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Seeking stout, sound horse for our Veterans program; 15hh+ ages 8-16 yrs, calm and quiet.
Hearts & Horses, Loveland, CO


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Looking for a stout horse for our Veterans Program but also for work in our EAAT and TR programs with children/teenagers. Seeking kind and calm temperament, between the ages of 8 and 16 years. Must be sound. Height 15hh +.

We are seeking a Horse that meets the following criteria:
Age Range:
Aged 3-9  Aged 10-14  Aged 15-20  

Gender:
Geldings  Mares  

Size Preference:
Small Horse (14.3 to 15.3h), Large Horse (16.0 to 16.3h),

Breed Preference: The following breeds will NOT be considered:

Our organization has the following policies about horses who are sound and healthy but have the following chronic conditions that require medication:
Lyme Disease: Not Accept
Cushing's Disease: Not Accept
Thyroid Disease: Not Accept
Navicular Disease: Not Accept
Inflammation: Not Accept

Experience & Suitability

Temperament:
Calm, quiet temperament.

Activities that the equine will be expected to perform:
    English Walk/Trot/Canter
    Western Walk/Trot/Canter
    Horsemanship (grooming, tacking up & handling by individuals with disabilities)
    Unmounted activities including handling when at liberty in a round pen or arena

Current/former experience/training which could make the equine suitable for your program:
    Dressage
    English Pleasure
    Eventing
    Endurance
    Hunter
    Hunter Seat Equitation
    Jumping
    Parade Horse
    Polo
    Reining
    Rodeo
    Trail Riding
    Vaulting
    Western Dressage
    Western Ranch
    Western Seat Equitation

Location

The equine will be located at Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, 163 North County Road 29, Loveland, CO 80537.

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

Horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s).
Horses are stalled for 9-12 hours per day, on average.
Horse Turn Out Practices:
    Horses are out 4 to 8 hours per day

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)

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

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
    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
    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


Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines in our care:
✔    Our organization evaluates the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine at least annually
✔    Our organization maintains a written record for each equine that documents the results of each evaluation of weight-carrying and workload limitations

The following variables are considered in determining the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine:
✔    Equine age, weight, breed, body condition, fitness, balance, health and soundness
✔    Equine conformation to include the top line, length of back, strength and width of loin, bone density (measured by the circumference of the cannon bone just below the knee)
✔    Size, shape, condition and angle of the hooves
✔    Participant weight, height, body proportions, balance, fitness and riding skills as well as behavioral issues and safety concerns
✔    Weight and proper fit of the saddle and other equipment
✔    Terrain and footing in the working environment
✔    Duration and frequency of working sessions, as the frequency with which an equine is subjected to maximum weight carrying and/or workload
✔    Nature and pace of work, repetitive or varied, radius of turns, degree of incline and regularity of footing when equine is subject to maximum weight-carrying capacity
✔    Temperature and/or weather conditions
✔    Seasonal impact on the equines' workload and weight-carrying capabilities and limitations

Horses have access to clean drinking water at all times

Hoof care is provided for each horse: Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental care is provided for each horse: Annually and when an issue arises

Each horse is given a physical exam by a veterinarian: Annually and when an issue arises

Each horse is visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility: Every day or 6 days a week

Our organization has the following worming protocols in place to control parasites:
    Fecal testing is performed prior to the use of a de-wormer.

Fly/Insect Control - Remedies used to control flies and insects:
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Premise Sprays/Insecticides
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets
    Fans



Our Acquisition, Intake & Training Policies


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Hearts & Horses will accept equines from the following sources:
    Donation  ✔ Yes      No    
    Free Lease  ✔ Yes      No    
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  ✔ Yes      No    

Hearts & Horses requires the following with respect to the health status of the equine 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

Hearts & Horses has the following policies in place prior to an equine 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 on trial for 60 or more days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason

Hearts & Horses assesses equines 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

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
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   Daily

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
During our trial period, which is typically 90 days, Hearts & Horses is responsible for care, feed and board, while the owner is responsible for routine/emergency veterinary and farrier needs.


Our Equine Retirement Policy


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Hearts & Horses 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
    Horses may be returned to their owners
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized


More About Us


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Hearts & Horses
163 North County Road 29
Loveland CO 80537
970-663-4200
Last Updated 2020-05-27

Public Charity

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Hearts & Horses mission is to promote the physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being of people with special needs through equine assisted activities and therapies.

Hearts & Horses is a well-respected PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center with an outstanding record serving those with physical, mental and emotional needs since 1997. From youth at risk, to individuals with Alzheimer's, to children with Autism, Hearts & Horses impacts every life we touch.

In all of our programs, the horse is viewed as a therapy partner, teaching our young riders valuable lessons in communication, teamwork, respect, trust, and independence. Our four-legged therapists act as gentle teachers in this "hands on," experiential learning environment, providing an abundance of love, respect, and patience to an often fragile and vulnerable population.

All of our instructors hold their PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) and most of them also hold their PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL).


Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).

Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.



EIN: 84-1387873
Founded: 1997

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2020 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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