Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK PROFILE



Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center
40685 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie, VA 20105

Mailing Address:
PO Box 8
Aldie, VA 20105


Phone: 703-965-8628

EIN: 27-3045516
Founded: 2010
Profile Last Updated June 17, 2020

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MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
Our Mission:
     Sprout provides equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals seeking opportunities for growth. Sprout is dedicated to providing dynamic learning, recreation, socialization and therapy opportunities for individuals and groups in a farm environment.
     
     Our Vision:
     Hope, healing, empowerment and recovery through partnerships with horses.

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services which are 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 horse-related.
Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED FOR or were HOUSED AND CARED FOR during 2020: 1
     1. Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center
Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities: Not Applicable. Our organization does not use foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities

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:
Sprout currently serves over 130 individuals providing over 9,000 hours of service. We utilize the support of over 100 weekly volunteers who gave over 16,000 hours to our community. Our goals align with our mission of providing hope, healing, empowerment and recovery and reflect our values of professionalism, quality, accessibility and selfless service.
     
     
     Short Term Goals
     1) Achieve Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) PREMIER status
     2) Become a US Pony Club Center
     3) Become a United States Equestrian Center of Excellence for Para-Equestrian Carriage Driving
     
     Sprout was built based on PATH standards and is fully compliant. Achieving PATH premier status requires an audit from PATH center certifiers. Sprout is well-positioned to achieve a 100% compliant audit in 2019 and is committed to outlaying the funds needed to pay for this certification.
     
     As we expand our programming to adaptive sport riding, Sprout would like to become a US Pony Club center.
     
     With an international FEI combined driver on staff, Sprout seeks to give individuals accessibility to top instruction and horse support for para-drivers with physical needs.
     
     Long Term Goals
     1) Serve as a PATH site for Professional Based Workshops and Certifications
     2) Increase awareness access to Para-equestrian sports through by hosting clinics and workshops through USEF and USDFD
     3) Quantify and measure effects of equine based activities and therapies to build a case for industry support.
     
     Long-term goals are aligned with national goals that require top-level industry excellence. Sprout seeks to raise the bar on professionalism in this industry and support students through a continuum of learning - following and supporting them from therapy through competitive goals.
     
     Sprout is a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl (PATH Intl.). PATH promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. PATH Intl. is the global authority, resource and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies and the equines in this work that inspire and enrich the human spirit. All Sprout instructors are certified through PATH Intl. (through rigorous standards) before teaching at Sprout.
     
     Sprout is well-known as an industry leader and works to support up-and-coming professionals through mentorship, consulting and on-site trainings. Sprout also works to build community amongst professionals at similar therapy centers by offering continuing eduction opportunities that promote higher quality services by increasing knowledge, collaboration and community through the notion that "we are stronger when we work together."

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


Overview of our programs involved with providing EAS to individuals with special needs:
     Horses are amazing animals that have the unique ability to meet human's physical, sensory, cognitive, social and emotional needs in a non-clinical environment. Sprout utilizes the power of horses to meet a diverse spectrum of disABILITIES by creating programs that connect aspects of the horse with individual and community needs.
     
     1. Therapeutic Riding
     Therapeutic riding lessons are designed to improve the physical, cognitive, psychological and social skills of participants with special needs. Objective-based lessons challenge participants to meet and achieve individual goals. Therapeutic riding serves approximately 80 individuals per week with 5 instructors. Instructors plan lessons based on the life goals of the riders. As a collaborative unit, Sprout staff adapt tack and equipment based on the physical and sensory needs of the riders. The organization brings-in volunteers that support the riders by "side-walking" or "horse leading." The students progress through mastery of 5 riding skills - voice aids, seat aids, leg aids, rein aids, artificial aids. As riders progress, they demonstrate increased independence, endurance, precision and quality of single or combinations of aids.
     
     2. Therapeutic Driving
     Therapeutic driving is an alternate program to therapeutic riding for individuals who may not meet size, stability and other requirements for riding. Therapeutic driving teaches skills in an adaptive way that meets the life goals of the students. Similar to therapeutic riding, driving requires adapted equipment and volunteers. Driving skills closely resemble riding skills where the driver works through a continuum that leads to being in independent control of the horse and carriage.
     
