Special Equestrians
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK PROFILE



Special Equestrians
2800 Street Road
Warrington, PA 18976

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1001
Warrington, PA 18976


Phone: 215-918-1001

EIN: 23-2196098
Founded: 1982
Profile Last Updated August 25, 2020

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GARDEN SUPPLIES
Lopping & pruning shears
Grass seed
Mulch and garden supplies
Step ladder 8"
FACILITY SUPPLIES
Circular saw
Bow saw
Industrial size exhaust fans
Box fans
Ratchet/socket set
Wrench set
Hex driver
Drill bit set
Cordless power drill 18v with battery charger
Portable air compressor, tire pump, hose nozzle
BARN SUPPLIES
Heavy-duty corn brooms
Double-end snaps
Muck buckets
4 x 8 peg board
Dump truck load of stone screenings
Heavy-duty wheelbarrow
Trash can liners--33 gallon
Mop and mop heads
Gift cards to local tack shops, State Line Tack or other online horse stores
HORSE SUPPLIES
Body clippers
Small clippers
Paste wormer (Ivermectin, Panacaur or Strongid)
Horse shampoo and conditioner
Gauze 4 X 4s
Latex gloves
Vet wrap
Epsom salts
Fly Spray--concentrated
Fly masks with ears--horse/full size
Cross-ties
Davis bell boots--all sizes
Fleece girths 46, 48, 50, 54
Sore-No-More poultice
Cough-Free
Hoof Oil
OFFICE SUPPLIES
High-capacity printer
Office chairs
High-capacity copier
Office Supplies (paper, stamps, white out, etc)
Gift cards to Staples
Gift cards to Costco, Sam’s Club or BJ’s

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!


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Volunteer Groups
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteer groups are welcome to help with many on-site projects, including: painting, landscaping, cleaning, rejuvenating the indoor and outdoor arenas, adding activity sites to our Sensory Trail.
Lesson Side Aide
Minimum Age: 14
Side aides are primarily responsible for the safety of the riders during lessons. Side aides must work as a team member, follow instructors' directions, and have a calm, enthusiastic, and kind energy around our riders. Attendance at a New Volunteer clinic and completion of all paperwork is required prior to volunteering.
Barn Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
Help groom and tack horses for lessons and assist barn staff with numerous tasks, including: general horse care, mucking out stalls, replenishing stall bedding, cleaning and filling water buckets, cleaning feed buckets, and keeping the barn sparkling. Attendance at a New Volunteer clinic and completion of all paperwork is required prior to volunteering.
Lesson Leader
Minimum Age: 14
Leaders are totally responsible for the horse during lessons. Leaders must understand horse behavior, have a calm and assertive energy, work as a team member, and follow instructors' directions. Attendance at a New Volunteer clinic and completion of all paperwork is required prior to volunteering.
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Effective Date
May 31, 2020

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MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
Special Equestrians’ mission is to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals with disabilities through the equine experience.

Special Equestrians capitalizes on the relationship between horses and humans to create life-changing pathways through the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.

Our research- and experience-driven philosophy and practice combine innovative equine-assisted activities and therapies with proven therapeutic riding principles.

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services which are in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS).
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED FOR or were HOUSED AND CARED FOR during 2020: 1
     1. Special Equestrians
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:
In 2019 Special Equestrians scheduled 3,752 sessions for 263 unduplicated riders. Sixty-nine percent of our students are age 18 or younger, and 22% require financial assistance in order to engage in these life-changing experiences. Each week, with specially trained horses, 16 mostly part-time staff members and 86 program volunteers, we served children, adults and seniors from the Greater Philadelphia area. In addition to private lessons, Special offered a summer camp and worked with 7 community partners to provide mounted and unmounted group lessons to 162 individuals and offered off-site unmounted activities to individuals through 5 additional partnerships in 6 locations.
     
     Special Equestrians underwent a comprehensive strategic plan update in 2019 that provides us with a detailed roadmap over the next three years. The plan is the result of meetings, conversations and online communication involving Board, staff, volunteers, donors and select community stakeholders. Through this process we created goals and strategies that support the growth and stability of the organization. Special Equestrians has outlined a six-pronged approach to build long-term sustainability: 1) ensure the growth and impactful programming of the organization; 2) build on community outreach initiatives; 3) increase the focus on the behavioral health needs of our riders; 4) diversify revenue streams; 5) build a high-functioning Board; and 6) build capacity.
     
