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Artic Heat



Age: 18 years old
Height: hands,
Gender: Gelding
Breed: Thoroughbred

Rehoming Fee: $950.00 - Rehoming Application/Agreement
Offered by Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc., 5825 Route 30, West Townshend, VT 05359

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Suitability and Training

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


More about temperament:
Artic Heat is a handsome 18 year old thoroughbred gelding who arrived to GER very sick from a feedlot this spring. He had pulmonary pneumonia, had been starved and was covered in bite marks.He was rushed to TUFTS University Hospital where he spent 5 days before returning to the rescue. He has spent the last few months at an amazing foster who nursed him back to health, put weight back on him and started his conditioning. Artie is looking for a home that will continue his conditioning this winter so he'll be ready to go this spring!He's a big love bug and greets everyone who enter the barn. He loves soaking up all the attention he can get.Adoption Donation $950

Best career/placement option for repurposing Artic Heat:
    Recreation/Pleasure Riding

Areas in which has experience:
    English Pleasure
    Trail Riding

Where is Artic Heat located?


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Artic Heat is located at Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc., 5825 Route 30, West Townshend, VT 05359.

Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 6
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 2  Run-in sheds: 4
Pastures: 5  Paddocks/Pens: 8
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0
Indoor Rings: 0
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:
    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:
    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 16+ hours per day

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
    Horses are fed in groups
    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals

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 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 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 acupuncturist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist

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
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects? :
    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
    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 visit the horse at any time.
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year

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

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase)

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:  $501 to $750

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

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. Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.
     2. Aimee & JohnPritcher

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

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

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:
Please summarize your organization's goals, strategies to achieve the goals, accomplishments, and capabilities to meet the goals, including your long-term plans to sustain your programs.
     
     Gerda's Equine Rescue strives to:
     ·Rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes mainly slaughter bound horses. In order to save a horse from a feedlot/auction we calculate what their bail, shipping, coggins, and 30-day quarantine costs will be and fundraise on our Facebook page to raise the funds necessary. We do no pull horses until these funds have been raised to assure that we are not taking on more than we can sustain. Last year we were able to fundraise and rescue 33 horses from auctions/feedlots!
     
     ·Offers options for people needing to re-home their horses. These horses are often the easiest for us to re-home because we know their history, what their training level is and what type of home they need. They arrive to GER ready to be adopted. Because our mission is to rescue mainly slaughter bound horses, we usually only accept horses that owners are in a very tight situation and they are in jeopardy of falling through the cracks. Last year we were able to take in 16 owner surrender horses!
     
     ·Offers educational programs for the next generation of horse caretakers, the kids! This year we held several programs geared towards the next generation of care takers. We held our first Read to Rescue's program here the local library let us borrow books the kids could read to the horses. We also partnered with the local high school to create a volunteer club that came to the rescue once a week. We had several school groups come to the rescue for field trips to come and meet the horses and learn a little bit about rescue! All of these programs are volunteer led and have no cost associated with them, so they are sustainable programs for the future and are already being put in place for this year!
     
     ·Hosts free clinics for horse owners in need; including gelding and dental. In 2018 we hosted our first Free Gelding Clinic and gelded 8 horses. In the fall of 2019 we are hosting our 2nd annual free gelding clinic and for the first time a discount dental clinic! Grant funding for our free gelding was cut but we were able to find two other organizations who were willing to give us a grant to run the clinic again in 2019! This clinic is 100% volunteer run and between veterinarians, anesthesiologists, vet students, and GER volunteers totals over 500 volunteer hours!!! We have built a partnership with The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and TUFTS University who use the clinic as an amazing learning experience for their vet students! Because the clinic is volunteer run cost associated with the clinic are very minimum making it sustainable for the future. We will also be hosting our first Discount Dental Clinic with a grant we received. Our local veterinarian is excited about the clinic and we’re looking forward to helping horse owners in need get their horse routine dental care.
     
     Sustainability Plans:
     We have implemented a fundraising committee, consisting of a Chair and Co-Chair who are responsible for organizing a group of volunteers who are willing to participate on various levels from organizing a Fall Trail Ride to an annual dinner dance, as well as the clinics we have at the rescue and other activities such as our Spring to Fall instrumental meditations for humans in the company of our rescued horses, called "Unwind with Equines".
     Like all rescues, finances are the most important link to success, without public funding, we would not be able to survive. Along with monthly donations and appeals for certain necessities such as hay and medical expenses we have a grant writer, always writing on our behalf, with a good success rate!
     
