Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK PROFILE



Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc
2828 Plank Rd
Lima, NY 14485

Mailing Address:
PO Box 28
Honeoye, NY 14471


Phone: 585-322-2427

EIN: 27-0234285
Founded: 2009
Profile Last Updated January 10, 2021

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Sponsorship For Resident Horses
For $100 per month you can sponsor a horse while it recovers and awaits adoption. We will provide monthly updated information to the sponsor and place a sign on the horse's stall identifying the sponsor.
A New Barn Is Needed
We are fundraising for the construction of a large, 8 stall horse barn. Thanks to a generous ASPCA grant and individual donations, we were able to build six board stalls in our arena and another six in our older pony barn. We built them in such a way that they can easily be taken down and rebuilt in our planned eight stall barn. The approximate cost is $50,000. In 2017 Begin Again Horse Rescue received Verification Status from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. The new barn will go a long way towards our full accreditation.
Fencing
After we moved into our donated 28-acre farm in the Fall of 2014, we needed to upgrade existing fencing to ensure the safety of our resident horses. We have been able to raise funds for replacement of the interior pasture fences and the perimeter fence along the busy highway. There is still more to do. We still need to replace the tape fencing along Woodruff Road with no-climb horse fence and wooden posts. $500 will complete a 200 foot section, including posts, fence and hardware. Our property on Woodruff Road totals 1000 feet. Two gates along this road also need replacing. $500 will allow us to do both. The safety of the our horses is paramount and without the fence upgrades, grazing pastures are limited. Volunteers from a service organization at the State University, Geneseo, work at Begin Again every Thursday, replacing posts and fencing or doing other maintenance chores. We will continue replacing the fence line as funds and materials become available.
Generator Needed
We have priced a system-wide generator at $3500 installed. This generator will allow Begin Again Horse Rescue to run the well pump lights and electric fences should we have a power outage. It is one of the items required by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
Windows In Our Barn And Arena To Be Added
In December, 2016 we raised funds and added six wooden stalls to the indoor arena, two to the old barn and replaced four pony stalls with new-to-us secure stalls. In 2017 we received a generous grant and we are putting in six arena windows for ventilation in May 2018. We still need funds to add six windows for better ventilation in the pony barn. Cost is estimated at $800 per window.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!


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Morning Chore Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
We are always looking for volunteers to help with daily chores. Please contact our Volunteers Manager at info@beginagainrescue.org or (585)322-2427 to schedule a visit and orientation.
Volunteers Are Welcome
We welcome volunteers of all ages every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers feed horses, clean stalls, groom horses, wash and fill water buckets and perform other regular farm maintenance. We give each new volunteer an orientation and a mentor to help them learn the ropes. We love to teach new people about proper horse and farm care as well as give them a fun learning experience.
Sunday Open House
Begin Again is open every Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm for visitors of all ages to tour the farm and meet resident horses. Our barn manager and other volunteers are happy to answer your questions. Visitors under the age of 14 need to be accompanied by an adult. We are always seeking knowledgeable volunteers to help with chores, show people around, and talk with visitors.
Equine Welfare Network Guardian
AWARDED ANNUALLY
Effective Date
May 11, 2020

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

We welcome you to donate directly to us. We will receive 100% of your donation made here.

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Effective Date: May 11, 2020
Last Updated: October 18, 2020

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
We provide a safe haven for horses at risk due to neglect, abuse and/or abandonment.

We provide housing and care when asked by local humane societies and law enforcement agencies that have no facilities for horses. We provide immediate veterinary, dental and farrier care, set up a rehabilitation program and find suitable adoptive homes within two hours of Lima, NY.

Potential adopters are screened and their farms are visited and reviewed for compatibility and safety. No Begin Again horse can ever be sold, but must be returned to Begin Again for rehoming. We help to enable community members with temporary health issues to keep their horses.

We educate the public to equine needs by setting good examples at home and through outreach programs. Other organization such as high schools, 4-H and Arc collaborate with Begin Again Horse Rescue to teach barn skills to their interested individuals. We provide job skill opportunities for the Livingston County Department of Social Services Mobile Work Force Development and a place for court ordered public service. The farm is open to visitors for tours and educational purposes.

With only two part-time paid staff members (minimum wage), we can assure donors that all funds raised go directly to support needy horses and our outreach programs. In 2016, Begin Again added a Gelding Assistance Program to help stallion owners reduce unwanted breeding. We are working to develop a euthanasia fund to help pay for humane end of life equine care.