     The strategic plan incorporates the strong vision of our Board of Directors and our Executive Director, Jill Rawlins, who joined Special Equestrians in September 2019. Jill was brought on by the Board for her extensive experience in administrative oversight, financial leadership, fundraising, marketing, compliance, and community outreach and is eager to implement initiatives that expand programming and revenue streams. Our two seasoned Development staff members were key participants in the process. The three-year plan was completed late last year and approved by the Board of Directors at their December 17, 2019 Board meeting, also the plan’s start date.
     
     A high priority for most stakeholders during the information gathering stage is to build organizational capacity as a way of increasing individuals reached and widening our geographic range.This includes initiating a digital transformation of the organization to align technology, staff and programming to improve office efficiency and meet organizational goals. It also includes ensuring that our facility keeps pace as a premiere riding center, including upgrading the barn and property and updating procedures for managing the facility and our horses. This aligns with our first plan goal of ensuring the growth and impactfulness of programming.
     
     Another important focus in the plan is to build an active Board engaged through effective governance and fiscal responsibility and oversight. Board and administrative leaders are proactively developing a recruitment plan to increase the Board to 15 members. The plan identifies needed skills, outlines responsibilities and expectations, and emphasizes governance and fiscal responsibility. An active, engaged Board will also allow us to expand current fundraising events. We also intend to maximize the advantages of being a Premier PATH Intl. Center through programming and income opportunities.
     
     Special Equestrians is creating new ways to meet the behavioral health needs of our riders, especially as we expand group programs that work with students on the autism spectrum, at-risk youth, and individuals with histories of trauma. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the creation of a new Virtual Learning to stay connected with riders. We are also in the early planning stages of Horsepower, which will be a series of programs that we seek to introduce in the fall to support various levels of mental health needs.
     
     Finally, Special Equestrians seeks to expand community outreach to strengthen relationships with government officials, civic organizations, businesses and residents. This includes growing our volunteer program to attract more community members to assist with lessons and special events.
     
     SE works diligently to keep our program standards high while keeping fees well below cost. We rely on dedicated and experienced volunteers in every facet of our operations— from barn maintenance, to horse care, to lesson assistance—allowing us to limit increases in staffing expenses. We employ a variety of cost-saving practices such as buying supplies in bulk, using energy cost-saving measures, securing discounted and pro-bono equine professional services, and soliciting donations of used equipment.
     
     Fundraising for our programming takes place year-round, focused on generating diversified revenue streams through appeal campaigns, corporate support, foundation funding, major-donor cultivation, two large-scale special events—a golf tournament and gala—as well as two smaller horse show events and themed fundraisers. We actively cultivate corporate and local business sponsorships and in-kind partnerships.

Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
Our organization provides the following equine assisted services (EAS):
    Therapeutic Mounted Services
    Therapeutic Unmounted Services
    Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development
Not Checked:
    Therapeutic Driving Services
    Therapeutic Vaulting Services
    Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)


Overview of our programs involved with providing EAS to individuals with special needs:
     SE is a Premier Accredited PATH (Professional Assoc. of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Center. SE occupies a purpose-built barn located on 40 preserved agricultural acres. With specially selected horses, 18 mostly part-time staff, 88 weekly volunteers, indoor and outdoor arenas, a 24-station Sensory Trail, and climate-controlled classrooms and observation rooms, SE operates all through the year, annually scheduling more than 3,700 sessions for 263 different riders of all ages. 68% of our riders were age 18 or younger, and 30% require financial assistance. 56% of our clients were from Bucks County, 31% from Montgomery County, and 11% from Philadelphia County.
     
     SE's EAAT programming is driven by (1) our belief in the healing power of the equine experience, (2) our commitment to incorporating emerging best practices in therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning, and (3) our awareness that individuals learn differently, and through close attention we can determine which instructors, activities, horses, and instructional styles are most likely to bring new competencies for particular riders.
     
     Special Equestrians offers a range of private, semi-private and group lessons targeted to specific physical, mental, and emotional needs:
     
     PRIVATE/SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS
     
     Therapeutic Riding is offered to individuals who have challenges associated with a physical, cognitive, or social-emotional disability. While riders are learning basic riding skills, they are also improving gross and fine motor skills, balance, reflexes, motor planning, range of motion, muscle tone, communication skills, sequencing and patterning, hand-eye coordination, differentiation, visual-spatial perception, self-confidence, coping skills, self-discipline, risk-taking, and patience.
     