     Long Term Plans:
     As life happens, we all have to deal with our aging process, and this is what I am facing now. At age 76, (which seems to have happened in a minute!) reality has come knocking at my door. My plan has always been to have this rescue continue once I am no longer involved. We have saved so many horses and have left a long trail of happy endings behind us, so not to continue bigger and better would be a travesty to many wonderful horses whose fate would be sealed. The plan at this time is to either hire a new Executive Director or to groom an existing Board Member that will be poised to step in until an appropriate one is found.

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

Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     •Volunteer/Education Program: This year we really focused on expanding our volunteer and education program by partnering with local high school and college groups in our area. Our hope is that if we can teach students compassion for animals and provide them with a positive volunteer experience, we will be teaching the next generation of rescuers the value of volunteerism and the importance of all life. This was accomplished this year by creating a partnership with the local high school where students came out bi-weekly to volunteer. We hosted a field trip for a local day camp with elementary school student and hosted a free Read to Rescues program geared towards local families with young children.
     
     •Free Gelding Clinic: This year we received a grant from the Unwanted Horse Coalition to host a free gelding clinic for owners who may not otherwise be able to have the procedure preformed. There are so many unwanted horses nationwide that end up at slaughter, we really wanted to do something to address the issue locally. This year we were able to partner with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at TUFTS University and Patterson Veterinary to geld 9 stallions! GER was also able to rescue and geld 5 stallions this year from auction! We will be hosting our second annual free gelding clinic this September! This clinic is 100% volunteer organized and let and consists of over 5,000 volunteer hours!
     
     •We partnered with several local groups this year to try and raise awareness of horse rescue in our community.
     o The first was the Townshend Library to offer our first Read to Rescues event. The event was geared towards families with young children and promoted literacy, spending time together outside as a family, and of course educating about horse rescue. Mary Meyer donated stick horses to use as a raffle prize at the event.
     
     oWe coordinated with the West River Community Project to bring minis to one of the Townshend Farmers Market. The horses were a huge success in raising awareness of the rescue and horse slaughter in general.
     
     oWe worked with the local high school to create a volunteer program at the rescue where students would come with their class to volunteer and held a field trip for a local day camp with elementary school student.

GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Gerda Silver
Employees:   Full-Time:  1  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  25

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 provides parent/guardian information if applicable
✔    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
✔    One or more staff members are trained in equine first aid
Not Checked:
    Every member of the staff is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening
    Every member of the staff carries current health insurance
    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

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 sign a Photo Release
✔    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
✔    Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
✔    Every volunteer is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on 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
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    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    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

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  2
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.
Gerda Silver (President) and Bob Silver (Board Member)are husband and wife.
     Genoveva Keiger and Andes Keiger are both Board Members and are husband and wife.

Board Affiliations:
Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization.
The organization leases a facility from the President.

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:
    Adoption/Foster Agreement

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

Financial Reporting:
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Audit
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2018? No
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

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.


Our organization will accept the following breeds:
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

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


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 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
Not Checked:
    The horse is evaluated at its place of residence

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

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
✔    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
✔    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:
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test

The typical length of quarantine is:   20 to 30 days

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

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

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
Not Checked:
    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 will never have a healthy horse euthanized
✔    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
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not euthanize horses under any circumstances.
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility

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 a solution of concentrated potassium chloride (KCl) with the horse in a surgical plane of general anesthesia

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
✔    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 visit the horse at any time.
✔    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
Not Checked:
    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
    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 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 unannounced visits to see the horse within the first year of adoption
    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 two years
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more 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:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase)

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
$501 to $750

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
Not Checked:
    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 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
Not Checked:
    Horses may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    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
View Rehoming Application/Agreement

FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 2
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.
5825 Route 30 West Townshend VT 05359
Contact: Gerda Silver
Contact's Phone: 802-874-7213
Contact's Email: gerdasequinerescue@gmail.com

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

If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility:
Gerda Silver President and Founder owns the facility that the rescue operates on.

Robin Hill Road
Townshend, VT 05353

If not owned, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   Yes

If not owned, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     Rental agreement started in 2007 and is renewed each year.

If not owned, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated. 
     GER pay's $2,500 per year for rent of the facility. This includes use of the full facility. The rent that the president receives from the facility is donated back to the rescue. The rescue is responsible for utilities and maintenance of the property.

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

Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Windham County Humane Society Animal Protection Organization 916 W River Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05103 (802) 254-2232 Each town also has it's own animal control officer

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.
     On the state level we contact the local state police: Windham County Sheriff's Office Sheriff's Department Newfane, VT (802) 365-4949 We were just approved as ASPCA Response partners.