     3. Equine Movement Therapy (EMT)
     Equine Movement Therapy utilizes the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy by a physical therapist to address functional limitations in patients with disabilities. Equine Movement Therapy is an integrated treatment approach to reaching functional physical goals. The physical therapist utilizes the movement of the horse to normalize muscle tone, increase range of motion in joints, improve Nero-muscular pathways and ultimately help people learn how to stand/walk/talk/etc.
     
     4. Equine Assisted Learning/Community Groups
     Equine Facilitated Learning is a hands-on educational model that uses the interactions and relationships between horses and humans in an environment of learning and self-discovery. It is designed to promote personal growth and the development of positive social/life skills in a fun and supportive environment. Through a curriculum of activities designed to address individual goals and needs, each equine interaction is framed to help students learn and grow.
     
     
     These programs allow us to support individuals with diverse challenges, abilities and goals through a continuum of therapy, learning and growth. Our programs have been developed based on community needs and the abilities of our horses and we are constantly working to identify, evaluate and offer support with our resources.

At a time when equestrian sports are under pressure to protect horses while making those sports more accessible, so too must all equine organizations ensure that horses are treated humanely when interacting with people with and without special needs. Our organization takes the following steps to ensure that horses are benefiting from their interactions with people:
     At Sprout our equines are treated with the utmost respect and care. They are revered by our staff, volunteers and students alike - a culture that permeates from the moment you walk in the barn.
     
     We search for horses that have an aptitude for wanting to serve and who enjoy interacting with people - which is why we have a very low turnover/burn out rate. Most of our horses come from having a background that has given them the skills that our riders are learning. The competition background has allowed our horses to understand certain expectations of performance and with that comes a certain level of care that is expected by our horses.
     
     Once horses are here, we perform a lengthy analysis to understand their character, likes, dislikes, temperament and reactions. We work to understand and define each horses unique "Horsenality" and work to show, teach and communicate who they are to those around them. Our staff are all life-long horsemen and women and LOVE our animals with every fiber of their being. We work to ensure an authentic respect for our equines by volunteer horse leaders who receive extensive training on understanding our horses - their communication, their needs and how to listen to them.
     
     Excellent horse care is deeply rooted in the partnerships that we have with our professional partners. We have been using the same veterinarian practice, Piedmont Equine, since the first horse arrived at Sprout. Our dedicated veterinarian from the practice, Alexis Theiss, keeps a close eye on our herd and is always available as needed for advice. If needed, our horses are always seen in the clinic as soon as possible. As one of the top farriers in the area, Lexi McColl, has been an integral part of the program. The horses in the program are usually are taking a step down from active competition and may need corrective shoeing to keep them sound and happily working. Our equine dentist, Gram Alcock, performs yearly checkups on the mouths of all our horses. He has been able to help spot problems that might be starting years in advance to make sure that we are adequately prepared for further health care on our equines.
     
     At Sprout, we have also formed partnerships with corporations to help with maintaining the health of our equine herd. As the saying goes "What you put in is what you get out" we have worked with the feed, supplement and products company, Cavalor for the past four years. Their national account manager, Laura Brinson, has taken a personal interest in the Sprout herd and has been available for feed and supplement consultation whenever needed. Their support has helped keep our herd at a healthy weight, improved muscling and coat condition. We have also partnered with Luitpold the maker of Adequan. Over the past two years, Luitpold has donated a series of Adequan for the horses that have needed additional support. This summer, six of our horses were selected to receive a series of Adequan. We are working in conjunction with our veterinarians to perform a lameness exam on each horse before and after the series to determine the effectiveness of the series. This effort will be able to give concrete measurable data back to our donor.
     
     At Sprout we not only by providing excellent care to our equine outside of the lesson programming, but we work within the guidelines set by PATH International, the governing body of EAAT, to ensure that they are used in lessons during the day for a specific amount of time as well as the total amount of time during the week is not exceeded. This helps in maintaining horse health and ensures that we are not over using our horses for programming.
     
     At the beginning of each session, saddles are fit on our horses and a list is made of what saddles are approved for each horse. Horses are reviewed for the mental/physical and emotional states by a minimum of 3 staff before being used for the session. We always use either a mounting block, platform or mechanical lift for students getting on horses. Our students are taught before their first lesson that our horses are to be respected and to be kind to them. This includes processes for: earning a bit, trotting and cantering.
     
