EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK PROFILE
Bagaduce River Equine Rescue



Bagaduce River Equine Rescue
111 Bagaduce Road
Brooksville, ME 04617

Mailing Address:
45 Sage Lily Rd
BROOKSVILLE, ME 04617


Phone: 207-632-5560  MAKE AN INQUIRY

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EIN: 83-2554825
Founded: 2018
Profile Last Updated April 24, 2022

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Effective Date
May 2022

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MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
Bagaduce River Equine Rescue's mission is to provide food, shelter, farrier and veterinary care to horses and donkeys in need and find safe, knowledgeable homes after rehabilitation.

Our organization provides programs involved with equine rescue, adoption & retirement
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.
Our organization does not use satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities
Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED FOR or were HOUSED AND CARED FOR during 2021: 1
     1. Bagaduce River Equine Rescue (*Main) Status: 2022 and 2021

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:
The horse trade industry in the US is very lucrative and the general horse owner plays unknowingly, into this equation. The average horse changes owners 6 times. Each time they leave one owner and go to the next, a dangerous transitional period happens. The owner that is wanting, for whatever reason, to get rid of their horse will believe this misleading reassurance from auctions and meat trucks. We are trying, as an organization, to spread the word that if you don't want your horse because they are old, lame, sick or untrained, the reality is, no one does. That horse will most likely end up terrified and alone in a holding lot, waiting to be slaughtered. The rampant backyard breeding of unwanted horses is a very real problem, flooding the market and filling our feed lots and kill pens.
     
     Our number one goal is to save as many horses and donkeys as we can and do our very best to make sure those horse that go through our program will have a happy life. One horse and donkey at at time, we will make a difference.
     Our second goal is to educate the public about over breeding, flipping of horses, humane euthanasia and the neglect and abuse that some horses experience because of lack of a knowledge.
     
     In 2019, the first full year of being a rescue, we took 4 horses into our barn. In 2020 that number jumped to 12 and in 2021 we took 19 horses and 2 donkeys under our umbrella. With that came more and more support and following by the community. We have grown from 2 stalls to 8 with a new barn built at our location, along with a 12x26 run in shed for our quarantine. Our pastures have new fencing and 3 new paddocks for separating. The capability to separate and quarantine have been an important upgrade to our facility. We have a new 16 foot stock trailer which we have used many times to bring horses to our barn, deliver them to their new homes and move them from a situation where they were in danger to a safe location. As each day passes, we learn new things about the rescue world. We have become a licensed state of Maine rescue organization.
     
     With our new 4 stall barn, we will be able to take in more horses and donkeys and can host more educational experiences to help educate the public about our goals and mission.
     In early spring 2022, we met our first goal of the year by purchasing the 12x26 run-in shed for our quarantine pasture. This replaced a logic shed that was not a permanent building and was not as big or useful as our new building. We are still raising money for our ring that will be used for training but the wheels are in motion and this will be finished by early summer. Our hopes are to be able to host clinics and be able to work safely with visitors and volunteers. Our horses will truly benefit from having this space to work, play and learn in. We are in the early stages of planning an "All Horse Day" at our facility. This will be a day to have any and all experts in the field do demonstrations and mini clinics. We have a huge supply of used tack that we will have for sale and the upgrade in the working ring will help make this an exciting and educational day for all of our local horse people.
     
     We strive to find good homes for each of our horses and then fill their stall with the next one in need. Some of these come from auctions where the kill buyer is outbid, some come from kill pens where we are the horses last chance, some come from owner surrender, from owners that love their horses and for whatever reason, cannot continue to keep them. We have also gotten our Maine state license and will take in state seizures.
     As for educating the public, we try hard to give unbiased information about the plight of our nations unwanted horses. We educate the public about where their horse may end up if they are taken to an auction. We also advocate for humane euthanasia and will help owners with the cost if needed.
     We are continually searching for and finding new contacts in the horse trade industry. We let as many people as we can know that we are there to help them care for their horses. We offer hay, grain, blankets and other necessities to help an owner keep their horse when possible. We do our best to help provide safe homes when needed. If we do not have the room at our barn for a horse in need, we will help the owners by sending out feelers to our followers and supporters in hopes one of them may be able to help. We have a network of foster homes to take in a horse if the need is urgent.
     As our rescue becomes larger and more of a community run organization, we are developing a large following on social media. We reach out to local groups for field trips and ‘meet and greet’ get togethers. We find that by telling the story of each horse, their personalities and their experiences, our social media supporters will follow their story and this gives us the opportunity to educate the public through the horses voice.

Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     We at BRER not only rescue from killpens, but also purchase at risk horses at auctions before they reach the killpens. We accept owner surrenders and search out horses for sale that are at risk. After quarantine if needed, they are brought to our barn and allowed to breath, acclimate and adjust for as long as they need. They are fed, watered and allowed to just live for the moment, while the whole time we evaluate their personalities. We give them as much time as they need to recover from whatever situations they have been in, working closely with a trainer and giving each horse individual attention as they require. When they are in a safe place in their minds and bodies, we begin searching for their forever barn. For some, the task of rehoming, having them adjust yet again to another life, is beyond what we will ask of them, these horsesneed to simply find a sof landing and they will stay with our small herd for as long as they live. We believe humane euthanasia is a way of rescuing those animals that would otherwise live in pain or fear that could not be overcome. We work hard to learn the individual personalities and will only place in a new home if the match will be mutually beneficial.

Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     Our goal is to educate the public about over breeding, flipping of horses, humane euthanasia and the neglect and abuse that some horses experience because of lack of a knowledge. We try hard to give unbiased information about the plight of our nations unwanted horses. We educate the public about where their horse may end up if they are taken to an auction. We also advocate for humane euthanasia and will help owners with the cost if needed. As our rescue becomes larger and more of a community run organization, we are developing a large following on social media. We reach out to local groups for field trips and ‘meet and greet’ get togethers. We find that by telling the story of each horse, their personalities and their experiences, our social media supporters will follow their story and this gives us the opportunity to educate the public through the horses voice. I would like to continue working with Chester, one of our sanctuary residents, to become a nursing home therapy visitor.

Research/Medical Use of Equines:
Our organization has made equines available for research studies or medical training.
Please explain where and for what purpose equines are/were provided to use in research or medical training. 
     We have never had any of our equines used for research or medical training, however, if we could help with research or training that did not involve invasive procedures or cause pain or suffering, we would definitely consider doing so.

Religious Affiliation:
Our organization does not promote religious education or religious purposes or use donations for religious education or religious purposes; require participants to be of a certain faith; require participation in religious, instruction, activities or services; or require participation in prayer, worship, religious instruction or other religious activities as a condition of receiving social or secular services offered. 

Auction Donation:
Our organization has never allowed, or would not consider allowing, an equine to be sold, transferred, released, or otherwise placed into possession of any person or organization that would cause or allow the equine to be sold at auction for slaughter. 

GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Kelly Saunders
Employees/Independent Contractors:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  5
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes including employees and independent contractors:
    Not applicable; We do not have paid staff or utilize contractors to perform staff functions.

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective volunteers complete a written application/agreement
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    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 an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, equine handling, equine identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
Not Checked:
    Our organization has a practice in place to ensure that the organization has sufficient knowledge of the background of prospective volunteers that may impact the safety of your clients and your horses, such as whether prospective volunteers have been convicted of a sexual offense or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect. Such practices must comply with local, state, and federal mandates.
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Prospective volunteers are required to undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    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
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  1
Number of Board Members:  5  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? No

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy that ensures that any compensated board member is a NON-VOTING (Independent) board member or that any compensated board member or any board member related to a compensated staff member, independent contractor, or any related board members, or any individual or organization that might benefit from a board decision, abstains from voting on issues impacting such compensation and requires officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose at least annually in writing interests that could give rise to conflicts?  No


Compliance:
Below is a list all local, state and federal licenses held by the organization, and/or accreditations or compliances with the published standards of an accrediting organization, if applicable:  Maine State rescue/shelter license 2021

Organization documents available on our website:
    Adoption/Foster Agreement

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

Additional explanation regarding governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of the answers above.
Our rescue is run by myself and one other member of the board. 3 volunteers, no paid staff. Board members include Kelly Saunders, President, Mary Cockburn, Secretary, Ellen Hildreth, Treasurer, Erin Banis and Alexandra Nickles. Former Board member, Edna Grindle, owns the facility where programs are conducted.

Budget:  $10K to $100K
Equine Budget:   $50K to $100K
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Compilation
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2021? Yes
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

POLICIES: ACQUISITION


Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  
    Auction  
    Kill pen/Feedlot  
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

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

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

Not Checked:
    Stallions

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
Although we have not taken in all of the above breeds in the past 3 years, we will accept all breeds without question. The one requirement is we will have stallions gelded before they arrive.


