Equine Welfare Network Guardian
AWARDED ANNUALLY
Effective Date
May 11, 2020


Horses Make Miracles Foundation Inc
12271 Mineral Road
LONGMONT, CO 80504
Phone: 303-250-8787

EIN: 20-0793225
Founded: 2004
Last Updated 2020-06-29

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Horses Make Miracles Foundation Inc
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK GUARDIAN PROFILE
Effective Date: May 11, 2020 Last Updated: June 29, 2020

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services which are in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS).
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
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 or were HOUSED AND CARED FOR during 2019: 1
     *1. Horses Make Miracles
* Operational in 2019

Mission:
To encourage development of emotional, physical, mental and cognitive abilities promoting independence for participants of all ages through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, teaching of horsemanship, community involvement and continuing education in a safe atmosphere guided by certified professionals.

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:
Our main goals are to have financial stability, resources to defray the rising costs of care for our therapy horses, realize our mission and continue to provide programs for our participants and volunteers. Having a hands-on and active board of directors as well as an impressive volunteer staff who have all been with us for a long period of time continues to be our backbone. With fresh ideas our objective is to expand on the programs we offer as we have accomplished to date. This will create more incoming revenue as well as adding fundraising efforts, sponsorships, donations and corporate contributions.

Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     Although we’re not specifically a horse rescue, our operating center provides a wonderful forever home for all of our adopted therapy horses. They’re all rescues having had prior careers and as older more mature equines, they’re not able physically to work anymore in their respective disciplines. Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies gives those special horses a new lease in life ultimately helping them as well as the many humans who gain life changing experience participating in our programs. Our therapy horses at Horses Make Miracles are specially trained by our professional staff and evaluated for temperament and movement to insure safety for all participants. Our exceptional therapy horses work in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy workshops which do not involve riding as well as our Therapeutic Horsemanship programs which include light riding and specific lesson plans.

Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
Our organization provides the following equine assisted services (EAS):
    Therapeutic Mounted Services
    Therapeutic Unmounted Services
    Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Self-improvement/Wellness/Team Building/Personal Coaching/Professional Coaching
Not Checked:
    Therapeutic Driving Services
    Therapeutic Vaulting Services
    Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology (Hippotherapy)
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

Our organization provides services for the following specific populations:
Children (10 & Under)
Tweens (11-12)
Teens (13-18)
Young Adults (19-21)
Adults (Over 21)
Seniors (65-79)
Elderly (80 & Over)
Veterans
Foreign-born (Immigrants)
Racial Minorities
Ethnic Minorities
Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
At-Risk Youth

Our organization provides services to individuals with:
Alzheimers/Dementia, Amputation, Arthritis, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Autism, Behavioral disorders, Cerebral palsy, Chronic illness, Cognitive disabilities, Cystic Fibrosis, Development delay or disability, Down Syndrome, Economic disadvantages, Emotional disabilities, Epilepsy, Genetic conditions/disorders, Grief, Head Trauma/Brain Injury, Hearing impairment, Intellectual disability, Joint abnormalities, Juvenile delinquency, Language impairment, Learning disabilities, Mental health disabilities, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Orthopedic issues, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Physical disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Speech impairment, Stroke, Substance abuse/addiction, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Visual impairment, Weight Control disorders

Overview of our programs involved with providing EAS to individuals with special needs:
     Horses Make Miracles goals and objectives are to provide equine assisted activities and therapy to individuals of all ages who live with a wide range of physical, mental, emotional and cognitive special needs in a high quality, safe and professionally operated therapeutic riding center.
     We have an existing professional operating plan, a variety of successful programs as well as an internship and certification program incorporating ethical training experiences in association with PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).
     The Horses Make Miracles instructors and therapists specifically design programs that address the participant’s physical, mental, cognitive and emotional challenges. Working with the horse’s spiritual nature increases one’s social well-being inspiring self-confidence, responsibility, teamwork and awareness of body mind, heart and soul.
     
     Besides our Pony Power program for youngsters, we offer weekly horsemanship lessons, therapeutic riding classes for participants with special needs, equine facilitated psychotherapy, Life Coaching and our “Hooves of Pride” program for veterans who deal with emotional and physical challenges upon returning to civilian life. Specialty contemplative workshops include “Embodied Presence” and “Women with Wings” specifically designed for women participants. We have also conducted a workshop called “Centering Yoga on Horseback” which was very well attended and received.
     
     The therapeutic team of the facilitators, therapy horses and volunteers ensure that safety, confidentiality, challenging lesson plans and related activities enhance the participant’s life experiences. Families and caregivers are welcome to observe weekly scheduled lessons although some therapy sessions are closed due to confidentiality policies. Our therapy horses at Horses Make Miracles are assessed and specially trained by our professional staff and evaluated for temperament and movement to insure safety for all participants.

