacked in their stalls by knowledgable volunteers. Athletes are first introduced to the horses in the barn. When the activity is grooming, the athlete is taught how to use first the brush (later the curry and mane & tail comb) and then allowed to groom the horse under the watchful eyes of the instructor or their assistant.
     
     Horses are ridden no more than 2 hours without a break, in the hot weather, breaks are after every 30 minute lesson. As our program operates between 9 am and 12 noon, no horse is worked more than 3 hours a day. Currently we have lessons just 3 days each week so the herd has plenty of turn out time to relax.
     
     No horse is allowed to work with injuries that affect their ability to move without pain and with safety to the athlete and volunteer also.
     
     We teach basic horsemanship - western pleasure, dressage, and trail obstacles. All horses use simple gentle bits - eggbutt/full cheek snaffles, kimberwicks, or short shank Tom Thumbs. Horses can also be ridden in bitless bridles as warranted.
     
     Riders, helmets required, are taught to look with their eyes, use loose reins, and squeeze with their legs. We do have two riders with leg paralysis/immobility and they use their weight, eyes, and reins and sometimes a dressage whip for communication with the horse.
     
     Horse Selection/De-selection excerpted from our Policies Manual
     Horses selected for the program will generally be
     • Over the age of 10,
     • Geldings or mares,
     • Well-trained,
     • Gentle and “spook proof”.
     • Donated.
     • Subject to return if found unsatisfactory during a one to three month trial period.
     
     Proof of current negative coggins is required before acceptance and delivery to our site. Current Health Certificate with proof of quarantine 10 days prior to arrival is preferred.
     
     In addition to Donor forms/bills of sale, Horse Information forms will be completed for each visit made to inspect a potential program horse. Our designated horse inspection team will complete this form and make their recommendation to the Program Director. Once on site, isolation (if necessary), manners, way of going, herd interaction, etc. will be noted on the appropriate form. Training with wheelchairs, crutches, ramps, and adaptive equipment are a part of the first month’s activities.
     
     ALL HORSES ENTERING THE PROGRAM will be subject to the following:
     1.) Riding/inspection before coming to property.
     2.) Proof of current negative coggins and health certificate indicating quarantine prior to arrival on property.
     3.) Quarantine prior to arrival or at donor’s expense upon arrival at our veterinarian’s large animal facility.
     4.) Thirty (30) day evaluation period -- all contact documented.
     First ten (10) days, the new arrival may be isolated from the remainder of the herd for medical purposes. This includes all activity and water/feed sources. Handling and riding will be limited to Program Director, selected volunteers and equestrians.
     After isolation period, new arrival will be introduced to herd and ridden by Program Director, selected volunteers and selected equestrians alone and with other horses, and be introduced to program ways and adaptive equipment
     Approval/removal by Program Director based on everyone’s input.
     The thirty (30) day period may be shortened or lengthened upon agreement of instructors with Program Director.
     5.) After approval, the horse will be available for routine classwork.
     6.) Any horse involved in 1 major infraction (endangerment/injury to rider/handler) will be removed from program for evaluation and if found potentially suitable may undergo a period of re-training with a professional and re-evaluation prior to return to the program. A finding of unsuitable at any time in this evaluation process is grounds for permanent removal from the program.
     
     A second major infraction is grounds for permanent removal from the program with no retraining option.
     Horses removed for unsuitability may be sold/traded/donated to another entity. The new owner must sign a statement declaring that this horse has been found unsuitable for activity in a disabled riding program.
     
     Horses removed from our herd will not be sent to auction or slaughter. New owners will sign a statement indicating that they agree not to send the horse to auction or slaughter.
     
     The ultimate decision for disposal will be approved by the Board of Directors on a case by case basis with two exceptions.
      Exception #1 -- Any horse in our possession which is proven positive for Coggins will be disposed of immediately with the aid of the Veterinarian. Such disposal will be in a manner so as not to further endanger the remainder of the herd.
      Exception #2 -- Any horse which sustains life threatening injury or illness shall be treated/disposed of upon the recommendation of the veterinarian. Such disposal shall be in a manner appropriate for the injury/illness.
     
