EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK PROFILE
Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding

http://www.ctrchanginglives.org




Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding
1136 Priestford Road
Street, MD 21154

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 475
Abingdon, MD 21009


Phone: 443-528-7793  MAKE AN INQUIRY

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EIN: 26-0068227
Founded: 2003

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Profile Last Updated May 10, 2024

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Equine Welfare Network Guardian
2023

The Guardian Seal of Transparency is awarded annually to recognize an organization's commitment to transparency and accountability by their willingness to make comprehensive data about their programs, horse care practices, and governance available for public scrutiny. The Guardian Seal of Transparency is NOT an endorsement.
Awarded Annually
Last Updated: May 22, 2023

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding has not attained the Guardian designation for 2024.
Buttons
Our Equine Ambassador
Buttons, CTR's Equine Ambassador, is a Shetland Pony who has brought smiles, learning, and laughter to the hearts of thousands of people in and around Harford County, MD. She is a very small Shetland, so she cannot be ridden, but she is travel-sized so we have enjoyed taking her to library visits, senior centers, resource festivals, schools, and veterans' homes for almost 10 years. Through her story, and her gentle demeanor, she has helped CTR teach people of all ages and abilities how ponies and horses (like her) can help people on their journeys to recovery and healing.


MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
Founded in 2003, Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (CTR), is a 501c3 non-profit that makes horses and equine assisted services accessible to children, adults, and veterans who live with disabilities and diagnoses. Our mission is to deliver healing and learning to individuals and groups whose minds, bodies and spirits will benefit from the transformative connection between people and horses. Our vision is to establish CTR as the premier equine-based therapeutic healing and learning center in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services 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 equine-related.

Our organization does not CURRENTLY use satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities.


Summary of organization's recent accomplishments, goals, strategies to achieve the goals, and capabilities to meet the goals, including its long-term plans to sustain its programs:
Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Inc., is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to deliver healing and learning to individuals and groups whose minds, bodies, and spirits will benefit from the transformative connection between people and horses. Our goals in doing this include educating people on the humane partnership between people and horses for the purpose of therapeutic healing, taking into account that people and horses come to CTR in different phases of growth, healing, and development.
     
     This year, for the first time ever, we expanded our team and hired a full-time Equine Operations Manager whose primary purpose at CTR is to care for the well-being and health of our herd of 11 horses and ponies. This Equine Operations manager, as a salaried full-time employee monitored nutrition, veterinary needs, exercise needs and helped develop training goals that matched each horse/ponies needs. To do this, we applied for foundational and government grants to ensure that we secured the funding needed to make this position a permanent part of our organization's budget. We also scheduled a volunteer training session with our contracted horse trainer, Alyssa Dietrich, to help volunteers understand how to communicate with our herd members better as they partner together in the work we do.
     
     
     In April of 2023, CTR--as a therapeutic riding center--achieved Premier Accredited Status with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH). This accreditation required site and program analysis to determine that our facilities, programs, and policies were to the highest standard in our industry--taking into account how they all benefit both our equine and human participants through special regard to every animal's and every person's safety.
     
     Our goals in our programs vary depending on the type of program, but consistent prioritization of humane partnership with our horses is a common denominator. A description of our programs and their goals are included below:
     
     Adaptive Riding Lessons (Therapeutic Riding):
     In which people who live with disabilities and/or diagnoses learn about horses and learn how to ride them in a basic way, with progressively scaling independence and/or supports, as needed. This program is over-seen by Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors (through PATH International), with the help of Instructors in Training and trained CTR Volunteers. During these 45 minute riding lessons, participants are paired with horses based on weight limits to minimize stress to our animals. Participants learn how to work with their horse partners through basic verbal, rein, leg, and seat aids to increase understanding between horse and human.
     
     Discovering Horses (Unmounted Lessons):
     In which people who may not want to--or are not able to--ride learn how to care for horses in ways that are safe and beneficial for both horse and human. Each 30 minute lesson includes activities on the ground that teach participants more about horses and what they need to remain healthy and happy partners. The goals of this program include teaching human participants what horses eat, how to feed them, how to care for their coats, manes, and hooves, how to safely lead walk them, how to bath them in the summertime, and how/wear to pasture them for the evening.
     
     Horses and Heroes Veterans Program (Mounted and Unmounted):
     In which CTR's partners in the Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Mental Health Administration bring veterans enrolled in VA services to CTR for mounted and unmounted lessons on different days of the week. Programs that participate with CTR include: the Recreational Therapy Program, the Medical Foster Program, the Visually Impaired Services Team, and the Adaptive Sports Program. Adaptive Riding Lessons and Unmounted Lesson program descriptions mirror those of the above services, with the difference being that VA clinical staff attend with veterans to provide on-site support if needed. This program's goals include providing the education and the space for physical, mental and spiritual growth and healing through the powerful horse-human connection.

Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
Our organization provides the following Equine Assisted Services (EAS):
    Therapeutic Mounted Services
    Therapeutic Unmounted Services
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning
    Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

9: Total number of Equine Assisted Service Providers at Serenity Hill Farm

     1. Cathy Schmidt

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Serenity Hill Farm

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         PATH International Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist


     2. Gayle Zorbach

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Serenity Hill Farm

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Academic Learning

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist, Loyola College – Certification in Early Childhood Development (MASTERS DEGREE IN EDUCATION), MEd University of Maine – Concentration in Motor Development, Bachelor of Science – Towson State College, Physical Education/Psychology, 38 years Harford County Public Schools


     3. Jessica Johnson

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Serenity Hill Farm

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         CTRI in Training, providing mounted and unmounted adaptive lessons under the supervision of a CTRI at all times


     4. Katy Santiff

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Serenity Hill Farm

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Program Director of CTR
CTRI in Training, providing mounted and unmounted adaptive lessons under the supervision of a CTRI at all times


     5. Laural Lagan

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Serenity Hill Farm

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) through PATH International


     6. Lisa Foehrkolb

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Serenity Hill Farm

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) through PATH International


     7. Megan Ferry

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Serenity Hill Farm

         RELATIONSHIP: Employee

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Therapeutic Mounted Services

         Therapeutic Unmounted Services

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         PATH International Advanced Riding Instructor, Mentor, and Equine Specialist, B.S. Equine Studies - Centenary College


     8. Michelle Perry, Ph.D.

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Serenity Hill Farm

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Dr. Michelle Perry is a licensed psychologist who teaches participants professional and personal development at CTR, in partnership with our healing herd of horses (through EAS).


     9. Virginia Iannone, Ph.D.

         FACILITY PARTICIPATION:

         Serenity Hill Farm

         RELATIONSHIP: Independent Contractor

         SERVICES PROVIDED:

         Equine-Assisted Learning involving Personal and/or Professional Development

         DEGREES, LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS

         Licensed Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Stevenson University, who teaches professional development, personal development, and leadership to participants at CTR, through partnership with our herd in unmounted services (EAS).



Overview of our programs involved with providing EAS to individuals with special needs:
     CTR offers Adaptive Riding Lessons on our farm for children and adults who live with physical, neurological, psychiatric, and behavioral disabilities and diagnoses. We also offer unmounted services that include groundwork lessons through a program called Discovery Horses for the same population of people.
     
     In 2023, we expanded our Veterans Programming, and provided adaptive riding and unmounted adaptive lessons through our Horses and Heroes Program to 131 veterans who live with disabilities and diagnoses, through our partnership with the Veterans Administration at Perry Point, MD, and Baltimore City, MD.
     
     CTR offers Personal and Professional Development through EAS sessions with our healing herd of horses that focus on these areas-- Team Building; Leadership; Grief and Bereavement; Women's Empowerment; and Healthy Boundaries for Front Line Workers. A licensed Psychologist who contracts with CTR conducts these sessions, and CTR certified staff participates as horse experts. We interact with these participants through our community partners and do not request or require diagnoses. Our most successful of these EAS sessions was a series of workshops that focused on personal and professional development for Front Line Workers.
     
     CTR's Horse-Powered Learning Program is available as well as Field trips on and off the farm. This program is an Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program, designed by our resident educator on staff, and the subject focus for each EAL session is typically Reading/Literacy, Communication Skills, Problem-Solving, Math, and Science. Over the past year, we conducted Horse-Powered Learning Visits to the Harford County Public Libraries with our Shetland Pony, Buttons, who encouraged 334 young people to learn about horses, horse care, and practice their literacy, horse biology, and math skills through a series of fun games and activities.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     CTR engages in multiple Community Outreach events each year to engage public interest in the value of American Horses to our healing and learning. CTR is a Horse Discovery Center as designated by the Maryland Horse Industry Board under the Maryland State Department of Agriculture. Horse Discovery Centers are licensed stables that strive to provide the general public with a safe, friendly, and educational experience, particularly for those individuals who have never or rarely experienced horses personally.
     
     CTR partners every year with the Harford County Public Library to bring Horse-Powered Learning to school aged children at library locations around the county. CTR engages with hundreds of children and families each year through this Library Partnership, bringing their Shetland Pony Buttons to visit people and different library branches for two-hour learning sessions about ponies and horses that are designed to make learning hands-on and fun.
     
     CTR participates in the Harford County Veterans Resource Fair, held annually around Veteran's Day, during with CTR's friendly staff engages with hundreds of veterans and their families/support people, sharing with them about the benefits and healing power of partnering with horses humanely through Adaptive Riding Lessons or Unmounted Basic Horsemanship lessons on the CTR Farm.
     
