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Pony or small horse needed for hippotherapy program
Riding Unlimited Inc, Ponder, TX


Could this be the next chapter for your horse?


Our recent hippotherapy program is in need of a pony or small horse with a narrow to medium size base. Must be tolerant of movement on it's back, loud noises and people on both sides as well in front of it.

We are seeking a Pony 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),

Breed Preference: The following breeds will NOT be considered:
American Saddlebred
Draft Breeds
Mustang
Friesian
Tennessee Walking Horse
Thoroughbred
Warmblood
Andalusian/Lusitano
Gypsy Vanner
Missouri Fox Trotter

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

Experience & Suitability

Temperament:
must be quiet, tolerate movement on it's back, patient and forgiving of human inexperience.

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

Current/former experience/training which could make the equine suitable for your program:
    Parade Horse
    Vaulting
    Western Dressage
    Western Pleasure
    Western Ranch
    Western Seat Equitation

Other Experience/Training:
an older more experience pony or horse would do well in this position.

Location

The equine will be located at Riding Unlimited Inc, 9168 T N Skiles Rd, Ponder, TX 76259.

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More about where will the equine be located?


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Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 45
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 2  Run-in sheds: 6
Pastures: 6  Paddocks/Pens: 6
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 3  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0
Indoor Rings: 1

Horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s).
Horses are stalled for 1-3; hours per day, on average.
Horse Turn Out Practices:
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in to feed
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in if there is inclement weather
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are being trained
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are used for the conduct of the organization's programs

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

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    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
    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:
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
    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 massage therapist



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:
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control - Remedies used to control flies and insects:
    Fly parasites
    Feed Through Products
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Sheets
    Fans



Our Acquisition, Intake & Training Policies


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Riding Unlimited Inc will accept equines from the following sources:
    Donation  ✔ Yes      No    
    Free Lease  ✔ Yes      No    
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  ✔ Yes      No    

Riding Unlimited Inc 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, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations

Riding Unlimited Inc 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 up to 60 days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason

Riding Unlimited Inc 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 trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken
    Coggins test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
    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):   As needed; no set schedule


Our Equine Retirement Policy


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Riding Unlimited Inc has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Horses may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    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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Riding Unlimited Inc
9168 T N Skiles Rd
Ponder TX 76259
940-479-2016
Last Updated 2019-06-04

Public Charity

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Riding Unlimited it dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities through the power of the horse. We teach horsemanship skills while incorporating an element of therapy into each riding lesson. We strive to turn disabilities into possibilities, one ride at a time.


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: 75-2331905
Founded: 1990

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