Our organization provides programs involved with equine rescue & adoption
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 2020: 1
     1. Begin Again Horse Rescue
Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities: Not Applicable. Our organization does not use foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities

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:
Begin Again Horse Rescue's goals are to help as many horses as our finances allow to regain their health and find permanent homes. We also continue to educate our local community members to equine needs and what the they can and cannot do when they suspect animal abuse or neglect. We advertise by word of mouth, social media and through our outreach programs. We provide a location for the people needing public service hours, work experience or an internship program. We hold many fund-raisers throughout the year to finance our mainly volunteer operation. We count on these volunteers to set policies and to implement them. Our long term goals are to meet all the requirements of the GFAS accreditation. We are proud that we received our Verification status in 2017. We are on track to meet the goal of attaining accreditation in 2020.

Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     Horses that enter the Begin Again program are immediately evaluated and treated by a veterinarian. Then an individualized program is set up for each. Horses taken into the program must be deemed at risk of neglect, abuse or of being sent to slaughter.
     
     Each horse is seen and treated by an equine dentist, farrier and chiropractor. After a two week quarantine, the horse, if healthy, is introduced to the other resident horses. After evaluation, it is posted on our website for adoption. The rehabilitation and retraining program is strictly followed.
     
     All care is monitored, measured and supervised. A prospective adopter must visit the chosen horse a few times to determine suitability. His/her farm is inspected to insure that it meets our guidelines. References are checked too. When all requirements are met, the adopter signs a Permanent Lease Contract agreeing to return the horse to Begin Again if it can no longer be kept. The adopter also agrees to a yearly farm and record inspection. The contract also includes no breeding, no racing clauses.
     
     We are determined that horses in the Begin Again Horse Rescue's life-long program will never again suffer from abuse or neglect. In the last few years horses have been returned to Begin Again for end of life care. This is an unforeseen result of the Permanent Lease Contract and an expensive one. We have accepted this responsibility and are seeking donations to cover these added expenses.

Community Outreach and/or Public Education:

Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     We are providing a site for the Arc program of Livingston/Wyoming County, NY to instruct its students in daily barn maintenance. We also extend our knowledge to high school students through a two week internship program approved by the Livingston County BOCES work experience program.
     Our volunteers provide many outreach programs to 4-H groups, schools, county fairs, street fairs and Rotary Clubs to name a few. Our goal is to educate the public to routine equine needs, to explain about the crisis of neglect that many people don't realize exists. We want people to know how to recognize neglected horses and what they can and cannot do if they suspect that horses are not being cared for.

Our Programs/Activities that are not equine-related and/or involving animals other than equines:
 In the past, we have provided transportation and temporary housing for animals other than horses when called upon, though our expressed mission is to help horses. We have helped care for and place cows, a goat, sheep, a dog and chickens.


GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Harriett Rubins
Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  2  Volunteers:  30
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective staff complete a written application
    Prospective staff must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every member of the staff is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every member of the staff is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every member of the staff is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every member of the staff is required to undergo a Background Check
    Every member of the staff provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every member of the staff carries current health insurance
    Every member of the staff has a written job description
    Every member of the staff is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every member of the staff is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on a annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every member of the staff receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every member of the staff has a supervisor and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The organization provides an Employee Handbook to every member of the staff
    The Employee Handbook includes employee-related information, such as hours of work, vacation, sick leave, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Employee Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    One or more staff members are trained in CPR and human first aid
    One or more staff members are trained in equine first aid
Not Checked:
    Every member of the staff is subject to Random Drug Screening

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 is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    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 undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  12
Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

Board Compensation:
Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board/Staff Relationships:
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member.
President of the Board/Executive Director - Harriett Rubins - Responsible for keeping Begin Again Horse Rescue running smoothly and expected to implement the Board's decisions.
     
     Vice President of the Board/Chief Operating Officer -Jennifer Lilly - Responsible for keeping the farm running smoothly and fulfills the job of the the Executive Director if she is away.
     Daughter of Harriett Rubins
     
     Jessy Howe - Board member at large
     William Howe - Board member and financial oversight director - father of Jessy Howe

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?  Yes


Organization documents available on our website:
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement
    Bylaws

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
    Employee Handbook
    Bylaws

Additional explanation regarding governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of the answers above.
We have a completed protocol book, that explains in detail all procedures and expectations. It is available for public viewing at the farm.

Financial Reporting:
Budget:  *Missing
Equine Budget:   *Missing
Month Fiscal Year Ends: *Missing
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): *Missing
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): *Missing
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2020? *Missing
IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990 has not been uploaded for this facility.