     
     Emergency - Contingency/1st Aid Plan excerpted from our Complete Emergency Plan
     Accident
     Horse Related
     1.) STOP activity.
     2.) First aider goes to affected person.
      Horse designate to affected horse.
      Remaining staff secure remainder of group.
     3.) Remainder of group is moved to safety (dismount if appropriate).
      Explain/understand/debrief what just happened to this group.
     4.) Care for person -- contact family.
      Care for horse.
     5.) All involved write/communicate incident reports -- who, what, where, when, others present -- just the facts.
      Reports are placed in proper book/file(s).
     6.) Call to check on progress of affected person (after 24 hours and as appropriate for injury received).
     7.) Complete/close incident report.
     8.) Executive Director contacts insurance company as appropriate.
     
     Insurance -- a form is signed by each equestrian/guardian/volunteer stating that our insurance is supplemental insurance. All claims will first be submitted to THEIR INSURANCE carrier, second to the School’s/Special Olympics’ insurance carrier, and finally to Dream Catcher Stables, Inc insurance carrier for consideration and payment of claims.
     
     Non-horse Related
     1.) Stop activity.
     2.) First aider to scene -- takes control of injured person.
      Remaining staff take control of all other persons.
     3.) Remove remainder of group to safety.
      Explain/understand/debrief what just happened to this group.
     
     Seizure
     1.) Remain calm, remembering that once started the seizure cannot be stopped.
     2.) Stop activity calmly and as quietly as possible.
     
     If the seizure is minor with little risk to rider, horse, or staff, the best option may be to
     • Wait out the seizure at a halt.
      Horse Handler stands to the front shoulder of the horse.
      Two sidewalkers (more if needed) stabilize the rider.
     • Monitor the rider to ensure proper breathing.
     
     If necessary, dismount the rider in the safest manner that has already been planned for that rider, and protect rider from injury.
     • Remove and reassure the horse
     • Place the rider on his/her side to maintain a clear airway and prevent inhalation of saliva.
     • DO NOT restrict the person’s movements, except to prevent injury.
     • Monitor the rider to ensure proper breathing. Call 911 as appropriate.
     
     3.) Explain to the other riders in the class that the individual having the seizure will be fine in a few minutes.
     • Allow them to continue their riding activities away from the seizure activity.
     • Discuss the incident in a manner that is caring and educational.
     
     4.) Allow the rider to awaken from the seizure in the least stressful way, and if possible resume the riding activity when her or she is ready.
     
     5.) Document the seizure in the session progress notes, and inform the parents or caretakers.
     
     Weather
     Program in Progress
     1.) Stop activity (if mounted, dismount riders, untacking/releasing horses as time permits).
     2.) Go to safest location possible.
     3.) Remain in safe location until danger passes.
     4.) Write incident report and give to Technical Director.
     
     
     
      2). Their home
     Our horses live out approximately 20-22 hours each day as a single herd. Currently their pasture is 17 acres of grazing land with trees, access to their stalls, and to 2 hundred gallon stock tanks of fresh water.
     
     Every horse is stalled once a day in a 12’ x 12’ stall with a 5 gallon bucket of clean fresh water. This is the time that they receive their grain and supplements. The amount of these is specific for each horse. Currently we feed Evans Farm 12-8 horse pellets supplemented with 1/2 scoop of alfalfa pellets. Our pasture is safe for horses but not the very best quality of forage. At times of the year when pasture is non existent three bales of coastal hay are free fed in such a manner that all horses have a place to eat comfortably.
     
     Plans are underway to divide our pasture allowing for rotation as well as segregation as necessary.
     
     The barn is built for our climate providing shade and cooling in the summer, protection from storms, and is available 24/7 to each and every horse. The stall floors are dirt with pelletized pine bedding added.
     
     Veterinary, Farrier, & Dental Care
     All horses are barefoot because of the soil - black gumbo - which becomes sticky in wet weather to the point shoes would be lost on a very regular basis. The hoof trimmer trims the entire herd every 4-5 weeks.
     
     Annually all horses are inspected, shots given, and body score recorded by our veterinarian. As needed we have access to a sports medicine veterinarian as well.
     
     Seen regularly the equine dentist evaluates the entire herd and floats teeth as needed. Currently that schedule is set for every 2 years based on our horses last two evaluations.


Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
Our organization provides the following Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
    Therapeutic Mounted Services
    Therapeutic Unmounted Services
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

1: Total number of Equine Assisted Service Providers at Dream Catcher Stables

     1. Sanna Roling

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Dream Catcher Stables

         RELATIONSHIP: Volunteer

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         PATH Intl CTRI, ESMHL
CHA Level 3 English Level 2 Western
Retired Special educator currently certified in the State of Texas.
Special Olympics Coach Level 3 Equestrian and Unified
Life member CHA, AQHA, HLS&R
Certified in First Aid/CPR, and AED through the Red Cross



Overview of our programs involved with providing EAS to individuals with special needs:
     While we are part of the Therapeutic Riding Industry, Dream Catcher Stables Inc works entirely in the recreation, education, sport sector of that industry. We do not have therapists in our program and do NOT write medical goals. What we do is teach people with disabilities to ride and care for horses to the fullest extent of their ability. Individual goals are all of a horsemanship nature. Each family comes and shares with us their needs and hopes.
     
     Because we teach horsemanship the disability categories are clustered in our program:
     Physical includes arthritis, epilepsy, joint abnormalities, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, physical disabilities, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, amputation, cystic fibrosis, head Trauma/Brain Injury, Muscular dystrophy, orthopedic issues, Spina bifida, and stroke.
     
     Speech includes language impairment and speech impairment.
     
     Autism, Deaf or those with hearing loss, and Visual Impairment stand alone.
     
     Cognitive includes cognitive disabilities, development delay or disability, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability, and learning disabilities.
     
     Behavioral includes ADD, behavioral disabilities, emotional disabilities, mental health disabilities, PDD, and PTSD.
     
     How we teach individual lessons depends on the capabilities of the rider and their attitude and physical situation each day.
     
     Riders prone to seizures have a horse handler and side-walker with them at all times. These volunteers may move a distance away from the horse or may actually be in interactive positions. In addition to maintaining safety and assisting in the teaching process the horse handler is responsible for controlling the horse during a seizure and the side-walker is responsible for creating a safe situation for the rider having the seizure.
     
     Riders with physical disabilities may have special reins, saddles, or if their legs do not function a crop/dressage whip to compensate.
     
     Riders with behavioral challenges are especially prompted to be kind to the horse. Hitting, biting, kicking at volunteers or their horse is not tolerated. Such an offense is met with end of lesson, discussion of good actions, reason the lesson is over, and what to do to come again.
     
     Visually impaired riders may have volunteers strategically positioned to provide specific one word directions or sounds for the rider to succeed independently.
     
     Riders with hearing challenges are paired with a volunteer whose voice they can hear easily. Also stop and go signs, an interpreter, or other adaptations may be used to provide communication.
     
     Riders on the autism spectrum are individuals with quite a varied range of abilities. Some are savants, others aggressive, still others have difficulty with speech, balance, seizures or melt downs, intellectual abilities and more. For the novice, thinking of a kaleidoscope and understanding that a person with autism initially sees the world as though through a kaleidoscope, understanding how they perceive the world becomes more meaningful. The structure of a riding lesson with the ever changing patterns within that lesson helps the person with autism to understand and accept differences and thus the real world.
     
     Teaching classical riding we emphasize:
     1) Position which affects balance, joints, muscle and bone alignment.
     2) Control using the four natural aids – legs, seat, voice, and hands - improving attention, simultaneous multi-functioning, and reasoning.
     3) Consistent movement of the horse which activates the autonomic nervous system creating physical responses in the rider’s body without conscious thinking.
     
     Improvements include but are not limited to the ability to walk, talk, think and balance.
     
     All riders are taught voice, seat, leg and rein commands necessary to control their horse at all times. Horse handlers are prompted to allow the rider to learn by giving the rider the opportunity to fail in order to succeed. Consequently if the instructor says “Susy, walk your horse” -- at a stand still, Suzy will be prompted to say “walk on”, squeeze with both legs, sit tall, look between the horse’s ears at the tall tree, and put your hands forward and down. As soon as the rider makes or attempts any of those commands, the horse handler will prompt the horse to walk on. Thus Suzy will experience the reward for effort. For cognitive students the process of actually completing one or more of the set of commands may take a while. Each and every command is encouraged and when executed properly is rewarded with high fives, kind words, and happy smiles.
     
     
     The first lesson, each individual is assigned two side-walkers and a horse handler. As they exhibit their actual capabilities the side-walkers and horse handler are removed. Often removal of the side-walkers occurs just a few steps into the first lesson. Once the rider demonstrates consistent control of the horse at a walk, the horse handler will remove the lead rope and walk nearby as long as necessary for safety.
     
