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Handsome
Handsome On the Road to Recovery



Age: 20 years old
Height: 16 hands,
Gender: Gelding
Breed: Saddlebred

Rehoming Fee: $350.00 - Rehoming Application/Agreement
Offered by Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc
Begin Again Horse Rescue, 2828 Plank Road, Lima, NY 14485

Photos
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20 year old bay Saddlebred was the skinniest at the kill pen auction, but you should see him now only months later. He's living up to his new name.

Suitability and Training

Temperament for Handsome:
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being Calm and 5 being Spirited, Handsome is a 3.00.


More about temperament:
He was a driving horse as shown by the shoes he arrived wearing. Interested in all that's goes on at the farm. Cautious.

Best career/placement option for repurposing Handsome:
    Non-Sport-Related Work


More about career/placement options:
He was so thin when he arrived, we have not evaluated his training at this time.

Where is Handsome located?


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Handsome is located at Begin Again Horse Rescue, 2828 Plank Road, Lima, NY 14485.

Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 28
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 9
Pastures: 6  Paddocks/Pens: 7
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0
Indoor Rings: 1
Horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s).
Horses are stalled for 4-8 hours per day, on average.
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
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures are rotated
    Pastures have natural protection for horses (i.e., trees)
    Pastures have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)

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
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    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

How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 4 to 8 hours per day
    Horses are out 16+ hours per day
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in to feed
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in if there is inclement weather

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

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    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 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
    Photographs are taken of each horse with each visit by the veterinarian and kept with the horse's health records
    A weight limit of no more than 20% of the horse’s weight is established for each horse and is kept with the horse’s records and updated when needed
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist

Horses have access to clean drinking water at all times
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:
    The protocol for each horse is determined in consultation with a veterinarian

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects? :
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets
    Fans


Our Rehoming Policies


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Rehoming
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    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
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away under any circumstances
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses cannot be bred
    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 to see the horse within the first year of adoption
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to visit the horse at any time.
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years

Our organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
    Farrier
    Personal/Other

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Our organization retains ownership of the horse for its lifetime

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:  $201 to $500

Our organization has the following rehoming fee policies:
    Fees may vary depending on the equine level of training
    Fees may vary depending on the equine breed
    Fees may vary depending on the equine age
    Fees may vary depending on the equine type
    Fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness

Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Adoptions must be within a two hour radius of Begin Again Horse Rescue to facilitate volunteers making yearly farm checks First time horse owner can adopt a horse from Begin Again provided that they spend time at our facility and demonstrate that they are comfortable handling and caring for the horse(s). On rare occasions Begin Again will allow a horse to be adopted as a single horse when it is determined that this situation is in the horse's best interest.

View Rehoming Application/Agreement

More About Us


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MISSION & PROGRAMS

Our organization provides programs involved with equine rescue & adoption
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

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:
     1. Begin Again Horse Rescue

Our organization uses foster facilities and all foster facilities adhere to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization

Mission:
We provide a safe haven for horses at risk due to neglect, abuse and/or abandonment. We provide housing and care when asked by local humane societies and law enforcement agencies that have no facilities for horses. We provide immediate veterinary, dental and farrier care, set up a rehabilitation program, and find suitable adoptive homes within two hours of Lima, NY. Potential adopters are screened and their farms are visited and reviewed for compatibility and safety. No Begin Again horse can ever be sold, but must be returned to Begin Again for rehoming. We help to enable community members with temporary health issues to keep their horses. We educate the public to equine needs by setting good examples at home and through outreach programs. Other organization such as high schools, 4H and Arc collaborate with Begin Again Horse Rescue to teach barn skills to their interested individuals. We provide job skill opportunities for the Livingston County Department Social Services Mobil Work Force Development and a place for court ordered public service. The farm is open to visitors for tours and educational purposes. With only one paid staff member, we can assure donors that all funds raised go directly to support needy horses and our outreach programs. In 2016 Begin Again added a Gelding Assistance Program to help stallion owners reduce unwanted breeding. We are working to develop a euthanasia fund to help pay for humane end of life equine care.