At a time when equestrian sports are under pressure to protect horses while making those sports more accessible, so too must all equine organizations ensure that horses are treated humanely when interacting with people with and without special needs. Our organization takes the following steps to ensure that horses are benefiting from their interactions with people:
     We as equine caretakers are mindful of our therapy horse’s health to ensure there are no soundness issues and teeth floating, de-worming and dental care are all up to date. With therapeutic riding we are watchful for any signs of back soreness and all tack and adaptive equipment are fitted to each horse with care. We continually work with our therapy horses for safety in classes and we strive to be sure they’re comfortable with various toys and items used in classes as well as noises, movements, wheelchairs, walkers, etc. Our volunteers and Barn Team are trained to be aware of all likes and dislikes as well as body language of our horses. We are blessed to lease a forty-acre ranch so the horses have daily access to pasture and turn-out with their herd mates. Besides therapeutic and beginner riding classes where the horses are trained to be comfortable with a leader and side walkers, they’re also ridden independently by our authorized Barn Team volunteers and able-bodied riders. We do not allow hand feeding; however, our participants give their horse a treat in a bowl after class is over. We believe all these steps ensure the horses benefit from all of us humans who interact with them. Our therapy horses are very friendly and engage in extremely favorable ways; whether in group sessions or one on one classes.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:

Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     It has always been a priority of management, the board of directors and members of Horses Make Miracles to be continually involved with other organizations. Over the past several years, with management’s guidance we have coordinated with three local equine assisted therapy centers successfully assisting them with mentoring, consulting and volunteer training. Many of our members attended and two of our board members spearheaded a fundraiser and volunteered at an open house held late last fall for a local equine assisted psychotherapy non-profit center who were in the process of reorganization and new management.
     
     Educational exchanges with area businesses in the equine field as well as local clinical therapy offices has always been ongoing and outreach into the community is a given. We receive referrals, continuing education and staff involvement with the Boulder County and State of Colorado Autism Societies as well as the National Association on Disabilities. Our Certified Instructor has contracted with two local centers who provide recreational and therapeutic services for their participants with disabilities, autism and traumatic brain injuries. For many years our Instructor and Therapist (being local) have contracted and provided equine assisted therapeutic services with many private and local government organizations who are based right in Boulder County.
     
     Our Certified Life Coach and valuable member who organizes workshops at our ranch is also Assistant Pastor at a Boulder County church. She offers gatherings every other month to take advantage of our lovely center with the horses and its rural beauty for her parish members which are well attended and enthusiastically received. We collaborate with a local equine business who raised funds to enable us to offer scholarships to children under the age of eighteen who would love to take riding lessons but whose parents cannot afford it. Thus far, this has provided scholarships for our lesson program which made it possible for two ten-week riding lesson sessions for a nine-year old little girl which was a huge success.
     
     We conduct monthly half-day equine facilitated psychotherapy workshops for adults struggling with addictions which she contracts with an established program in the local area. She also runs the Embodied Presence workshops several times a year which is in collaboration with a Boulder County program for women who are victims of domestic abuse. We offer continual support and in-kind donations to the local horse rescue as well as a non-profit farm who provide animal therapy to at-risk children from the city of Denver to give them opportunities to be hands-on with livestock and learn farming.
     
     The Volunteer Connection, University of Colorado and Colorado State University are also partners and have matched many prospective volunteers with our programs for the Barn Team experience learning horse care as well as Teaching Assistants to help participants with our equine assisted therapy programs.

GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  LINDA L RAULINO
Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  28
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Not applicable; We do not have paid staff

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective volunteers complete a written application
    Prospective volunteers must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every volunteer is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on a annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every volunteer is assigned a supervisor (staff member and/or senior volunteer) and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The supervisor assesses the volunteer's abilities and assigns specific duties to the volunteer based on their skills
    The organization records and maintains written attendance information and hours on every volunteer
    The organization provides a Volunteer Handbook to every volunteer
    The Volunteer Handbook includes volunteer-related information, such as hours of work, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Volunteer Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    The organization holds regular orientation sessions for volunteers and prospective volunteers that includes an overview of the organization, its mission, activities, volunteer responsibilities and expectations, safety guidelines, and a tour of the facility
Not Checked:
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer is required to undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  6
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? No

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

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  No

Disclosure:


Organization documents available on our website:
    None

Organization documents available on request:
    Most recent Financials
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Most recent Annual Report
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement
    Volunteer Handbook
    Bylaws