POLICIES: INTAKE, ASSESSMENT & TRAININING

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
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization has the following policies in place:
    The owner of a potential equine is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the equine
    The equine is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
    Equines are not taken on trial
Not Checked:
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the equine to and from the organization

Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian upon arrival and/or prior to quarantine departure
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken of each equine upon arrival at the facility and kept with the equine's health records
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score or other body conditioning score is assigned
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
    The equine is scanned to check for a microchip
Not Checked:
    The equine is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip

Upon intake, the organization has the following quarantine policy in place:
    The equine is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time
    The equine is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time
Not Checked:
    The equine is not quarantined
    A health certificate signed by a veterinarian and dated no more than seven (7) days is required prior to the arrival of the equine

The typical length of quarantine is:   20 to 30 days

Horses are 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
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)
    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:

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    Photographs are taken of each equine monthly and kept with the equine's health records
    Photographs are taken of each equine annually and kept with the equine's health records
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score or other body conditioning score is updated at least monthly
    The Henneke Body Condition score or other body conditioning score is updated at least annually
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist
    
    
    
Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines that are ridden in our care:
    Our organization evaluates the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden 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 that is ridden
    No equines are ridden; not applicable

The following variables are considered in determining the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden:
    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 that is ridden
    No equines are ridden; not applicable


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

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
We work closely with a local trainer to evaluate each horse's abilities before placing them in a new home. We want the transition to go smoothly and successfully, therefore, we are open about all issues that may arise. We quarantine off site for those equine that have a high risk of exposure to contagious disease. If the horse/donkey has been in relative confinement in it previous location, we quarantine on site.


POLICIES: 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 equines.
Not Checked:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds equines
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions

Additional information about our breeding policies and practices:
NA


POLICIES: EUTHANASIA

The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have an equine euthanized for space
    Our organization may have a healthy equine euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other equines, or people and euthanasia is recommended by a veterinarian
    Our organization may have an equine 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 equine euthanized under any circumstances
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility

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. Our organization prohibits euthanasia under any circumstances

Additional information about our euthanasia policies and practices:
In an emergency and under the verbal guidance of a certified veterinarian, we would allow euthanasia of a horse by gunshot to the brain by a person qualified and experienced in this procedure, however, we have never had to administer euthanasia by this method to date.


POLICIES: RE-HOMING

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

The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
    The agreement states that re-homed equines CANNOT be sold, adopted, transferred, auctioned, released, given away, or otherwise placed into the possession of another individual or organization under any circumstances.
    The agreement states that re-homed equines cannot be bred
    The agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the equine must be returned to our organization
    The agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return an equine to our organization free of charge
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
Not Checked:
    The agreement reflects that any individual or organization in possession of the equine as of the date of the agreement and any time thereafter is bound to not sell the equine at auction for slaughter or allow the equine to be sold, transferred, released, or otherwise placed into possession of any person or organization that will cause or allow the equine to be sold at auction for slaughter.
    The agreement states that should the adopter decide to re-home the equine, our organization must be notified of the name, address, and telephone number of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason prior to the equine being placed into the possession of such individual or organization.
    The agreement states that should the adopter decide to re-home the equine, our organization must grant approval of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason prior to the equine being placed into the possession of such individual or organization, including being provided written notification of the name, address, and telephone number of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason.
    The agreement states that the terms of our organization's agreement will be binding on any future individual or organization taking and/or in possession of the equine for any reason.
    The agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return an equine to our organization for a fee
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    None of the statements are included.
    The organization does not re-home equines under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our equines and ensures care of the equines for their lifetimes.
    Our organization does not have the authority to transfer ownership and/or does not own any of the equines involved with our programs.

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

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

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:
    Equines may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Equines may be found suitable homes by our organization
    In the case an equine is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the equine may be euthanized
    In the case an equine is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the equine may be euthanized
Not Checked:
    Equines may be returned to their owners
    Equines may be sent to auction
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the equine may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located, and space is not available for the equine to remain at the organization, the organization will secure a suitable home for the equine and accept financial responsibility for the lifetime of the equine


EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Our organization does not use satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities



MANAGEMENT: Bagaduce River Equine Rescue: *Main

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

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.
     Douglas Radziewicz 287-3846 Douglas.Radziewicz@maine.gov District Humane Agent, Animal Welfare Program, Dept. of Ag. 28 State House Station, Augusta, Me., 04333

VETERINARIAN INFORMATION: Bagaduce River Equine Rescue: *Main
Bagaduce River Equine Rescue: Vet Assessment conducted on 2022-04-17

Veterinarian: Dennis Ruskinis
Clinic Name: Foxcroft Large Animal Associates
1441 Dexter Rd
Dover Foxcroft   ME   04426
Phone: 207-717-3023