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:
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Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     Horses that enter the Begin Again program are immediately evaluated and treated by a veterinarian. Then an individualized program is set out for each. Horses taken into the program must be deemed at risk of neglect, abuse or of being sent to slaughter. Each horse is seen and treated by an equine dentist, farrier and chiropractor. After a two week quarantine, the horse, if healthy, is introduced to the other resident horses. After evaluation, it is posted on our website for adoption. The rehabilitation and retraining program is strictly followed. All care is carried out or supervised. A prospective adopter must visit the chosen horse a few times to determine suitability. His/her farm is inspected to insure that it meets our guidelines. References are checked too. When all requirements are met, the adopter signs a Permanent Lease Contract agreeing to return the horse to Begin Again if it can no longer be kept. The adopter also agrees to a yearly farm and record inspection. The contract also includes no breeding, no racing clauses. We are determined that horses in the Begin Again Horse Rescue's life-long program will never again suffer from abuse or neglect. In the last few years horses have been returned to Begin Again for end of life care. This is an unforeseen result of the Permanent Lease Contract and an expensive one. We have accepted this responsibility and are seeking donations to cover these added expenses.

Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     We are providing a site for the Arc program of Livingston County NY to instruct its students in daily barn maintenance. We also extend our knowledge to high school students through a two week internship program approved by the Livingston County BOCES work experience program.
     Our volunteers provide many outreach programs to 4-H groups, schools, county fairs, street fairs and Rotary Clubs to name a few. Our goal is to educate the public to routine equine needs, to explain about the crisis of neglect that many people don't realize exists. We want people to know how to recognize neglected horses and what they can and cannot do if they suspect that horses are not being cared for.

Our Programs/Activities involving animals other than horses:
 We provide transportation and temporary housing for animals other than horses when called upon, though our expressed mission is to help horses. We have helped care for and place cows, a goat, a sheep, a dog and chickens.

GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Harriett Rubins
Employees:   Full-Time:  1  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  30

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 and Random Drug Screening
✔    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
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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 provides parent/guardian information if applicable
✔    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
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    Every volunteer is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  11
Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

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? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member.
President of the Board/Executive Director - Harriett Rubins - Responsible for keeping Begin Again Horse Rescue running smoothly and also expected to implement the Board's rulings.
     
     Vice President of the Board/Director at Large -Jennifer Lilly - Responsible for keeping Begin Again Horse Rescue running smoothly when help is needed or the Executive Director is away.
     Daughter of Harriett Rubins

Board Affiliations:
Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy 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:
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement
    Bylaws

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:
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 2018? *Missing
IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990 has not been uploaded for this facility.

POLICIES

Acquisition
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Purchase from auction, kill pen or feedlot  
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

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

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated
Definitions:
Donated: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Free Lease: The ownership of the horse is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the horse is transferred to the organization utilizing a free lease document.
Purchased: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase document.
Surrendered: The ownership and custody of the horse is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent without the use of a donation document.
Seized: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization as a result of the horse being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandoned: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization as a result of the horse being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Returned: The horse was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the horse has been transferred back to the organization.

Feral/Wild Horse: Free-roaming horses that are descendants of the domesticated horse and have no or limited human contact.

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.


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Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
We have accepted stallions reluctantly, provided they are gelded immediately before being admitted to the program. We have accepted stallions that have been seized by local law enforcement and made immediate gelding arrangements. It is not our policy to take stallions to the rescue facility until gelded. In these cases we will utilize temporary foster care.


Intake, Assessment & Training
The organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse prior to acceptance and arrival at the organization:
✔    A current Coggins
✔    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
✔    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.
✔    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
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The organization has the following policies in place prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility:
✔    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 not taken on trial
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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)

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

The typical length of quarantine is:   10 to 20 days

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   As needed; no set schedule

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
Priority for intake is given to horses at risk of neglect or of being sent to auction or slaughter. Priority for intake is not based on age or condition. Horses all have pastures with run-in sheds. However, they stay in their individual stalls at feeding time and in bad weather. They are led into the barn to eat twice daily during which time they are evaluated for health and/or lameness. After their initial two week quarantine, an individual program for rehabilitation is designed and carried out.

