Special Spirit Inc
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Special Spirit Inc
9889 Helen Ave
Shadow Hills, CA 91040
Phone: 323-428-5005

EIN: 26-2504871
Founded: 2008
Profile Last Updated April 25, 2020

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Volunteer Opportunity For Community Hours
Minimum Age: 14
Special Spirit, a nonprofit PATH International certified therapeutic riding center for children and adults with special needs. We strive to work with a child's parents, teachers, and therapists to help the child overcome obstacles and achieve their goals while teaching him or her to ride and care for a horse.
Volunteers need no previous experience with horses or special needs children to contribute their time to our program. Our PATH certified instructors will help you learn as you work. Some of the tasks given to volunteers include grooming and preparing horses before their lessons and leading or side-walking during lessons.
If you'd prefer, there is also plenty of work to be done around the barn that does not require handling horses.
Volunteer Opportunity
Minimum Age: 14
Special Spirit is a nonprofit PATH Int’l certified therapeutic riding program for children and adults with special needs. We strive to work with a child's parents, teachers, and therapists to help the child overcome obstacles and achieve their goals while teaching him or her to ride and care for a horse.
Volunteers need no previous experience with horses or special needs children to contribute their time to our program. Our PATH certified instructors will help you learn as you work. Some of the tasks given to volunteers include grooming and preparing horses before their lessons and leading or side-walking during lessons.
If you'd prefer, there is also plenty of work to be done around the barn that does not require handling horses.
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MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
Special Spirit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves a diverse population of children and adults. Special Spirit is an all-inclusive PATH Member Center whose staff are PATH and EAGALA Certified - the Golden Standard for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Professional Development. It is a place where a broken spirit or a broken body can heal with the help of our rescued therapy horses and farm animals.

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.
90% 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. Special Spirit
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:
Our goal is to make equine therapy available to all, regardless of physical or financial challenges. We believe in the tremendous healing and educational effect of interaction with horses, and we are working to continue to provide these benefits to a broad array of individuals in Los Angeles County including foster youth, youth with disabilities and their siblings, and veterans. These populations have been chronically underserved despite their unique vulnerabilities.
     Special Spirit is also forging strong partnerships in our community. Our agency has collaborated with non-profits, volunteer groups, donors and foundations. Our strategic plan includes recruiting new donors as well as collaborative partners. Through all of these collaborations we are able to pool our resources and provide services to larger numbers of clients as well as ensure a network of support to meet the various needs of each individual.
     One of Special Spirit's goals is securing a government contract to provide equine therapeutic services. Towards that goal, we have become vendors with LA's Department of Mental Health.
     In 2018, Danny's Farm partnered with Special Spirit to create an inclusive petting farm that also creates job opportunity for those with developmental disabilities.
     Tierra Del Sol and ETTA provide job coaches to supervise individuals with developmental challenges so they can work at the ranch, take care of the farm animals, learn how to groom the horses, walk the horses etc. all under the supervision of a "job coach".

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 Personal and/or Professional Development
Not Checked:
    Therapeutic Driving Services
    Therapeutic Vaulting Services
    Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning


Overview of our programs involved with providing EAS to individuals with special needs:
     Therapeutic Riding Program, we offer unique solutions for children and adults challenged by autism, cerebral palsy, or other special needs/disabilities. The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) describes Therapeutic Horseback Riding as “an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs”. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure. Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. Horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. In addition to the therapeutic benefits, horseback riding also provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors. At Special Spirit, PATH certified professional staff and volunteers work closely with riders to ensure safe riding sessions. A new rider is generality assisted by two side walkers who walk alongside the horse, as well as a horse leader. Riding classes are taught by an instructor who has a strong equine background, as well as an understanding of various physical and emotional challenges.
     
     Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program (EAP) provides a powerful healing venue with identified social and/or behavioral issues that are particularly difficult to successfully manage through traditional “talk therapy.” EAP is an experiential form of psychotherapy. It takes place outdoors, often times in an arena, which is an enclosure most often, used to exercise horses. The arena becomes a metaphor representing the life of our clients. This service is delivered with the help of a licensed psychotherapist (LCSW, or LMFT), one or more equine specialist (a horse professional trained in the art of handling horses) and one or more horses. Each activity is designed to meet a uniquely designed treatment goal and clinical documentation is recorded for all participants. There is no riding involved. Many of our retired horses now have the perfect second job, to teach us how to be human.
     
