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Quiet trail horses for riding and participation in veteran EFT program program
The Equus Effect, Sharon, CT


Could this be the next chapter for your horse?


We are looking for two horses who would be suitable as 'husband' horses. Engaging enough to participate in our veterans program, which includes natural horsemanship approaches to groundwork.

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

Gender:
Geldings  Mares  

Breed Preference: The following breeds will NOT be considered:
Donkey/Mule/Burro
Draft Breeds
Mustang
Hackney
Miniature Horse
Warmblood
Icelandic Horse
Haflinger
Gypsy Vanner
Feral/Wild

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
Cushing's Disease: Accept
Thyroid Disease: Accept with financial assistance for medication
Navicular Disease: Accept with financial assistance for medication
Inflammation: Accept with financial assistance for medication

Experience & Suitability

Temperament:
Calm and engaging. Cheeful, social, safe.

Activities that the equine will be expected to perform:
    English Walk/Trot/Canter
    Western Walk/Trot/Canter
    Unmounted activities including handling when at liberty in a round pen or arena
    Trail riding

Other Activities:
Our veterans' program includes natural horsemanship techniques...groundwork only. Jumping in hand over logs and ground poles on obstacle course is part of the program.

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

Other Experience/Training:
We train all of our horses to respond to ground-based cues derived from natural horsemanship trainers...Buck Brannaman, Chris Irwin, etc.

Location

The equine will be located at The Equus Effect, 37 Drum Road, Sharon, CT 06069.

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Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 8
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 1
Pastures: 2  Paddocks/Pens: 1
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.
Horse Turn Out Practices:
    Horses are out 9 to 15 hours per day

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    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 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
    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 with each visit by the veterinarian
    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 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:
    The protocol for each horse is determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control - Remedies used to control flies and insects:
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fans



Our Acquisition, Intake & Training Policies


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The Equus Effect will accept equines from the following sources:
    Donation  ✔ Yes      No    
    Free Lease  ✔ Yes      No    
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner    Yes    ✔ No    

The Equus Effect 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

The Equus Effect 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 not taken on trial

The Equus Effect 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
    Lunging
    Loading onto and unloading off a trailer
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Bathing

Following arrival at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Coggins test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming

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

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
Since our program is based on groundwork, our primary concern is social in nature. Our horses have to be safe to work with for staff, volunteers and for the participants, most of whom are beginners. We would hope that horses are sold with an honest assessment of their abilities and limitations. We are not averse to most, but would want to know up front what we are facing.


Our Equine Retirement Policy


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The Equus Effect 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
    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


More About Us


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The Equus Effect
37 Drum Road
Sharon CT 06069
203-803-9507
Last Updated 2019-08-10

Public Charity

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
OUR MISSION:
TEE provides a unique and proven curriculum for veterans, first responders and others to enhance self-awareness, increase resilience and build healthier relationships through purposeful engagement with horses.

OUR VISION:
Our aim is to help veterans, MST survivors and others move beyond self-limiting patterns in their attitudes and behaviors in order to live productive, successful lives at home, work and school.

All of our programs entail groundwork with horses, mindfulness tools and didactic material we call Emotional Agility.


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: 45-2632601
Founded: 2011

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