Financial Reporting:
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Compilation
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990-EZ
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2019? Yes
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990


EQUINE COSTS

Total Facilities: 1
Horses Make Miracles: 2019 - Yes

Actual Horse Care Costs
$5150     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$1782     Veterinarian
$700     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$745     Maintenance
$1042     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$4470     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$13889     2019 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$1304     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$749     Veterinarian
$200     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$240     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$349     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$165     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$3007     2019 Total Donated Costs

/ Horses Make Miracles: **Other costs of $4470 represents facility rent.
     Donated Horse/Barn Supplies of $349 represent cat food for our barn cats (rodent patrol).
     **Other costs of Donated Expenses in the amount of $165 represent donated equipment i.e. halters, leads, two bridles and spare saddle billets.

Average direct cost per day per horse: $10
Average total cost per day per horse: $10
Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days (1460/4)


POLICIES

Acquisition
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Free Lease  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  
    Return  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Purchase from auction  
    Purchase kill pen or feedlot  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares

Not Checked:
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated
Intake, Assessment & Training
Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse:
    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
Not Checked:

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization has the following policies in place:
    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 up to 30 days
    Horses are on trial up to 60 days
    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 total financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    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
Not Checked:
    Horses are not taken on trial
    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

Upon intake, the organization has the following quarantine policy in place:
    The horse is not quarantined
Not Checked:
    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

The typical length of quarantine is:   Horses are not quarantined

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

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

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   Weekly

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
Therapy/Lesson Horse Criteria
     
     - Has a friendly personality
     - Likes people and comfortable with children
     - Height between 14.3 – 15.1 with a sturdy build
     - Obviously bombproof
     - Gelding preferred but mare considered if great temperament
     - Age between 10 – 20 years old
     - Soundness is of utmost importance
     - Able to go barefoot comfortably
     - Can handle W-T-C for beginners through intermediate
     - Would be fine with leader/side walkers for special needs riders
     - Able to have alfalfa at a.m and p.m feedings
     - Our pastures are timothy grass
     - Won’t require grain and/or supplements
     - No vices i.e. cribbing, wind sucking or weaving
     - Gets along well in a herd


Breeding
The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed horses.
    Our organization prohibits the breeding of horses/equines when re-homed or this statement is not applicable as all horses/equines remain at our organization for their lifetimes and are not re-homed under any circumstances.
Not Checked:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions

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 under any circumstances
    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 may have a healthy horse euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other horses, or people
    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 an overdose of barbiturates
    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:
    Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.

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 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
Not Checked:
    Horses may be sent to auction
    In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized


Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Although we are not considered a rescue or have rehomed any of our therapy horses, we do have several members readily available to provide retirement homes for any of our horses who are potentially no longer able to participate in our programs.
View Re-homing Agreement

EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1

Horses Make Miracles
Horses Make Miracles
13770 Davis Lane LONGMONT CO 80504
Contact: LINDA L RAULINO
Contact's Phone: 303-250-8787
Contact's Email: horseteacher@gmail.com

Please list all local, state and federal licenses held by the organization, including the expiration dates, or indicate that no licenses are required at the local, state or federal level. Please also list if this facility is accredited and recognized as compliant with the published standards of an accrediting organization, including the name of the organization and the date of the accreditation.
     *Missing

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

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.
     Boulder County Animal Control 5600 Flatiron Parkway Boulder, CO 80301 303-441-3626

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.
     Dumb Friends League/Harmony Equine Center
     5540 East Highway 86
     Franktown, CO 80116
     303-751-5772
     equine@ddfl.org
     
     Bureau of Animal Health
     305 Interlocken Parkway
     Broomfield, CO 80021
     303-869-9130
     
     ASPCA
     424 East 92nd Street
     New York, NY 10128
     212-876-7700

Does your organization conduct Equine Assisted Services (EAS) at this facility in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS)? Yes

Total number of instructors, specialists, therapists, counselors, coaches and/or facilitators (full-time, part-time, volunteer, independent contractors, and/or service providers accompanying clients) that conduct Equine Assisted Services (EAS) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS) AT THIS FACILITY:  4

Equine Assisted Service Providers Assigned to this Facility: (see Equine Assisted Service Provider Section below for details)

     1. Betty Tobias
     2. Jackie Ashley
     3. Linda Raulino
     4. Susan Borutzki

Horses Make Miracles

Grounds
Total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility: 4
Of the total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility, the number of horses that are microchipped: 0
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those not involved with your programs: 4
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 10
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 20
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 3
Pastures: 2  Paddocks/Pens: 5
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 2  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/enclosures?    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 ensure 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 24/7
    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:
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    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)
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
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    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
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced
Not Checked:
    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
    A security guard is present at night
    Horses are checked overnight
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    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)