GROUNDS: Bagaduce River Equine Rescue: *Main
Total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility: 12
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those not involved with your programs: 12
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 12
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 10
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 2  Run-in sheds: 1
Pastures: 1  Paddocks/Pens: 2
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  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 inches 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:
    Equines are out 24/7

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

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Turnout areas have man-made protection for equines (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
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked

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


EQUINE CARE: Bagaduce River Equine Rescue: *Main
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
    Equines 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
    Equines are fed in individual stalls
    Equines are fed in groups
    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area
Not Checked:

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
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing
Not Checked:
    The protocol for each equine 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 Spray Repellent

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 equines
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy equines
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines do not have contact with other equines or other animals
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Manure and bedding from sick, affected and/or quarantined equines 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
    Trailers/vans used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines are cleaned and disinfected after each use and cleaning takes place away from where equines are sheltered
    Equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is not shared and is clearly labeled
    Shared equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined equines
Not Checked:
    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Equines are not quarantined on arrival.

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

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property:
    Equines are assigned the same stall/location each day
    A notebook or binder with photos and information on each equine is easily accessible
    Equine photos and profiles are available on the website
    Team leaders work with new staff/volunteers until they are able to identify the equines
Not Checked:
    Name plates are located on the stall
    Photos are located on the stall
    Equines wear halters with nametags
    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each equine with equine names and photos
    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with equine profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions
    Staff/volunteers are provided training on conformation, markings, colors, and breeds

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each equine appropriate to the equine's needs and the weather conditions
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    Tack is inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when an equine's body condition changes
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when an equine's disposition changes
    Helmets are replaced after a fall
Not Checked:
     All equines have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    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 at least every five years.
    No equines are ridden; not applicable.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: Bagaduce River Equine Rescue: *Main
The following plans, policies, and procedures are in place at the facility to handle emergencies and address weather related issues, fire safety procedures, and/or any additional hazardous scenarios the facility could potentially experience:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
    The facility owns or has access to a generator
    The facility maintains at least two weeks of hay, feed, shavings and medications
    The facility 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 collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients

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


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 equines 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 equines are stalled
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

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

Equine Transportation
Access onsite but not owned: 1 2-horse van/trailer with truck
Access offsite: 1 2-horse van/trailer with truck
Access offsite: 1 3-horse van/trailer with truck


EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Bagaduce River Equine Rescue: 2021 - Yes

5 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2021
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2021
0 Donated
0 Lease
1 Purchase from Owner
2 Auction
2 Kill Pen/Feedlot
10 Surrendered
3 Seized
0 Abandoned
3 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Adoption from Rescue
21 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2021
8 Horses adopted/sold:
2 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
4 Horses euthanized
14 Total departures
12 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2021
10 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
2 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 5 on 1/1/2021+ 21 Intakes - 14 Departures = 12 on 12/31/2021

Total days that equines were in the care of Bagaduce River Equine Rescue during 2021: 4128

2021 Bagaduce River Equine Rescue Equine Census
5 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2021
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2021
0 Donated
0 Lease
1 Purchase from Owner
2 Auction
2 Kill Pen/Feedlot
10 Surrendered
3 Seized
0 Abandoned
3 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Adoption from rescue
21 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2021
8 Horses adopted/sold:
2 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
4 Horses euthanized
14 Total departures
12 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2021
10 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
2 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 5 on 1/1/2021+ 21 Intakes - 14 Departures = 12 on 12/31/2021


21 Horse Intake Detail during 2021 0
0 Donated 0
0 Leased 0
1 Purchased from Owner 0
1Pony1 Aged 6-9  1 Mares
2 Auction 0
1Donkey/Mule/Burro1 Aged Under 6   1 Mares
1Quarter Horse1 Aged 15-20   1 Geldings
2 Kill Pen/Feedlot 0
1Draft1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
1National Show Horse1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
10 Surrendered 0
1Appaloosa1 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings
1Draft1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Mustang1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
1Miniature Horse1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
4Morgan1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares2 Aged Over 20  2 Mares
1Haflinger1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
1Pony1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings
3 Seized 0
2Arabian1 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
1Morgan1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
0 Abandoned 0
3 Returned 0
2Paint1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1Quarter Horse1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
0 Transferred 0
0 Born at facility 0
0 Adoption from rescue 0

8 Re-homing Detail Horses adopted/sold by breed, age & gender during 2021:  
1Draft1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Mustang1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
1Miniature Horse1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
2Morgan1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
2Paint1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
1Pony1 Aged 10-14  1 Geldings

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