     Throughout each session our horses receive training and tune-up rides from staff, massage (we have a certified Equine Massage Therapist on staff) and any other mental/physical support they need. We have a dedicated barn manager (who has worked for Sprout for the past 7 years) and provides the highest level of daily care to our horses including turn-in/out, feeding, stalls, blanketing, grooming, etc. This care even includes measuring feed baggies for each feeding that are meticulously made with high quality grain and supplements on a weekly basis, a close eye during turnout and time off when needed.
     
     Our horses do enjoy working with our students, they, just like humans, have favorite people that they work with. David is one of our horses that has a special bond with, Anzhella, a student who rode him once a week. She makes a point to greet and talk to him for a few minutes in his stall every time she comes into the barn. She noticed a few years ago that he was "just not right", it turned out that he showed her that he was in the very beginning stages of starting to colic and that the vet needed to be called out to help him. Anzhella noticed this change in him before our barn staff did as they were busy tending to the needs of other horses in the barn! David knew that Anzhella would listen to his unspoken words and would advocate for him.
     
     Sprout has truly been a benefit in the lives of many horses, as seen in the following other examples:
     - Rescued a shetland from a kill pen, supported him with rehab and extensive hoof/body work
     - Nursed a 25 year old horse to full recovery from a radial front limb fracture
     - Trained 10 year old Haflinger how to ride, drive and now vault
     - Nursed a annular ligament injury through 4 months of stall rest, many extensive therapies to a full recovery
     - 1 horse who cribbed before Sprout is now not a cribber (we treated him extensively for gastric ulcers to solve this problem)
     - After 2 years at Sprout a heat murmur on a horse went from 4/5 to 2/5!
     - Brought a Welsh pony and Norweigian Fjord from body scores of 1/5 to 4/5
     - Sprout received a horse with a bad case of bursitis - we worked to manage his bridling and he has been pain free
     - Sprout works with specialized bridle and saddle manufacturers to ensure fit and support of horses including: Patrick Saddles (the saddler for the US Para-Dressage Team), Fairfax Bridles (poll relief), Bennington Carriages
     
     
     At Sprout we strive to give our equines our best so that they benefit from the EAAT programming that we offer. Our partnerships with our equine professionals ensure that we are held to a high standard for the care, health and wellness of our equine herd. These professionals have earned respect in the horse community at large which gives our program validity for our horsemanship skills and ensures that we are able to create connections through partnership with horses.
     
     As, our Executive Director said in a recent speech:
     At Sprout, we have an equal passion for our horses and our people.
     At Sprout, our horses are the embodiment of hope, the fulfillment of dreams and the opportunity for freedom in an otherwise confined world of disability.
     At Sprout, our horses are the great mediators between where people are and where they want to go.
     They have a unique gift to transform despair into joy, confinement into ability and isolation into community. Our horses bond with people in ways that change their lives forever.
     I respect and admire them in the deepest way because they have taught me so many lessons. They live in the moment. They give everything they have. They model acceptance, honesty, tolerance and compassion. They have an instinctive ability to relate to each person on their level. They teach us that it is indeed ok to be different. Our horses remind us that we are interconnected -
     because like us, horses can’t survive without their herd.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:

Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     Sprout supports the Northern Virginia community by providing equine activities and therapies to various groups including:
     Community Inclusive Instruction - Sprout provides Community Inclusive Instruction (CII) to young adults as a Loudoun County Public Schools Business Partner. CII’s mission “to provide a full and efficient continuum of transition services empowering all students to make meaningful contributions to the world,” comes to life at Sprout, as students volunteer in the barn and assist with horse care.
     
     Field Trips - Sprout hosts field trips for special education, life science and other classes in elementary, middle and high school. During these visits, Sprout staff work to merge classroom learning with agriculture, horsemanship and barn life. An example of this might be seen with a class learning measurement skills. The curriculum based life-skills (in this case, measurement), are put to use through exploratory and experiential learning by making horse treats at Sprout.
     Adaptive Groups - Sprout serves adaptive groups with various needs throughout Loudoun County. Over the years, Sprout has hosted groups such as Access Ministries, Hospice, Parks and Rec, YMCA, Loudoun Juvenile Court Service Unit and speciality camps. Sprout takes pride in providing safe, effective and fun experiences for groups with special needs. Our combination of knowledgeable staff, trustworthy horses and supportive volunteers make Sprout visits a favorite amongst many groups!
     Off-Farm Appearances - Sprout hits the road and brings learning experiences to groups/schools/events all over Northern Virginia. The staff at Sprout tailor presentations/experiences to the needs of each group. Our miniature horse, Lucky, happily engages crowds and teaches animal-husbandry, leadership, boundaries, communication, and team-work!


EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICES CENSUS


Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

Equine Assisted Services (EAS)
         
2020 EAS Operations Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Horses/Equines participating in EAS programs at this facility        
Number of horses/equines aged 3-8 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 9-14 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 15-20 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines Over 20 0 0 0 0
Total number of horses/equines participating in EAS programs at this facility 0 0 0 0
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of hours per day each horse works 0 0  
Number of days per week each horse works 0 0  
         
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
Average number of clients (not lessons) participating in activities per week
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of days per week programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
Number of weeks per year programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Average wait list time for a client 0  
         




EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICE PROVIDERS


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

7: Total number of Equine Assisted Service Providers at Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center
     1. Anna Koopman

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Driving Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         An avid equestrian her entire life, Anna Koopman brings a well-rounded competition-oriented background to the Therapeutic Driving Program at Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center. As a child she participated in 4-H and Pony Club; competed in eventing and hunters; and was on the Equitation Team at Mount Holyoke College. After college her competition focus has been on Combined Driving and is part of Team Koopman. Since 2003 they have traveled extensively competing in events from Florida to Canada.In 2010, Anna’s father, Bob Koopman was named as an alternate to the USEF Combined Driving Singles Team. They competed at the World Championships in Patroni del Vivaro, Italy with their Morgan, Whippoorwill’s Keep Dancing (Dancer). In 2011 they traded spots on the carriage and Anna took the reins competing successfully at the Intermediate level. As a way of giving back to the community Anna has recently become certified to teach Therapeutic Driving after being involved with Sprout for a number of years. Certifications: PATH Certified Driving Instructor


     2. Brooke Waldron

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Brooke Waldron is the founder and Executive Director of Sprout. Brooke holds a Bachelors degree in Pre-Veterinary medicine and a Master’s Degree in Education. Brooke is a VA-state licensed teacher and an Advanced Level therapeutic riding instructor through PATH Intl. Brooke believes in the power of horse-human bond and the life-changing aspects of equine therapies. Brooke is a dedicated professional and self-proclaimed “POSSABILITARIAN,” that works to develop the ABILITIES of her students in therapeutic riding and beyond. Brooke is a PATH Intl. Certified Mentor and works to train new industry-leading professionals at Sprout.Brooke was honored as a “30 Under 30” Top Entrepreneur in Loudoun County and “Woman of Promise” by the University of Delaware for her leadership skills and innovation. Certifications: PATH Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor


     3. Heather Henken

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Heather came to Sprout as a volunteer in 2012 and the “Magic of Sprout” led her to pursue the Riding Instruction certification through PATH International. She has always been an animal lover and after starting riding lessons as a child, horses have always had a special place in her heart. She has a B.A. in Sociology from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and has over 12 years of professional equine experience. Heather has worked as a Barn Manager and Groom for both show hunter and fox hunter stables. She worked as a veterinarian assistant for the US Olympic team vet and she is currently a licensed Equine Insurance Agent. When Heather is away from horses she loves to spend quality time with her husband, daughter and 2 dogs. She also enjoys hiking, playing soccer and helping train foster dogs for a fresh start on a new life.Heather teaches at Sprout because horses have always been a way for her to live in the moment and forget about daily struggles. Horses have inspired her to grow both mentally and physically and she wants to be able to facilitate that feeling of pure joy and personal growth for her students.  Certifications: PATH Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor


     4. Kayla Elias

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Kayla Elias is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and graduate of the College of William & Mary (English and Psychology). She began riding at age 7 and is experienced in dressage, hunt seat, western, and trail. A lifelong rider, Kayla is active in dressage with her horse, Guinness. Kayla aims to help riders reach their goals through an approach that builds confidence, understanding of the horse, and a positive relationship between horse and rider. She is thrilled to be part of Sprout, an organization that places such strong values on acceptance, community, and possibility. Certifications: PATH Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor


     5. Lacy Warner

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Lacy grew up in Upstate, NY in the Hunter/jumper show ring. As a teenager she acquired her first horse, a very difficult off-the-track thoroughbred, who eventually necessitated an introduction to natural horse-man-ship. After seeing the possibilities this new world of horse training could provide, Lacy began retraining her horse, and herself, via Parelli Natural Horsemanship. She graduated Parelli level 3 in 2011, after spending time at both the Florida and Colorado Parelli campuses, and makes a great effort to attend continuing education courses on a regular basis. Moving to Virginia was the best thing that ever happened to her! For many years now she has taught riding lessons to children and amateur adults with a focus on riding confidently cross country & fox hunting in addition to showing and eventing. She believes good training should be based on proper ground work and flat work. Lacy’s passion is to show people that they can achieve their riding dreams, whatever they may be and to open their eyes to many different equine disciplines from herding cattle to the show ring, from 25 mile mountain rides to eventing, from fox hunting to driving. She also takes great pride in training/re-training and starting/re-starting horses. Over the years she has successfully helped hundreds of horses and loves to see the changes they make while with her. Lacy can often be seen in the hunt field with a trail of children & adults with her. She has her colors with both Warrenton and Loudoun Fairfax hunts after nearly 15 season combined. Certifications: PATH Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor


     6. Nancy Davidson

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Nancy is a life-long rider and has been a certified riding instructor for over 14 years teaching hunt-seat equitation to emerging riders. She graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1982 majoring in religion. In 2009 Nancy received a Master in Theological Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary. Nancy completed an independent study that examined our right relationship with animals. She is thrilled to be a part of an organization that helps riders develop a trust relationship with horses through kindness and gentleness. Nancy and her husband Mike have been married for nearly 30 years and have three daughters. Certifications: PATH Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor, PATH Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning


     7. Sue Schmieg

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center offers equine movement therapy under the direction of Susan Schmieg, PT, DPT.  Sue has been involved with equine related therapies since 1977 at a number of facilities in Virginia and California.  Sue received her BSPT from the Medical College of Virginia and her DPT from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is currently licensed in Virginia and has treated patients from neonates through geriatrics in all hospital settings as well as in-home and outpatient settings and was the director of a sub acute neuro rehabilitation unit while in California.  Sue is certified under the American Hippotherapy Association and Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, International for therapists using equine movement as a treatment protocol. Certifications: Licensed Physical Therapist



GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Brooke A Waldron
Employees:   Full-Time:  3  Part-Time:  7  Volunteers:  100
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective staff complete a written application
    Prospective staff must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every member of the staff is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every member of the staff is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every member of the staff is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every member of the staff is required to undergo a Background Check
    Every member of the staff provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every member of the staff carries current health insurance
    Every member of the staff has a written job description
    Every member of the staff is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every member of the staff is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on a annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every member of the staff receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every member of the staff has a supervisor and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The organization provides an Employee Handbook to every member of the staff
    The Employee Handbook includes employee-related information, such as hours of work, vacation, sick leave, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Employee Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    One or more staff members are trained in CPR and human first aid
    One or more staff members are trained in equine first aid
Not Checked:
    Every member of the staff is subject to Random Drug Screening

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

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  4
Number of Board Members:  6  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 or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No

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.
CSO owns the facility where programs are conducted.

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


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

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

Financial Reporting:
Budget:  *Missing
Equine Budget:   *Missing
Month Fiscal Year Ends: *Missing
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): *Missing
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): *Missing
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2020? *Missing
IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990 has not been uploaded for this facility.


EQUINE COSTS

Total Facilities: 1
Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center: 2019 - Yes

Actual Horse Care Costs
$34683     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$3825     Bedding
$37595     Veterinarian
$16974     Farrier
$18421     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$5600     Manure Removal
$1330     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$2631     Horse/Barn Supplies
$87000     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$1734     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$209793     2019 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$0     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$0     Veterinarian
$0     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$0     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$0     2019 Total Donated Costs

/ Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center: Calculation does not cover instructor training rides on horses as they are accounted in our system in programming not horse care and we are not able to extrapolate those hours.
     
     Horse care staff compensation does not cover Workers Compensation and Benefits which are extra costs for our horse care workers.