EQUINE COSTS

Total Facilities: 1
Begin Again Horse Rescue: 2019 - Yes

Actual Horse Care Costs
$8450     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$1960     Bedding
$8532     Veterinarian
$365     Farrier
$243     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$650     Medications & Supplements
$340     Horse Transportation
$9847     Maintenance
$3859     Horse/Barn Supplies
$31941     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$275     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$66462     2019 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$500     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$0     Veterinarian
$3920     Farrier
$600     Dentist
$1000     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$950     Horse Transportation
$500     Maintenance
$1200     Horse/Barn Supplies
$5000     Horse Care Staff
$3200     Horse Training
$400     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$17270     2019 Total Donated Costs

/ Begin Again Horse Rescue: Other therapies = Equine Massage donated by Forelegs Forward and True Nature Equine Body Work & Wellness
     Other Costs = Burial for euthanized horses.
     Donated Horse Care Staff is dedicated Saturday volunteers that provide all horse care every Saturday throughout the year.
     Donated Maintenance in 2019 was service for all fire extinguishers and replacement of 2

Average direct cost per day per horse: $6
Average total cost per day per horse: $12
Average length of stay for an equine: 187 days (5435/29)


POLICIES

Acquisition
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Purchase from auction  
    Purchase from kill pen or feedlot  
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Free Lease  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Only Stallions to be castrated

Not Checked:
    Stallions

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
We have accepted stallions reluctantly, provided they are gelded immediately before being admitted to the program. We have accepted stallions that have been seized by local law enforcement and made immediate gelding arrangements. It is not our policy to take stallions to the rescue facility until gelded. In these cases we will utilize temporary foster care.

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:
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:
    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.

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 not taken on trial
Not Checked:

Upon intake, the organization has the following quarantine policy in place:
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time
Not Checked:
    The horse is not quarantined

The typical length of quarantine is:   10 to 20 days

Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score is assigned
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
Not Checked:
    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
    Clipping
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Not Checked:
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)

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

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
Priority for intake is given to horses at risk of neglect or of being sent to auction or slaughter. Priority for intake is not based on age or condition. Horses all have pastures with run-in sheds. However, they stay in their individual stalls at feeding time and in bad weather. They are led into the barn to eat twice daily during which time they are evaluated for health and/or lameness. After their initial two week quarantine, an individual program for rehabilitation/training is designed and followed.


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

Additional information about our breeding policies and practices:
Our adoption (permanent lease) agreement contains a no breeding clause.

Euthanasia
The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
    Our organization may have a healthy horse euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other horses, or people
    Our organization may have a horse euthanized after all reasonable treatment options have been explored
    Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Not Checked:
    Our organization will never have a healthy horse euthanized under any circumstances
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility

Horses will be euthanized upon the recommendation of:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    Senior staff member without a veterinarian's recommendation
    The Board of Directors, or a member of the Board of Directors, without a veterinarian's recommendation
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The following are authorized to administer the procedure for your organization in accordance with state laws:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    A certified euthanasia technician
    Senior staff with appropriate training
    Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
    Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The organization utilizes the following methods of euthanasia:
    Intravenous administration of an overdose of barbiturates

Rehoming
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete a contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing a horse
    Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the horse to the adopter/purchaser's facility
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
Not Checked:
    Our organization does NOT re-home a horse to first time horse owners
    Our organization will only re-home a horse to a location where another horse resides
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates
    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.

The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away under any circumstances
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses cannot be bred
    Our agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
Not Checked:
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization for a fee
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    None of the statements are included.

Our organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
    Farrier
    Personal/Other
Not Checked:
    Not applicable or no references required.

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Our organization retains ownership of the horse for its lifetime

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
$201 to $500

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
    In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized
Not Checked:
    Horses may be returned to their owners
    Horses may be sent to auction
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized


Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Adoptions must be within a two hour radius of Begin Again Horse Rescue to facilitate volunteers making yearly farm checks
     
     First time horse owner can adopt a horse from Begin Again provided that they spend time at our facility and demonstrate that they are comfortable handling and caring for the horse(s).
     
     On rare occasions Begin Again will allow a horse to be adopted as a single horse when it is determined that this situation is in the horse's best interest.
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

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities: Not Applicable. Our organization does not use foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities


Begin Again Horse Rescue
Begin Again Horse Rescue
2828 Plank Road Lima NY 14485
Contact: Jennifer Lilly
Contact's Phone: 585-322-2427
Contact's Email: info@beginagainrescue.org

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

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.
     Inspected and certified by the Association of Equine Practitioners yearly since 2010. Inspected and received Verification status in 2017 from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Received Platinum status from Guidestar again in 2020.