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: 0

Instructors Assigned to this Facility: (see Instructor Section below for details)

Grounds
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 6
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 2  Run-in sheds: 4
Pastures: 5  Paddocks/Pens: 8
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 0







Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    Yes    
Do all stalls/enclosures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around?    Yes    
Is there adequate ceiling & beam height (a minimum of 12 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?    No    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

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

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
✔    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
    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
    Barbed wire is used for fencing

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
✔    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
    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
    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
✔    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
✔    No Trespassing signs are posted
✔    Hold Harmless signs are posted
✔    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
✔    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
✔    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
    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  conducted on 02/06/2019
Veterinarian: Ted Johnson
Clinic Name: VT NH Veterinarian Clinic, Inc.    Street: 38 East-West Road    City: Dummerston  State: VT    Zip: 05346
Phone: 802-254-5422  
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)
    Onsite computer with onsite backup storage system
    Onsite computer with cloud-based backup storage system
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records
    Our organization would use free cloud-based barn management software if available

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

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 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 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 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:
    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 annually and kept with the horse's health records

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
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

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

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
✔    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
✔    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
✔    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses do not have contact with other horses or other animals
✔    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
✔    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses
Not Checked:
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined horses

The following represent the manure removal practices in place at facility:
✔    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 is piled in an area where horses are not located
    Manure piles are covered
    Manure is hauled, sold or given away

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
✔    Horse photos and profiles are available on the website
✔    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
    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
    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with horse profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions

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


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:
✔    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
✔    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
Not Checked:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)

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

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

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

2018 Operations: This facility was operational during 2018.

2018 Horse Care Costs
Actual Horse Care Costs
$18179     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$5889     Bedding
$15756     Veterinarian
$4189     Farrier
$2000     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$3886     Medications & Supplements
$15682     Horse Transportation
$32354     Maintenance
$4773     Horse/Barn Supplies
$25502     Horse Care Staff
$821     Horse Training
$16448     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$145479     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$4011     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$4608     Veterinarian
$727     Farrier
$579     Dentist
$4550     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$3500     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$5400     Horse/Barn Supplies
$10140     Horse Care Staff
$4186     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$37701     2018 Total Donated Costs


Additional Explanation:
Other $2,500 is our rent for the year and $13948 is our utilities to run the farm.

Average cost per day per horse: $18
Average length of stay for an equine: 97 days
Based on a total of 7950 days equines were in the care of this facility during 2018

2018 Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc. Horse Inventory
21 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2018
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2018
0 Donated
0 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
33 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
16 Surrendered
2 Seized
0 Abandoned
10 Returned
61 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2018
50 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
4 Horses deceased
54 Total departures
28 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2018
28 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 21 on 1/1/2018+ 61 Intakes - 54 Departures = 28 on 12/31/2018

28 Total number of all horses at this facility on December 31, 2018
30 Maximum capacity of horses at this facility on December 31, 2018


61 Detail Horse Intake during 2018
0 Donated
0 Free Leased
0 Purchased from Owner
33 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
1Arabian
1 Aged 3-9
1 Stallions
3Donkey/Mule/Burro
1 Aged Under 3
1 Mares
1 Aged 3-9
1 Mares
1 Aged 10-14
1 Mares
9Miniature Horse
3 Aged Under 3
2 Stallions
1 Mares
5 Aged 3-9
2 Geldings
3 Mares
1 Aged 10-14
1 Mares
1Morgan
1 Aged 10-14
1 Mares
3Paint
1 Aged Under 3
1 Geldings
1 Aged 3-9
1 Mares
1 Aged 10-14
1 Mares
2Quarter Horse
1 Aged Under 3
1 Mares
1 Aged 15-20
1 Mares
1Standardbred
1 Aged 10-14
1 Geldings
1Tennessee Walking Horse
1 Aged 10-14
1 Geldings
7Thoroughbred
1 Aged Under 3
1 Stallions
2 Aged 3-9
2 Mares
2 Aged 10-14
1 Geldings
1 Mares
1 Aged 15-20
1 Geldings
1 Aged Over 20
1 Mares
2Mixed Breed
1 Aged 10-14
1 Mares
1 Aged Over 20
1 Geldings
2Other
2 Aged 15-20
1 Geldings
1 Mares
1Paso Fino
1 Aged 3-9
1 Mares

16 Surrendered
3Donkey/Mule/Burro
1 Aged 10-14
1 Mares
2 Aged 15-20
2 Mares
3Miniature Horse
1 Aged 3-9
1 Geldings
2 Aged 10-14
1 Geldings
1 Mares
2Paint
2 Aged 15-20
1 Geldings
1 Mares
1Quarter Horse
1 Aged 15-20
1 Geldings
1Mixed Breed
1 Aged 15-20
1 Geldings
6Other
1 Aged 3-9
1 Geldings
3 Aged 10-14
2 Geldings
1 Mares
2 Aged 15-20
2 Mares