Average direct cost per day per horse: $19
Average total cost per day per horse: $33
Average length of stay for an equine: 333 days (6330/19)


POLICIES

Acquisition
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Free Lease  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Purchase from auction  
    Purchase kill pen or 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:
Sprout is selective in the addition of equines to its program based on an effort to effectively match horses with community need.
     
     As needs arise, Sprout works to find and acquire suitable equines via purchase, free lease or donation.
     The organization has a reputation of meticulous and thoughtful horse care and therefore has a waiting list of horses to come into the program.
     
     Owners may request Sprout's evaluation of their horses be completing a prospective horse form that reviews the equine's profile, health history, character traits, abilities and needs including the submission of a video of the horse in work. If the equine is suitable for Sprout's needs, staff will perform an on-site evaluation of the horse. This evaluation includes conformation analysis, undersaddle evaluation with owner and Sprout staff as riders, and a test on the horses’ natural reactions to various inputs (ie. items that make noises, of various colors and textures) to simulate a therapeutic riding lesson.
     
     If the horse is found suitable, Sprout will offer a trial to the horse. During this time, the horse remains at Sprout for 30-60 days. The trial period includes acclimatization to the herd, veterinary examination, desensitization training, and riding in various areas of the farm. As the trial progresses, various levels of riders will be put on the horse, and finally, the horse will be used in its first therapeutic riding lesson.
     
     If a horse is considered fit for the program, Sprout will complete final donation, lease or purchase paperwork with the previous owners.

Intake, Assessment & Training
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, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.

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 horse is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the horse
    The horse 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 horse to and from the organization
    Horses are on trial up to 60 days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
Not Checked:
    Horses are not taken on trial
    Horses are on trial for up to 30 days
    Horses are on trial for 60 or more days
    During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care

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

The typical length of quarantine is:   Up to 10 days

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

Following arrival at the facility, the horse is 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:

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   2-3 times per week

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
Sprout utilizes a scoring system for the trial horses' response to turn-out, stalled time, herd dynamics, ground manners, ridden/driven education and training and tolerance of various riders/drivers. This is performed by a minimum of 3 staff members and scores are averaged.


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 horses.
Not Checked:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions
    Our organization prohibits the breeding of horses/equines when re-homed or this statement is not applicable as all horses/equines remain at our organization for their lifetimes and are not re-homed under any circumstances.

Euthanasia
The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
    Our organization will never have a healthy horse euthanized under any circumstances
    Our organization may have a healthy horse euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other horses, or people
    Our organization may have a horse euthanized 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:

Horses will be euthanized upon the recommendation of:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    Senior staff member without a veterinarian's recommendation
    The Board of Directors, or a member of the Board of Directors, without a veterinarian's recommendation
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

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. The organization does not euthanize horses

The organization utilizes the following methods of euthanasia:
    Intravenous administration of an overdose of barbiturates
    Intravenous administration of a solution of concentrated potassium chloride (KCl) with the horse in a surgical plane of general anesthesia

Additional information about our euthanasia policies and practices:
Sprout Euthanasia Policy Sprout accepts that humane euthanasia of a horse deemed unfit for a Retirement Home is an acceptable procedure once all available alternatives have been explored. A horse should not have to endure conditions of care erosive of the animal’s quality of life. This is in accord with the role of the veterinarian and organization as animal advocates. The following are guidelines Sprout uses to assist in making humane decisions regarding euthanasia of horses: • A horse should not have to endure continuous or unmanageable pain from a condition that is chronic and incurable. • A horse should not have to endure a medical or surgical condition that has a hopeless chance of survival. • A horse should not have to remain alive if it has an unmanageable medical condition that renders it a hazard to itself or its handlers. • A horse should not have to receive continuous analgesic medication for the relief of pain for the rest of its life. • A horse should not have to endure a lifetime of continuous individual box stall confinement for prevention or relief of unmanageable pain or suffering. The decision-making process for humane euthanasia for a Sprout equine will happen between the veterinarian, Sprout staff and Executive Director. If the equine is on a free lease, the owner will be notified as soon as the condition of the horse deteriorates. The Sprout Board of Directors will be notified within forty-eight hours of the euthanasia. If possible, the euthanasia will occur at the veterinary clinic. If on the Sprout facility, the euthanasia will occur away from the activity site if possible. A tarp will be placed over the horse while waiting for pick up. Techniques for Euthanasia – The following techniques for performing euthanasia of horses by properly trained personnel are deemed acceptable: A. Intravenous administration of an overdose of barbiturates B. Intravenous administration of a solution of concentrated potassium chloride (KCl) with the horse in a surgical plane of general anesthesia. All Sprout equines will be cremated and the ashes will be buried on the farm during a life-honoring service.