     Silver Saddles is a program specially focused on improving overall strength, endurance, and flexibility for people over the age of 55 with age-related disabilities. Lessons are focused on partnership with the horse through the use of classical dressage principles, which increases students’ range of motion, endurance, and core strength.
     
     EQUINE INTERACTIVE THERAPY SERVICES
     
     Hippotherapy is conducted by occupational and physical therapists, who use the horse’s movement to achieve therapy treatment goals for children and adults with neuromotor, cognitive, and sensory dysfunction. Special Equestrian’s therapists use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning to direct activities on horseback. The effects of hippotherapy on postural control, sensory systems, and motor planning can help improve coordination and timing, respiratory control, sensory integration skills, and attention skills.
     
     EQUINE INTERACTIVE LEARNING SERVICES
     
     REINS (Riders Excelling in New Skills) is a multi-sensory equine-assisted learning program for children on the autism spectrum. The goals of REINS are to integrate mounted and unmounted activities to enhance the ability to improve academics, develop team-building skills, and increase socialization and expand social skills. Activities include therapeutic riding, basic horsemanship, horse care/ barn care, and communication games. A staff person from the partner organization is on site with the students.
     
     Youth Connections and GaitWays to School Success. These programs operate in close collaboration with local alternative schools, residential homes for children, and at-risk youth. Lessons and workshops are provided through group sessions to help promote team building with peers, positive communication skills, increasing awareness of others, and empathy. The trusting nature of the horse-human connection encourages participants to lower their defenses and their habitual reactivity and become more receptive to new ideas and positive relationships with others. A partner staff or volunteer from the partner organization is on site at all times.
     
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     We also provide a Summer Horse Camp program, offering week-long sessions, each of which consists of five-hour daily equine experiences. Camp is open to children under 17 with disabilities, regardless of whether or not they have participated in SE programs during the school year.
     
     In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Special Equestrians introduced a new Virtual Learning program in 2020. This program was created for riders who wish to stay connected during the coronavirus stay-at-home mandate. Instructors have been conducting Virtual Learning sessions with riders who are interested and able to participate in Zoom sessions. Moving forward, Virtual Learning will be offered to riders as a makeup lesson option and for wait-listed riders eager to learn horsemanship and horse care skills before a riding slot becomes available.

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:
     Our equine management policy is built on the foundational belief that horses must be fit, healthy, and handled well to be happy in their jobs. Therapy horses have their own special needs — dealing with physically unbalanced, intellectually challenged, and occasionally emotionally traumatized individuals, is a challenging job. With special needs riders, we have safety concerns above and beyond those for able-bodied riders. We only accept horses who are serviceably sound with no history of ongoing vices or misbehaviors; who are tolerant of being handled by a number of people with varying levels of equine knowledge; and who are comfortable dealing with the sights, sounds, and activities associated with therapeutic riding and equine-facilitated learning.
     
     Horses are eased into the routine of our program over a two- to three-month trial period that gives us a chance to analyze their strengths and weaknesses and prepare them for our riders—or determine that they are not suited to be therapy horses. Our facility is closed to the public one day a week so horses can rest from the week’s activities. They are ridden by experienced riders to maintain their mental and physical fitness a few days a week, often under the tutelage of professional dressage and jumper trainers who offer their expertise to plan the ongoing exercise program. They are taken on trail rides and off the property to keep them fresh. Horses are assigned only to instructors and riders deemed compatible, and changed if/as problems present themselves.
     
     Horses’ own abilities (particularly relevant for our herd, whose ages range from 19 to 33) are matched to riders’ weight, height, skill level, and personality. As the riders or horses change over time, partnerships are changed when appropriate. We are as respectful of a horse's mental soundness and of his/her physical soundness. If a horse demonstrates soreness or unease, we immediately investigate need for medical attention, rest, rehab, and/or change in routine or training. We keep a large enough active herd so that if a horse needs to be pulled from lessons for recovery time, the other horses bear no unreasonable extra burden. We are expanding our herd as we expand our programs, looking for horses suitable to the various types of programs we offer.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:

Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     Special Equestrians holds two student horse shows and an open house event every year. These events introduce the community to the power of therapeutic riding and the programs offered at SE. Collaborating organizations serving people with special needs such as autism support day centers, at-risk youth initiatives, and family financial services participate in these events.
     