2 Seized
1Miniature Horse
1 Aged 15-20
1 Mares
1Quarter Horse
1 Aged 15-20
1 Mares

0 Abandoned
10 Returned
1Arabian
1 Aged 15-20
1 Geldings
1Donkey/Mule/Burro
1 Aged 10-14
1 Geldings
1Hackney
1 Aged 15-20
1 Mares
1Standardbred
1 Aged 15-20
1 Geldings
5Other
0 Aged Under 3
1 Aged 3-9
1 Mares
4 Aged 10-14
2 Geldings
2 Mares
1Paso Fino
1 Aged 15-20
1 Mares



Re-homing Detail during 2018:
50 Horses adopted/sold by breed, age & intended use:
1Appaloosa
0 Aged Under 3
0 Aged 3-9
1 Aged 10-14 for EAAT/Therapy  
0 Aged 15-20
0 Aged Over 20
2Arabian
0 Aged Under 3
0 Aged 3-9
0 Aged 10-14
2 Aged 15-20 for Competition  EAAT/Therapy  
0 Aged Over 20
5Donkey/Mule/Burro
0 Aged Under 3
2 Aged 3-9 for Competition  
3 Aged 10-14 for Competition  
0 Aged 15-20
0 Aged Over 20
1Hackney
0 Aged Under 3
0 Aged 3-9
1 Aged 10-14 for Competition  
0 Aged 15-20
0 Aged Over 20
16Miniature Horse
1 Aged Under 3 for Competition  
9 Aged 3-9 for Competition  Recreation  
3 Aged 10-14 for Competition  
3 Aged 15-20 for Competition  
0 Aged Over 20
1Morgan
0 Aged Under 3
0 Aged 3-9
0 Aged 10-14
1 Aged 15-20 for Recreation  
0 Aged Over 20
2Paint
0 Aged Under 3
0 Aged 3-9
0 Aged 10-14
2 Aged 15-20 for Recreation  
0 Aged Over 20
4Quarter Horse
0 Aged Under 3
1 Aged 3-9 for Recreation  
1 Aged 10-14 for Recreation  
2 Aged 15-20 for Recreation  
0 Aged Over 20
1Tennessee Walking Horse
0 Aged Under 3
0 Aged 3-9
1 Aged 10-14 for Recreation  
0 Aged 15-20
0 Aged Over 20
2Thoroughbred
0 Aged Under 3
0 Aged 3-9
0 Aged 10-14
1 Aged 15-20 for Recreation  
1 Aged Over 20 for Recreation  
2Warm Blood
0 Aged Under 3
2 Aged 3-9 for Recreation  
0 Aged 10-14
0 Aged 15-20
0 Aged Over 20
4Mixed Breed
0 Aged Under 3
1 Aged 3-9 for Recreation  
3 Aged 10-14 for Recreation  
0 Aged 15-20
0 Aged Over 20
6Other
Aged Under 3
Aged 3-9
1 Aged 10-14 for Recreation  
4 Aged 15-20 for Competition  Recreation  
1 Aged Over 20 for Recreation  
1Paso Fino
Aged Under 3
Aged 3-9
Aged 10-14
Aged 15-20 for Recreation  
Aged Over 20
2Rocky Mountain Horse
Aged Under 3
Aged 3-9 for Recreation  
Aged 10-14
Aged 15-20 for Recreation  
Aged Over 20


Aimee & JohnPritcher
Aimee & JohnPritcher
18 North Street East Dover VT 05341
Contact: Aimee Pritcher
Contact's Phone: 802-348-6363
Contact's Email: alp458@gmail.com

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

If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility:
Aimee & John Pritcher
18 North Street
East Dover,VT 05341

If not owned, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   No

If not owned, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     There is no start and end date to our agreement. Amiee and John are fosters who quarantine horses for us as they have space available. Once horses 30 day quarantine has been completed and they received a clean bill of health by our vet they come to GER to be adopted.

If not owned, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated. 
     John and Aimee are a foster home for GER (the facility is their home). They quarantine horses for us and once complete they come to GER. They provide care and love and GER pays for the horses hay, grain, medical and trimmer expenses.