     In 2016, we received grants from LA Lakers Youth Foundation and Weingart Foundation for our “Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: Transforming the Lives of Foster Children.” This EAP program carefully guided interactions with our horses to help children become aware of their own emotions and behaviors while providing a unique opportunity for the mental health professional to witness the child’s relational skills and create interventions on the spot. Working with children in dependency court, we witnessed foster children receiving many mental health services, which did not benefit them. EAP provides an alternative that is more attractive and engaging than traditional talk therapy. After witnessing the substantial impact and gain made by one of our foster families and its children, Special Spirit reached out for funding to bring EAP to foster and at-risk adolescents. We felt that the vulnerable children living in group homes, unable to even find temporary placements or needing higher levels of care would benefit greatly from social and emotional skills learned through our curriculum. The grant allowed us to serve youth from several different foster homes.
     Special Spirit used the “Power Tools for Living” curriculum, by Robert G. Magnelli, PhD., and Nancy Magnelli, B.S., R.N., which covers the emotional intelligence skills of respect, responsibility, relationship skills, boundaries, empathy, choices and consequences. The power and success of this program are based on the following three simultaneous methods: experiential learning, the presence of the horse, and Socratic questioning. The conclusion of the program showed progress made by all participants who attended all five sessions. Staff in the group homes witnessed that the children were able to calm down, work cooperatively with one another, follow through with most directions and participate actively and respectfully. The children reported enjoying getting to know the horses and working with them. The staff from one group home, who attended and observed all sessions, reported that it was refreshing to see the children work cooperatively with minimal conflict, which was far from the daily norm.
     
     
     Horsemanship/husbandry program: For foster youth and young adults with autism, the transition to adulthood can be daunting. Support systems provided by schools and even parents may be reaching their limit or ultimately ending as the child grows into adulthood. What types of assistance can be offered to foster youth and young adults with autism to help them transition into the workplace and into an independent and fulfilling life? With the implementation of groundwork and horsemanship curriculums with our horses, we can see the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and horsemanship. This can help the development of transitional skills essential for success in the work environment. We believe that this horsemanship program, while preliminary, affirms that therapeutic horseback riding and horsemanship can offer a positive environment that enhances skills development. Many aspects of taking care of a horse are also skill required to take care of ourselves. The curriculum include to learn how to groom and take care of a horse, which is similar to how to take care of ourselves, teaching nutrition for horses, why is it important, same for us humans, cleaning, being on time, taking responsibility all this are skills we all need, to survive in society and to take care of our animals. By using the benefits of therapeutic riding and horsemanship skills, our goal is to transition our students into the work environment and life in general. A program that benefits both humans and horses. Win-win!
     
     In 2018, Special Spirit collaborated with Equine Empowered Therapy. Equine Empowered Therapy is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization designed for veterans who are experiencing difficulty in establishing a career path. E.E.T. uses rescued horses or horses in need to provide job skills training in the equine industry in Southern California. After completing the training offered by E.E.T., veterans can find sustainable employment in some of the following fields: Horse rescue, including preparation for adoption, therapeutic-riding academies, other therapeutic equine service providers such as veterinarians, equine chiropractic acupuncture. E.E.T. teach the veterans “The Masterson Method” an integrated, multimodality method of equine massage. It is an interactive method of equine massage. Veterans learn to use the responses of the horse to find and release accumulated tension in key junctions of the horse’s body that most affect performance. Our Special Spirit therapy horse have benefitted from this treatment from our returning veterans. Providing therapeutic services to our horses while also providing employment opportunities for veterans. The partnership ended in September 2018, E.E.T. moved their operation to San Diego. At present, we have no immediate plans to implement a veteran program.
     