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


Euthanasia
The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
✔    Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
✔    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
✔    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
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    Our organization does not euthanize horses under any circumstances.
    Our organization will never have a healthy horse euthanized
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility

Horses will be euthanized upon the recommendation of:
✔    Veterinarian
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    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
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    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

Rehoming
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
✔    All potential adopters/purchasers complete an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
✔    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
✔    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
✔    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
✔    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away under any circumstances
✔    Our agreement states that re-homed horses cannot be bred
✔    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 to see the horse within the first year of adoption
✔    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to visit the horse at any time.
✔    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
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    Our organization does NOT re-home a horse to first time horse owners
    Our organization will only re-home a horse to a location where another horse resides
    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization for a fee
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits to see the horse within the first year of adoption
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    Our organization does not re-home horses

Our organization requires references from the following:
✔    Veterinarian
✔    Farrier
✔    Personal/Other
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not re-home horses

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Our organization retains ownership of the horse for its lifetime

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
$201 to $500

Our organization has the following rehoming fee policies:
✔    Fees may vary depending on the equine level of training
✔    Fees may vary depending on the equine breed
✔    Fees may vary depending on the equine age
✔    Fees may vary depending on the equine type
✔    Fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness
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    Not applicable
    All equines have one set fee
    Fees may vary depending on species

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

Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 
     No

Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No

Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Adoptions must be within a two hour radius of Begin Again Horse Rescue to facilitate volunteers making yearly farm checks First time horse owner can adopt a horse from Begin Again provided that they spend time at our facility and demonstrate that they are comfortable handling and caring for the horse(s). On rare occasions Begin Again will allow a horse to be adopted as a single horse when it is determined that this situation is in the horse's best interest.
View Rehoming Application/Agreement

FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Begin Again Horse Rescue
Begin Again Horse Rescue
2828 Plank Road Lima NY 14485
Contact: Jennifer Lilly
Contact's Phone: 585-322-2427
Contact's Email: info@beginagainrescue.org

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

Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes
If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     Inspected and certified by the Association of Equine Practitioners yearly since 2010. Inspected and received Verification status in 2017 from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Received Platinum status from Guidestar in 2018.

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.
     There are many organizations responsible for investigating abuse as we cover several western NY counties. Humane Society of Ontario County - Happy Tails Animal Shelter William McGuigan - Chief (585) 396-4590 happy_tailsoc@hotmail.com Livingston County Sheriff's Office Deputy Kevin Barrett 585-243-7100

Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     In 2016 we did a statewide outreach to all NYS senators and assemblymen encouraging the passage of the 2016 Inherent Risk legislation. We contacted each of them with copies of petitions signed in their district and a letter urging the passage of the bill. Mr. Funke represents our district and was very supportive of our efforts. NYS Senate - Rich Funke, Senator 55 Senate District Suite 230 Packets Landing Fairport, NY 14450 Phone: (585) 223-1800 funke@nysenator.gov Begin Again Horse Rescue has been involved with the ASPCA for several years. We received national recognition and awards two of the past four years for our Help A Horse Day competitions. 2014 and 2016. ASPCA Jacque.Schultz@aspca.org 520 8th Avenue, 7th Floor New York, NY 10018 Homes for Horse Coalition Humane Society of the United States Cindy Gendron cindy@homesforhorses.org www.homesforhoses.org 4017 Bunch Walnuts Rd Chesapeake, VA 23322 New York State Horse Council PO Box 76 Harpursville, NY 13787 President: Stephen Ropel E-mail: Stephen.Ropel@NYSHC.org Phone: 518 366-8998 website: nyshc.org Western New York Chapter of the New York State Horse Council President: Peter Tarnawskyj 716 655-1796 WCNYS Horse Council 5716 Vermont Hill Road, South Wales, NY 14139 www.wcnyshc.org

Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? No

Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 2

Instructors Assigned to this Facility: (see Instructor Section below for details)
     1. Instructor: Hanna Blain
     2. Instructor: Jennifer Lilly

Grounds
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 28
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 9
Pastures: 6  Paddocks/Pens: 7
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 1

Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    Yes    
Do all stalls/enclosures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around?    Yes    
Is there adequate ceiling & beam height (a minimum of 12 feet above the tip of the horse's ear) when standing in all stalls/encosures?    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 insure 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 4 to 8 hours per day
    Horses are out 16+ hours per day
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in to feed
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in if there is inclement weather

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
✔    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
✔    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
✔    Pastures are rotated
✔    Pastures have natural protection for 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

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
✔    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
✔    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

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
✔    No Trespassing signs are posted
✔    Hold Harmless signs are posted
✔    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
✔    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
✔    The property is fitted with motion lights
✔    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced
Not Checked:
    A security guard is present at night
    Horses are checked overnight
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service
    The property is fitted with a security system that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)

Veterinarian Information
*Vet Assessment Not Current.