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

Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Windham County Humane Society Animal Protection Organization 916 W River Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05103 (802) 254-2232 Each town also has it's own animal control officer

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.
     On the state level we contact the local state police: Windham County Sheriff's Office Sheriff's Department Newfane, VT (802) 365-4949

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: 0

Instructors Assigned to this Facility: (see Instructor Section below for details)

Grounds
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 4
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 0
Pastures: 1  Paddocks/Pens: 2
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 0  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 0




Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    Yes    
Do all stalls/enclosures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around?    Yes    
Is there adequate ceiling & beam height (a minimum of 12 feet above the tip of the horse's ear) when standing in all stalls/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?    No    
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?     No    
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? 0-3;
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 16+ hours per day
    Horses are out 24/7
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in if there is inclement weather

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
✔    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
✔    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
✔    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
✔    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
✔    Pastures 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
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Pastures are rotated

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

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
✔    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and horses
✔    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.
    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 motion lights
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service
    The property is fitted with a security system that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)

Veterinarian Information
Vet Assessment  conducted on 03/04/2019
Veterinarian: Ted Johnson
Clinic Name: VT/NH Veterinary Clinic    Street: 38 East West Road    City: Dummerston  State: VT    Zip: 05346
Phone: 802-254-5422  
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 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
✔    Horses are fed in groups
✔    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
✔    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
✔    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
✔    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
✔    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
Not Checked:
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area

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 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 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 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:
    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 annually and kept with the horse's health records

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
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

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

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
✔    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
✔    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses do not have contact with other horses or other animals
✔    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
✔    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses
Not Checked:
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Latex gloves are worn when working with 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 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
    Manure is hauled, sold or given away

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
✔    Horse photos and profiles are available on the website
✔    Staff/volunteers are provided training on confirmation, markings, colors, and breeds
✔    Horses are assigned the same stall/location each day
Not Checked:
    Name plates are located on the stall
    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
    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with horse profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions

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


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 phone numbers are posted prominently
✔    The facility maintains at least two weeks of hay, feed, shavings and medications
✔    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
✔    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
Not Checked:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    The facility owns or has access to a generator
    The facility collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)

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

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

Horse Transportion
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
     Owned onsite   Access onsite but not owned  2 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  1 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 Activities & Therapies (EAAT)
This organization does not conduct EAAT at this facility.

Equine Costs and Inventory

2018 Operations: This facility was operational during 2018.

2018 Horse Care Costs
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
$3180     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$3180     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
$2400     Horse Care Staff
$     Horse Training
$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$2400     2018 Total Donated Costs


Additional Explanation:
Amiee and John are a foster farm. All of the horses that they quarnetine's expenses are covered by GER and are included in GER's numbers. They donate their love and time to care for our horses!We did not break out their costs by category--this foster care fee includes food and bedding.

Average cost per day per horse: $11
Average length of stay for an equine: 50 days
Based on a total of 300 days equines were in the care of this facility during 2018

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

Summary: 0 on 1/1/2018+ 6 Intakes - 6 Departures = 0 on 12/31/2018

*Missing Total number of all horses at this facility on December 31, 2018
4 Maximum capacity of horses at this facility on December 31, 2018

Additional Explanation:
All of the horses that did their quarantine at Amiee and John's were transferred back to GER once their quarantine was complete. Their numbers are included in the GER numbers already



6 Detail Horse Intake during 2018
0 Donated
0 Free Leased
0 Purchased from Owner
6 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
1Miniature Horse
1 Aged Under 3
1 Mares
2Paint
1 Aged Under 3
1 Mares
1 Aged 15-20
1 Mares
3Thoroughbred
1 Aged Under 3
1 Stallions
1 Aged 3-9
1 Mares
1 Aged 10-14
1 Geldings

0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned








FACILITY INVENTORY SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 2
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.
Aimee & JohnPritcher

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

Summary: 21 on 1/1/2018+ 67 Intakes - 60 Departures = 28 on 12/31/2018

28 Total number of all horses on December 31, 2018
34 Maximum capacity of horses on December 31, 2018




FACILITY COST SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 2
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.
Aimee & JohnPritcher

Actual Horse Care Costs
$18179     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$5889     Bedding
$15756     Veterinarian
$4189     Farrier
$2000     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$3886     Medications & Supplements
$15682     Horse Transportation
$32354     Maintenance
$4773     Horse/Barn Supplies
$25502     Horse Care Staff
$821     Horse Training
$19628     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$148659     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$4011     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$4608     Veterinarian
$727     Farrier
$579     Dentist
$4550     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$3500     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$     Horse/Barn Supplies
$12540     Horse Care Staff
$4186     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$40101     2018 Total Donated Costs

Average cost per day per horse: $18
Based on a total of 8250 days equines were in the care of this organization during 2018




INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

V. INSTRUCTORS
This section is required only for organizations that provide equine assisted assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT) to people with special needs. It is optional but suggested for other organizations and an opportunity to share information about your instructors/trainers with the general public.





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