     Special Spirit Intensive Out-Patient Program Pilot, this is a new program we are proposing to the LA Department of Mental Health, 2019.
     Special Spirit Intensive Out-Patient Program’s goal is to bridge the gap in our community. This program is geared towards adult clients who were recently on a 5150 hold and who need support upon their release; client who were recently in an Inpatient Program or Partial Hospitalization Program and need a less restrictive step down before returning home; clients who received individual outpatient therapy but need more support. This program focuses on well-being, interpersonal connections, self-discovery and coping skills through the use of equine therapy and holistic activities.
     All therapeutic activities will be delivered by licensed mental health providers. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions will follow the EAGALA and the PATH International model, which require the presence of a licensed clinician and an equine specialist. Clients will be accompanied at all-time throughout the day. In addition, clients will be paired with a horse for the entire duration of their stay in order to foster responsibility, a sense of belonging, and healthy relationship.
     Horses are prey animals and due to their natural instincts, they respond honestly to how a person presents himself, both physically and emotionally, and provide immediate feedback. The horses also provides clients with an avenue to project feelings, emotions and past/current experience onto the horses acting as a blank canvas to raise their insight and awareness of what truly matters within themselves. Horses react to the environment and energy through non-verbal communication, creating an opportunity for us to understand what we are actually communicating, instead of what we think we are communicating. Horses are very effective in creating a rich learning environment. Their heightened sensitivity, instant feedback and ability to mirror our emotions create opportunities to increase our awareness, congruency and effective use of non-verbal skills. Another reason that horses are used in EAL is that their mere presence, size and power make us aware and can bring an array of emotions to the surface, oftentimes creating an opportunity for individuals to overcome fear and process frustration. Completing a task despite these fears and emotions builds confidence and provides metaphors for working with other challenging and intimidating situations. Horses are social animals and, like humans, have distinct personalities, moods and behaviors. The activities are designed to provide opportunities for the participants to explore how they move through life, how they react and respond to challenges and how others perceive them. Horses are non-judgmental and do not lie. If a participant is not congruent with her feelings and actions, the horse will call her out, seeing below the surface presentation and reacting to her authentic emotions. Participants process their feelings in the moment with facilitators while doing the activity, and will take the experience home to reflect on their patterns of behavior and new skills learned. The horses frequently teach us that when we change our approach we can achieve a different outcome. EAL is facilitated by a certified equine specialist and a licensed clinical therapist. EAL has been proven effective in developing and enhancing life skills, such as assertiveness, boundary recognition, communication, confidence, creative thinking, problem solving and effective social interaction.

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 make sure that all our therapy horses and private horses used in our programs, are turned out daily for at least an hour. When possible we turn horses out together so they can be in their "herd" environment. The horses that are turn out together does not wear hind shoes. All horses, when possible are taken out on trail rides, have an experienced riders school them, sometimes we teach them clicker training. We believe a horse need a variety of experiences, so they don't become bored.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:

Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     In 2018, Danny's Farm partnered with Special Spirit. Danny's Farm operates out of the Special Spirit ranch, we pool our resources and have many common goals. Danny’s Farm offers a safe and nurturing petting farm and social environment for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Danny's Farm's mission is two fold – to provide meaningful employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities and to help them reach their fullest potential by developing special skills through their work and mentoring. Many of Danny's Farm's "special farmers" with their job coaches, have learn to tend to the Special Spirit horses, through our horsemanship lessons.
     
     Special Spirit is collaborating with Tierra Del Sol Foundation, (www.tierradelsol.org) they serve our community by enabling individuals with disabilities to establish meaningful and productive lives and to contribute to the economic, cultural and civic vitality of their communities. Groups from Tierra come every day to the ranch and do volunteer work and learning about the horse care.
     Autism Work Now, (www.autismworksnow.org) provides workplace readiness skills resulting in meaningful, dignified employment for individuals with Autism and related disorders. Several of the clients from AWN also come to work at the ranch in different capacities, but mostly caring for the horses.
     
     The Help Group, (http://www.thehelpgroup.org) day schools offer pre-K through high school programs, serving children, adolescents and young adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional challenges. The "Kids Like Me" program offer after school therapeutic riding lessons at Special Spirit during the school year.
     ACT-Today, (http://www.act-today.org) whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to
     help their children with autism achieve their full potential. Several grants have been given to parents to be able to afford therapeutic riding lessons at Special Spirit.
     Special Spirit has contracted with United American Indian Involvement Inc. to provide equine assisted therapy to Native Americans.
     CARD (Center for Autism & other Related Disorders) promotes and Special Spirit gives discounts to our all-inclusive camps held during the summer and holiday periods.
     Special Spirit offered a work based learning experience to students from the Verdugo Hills High School, Office of Transition Services.
     
     We work closely with our local government and have their full support.

Our Programs/Activities that are not equine-related and/or involving animals other than equines:
 Special Spirit organize an open house, twice a year, for young children that may be on the autism spectrum, for sensory discovery. We have the children feed and touch, cats, dogs, chicken, and also groom a horse and finish with a bareback ride. We also offer an arts & craft program in our ceramic art studio.
     