     We provide Equine Interactive Learning Services to a number of school and community organizations that have have few or no resources with which to provide activities-based-learning opportunities to their students. The schools provide transportation, support staff, or volunteers to accompany the groups to SE. Current partners include St. James School in Philadelphia, the Quaker School of Horsham, Lakeside Girls Academy, Valley Youth House, Libertae, and Central Bucks School District.


EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICES CENSUS


Special Equestrians

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

16: Total number of Equine Assisted Service Providers at Special Equestrians
     1. Angelica Biehl

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor


     2. Annie Lerew

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Other

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Annie Lerew is Director of School Operations and mathematics teacher for St. James School, a tuition-free, year-round Episcopal middle school located in North Philadelphia, PA, which provides students living in poverty.


     3. Claire Oestreich

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Special Equestrians Program Director, PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, an Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning, and oversees the Virtual Learning program. Graduated from college in 2012 with a degree in equine entrepreneurship and equine facilities management, including a concentration in therapeutic horsemanship. Years of experience volunteering at therapeutic riding centers and teaching riding lessons at 4-H. Equine-Interactive Learning partners: Lakeside Girls Academy, Libertae, Quaker School at Horsham, Valley Youth House, St. James School, and Central Bucks School District.


     4. Debbie Saffren

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Deb began her relationship with Special Equestrians as a volunteer in 1996, before our current facility was built. As an occupational therapist, she has been treating clients at SE since 1998. In addition to being a PATH Intl. Registered Therapist in Hippotherapy, Deb has attained American Hippotherapy Association Level I certification.


     5. Diane Sampson

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         PATH Intl. Certified Instructor. Started as a volunteer in 2006; also served as volunteer coordinator from 2008-2019.


     6. Hannah Fitch

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP:

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Currently Instructor in-training with Path Intl.


     7. Hannah Righter

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Accompany Clients

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Life Skills Counselor for Valley Youth House, Warminster, PA. B.S. in Psychology


     8. Janice Uricchio

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Janice joined Special Equestrians in February 2020 and also works as an Early Intervention occupational therapist for Elwyn and Philadelphia County. She started teaching therapeutic riding lessons at Sebastian Riding in Collegeville while pursuing her undergraduate degree in psychology at Ursinus College. In addition, she worked part-time as a veterinary nurse at Animal Medical Center in Trappe and judged twice a year at Thorncroft’s TRD and Fall Horse Shows. Janice received her PATH Intl. certification at Thorncroft in 2014. After receiving her B.S. degree, she earned a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Temple University and began teaching therapeutic riding at Buck Run Stables in Perkasie with her own horse, Hamlet, and several of the boarders’ horses.


     9. Jill Heisey

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Accompany Clients

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Special Education teacher at Tamanend Middle School in Central Bucks School District, Warrington, PA.


     10. Kathryn Baker

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Accompany Clients

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Special Education teacher for The Quaker School at Horsham, Horsham, PA


     11. Kathy Harris

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor. In addition to her regular weekly lessons at Special Equestrians, Kathy has taught programs in the past for the Lakeside School and currently co-instructs students from the St James School.


     12. Kelly Frymoyer

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Accompany Clients

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Special Education teacher at Tamanend Middle School in Central Bucks School District, Warrington, PA.


     13. Kelly Moore

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Accompany Clients

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Counselor at Libertae, an addiction treatment center for women based in Bensalem, PA.


     14. Lori Connell

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Counselor, assists with vocational learning for Lakeside Girls Academy - an alternative school located in North Wales, PA for girls in grades 8–12 who need a small, structured and nurturing therapeutic environment.


     15. Marsha Berger Grant

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Marsha returned to Special Equestrians in the fall of 2013. She originally started volunteering in 1995, providing hippotherapy for children and adults. When she is not at the barn, she manages a local outpatient orthopedic clinic and treats patients there. Her goal in returning to Special Equestrians is to grow the hippotherapy program to include more adults who want to ride. Marsha completed her American Hippotherapy Association Level I training in 2016 and completed Level II in the summer of 2017.