Rehoming
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete a contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    Our organization does NOT re-home a horse to first time horse owners
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing a horse
    Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the horse to the adopter/purchaser's facility
Not Checked:
    Our organization will only re-home a horse to a location where another horse resides
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates
    Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.

The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away under any circumstances
    Our agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
Not Checked:
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses cannot be bred
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization for a fee
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    None of the statements are included.

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:
Not applicable; None received

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:
    Horses remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Horses may be returned to their owners
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized
Not Checked:
    Horses may be sent to auction
    In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized

View Re-homing Agreement

EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities: Not Applicable. Our organization does not use foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities


Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center
Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center
40685 John Mosby Hwy Aldie VA 20105
Contact: Brooke Waldron
Contact's Phone: 5713674555
Contact's Email: Brooke.Waldron@sproutcenter.org

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

Please list all local, state and federal licenses held by the organization, including the expiration dates, or indicate that no licenses are required at the local, state or federal level. Please also list if this facility is accredited and recognized as compliant with the published standards of an accrediting organization, including the name of the organization and the date of the accreditation.
     Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl)

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.
     Loudoun County Animal Services Email: animals@loudoun.gov Address: 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA 20197 Phone: 703-777-0406 Fax: 540-882-3984

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:  7

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

     1. Anna Koopman
     2. Brooke Waldron
     3. Heather Henken
     4. Kayla Elias
     5. Lacy Warner
     6. Nancy Davidson
     7. Sue Schmieg

Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center:

Grounds
Total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility: 18
Of the total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility, the number of horses that are microchipped: 0
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those not involved with your programs: 18
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 20
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 20
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 4
Pastures: 8  Paddocks/Pens: 1
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings:   Indoor Rings: 1








Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    No    
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?     Yes    
Are emergency contacts, including veterinarian contact information, conspicuously posted in easily accessible locations?    Yes    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

How many hours per day, on average, are horses stalled? 4-8
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 9 to 15 hours per day
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in to feed

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

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

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and horses
    Horses are checked overnight
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    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:
    A security guard is present at night
    The property is fitted with motion lights
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service

Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

Veterinarian Information
*Vet Assessment Not Current.

Veterinarian: Alexis Theiss
Clinic Name: Piedmont Equine Practice
4122 Zulla Rd
The Plains   VA   20198
Phone: (540) 364-49

Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Onsite computer with cloud-based backup storage system

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
    Horses 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
    Horses 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:
    Horses are fed in groups

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 is updated with each visit by the veterinarian
    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse annually and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist
Not Checked:
    Horses are assigned a Henneke Body Condition score upon arrival at the facility
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated monthly
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse with each visit by the veterinarian and kept with the horse's health records

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines in our care:
    Our organization evaluates the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine at least annually
    Our organization maintains a written record for each equine that documents the results of each evaluation of weight-carrying and workload limitations
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable

The following variables are considered in determining the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine:
    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
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable

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

Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? 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
    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 parasites
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    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
    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 horses
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy horses
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Manure and bedding from sick, affected and/or quarantined horses 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
    Horse trailers/vans used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cleaned and disinfected after each use and cleaning takes place away from where horses are sheltered
    Horse-specific equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is not shared and is clearly labeled
    Shared equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses
Not Checked:
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses do not have contact with other horses or other animals
    Horses/equines are not quarantined.

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

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

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
     All horses have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each horse appropriate to the horse's needs and the weather conditions
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    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 a horse's body condition changes
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's disposition changes
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
    Helmets are shared
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    Helmets are replaced after a fall
    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
Not Checked:
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable.