Horses Make Miracles

Veterinarian Information
Vet Assessment  conducted on 04/15/2020
Veterinarian: Dr. Christy Downey
Clinic Name: Quality Equine Veterinary Services, Inc.
1821 Haase Court
Berthoud   CO   80513
Phone: 303-666-5140

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

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
Not Checked:

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 annually
    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse annually and kept with the horse's health records
    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 with each visit by the veterinarian
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly 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

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
Not Checked:
    Our organization maintains a written record for each equine that documents the results of each evaluation of weight-carrying and workload limitations
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable

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
Not Checked:
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable

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 Traps and Tapes
    Premise Sprays/Insecticides
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
    Horses/equines are not quarantined.
Not Checked:
    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    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
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Manure and bedding from sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is disposed of in specific areas designated for infectious materials - not put in open air piles, and not spread on pastures
    Stalls, aisle ways, and common areas are disinfected after conclusion of the quarantine
    Horse trailers/vans used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cleaned and disinfected after each use and cleaning takes place away from where horses are sheltered
    Horse-specific equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is not shared and is clearly labeled
    Shared equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses

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
    A notebook or binder with photos and information on each horse is easily accessible
    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each horse with horse names and photos
    Horse photos and profiles are available on the website
    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with horse profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions
    Staff/volunteers are provided training on confirmation, markings, colors, and breeds
    Team leaders work with new staff/volunteers until they are able to identify the horses
Not Checked:
    Name plates are located on the stall
    Photos are located on the stall
    Horses wear halters with nametags

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


Emergency Preparedness
The following plans, policies, and procedures are in place at the facility to handle emergencies and address weather related issues, fire safety procedures, and/or any additional hazardous scenarios the facility could potentially experience:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
    The facility 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
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)
Not Checked:
    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance

The written EPP addresses the following areas:
    Local fire department and/or the state's emergency planning department procedures
    Medical emergencies for clients, staff, and volunteers
    Medical emergencies for horses
    Evacuation plans
    Power outages
    Fire
    Natural Disasters - thunderstorm, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc
    Terrorist attacks
    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:

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

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

Equine Transportation
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
     Owned onsite   Access onsite but not owned   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  1 Access offsite;
6-horse trailer with truck or van:
     Owned onsite   Access onsite but not owned   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 Services (EAS)
         
2019 EAAT Operations Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Horses/Equines participating in EAAT programs at this facility        
Number of horses/equines aged 3-8 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 9-14 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines aged 15-20 0 0 0 0
Number of horses/equines Over 20 0 0 4 4
Total number of horses/equines participating in EAAT programs at this facility 0 0 4 4
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of hours per day each horse works 1 2  
Number of days per week each horse works 3 3  
         
Clients participating in EAAT programs at this facility Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually 0 0 150 150
Average number of clients (not lessons) participating in activities per week 0 0 12 12
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of days per week programs are conducted at this facility 1 2  
Number of weeks per year programs are conducted at this facility 40 40  
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Average wait list time for a client 2 Weeks 4 Weeks  
         

Additional explanation: Although we're open year-round we are dependent on the weather. We average forty weeks per year to facilitate our EAAT, TR, EFP as well as workshops. We're at the mercy of Mother Nature so when it's below forty degrees and cloudy or inclement weather, we don't run our classes for our participants.



EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICE PROVIDERS


Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
Our organization provides the following Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
    Therapeutic Mounted Services
    Therapeutic Unmounted Services
    Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Self-improvement/Wellness/Team Building/Personal Coaching/Professional Coaching
Not Checked:
    Therapeutic Driving Services
    Therapeutic Vaulting Services
    Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology (Hippotherapy)
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

     1. Betty Tobias

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Horses Make Miracles

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Betty Tobias has been involved with horses for most of her life. Her experiences have been varied; she started in hunt seat equitation and jumping, began showing horses at ten, and then decided to expand her experience by taking lessons in dressage as an adult. She benefits from the understanding of the horse’s perspective and currently takes horsemanship and western riding lessons as well as participating in clinics and workshops. Betty is a PATH certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She presently enjoys teaching students of all abilities. She has a handsome Quarter Horse named Buddy who has taught her and her students innumerable life lessons.