     16. Patrice Moser

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Special Equestrians

         RELATIONSHIP: Accompany Clients

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Special Education Teacher, The Quaker School at Horsham, Horsham, PA



GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Jill Rawlins
Employees:   Full-Time:  2  Part-Time:  14  Volunteers:  220
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
    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:
    The Employee Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    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 is required to undergo a Background Check
    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 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:
    The Volunteer Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  6
Number of Board Members:  7  Number of Voting Board Members:  7

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

Board/Staff Relationships:
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No

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

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


Organization documents available on our website:
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    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

Additional explanation regarding governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of the answers above.
Handbooks are reviewed and updated every other year. All financial statements and 990s are available on request

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

Actual Horse Care Costs
$18025     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$1344     Bedding
$9858     Veterinarian
$8015     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$275     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$0     Horse/Barn Supplies
$20944     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$4558     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$63019     2019 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$0     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$1240     Veterinarian
$0     Farrier
$1400     Dentist
$600     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$150     Horse Transportation
$0     Maintenance
$500     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$4000     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$7890     2019 Total Donated Costs

Average direct cost per day per horse: $9
Average total cost per day per horse: $14
**Equine Census *Missing/*Error Average length of stay for an equine: 0 days (4512/0)


POLICIES

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

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

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares

Not Checked:
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated
Intake, Assessment & Training
Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse:
    A current Coggins
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization has the following policies in place:
    The owner of a potential horse is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the horse
    The horse is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the horse to and from the organization
    Horses are on trial for up to 30 days
    Horses are on trial up to 60 days
    Horses are on trial for 60 or more days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
Not Checked:
    Horses are not taken on trial
    During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care

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

The typical length of quarantine is:   20 to 30 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
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
Not Checked:
    Blood work other than Coggins
    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):   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.
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
    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.

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
    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
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates
Not Checked:
    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
    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 CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
Not Checked:
    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 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
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
    None of the statements are included.

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

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase)

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
Not applicable; None received

Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Horses remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Horses may be returned to their owners
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized
Not Checked:
    Horses may be sent to auction
    In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized


Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Rehoming other than returning free-leased horses to their owners occurs only for horses retired completely from our programs. Our rehoming contracts are individualized agreements. We do not advertise horses needing to be rehomed nor have a standard application; we look within our SE community for a suitable home, and in the past seven years the only two horses needing to be rehomed have gone to longtime SE volunteers.
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


Special Equestrians
Special Equestrians
2800 Street Road Warrington PA 18976
Contact: Jill Rawlins
Contact's Phone: 215-918-1001
Contact's Email: jrawlins@specialequestrians.org

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

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.
     Premier Accredited PATH Intl. Center

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.
     Bucks County SPCA 1665 Street Road PO Box 277 Lahaska, PA 18931 info@bcspca.org 215 794-7425

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:  16

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

     1. Angelica Biehl
     2. Annie Lerew
     3. Claire Oestreich
     4. Debbie Saffren
     5. Diane Sampson
     6. Hannah Fitch
     7. Hannah Righter
     8. Janice Uricchio
     9. Jill Heisey
     10. Kathryn Baker
     11. Kathy Harris
     12. Kelly Frymoyer
     13. Kelly Moore
     14. Lori Connell
     15. Marsha Berger Grant
     16. Patrice Moser

Special Equestrians:

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: 0
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those not involved with your programs: 12
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 18
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 40
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 4
Pastures: 8  Paddocks/Pens: 2
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? 9-12
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 16+ hours per day

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures are rotated
    Pastures have natural protection for horses (i.e., trees)
    Pastures have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where horses can graze on pasture grass
    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:
    Horses are checked overnight
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Authorized Personnel Only 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 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)
Not Checked:
    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and horses
    A security guard is present at night
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced

Special Equestrians

Veterinarian Information
*Vet Assessment Not Current.

Veterinarian: Dr. Jennifer C. Buchholz
Clinic Name: Blauner Buchholtz and Associates
P.O. 1970
Worcester   PA   19490
Phone: 610-584-6000

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 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
    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse annually and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated monthly
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated with each visit by the veterinarian
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse with each visit by the veterinarian and kept with the horse's health records

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines in our care:
    Our organization evaluates the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine at least annually
Not Checked:
    Our organization maintains a written record for each equine that documents the results of each evaluation of weight-carrying and workload limitations
    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
    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:
    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
    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
    Fecal testing is performed prior to the use of a de-wormer.

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:
    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
Not Checked:
    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
    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:

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
    Saddle pads 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 inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's body condition changes
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's disposition changes
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    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:
    Saddles are shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    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
    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
    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:
    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

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

Equine Transportation
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    1 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  3 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  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

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

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

Total days that equines were in the care of Special Equestrians during 2019: 4512

Special Equestrians Prior Year information not updated.





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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