Emergency Preparedness
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 procedures are posted prominently
    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:

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 horses
    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
    Permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled are kept free of dust, cobwebs, trash, cleaning rags, and other flammable items
    Aisles and doorways are kept clear
Not Checked:
    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

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

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


Equine Assisted Services (EAS)
         
2020 EAS Operations Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Horses/Equines participating in EAS programs at this facility        
Number of horses/equines aged 3-8 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 9-14 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 15-20 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines Over 20 0 0 0 0
Total number of horses/equines participating in EAS programs at this facility 0 0 0 0
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of hours per day each horse works 0 0  
Number of days per week each horse works 0 0  
         
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
Average number of clients (not lessons) participating in activities per week
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of days per week programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
Number of weeks per year programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Average wait list time for a client 0  
         



EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center: 2019 - Yes

16 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2019
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2019
0 Donated
3 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
3 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
19 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
17 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
2 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 16 on 1/1/2019+ 3 Intakes - 0 Departures = 19 on 12/31/2019

Total days that equines were in the care of Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center during 2019: 6330


2019 Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center Equine Census
16 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2019
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2019
0 Donated
3 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
3 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
19 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
17 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
2 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 16 on 1/1/2019+ 3 Intakes - 0 Departures = 19 on 12/31/2019



3 Horse Intake Detail during 2019 0
0 Donated 0
3 Free Leased 0
2Warm Blood 1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings 1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Other 1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
0 Purchased from Owner 0
0 Purchased from Auction 0
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot 0
0 Surrendered 0
0 Seized 0
0 Abandoned 0
0 Returned 0
0 Transferred 0
0 Born at facility 0







Definitions:
Donated: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Free Lease: The ownership of the equine is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the equine is transferred to the organization utilizing a free lease document.
Purchased from Owner: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase document.
Purchased from Auction: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by purchasing the equine at an auction.
Purchased from Kill Pen: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by purchasing the equine from a kill pen.
Surrendered (Hardship): The ownership and custody of the equine is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent with or without the use of an intake document.
Seized: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandoned: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Returned: The equine was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the equine has been transferred back to the organization.
Transferred: The custody of the equine is transferred within an organization or from one organization to another non-profit or foster organization to provide retirement, retraining, rehabilitation and/or adoption services with no change in ownership.
Born: The equine was born at the facility.

Foal: An equine up to one year old; a colt is a male foal and a filly is a female foal.
Mare: A female equine.
Stallion: A male equine that has not been castrated.
Gelding: A castrated male equine.

Equine Assisted Services (EAS): Any activity that incorporates equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or unmounted, to include 1) psychotherapy and/or mental health counseling aimed at achieving goals set forth by the licensed mental health professional and the client, 2) occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology treatment strategies utilizing equine movement set forth by the licensed therapist and the client, 3) horsemanship instruction adapted to the ability/disability of those receiving services, for the purpose of contributing positively to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being conducted by a certified professional, and 4) experiential learning approaches that promote the development of life skills to achieve educational, professional and personal goals conducted by a licensed educator, mental health professional or coach. Please refer to our Guidelines for Conducting EAS for additional information.

Special Needs: Any difficulty or difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive disability or impairment) that require or benefit from instructors, specialists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators who have certified training for their scope of practice applicable to the people participating in the programs and specific to the program offerings. The difficulty may not be limited to a health issue but may result from the interaction between the individual and the society in which he or she lives arising from an abusive or unhealthy environment or situation and/or a lack of resources, including economic resources, placing them at risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes.

At-Risk: Refers to being at-risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes. Youth are considered at-risk for a number of reasons, such as if they are homeless or transient, involved in drugs or alcohol, abused sexually, physically or emotionally, mentally ill, neglected at home or live in stressful family environments, lacking social or emotional supports, and involved with delinquent peers. At-Risk youth are likely to be involved in a number of risky behaviors, such as running away, skipping school, drinking underage, engaging in sexual behavior, displaying disruptive behavior, bullying/harassment, fighting, and committing acts of vandalism.

Community Outreach: Refers to public education programs aimed at educating the public about the horse-human bond, issues impacting the welfare of horses, and how horses change lives and activities that include, but are not limited to, any activity OTHER THAN Equine Assisted Services (EAS) that require a credentialed service provider, such as off site visits with horses at hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, crisis response, workplace well-being, on site tours, seminars and clinics, camps, community service hours, able-bodied mounted and unmounted lessons, etc.

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