     The true “heart” of the Dream Catcher Stables program is our Positive Reinforcement piece:
     1)Rider must attend school, except when they are ill or have an excusable appointment.
     2)Rider must try to behave at school.
     3)Rider must try to do their school work.
     4)Rider must take homework home to parent(s)and back to the teacher.
     5)At home rider must try to behave.
     6)At home rider must try to help their family.
     To the extent they try they get to ride. To the extent they do NOT try we have other things for them to do instead of riding the horse. This positive reinforcement piece is extremely successful and parents have learned how to manipulate it for greater success year round.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     Once again our program for adjudicated youth to complete their community service hours is open. Youth who get tickets at school and are assigned community service may complete facility chores including picking up trash along our fence line, making repairs supervised by one or more volunteers, and sometimes helping with program by cleaning stalls, grooming horses, or acting as side-walkers for an athlete with poor balance.
     
     In 2023-24 school year the program providing pre-vocational/vocational training for a class of 19-22 year old students with disabilities during the school day each week expanded to include three separate classrooms of students. Their work included horse behavior, grooming, stall cleaning, haltering and leading, cleaning tack, repairing/constructing fences, horsemanship theory, and a one time riding lesson. Interwoven each week is discussion that includes topics such as available jobs in the horse industry, essential knowledge for those jobs, creating a resume, what recruiters/HR might look for and where, and more. Each week students take away real life skills - timeliness, communication, importance of listening and following directions, and so much more while simply grooming and caring for horses.

Research/Medical Use of Equines:
Our organization has made equines available for research studies or medical training.
Please explain where and for what purpose equines are/were provided to use in research or medical training. 
     When a horse can no longer remain in our program due to health issues, we are not in a position economically or physically to euthanize and bury a horse because we do not own our facility. The City of Houston requires that you leave the carcass on the side of the road, covered, until they can get there.
     
     In December of 2016 we had such a situation. Our two horses (age 30 and 29) both with health issues creating pain for the remainder of their lives and eliminating their capability to work in our program, even at a walk with light riders, were donated to Texas A&M for their annual Veterinary Equine workshop which covered such aspects as euthanasia and anatomical review. This workshop provides hands on training for future veterinarians whose own veterinary medical schools do not provide hands on equine classwork. Both horses lived out their remaining days in the comfort of quality climate controlled facilities and their lives humanely ended peacefully surrounded by admirers.
     
     As a result of this experience, until such time as we have our own property where we can properly bury our horses, we may contact Texas A&M so that our horses who help all of us all of the time will have dignity of life until the end unless we are able to conduct the burial privately.
     
     Texas A&M has a stellar reputation for upholding SPCA protocols.

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. 

EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICES CENSUS

Dream Catcher Stables

Equine Assisted Services (EAS)
         
2023 EAS Operations - EAS Providers: 1 Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Horses/Equines participating in EAS programs at this facility        
Number of horses/equines aged under 3 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 3-8 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 9-14 0 0 1 1
Number of horses/equines aged 15-20 0 0 4 4
Number of horses/equines Over 20 0 0 5 5
Total number of horses/equines participating in EAS programs at this facility 0 0 10 10
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of hours per day each horse works 3 2  
Number of days per week each horse works 3 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 0 88 88
Average number of clients (not lessons) participating in activities per week 0 0 30 30
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of days per week programs are conducted at this facility 3 2  
Number of weeks per year programs are conducted at this facility 32 32  
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Average wait list time for a client 0 0  
         

Additional explanation: Monday and Tuesday during the school year we teach grooming, and other unmounted skills to two groups from Humble ISD Mosaic program. Their goals are to learn skills that will help them in the world of work. Those actual skills are completing registration/application forms, following directions, working with others and independently, communicating questions, concerns, and needs.
     Three mornings a week we work with individuals with disabilities teaching horsemanship. Since we do not have a covered arena, we can only run program when weather allows. Summer heat, rain, and even winter precipitation limit our program days. In theory we operate year round with weather being our limitation. During summer heat some of our athletes work indoors learning about horses while preparing items for sale.

EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Total days that equines were in the care of Dream Catcher Stables, Inc during 2023: 3650
Average length of stay for an equine based on equines under the care of the organization during 2023: 365 days (3650/10)
Average number of equines during 2023: 10 (3650/365)


10 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2023
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2023
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 Owner Owned
0 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2023
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
10 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2023
10 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 10 on 1/1/2023+ 0 Intakes - Departures = 10 on 12/31/2023



POLICIES: ACQUISITION


Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Lease  
    Purchase from Owner  
    Auction  
    Kill pen/Feedlot  
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares

Not Checked:
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
Horses are accepted who are ready to work with youth and adults at the beginner level. In general we prefer horses over the age of 10. All horses must be serviceably sound and require few if any ongoing medications or supplements. We expect good manners when handling by the farrier and veterinarian also. Our horses are currently kept as a single herd.


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
    A health certificate signed by a veterinarian and dated no more than seven days prior to arrival is provided to our organization either prior to or upon arrival of the equine attesting to the health status of the equine
Not Checked:
    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

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 on trial for up to 30 days
    Equines are on trial up to 60 days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the equine's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility 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:
    Equines are not taken on trial
    Equines are on trial for 60 or more days
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the equine, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    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

Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    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
    Physical examination by a farrier
    De-worming
Not Checked:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian upon arrival
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score or other body conditioning score is assigned
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    The equine is scanned to check for a microchip
    The equine is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip

Upon intake, the organization has the following quarantine policy in place:
    The equine is not quarantined
Not Checked:
    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

The typical length of quarantine is:   Up to 10 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
    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:
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian at least annually
    The Henneke Body Condition score or other body conditioning score is updated at least annually
    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
Not Checked:
    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
    
    
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)
    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:
    Size, shape, condition and angle of the hooves
    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:
Equines arrive with the proper health certificate indicating quarantine before shipping. Upon arrival the horse is inspected before off-loading. If deemed unhealthy they are sent on to our veterinarian's facility. If deemed healthy they are stalled. After observation including health, attitude, and socialization, they are released to the herd. This period generally is no more than 14 days. Should full isolation be necessary we have the ability to set up a non-contact stall within hours.
     
     We do not formally document Henneke Body Condition Score on arrival of equines. However, every equine that arrives is visually examined checking for visibility of all bones, overall muscular condition. Also we do not accept horses in need of major improvement as a result of neglect. We accept horses ready to work in a beginning riding program. At the annual veterinary inspection our veterinarian comments on the condition of each horse and all horses, since inception of the program, have been given clean bills of health. Beginning in January 2023, the annual veterinary inspections include documentation of body condition scores.


POLICIES: BREEDING

The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    Our main facility where our organization conducts its programs does NOT breed equines.
Not Checked:
    One or more of the facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds equines
    One or more of the 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 will have an equine euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian if the equine is a threat to itself, other equines, or people
    Our organization will 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
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Not Checked:
    Our organization will never have an equine euthanized under any circumstances

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

Additional information about our euthanasia policies and practices:
All euthanasia is done by a veterinarian UNLESS, in time of weather related crisis it is obvious that euthanasia is the only answer. In that case a gunshot to the brain may be necessary.


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
Not Checked:
    Our organization does NOT re-home an equine to first time equine owners
    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
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates

Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer able to contribute to the mission of the organization, and/or are no longer manageable:
    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 remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Equines may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Equines may be sent to auction
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the equine may be euthanized
    The organization will accept financial responsibility for equines in the current care of the organization that need to be retired or are no longer able to contribute to the mission of the organization if all alternatives have been explored to find the equine an appropriate placement and space is not available for the equine to remain at the organization.

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 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 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 the re-homed equine CANNOT be sold, adopted, transferred, auctioned, released, given away, or otherwise placed into the possession of another individual or organization under any circumstances and must be returned to our organization should the adopter decide that he/she is no longer able, or no longer wishes, to care for the equine.
    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 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 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
    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:
    Not applicable or no references required.
Not Checked:
    Veterinarian
    Farrier
    Personal/Other

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase) or less than one year

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
Not applicable; None received

Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Note, we generally do not re-home horses but, if that were to happen transfer of ownership would be immediate and checking for suitability of ownership would occur prior to transfer.

EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Our organization does not CURRENTLY use satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities.