Veterinarian: Amy Leibeck/Ann Dwyer
Clinic Name: Genesee Valley Equine Clinic    Street: 924 Chili-Scottsville Rd    City: Scottsville  State: NY    Zip: 14546
Phone: 585 889-1170  
Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records
    Our organization would use free cloud-based barn management software if available

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
✔    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:
✔    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 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
✔    Photographs are taken of each horse with each visit by the veterinarian and kept with the horse's health records
✔    A weight limit of no more than 20% of the horse’s weight is established for each horse and is kept with the horse’s records and updated when needed
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist

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
    The protocol for each horse is determined in consultation with a veterinarian

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    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
✔    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy horses
✔    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses do not have contact with other horses or other animals
✔    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:
    A specific individual is assigned to care for sick, affected and/or quarantined horses

The following represent the manure removal practices in place at facility:
✔    Manure is piled in an area where horses 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::
✔    Horses 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 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
✔    Horses are assigned the same stall/location each day
Not Checked:
    Horses wear halters with nametags

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
✔    Bridles are shared
✔    Bits 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
✔    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
✔    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 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
✔    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
✔    Helmets are shared
✔    Helmets are replaced after a fall
✔    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
Not Checked:
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use


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 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 facility owns or has access to a generator

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
✔    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
✔    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:
    Terrorist attacks

The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
✔    Smoking is strictly prohibited
✔    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
✔    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled
✔    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:
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

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

Horse Transportion
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  4 Access offsite;
3-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
4-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  2 Access offsite;
6-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  1 Access offsite;
8-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
10-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;


Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT)
This organization does not conduct EAAT at this facility.

Equine Costs and Inventory
Missing






FACILITY INVENTORY SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
The horse inventory numbers are incorrect.

Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2018
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2018
Donated
Free Lease
Purchase/Adoption from Owner
Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
Surrendered
Seized
Abandoned
Returned
Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2018
Horses adopted/sold:
Horses transferred/returned
Horses deceased
0 Total departures
 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2018
 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: on 1/1/2018+ Intakes - 0 Departures = on 12/31/2018

*Missing Total number of all horses on December 31, 2018
*Missing Maximum capacity of horses on December 31, 2018




FACILITY COST SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1

Actual Horse Care Costs
$     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$     Bedding
$     Veterinarian
$     Farrier
$     Dentist
$     Other Therapies
$     Manure Removal
$     Medications & Supplements
$     Horse Transportation
$     Maintenance
$     Horse/Barn Supplies
$     Horse Care Staff
$     Horse Training
$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
*Missing     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$     Bedding
$     Veterinarian
$     Farrier
$     Dentist
$     Other Therapies
$     Manure Removal
$     Medications & Supplements
$     Horse Transportation
$     Maintenance
$     Horse/Barn Supplies
$     Horse Care Staff
$     Horse Training
$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$     2018 Total Donated Costs

Based on a total of *Missing days equines were in the care of this organization during 2018




INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

V. INSTRUCTORS

     1. Hanna Blain

         Facility Participation:

         Begin Again Horse Rescue

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Hanna Blain is a young woman who grew up with horses both owning and taking part in 4-H, at private lesson barns and with her own horse(s). She has worked side by side with our main trainer, Jennifer Lilly for the last year. They have combined their expertise and plan training sessions with each resident horse available for adoption. Hanna's goal is aligned with our goal,of helping mistreated horses become safe, healthy and happy equine citizens. She is a part time employee that works on Sunday at the rescue. In addition to performing daily chores, she makes sure each horse is worked with according to their individual plan before the end of the day. Additionally, Sunday is Visitors Day for the public. Hanna is available to answer questions from visitors about our facility and horses available for adoption.

     2. Jennifer Lilly

         Facility Participation:

         Begin Again Horse Rescue

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Averett College
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 1996
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? No
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Equine Management - Was assistant barn manager for Averett College's equine facility
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Mendon Pony Club
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 1990
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? No
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: B level pony club - Mendon pony club
Additional information about this instructor: Jennifer Lilly is the owner/manager of Bristol Valley Training Center in Canandaigua, NY with over 20 years of experience. As such she teaches all levels of English training and eventing to both horse and rider. Additionally, she teaches and trains in driving with extensive experience at National level horse shows. She is also a BAHR foster care giver. Jennifer is our main equine evaluation and equine intake volunteer.





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