     2. Jackie Ashley

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Horses Make Miracles

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Self-improvement/Wellness/Team Building/Personal Coaching/Professional Coaching

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Jackie Ashley MA, LPC, BC-DMT is a licensed professional counselor in CO in the field of mental health for over 20 years with extensive experience working with major psychiatric disorders, trauma, anxiety, grief, depression and major life transitions. Specializing in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy integrating horses and nature, mindfulness practices are used in her modalities and sessions. She teaches, trains and supervises Masters’ level students in Somatic and Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She has a private practice and facilitates groups using horses for a variety of populations and issues.


     3. Linda Raulino

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Horses Make Miracles

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Linda Raulino grew up owning and riding her horses and ponies in Massachusetts and taught horsemanship and riding for over forty years. Linda and her equine partners competed in hunt seat equitation, jumping, hunter pace events and field trials for decades culminating in many championships for competitive trail riding. Her working background in dressage and combined training has enhanced her teaching skills. She was a Judge for U.S. Pony Club, organized New England Regional Special Olympics, St. Jude Research Hospital Ride-A-Thons and competed in pleasure carriage driving. Her talent for helping others and her passion for horses blended when her career in Equine Assisted Therapy and Therapeutic Riding found her in 1987. Linda has been a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor with PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) since 1994 and achieved Level 1 EAGALA certification in 2005. She organizes internships for new instructors and continues to create safe and educational programs at Horses Make Miracles.


     4. Susan Borutzki

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Horses Make Miracles

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Self-improvement/Wellness/Team Building/Personal Coaching/Professional Coaching

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Susan is a certified Life Coach and began volunteering with Horses Make Miracles in 2015 after receiving her certification. She coaches clients one on one and has facilitated groups invited for special gatherings with the horses.



EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Horses Make Miracles: 2019 - Yes

4 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2019
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2019
0 Donated
0 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
4 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
3 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
1 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 4 on 1/1/2019+ 0 Intakes - 0 Departures = 4 on 12/31/2019

Total days that equines were in the care of Horses Make Miracles Foundation Inc during 2019: 1460


2019 Horses Make Miracles Equine Census
4 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2019
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2019
0 Donated
0 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
4 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
3 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
1 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 4 on 1/1/2019+ 0 Intakes - 0 Departures = 4 on 12/31/2019







Definitions:
Donated: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Free Lease: The ownership of the equine is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the equine is transferred to the organization utilizing a free lease document.
Purchased from Owner: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase document.
Purchased from Auction: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by purchasing the equine at an auction.
Purchased from Kill Pen: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by purchasing the equine from a kill pen.
Surrendered (Hardship): The ownership and custody of the equine is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent with or without the use of an intake document.
Seized: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandoned: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Returned: The equine was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the equine has been transferred back to the organization.
Transferred: The custody of the equine is transferred within an organization or from one organization to another non-profit or foster organization to provide retirement, retraining, rehabilitation and/or adoption services with no change in ownership.
Born: The equine was born at the facility.

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.

Equine Assisted Services (EAS): Any activity that incorporates equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or unmounted, to include 1) psychotherapy and/or mental health counseling aimed at achieving goals set forth by the licensed mental health professional and the client, 2) occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology treatment strategies utilizing equine movement set forth by the licensed therapist and the client, 3) horsemanship instruction adapted to the ability/disability of those receiving services, for the puropse of contributing positively to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being conducted by a certified professional, and 4) experiential learning approaches that promote the development of life skills to achieve educational, professional and personal goals conducted by a licensed educator, mental health professional or coach. Please refer to our Guidelines for Conducting EAS for additional information.

Special Needs: Any difficulty or difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive disability or impairment) that require or benefit from instructors, specialists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators who have certified training for their scope of practice applicable to the people participating in the programs and specific to the program offerings. The difficulty may not be limited to a health issue but may result from the interaction between the individual and the society in which he or she lives arising from an abusive or unhealthy environment or situation and/or a lack of resources, including economic resources, placing them at risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes.

At-Risk: Refers to being at-risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes. Youth are considered at-risk for a number of reasons, such as if they are homeless or transient, involved in drugs or alcohol, abused sexually, physically or emotionally, mentally ill, neglected at home or live in stressful family environments, lacking social or emotional supports, and involved with delinquent peers. At-Risk youth are likely to be involved in a number of risky behaviors, such as running away, skipping school, drinking underage, engaging in sexual behavior, displaying disruptive behavior, bullying/harassment, fighting, and committing acts of vandalism.

Community Outreach: Refers to activities and public education programs aimed at educating the public about the horse-human bond, issues impacting the welfare of horses, and how horses change lives. This could include, but is not limited to, any activity OTHER THAN Equine Assisted Services (EAS) that require a credentialed service provider, such as off site visits from horses, on site tours, seminars and clinics, camps, community service hours, able-bodied mounted and unmounted lessons, etc.