Dream Catcher Stables
Contact: Sanna Roling
Contact's Phone: 281-216-3494
Contact's Email: sroling1@att.net
Currently operational
Total number of horses/equines currently involved with your programs, under your care, and/or owned by your organization at this facility: 10
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those counted above: 10
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 10

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.
     Houston SPCA, 900 Portway Dr, Houston, TX 77024 info@hspca.org 713-869-7722 and Harris County Animal Control, 612 Canino Rd, Houston, TX 77076 acwebmaster@hcphes.org 281-999-3191

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. Sanna Roling

Additional information about this facility:
Our perimeter fence, which is the security fence installed and maintained by Houston Airport systems is constructed of 6' high hog wire and two strands of barbed wire (one strand at 7' and the other at 8' above ground level). That is the ONLY barbed wire on the property as we do NOT use barbed wire to contain horses. Internal fencing on the property is either cattle panels, vinyl 3-rail fencing, or possibly hog wire for material containment.


Dream Catcher Stables

Veterinarian Information
Veterinarian: Dori Hertel
Clinic Name: D-J Vets
1600 Palmetto Ln
Kingwood   TX   77339
Phone: 832-264-0707


Overview: Dream Catcher Stables (*Main)
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 14
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 0
Pastures: 1  Paddocks/Pens/Turnout Areas: 0
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 feet 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?     No    
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? 0-3;
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Equines are out 16+ 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 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
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    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
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    Pastures are rotated

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
Not Checked:
    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
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    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

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
    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:
    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
    A security guard is present at night
    Equines are checked overnight
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    The property is fitted with motion lights
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service

Equine Care/Emergency Preparedness: Dream Catcher Stables (*Main) 2024 and 2023 This section is required.

Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records

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 equine? Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

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

Horse checks: How often are equines 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
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    Fly parasites
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Premise Sprays/Insecticides
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    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
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines do not have contact with other equines or other animals
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy equines
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    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
    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
Not Checked:
    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    A specific individual is assigned to care for 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
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with 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 notebook or binder with photos and information on each equine is easily accessible
    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each equine with equine names and photos
    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:
    Equines wear halters with nametags
    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:
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads 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
     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
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    Helmets are shared
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
Not Checked:
     All equines have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is 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
    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
    Helmets are replaced after a fall
    No equines are ridden; not applicable.

Emergency Preparedness: Dream Catcher Stables: *Main This section is required.
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
    Terrorist attacks
    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:


The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
    Smoking is strictly prohibited
    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
    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
Not Checked:
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

How often are the following checked or performed?
Fire Extinguishers are checked: Annually
Smoke detectors are checked: Not at all/NA
Electrical Systems are checked: Not at all/NA
Fence lines are checked: Weekly
Turnout Areas are checked: Weekly
Sprinkler systems are checked: Not at all/NA
Fire drills are conducted: Not at all/NA
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Not at all/NA
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Annually
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Annually

Equine Transportation
2-horse van/trailer with truck:
    1 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
3-horse van/trailer with truck:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
4-horse van/trailer with truck:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
6-horse van/trailer with truck:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
8-horse van/trailer with truck:
    1 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
10-horse van/trailer with truck:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;


GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Financial Reporting
Budget:  
$10K to $100K
Equine Budget:   $10K to $25K
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Compilation
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990

Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent ? Yes
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990


Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  4
Number of Board Members:  10  Number of Voting Board Members:  10

Board Compensation:
Is the Board Chair compensated?  No  Is the 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.
NO Board Members are paid. Several have been given titles representing the areas in which they provide their volunteer time to our organization.
     
     Secretary Karen Streater is the wife of Board member Charles Streater. Charles is our Facility Manager responsible for maintenance of all vehicles and the property.

Board Affiliations:
Are any Board members providing services to your organization or compensated by your organization, or are any Board members or staff members 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:  We subscribe to the standards of and are center members of both Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and Path Intl. CHA Site Accreditation was awarded April 10, 2023. We are also a verified member of GFAS currently in the accreditation process.

Organization documents available on our website:
    None

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
    Staff Handbook
    Bylaws


Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Sanna Roling
Employees/Independent Contractors:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  53
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes including employees and independent contractors:
    Not applicable; We do not have paid staff or utilize contractors to perform staff functions.

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 provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Prospective volunteers are required to undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every volunteer has a written 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
    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
Not Checked:
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    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 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
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Additional explanation regarding governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of the answers above.
We are an all volunteer public charity. We have NO paid staff.
     
     As a public charity one simply needs to request by phone at 281-216-3494, by email at getinvolved@dreamcatcherstables.org, or in writing for requested documentation to be provided.
     
     Annual financials, Annual Report, and IRS form 990 are posted on GuideStar
     Our financial documents are available on GuideStar/Candid.

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