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.
     There are many organizations responsible for investigating abuse as we cover several western NY counties. Humane Society of Ontario County - Happy Tails Animal Shelter William Martin - Chief (585) 396-4590 happy_tailsoc@hotmail.com Livingston County Sheriff's Office Deputy Kevin Barrett 585-243-7100

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)? No

Begin Again Horse Rescue:

Grounds
Total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility: 13
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: 13
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 16
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 28
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 9
Pastures: 6  Paddocks/Pens: 7
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 1







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

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures are rotated
    Pastures have natural protection for horses (i.e., trees)
    Pastures have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where horses can graze on pasture grass
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    Barbed wire is used for fencing

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
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    Barbed wire is used for fencing

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and horses
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
    The property is fitted with motion lights
    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced
Not Checked:
    A security guard is present at night
    Horses are checked overnight
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service
    The property is fitted with a security system that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)

Begin Again Horse Rescue

Veterinarian Information
*Vet Assessment Not Current.

Veterinarian: Amy Leibeck/Ann Dwyer
Clinic Name: Genesee Valley Equine Clinic
924 Chili-Scottsville Rd
Scottsville   NY   14546
Phone: 585 889-1170

Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records
    Our organization would use free cloud-based barn management software if available

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
    Horses are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Horses are fed in individual stalls
    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:
    Horses are fed in groups

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
    Photographs are taken of each horse annually 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
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    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 maintains a written record for each equine that documents the results of each evaluation of weight-carrying and workload limitations
Not Checked:
    Our organization evaluates the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine at least annually
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine
    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
    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
    Temperature and/or weather conditions
Not Checked:
    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
    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
    Seasonal impact on the equines' workload and weight-carrying capabilities and limitations
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine
    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

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

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
    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
    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
Not Checked:
    A specific individual is assigned to care for sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses
    Horses/equines are not quarantined.

The following represent the manure removal practices in place at facility:
    Manure is piled in an area where horses are not located
    Manure is hauled, sold or given away
    Manure piles are composted or spread on pastures
    Our organization adheres to the manure management guidelines set by state and/or local authorities
Not Checked:
    Manure is stored in dumpster(s)
    Manure piles are covered

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property::
    Horses are assigned the same stall/location each day
    Name plates are located on the stall
    Photos are located on the stall
    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:
    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
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each horse appropriate to the horse's needs and the weather conditions
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    Tack is inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's body condition changes
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's disposition changes
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
    Helmets are shared
    Helmets are replaced after a fall
    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
Not Checked:
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    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
    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)
Not Checked:

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
    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:
    Terrorist attacks

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
Not Checked:
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

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

Equine Transportation
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  4 Access offsite;
3-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
4-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  2 Access offsite;
6-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  1 Access offsite;
8-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
10-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;



EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Begin Again Horse Rescue: 2019 - Yes

14 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
1 Purchased from Auction
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot
5 Surrendered
0 Seized
1 Abandoned
7 Returned
1 Transfer
0 Born at facility
15 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
13 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
2 Horses euthanized
15 Total departures
14 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
14 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 14 on 1/1/2019+ 15 Intakes - 15 Departures = 14 on 12/31/2019

Total days that equines were in the care of Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc during 2019: 5435


2019 Begin Again Horse Rescue Equine Census
14 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
1 Purchased from Auction
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot
5 Surrendered
0 Seized
1 Abandoned
7 Returned
1 Transfer
0 Born at facility
15 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
13 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
2 Horses euthanized
15 Total departures
14 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
14 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 14 on 1/1/2019+ 15 Intakes - 15 Departures = 14 on 12/31/2019



15 Horse Intake Detail during 2019 0
0 Donated 0
0 Free Leased 0
0 Purchased from Owner 0
1 Purchased from Auction 0
1Pony1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot 0
5 Surrendered 0
2Quarter Horse1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1Standardbred1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
2Pony1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
0 Seized 0
1 Abandoned 0
1Arabian1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
7 Returned 0
3Miniature Horse0 Aged Under 32 Aged 3-9  1 Geldings  1 Mares1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
1Appendix Quarter Horse1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
3Pony1 Aged 3-9  1 Mares2 Aged 15-20  2 Mares
1 Transferred 0
1Morgan1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Morgan1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Morgan1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
0 Born at facility 0


13 Re-homing Detail Horses adopted/sold by breed, age & gender during 2019:  
1American Saddlebred1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
2Friesian2 Aged 3-9  2 Geldings
4Miniature Horse0 Aged Under 32 Aged 3-9  1 Geldings  1 Mares1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Quarter Horse1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1Thoroughbred1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
1Appendix Quarter Horse1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
3Pony1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings2 Aged 15-20  2 Mares





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.

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