     Special Spirit has partnered with Danny's Farm, a Mobile Petting Farm, this program is run by an autistic young man, that is supervised by a job coach. The farm animals, goats, pigs, rabbits, mini horses and a donkey, all reside at the ranch. All "farmers" have challenges and are supervised with a job coach making sure all animals are properly taken care of.


EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICES CENSUS


Special Spirit

Equine Assisted Services (EAS)
         
2020 EAS Operations Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Horses/Equines participating in EAS 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 0 0
Total number of horses/equines participating in EAS programs at this facility 0 0 0 0
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of hours per day each horse works 0 0  
Number of days per week each horse works 0 0  
         
Clients participating in EAS programs at this facility Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually
Average number of clients (not lessons) participating in activities per week
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of days per week programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
Number of weeks per year programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Average wait list time for a client 0  
         




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 Personal and/or Professional Development
Not Checked:
    Therapeutic Driving Services
    Therapeutic Vaulting Services
    Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

4: Total number of Equine Assisted Service Providers at Special Spirit
     1. Cassandra Hurlbut

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Spirit

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Cassandra Hurlbut grew up riding horses in her home state of Hawaii. She learned the true value of riding by having to work off her lessons from a young age by grooming, cleaning stalls, feeding, and eventually working for a trainer. She competed competitively in dressage with her horse Hudson, taking a few national titles in the lower levels. After high school she moved to California to pursue her other love of film and writing. After graduating with a BFA in 2011 she started work in the film industry. After balancing owning a horse and working on a busy television show for 3 years, Cassandra found her true passion at Special Spirit, Inc. She started out volunteering and loved it so much that by April of 2015 she had acquired her PATH Intl Registered Instructor status.


     2. Eva Lund

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Spirit

         RELATIONSHIP: Other

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Eva Lund has been an equestrian since the age of 9, growing up in Sweden attending riding schools for about 15 years, training and caring for horses. Since 2005 been the barn owner and manager for 25+ horses taking care of daily horse care and supervision of all barn functions. She is also the founder of Special Spirit an Equine Therapy Center in the heart of Los Angeles. Eva has the equivalent of a BA in social studies from Sweden. Eva is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certified through Path International, and an Equine Specialist certified through EAGALA, Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.


     3. Sherri Rubendall

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Spirit

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Sherri Rubendall has been an equestrian since childhood. She owns her own horses and care for a broken down racehorse. King, the race horse, broke his leg in a race. Sherri and her husband took to horse in and spend a large amount of money to provide for surgery and a staggering amount of vet bills for King. Today with many pins and plates in his leg, King is able to walk only on trail rides and in the arena. King takes part in many of our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions. Sherri got her Path Certified in Therapeutic Riding Instructor in September of 2017.


     4. Valerie Stern, LCSW

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Spirit

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Valerie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS27078) and EAGALA certified Equine-Assisted Psychotherapist who has been in practice for over 10 years. She is the current lead clinician at Special Spirit and also maintains two private practices, in Culver City and Sunland. Valerie specializes in addiction, trauma, anxiety and depression. Her treatment approach includes mindfulness-based practices, gestalt and cognitive behavioral theories, as well as a variety of evidence-based practices such as Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing and the Positive Parenting Program©. She is fluent in French and American Sign Language and has over five years' experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.



GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Eva Lund
Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  4  Volunteers:  18
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 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 required to undergo a Background Check
    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 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 undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  4
Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  5

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? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization.
The Executive Director owns the property at which the organization conducts its programs. A lease agreement is in place and updated every two years.

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:
    Volunteer Handbook

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

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
Special Spirit: 2019 - Yes

Actual Horse Care Costs
$0     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$2150     Veterinarian
$5650     Farrier
$720     Dentist
$420     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$0     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$50400     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$59340     2019 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$0     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$0     Veterinarian
$0     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$0     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$0     2019 Total Donated Costs

/ Special Spirit: Special Spirit pays board to Moonshadow Ranch, board includes feeding, shaving, cleaning on a daily basis.

Average direct cost per day per horse: $15
Average total cost per day per horse: $15
Average length of stay for an equine: 341 days (4093/12)


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
    Pregnant Mares
    Only Stallions to be castrated

Not Checked:
    Foals
    Stallions
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 not taken on trial
    Horses are on trial for up to 30 days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
Not Checked:

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
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
    The horse is scanned to check for a microchip
    The horse is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip
Not Checked:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test

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):   Daily


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 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 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 found suitable homes by our organization
    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:
All our donated horse remain with our organization for life time. If a horse is not suitable for our programs, we may try to find a better home for the horse. This has happened once during the last 13 years. The original owner of a donated horse has sometimes stated that if the horse is no longer suitable for our program they would like the horse returned. In 2018, Clyde, a donated horse was re-homed to it's original owner and is now living in grass pasteur.
Re-homing Agreement not applicable.

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


Special Spirit
Special Spirit
9889 Helen Ave Shadow Hills CA 91040
Contact: Eva Lund
Contact's Phone: 323-428-5005
Contact's Email: elund21@hotmail.com

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

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.
     N/A

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.
     East Valley Shelter 14409 Vanowen St, Van Nuys CA 91405 888-4LAPET1 (888-452-7381)

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 Equine Assisted Service Providers AT THIS FACILITY, including instructors, specialists, therapists, counselors, coaches and/or facilitators (full-time, part-time, volunteer, independent contractors, and/or 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. Cassandra Hurlbut
     2. Eva Lund
     3. Sherri Rubendall
     4. Valerie Stern, LCSW

Special Spirit:

Grounds
Total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility: 12
Of the total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility, the number of horses that are microchipped: 7
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those not involved with your programs: 25
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 30
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 2
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 8  Run-in sheds: 0
Pastures: 0  Paddocks/Pens: 4
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? 4-8
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 4 to 8 hours per day

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

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    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
    Turnout areas have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)

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
    Horses are checked overnight
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    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
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    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)

Special Spirit

Veterinarian Information
*Vet Assessment Not Current.

Veterinarian: Dr. David Robertson
Clinic Name: Select Equine Veterinary Services
2629 Foothill Blvd. #301
La Cresenta   CA   91214
Phone: 818-614-9565

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
    Onsite computer with cloud-based backup storage system
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records

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 annually
    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
    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
    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
    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 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
    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:
    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
    Premise Sprays/Insecticides
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets
    Fans

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

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
    Horses wear halters with nametags
    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:
    Photos are located on the stall

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
    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 after each use
    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
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
    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:
    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 only when needed
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    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 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 facility owns or has access to a generator

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
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: Annually
Electrical Systems are checked: Monthly
Fence lines are checked: Monthly
Turnout Areas are checked: Daily
Sprinkler systems are checked: Weekly
Fire drills are conducted: Annually
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Annually
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: 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  0 Access offsite;
3-horse trailer with truck or van:
    1 Owned onsite  1 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
4-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  1 Access offsite;
6-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 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 Assisted Services (EAS)
         
2020 EAS Operations Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Horses/Equines participating in EAS 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 0 0
Total number of horses/equines participating in EAS programs at this facility 0 0 0 0
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of hours per day each horse works 0 0  
Number of days per week each horse works 0 0  
         
Clients participating in EAS programs at this facility Mounted Only Unmounted Only Both Mounted & Unmounted Total
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually
Average number of clients (not lessons) participating in activities per week
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Number of days per week programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
Number of weeks per year programs are conducted at this facility 0 0  
         
  Mounted Unmounted    
Average wait list time for a client 0  
         



EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Special Spirit: 2019 - Yes

10 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2019
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2019
2 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
2 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
12 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
11 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
1 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 10 on 1/1/2019+ 2 Intakes - 0 Departures = 12 on 12/31/2019

Total days that equines were in the care of Special Spirit Inc during 2019: 4093


2019 Special Spirit Equine Census
10 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2019
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2019
2 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
2 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2019
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
12 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2019
11 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
1 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 10 on 1/1/2019+ 2 Intakes - 0 Departures = 12 on 12/31/2019



2 Horse Intake Detail during 2019 0
2 Donated 0
1Quarter Horse1 Aged 3-9  1 Geldings
1Warm Blood1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
0 Free Leased 0
0 Purchased from Owner 0
0 Purchased from Auction 0
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot 0
0 Surrendered 0
0 Seized 0
0 Abandoned 0
0 Returned 0
0 Transferred 0
0 Born at facility 0







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 purpose 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 public education programs aimed at educating the public about the horse-human bond, issues impacting the welfare of horses, and how horses change lives and activities that include, but are not limited to, any activity OTHER THAN Equine Assisted Services (EAS) that require a credentialed service provider, such as off site visits with horses at hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, crisis response, workplace well-being, on site tours, seminars and clinics, camps, community service hours, able-bodied mounted and unmounted lessons, etc.

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