     CTR annually participates in the Harford County Youth and Family Resource Fair, during which we highlight the Equine Assisted Services available to families whose children live with disabilities and diagnoses.
     
     CTR also introduced a new annual event on the CTR farm in October of 2023: the CTR Fall Festiv-ALL, and fun trick or treating extravaganza in which 223 members of our public community came to experience horses in a safe and humane way, all while celebrating the fun of the Halloween Season with CTR staff and volunteers.
     
     Through attending these community-outreach events, CTR was able to interact with 638 members of the public in 2023--answering questions about Equine-Assisted Services (mounted and unmounted), Horse-Powered Learning opportunities in the community, and how interacting with horses in humane partnership can be healing.

Research/Medical Use of Equines:
Our organization has never made, and would not ever consider making, equines available for research studies or medical training that involves invasive procedures and/or that which may cause pain or suffering to the equine. 

Religious Affiliation:
Our organization does not promote religious education, religious purposes, or a specific religious faith 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. 



POLICIES: ACQUISITION


Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Purchase from Owner  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Lease  
    Auction  
    Kill pen/Feedlot  
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares

Not Checked:
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
Through patience and diligence, we have fostered a new relationship with Omega Horse Rescue in Pennsylvania. They trust our organization due to our transparent and humane practices, in addition to our adherence to PATH standards. They have allowed us to adopt three equines from them, one in 2021, and two in 2022 (as noted in the Equine Census). In 2023, we purchased one Equine from Draft Horse Placement in Thurmont, MD. We accepted the donation of one Equine to us from Garrison Forest School's Equestrian Program. We accepted the donation of three Equines from Private Owners.


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
    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:
    A health certificate signed by a veterinarian and dated no more than seven days prior to arrival is provided to our organization either prior to or upon arrival of the equine attesting to the health status of the equine

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
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the equine to and from the organization
    Equines are on trial up to 60 days
    Equines are on trial for 60 or more days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the equine's progress
    During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the equine, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
Not Checked:
    Equines are not taken on trial
    Equines are on trial for up to 30 days
    During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility for the care of the equine, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the equine, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner

Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    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
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
Not Checked:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian upon arrival
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score or other body conditioning score is assigned
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
    The equine is scanned to check for a microchip
    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
Not Checked:
    The equine is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time
    The equine is not quarantined

The typical length of quarantine is:   Up to 10 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 by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Bathing
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Not Checked:
    Riding at the canter
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)
    Clipping

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian at least annually
    The Henneke Body Condition score or other body conditioning score is updated at least annually
    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 massage therapist
Not Checked:
    Photographs are taken of each equine monthly 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 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 at least annually and maintains a written record of the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden
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

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
    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
    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:
    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
    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):   Weekly


POLICIES: BREEDING

The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    Our main facility where our organization conducts its programs does NOT breed equines.
Not Checked:
    One or more of the facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds equines
    One or more of the facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions


POLICIES: EUTHANASIA

The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have an equine euthanized for space
    Our organization will have an equine euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian if the equine is a threat to itself, other equines, or people
    Our organization will have an equine euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian 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 an 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


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 does NOT re-home an equine to first time equine owners
Not Checked:
    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
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates

Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer able to contribute to the mission of the organization, and/or are no longer manageable:
    Equines may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Equines may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Equines may be returned to their owners
    In the case an equine is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the equine may be euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian
    The organization will accept financial responsibility for equines in the current care of the organization that need to be retired or are no longer able to contribute to the mission of the organization if all alternatives have been explored to find the equine an appropriate placement and space is not available for the equine to remain at the organization.
Not Checked:
    Equines may be sent to auction
    In the case an equine is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the equine may be euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the equine may be euthanized

The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
    The agreement states that the re-homed equine CANNOT be sold, adopted, transferred, auctioned, released, given away, or otherwise placed into the possession of another individual or organization under any circumstances and must be returned to our organization should the adopter decide that he/she is no longer able, or no longer wishes, to care for the equine.
    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 if there is any breach of contract the equine must be returned to our organization
Not Checked:
    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 re-homed equines cannot be bred
    The agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits
    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 free of charge
    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
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more 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:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase) or less than one year

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

Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
CTR homes an equine with the reasonable expectation that we can and will provide that animal a home for life on our farm. In rare circumstances, we may have to rehome an equine, and adopters must sign and follow our rehoming agreement.

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 CURRENTLY use satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities.



Serenity Hill Farm
1136 Priestford Road Street MD 21154
Contact: Cathy Schmidt
Contact's Phone: 443-528-7793
Contact's Email: cathy.schmidt@ctrchanginglives.org
Currently operational
Total number of horses/equines currently involved with your programs, under your care, and/or owned by your organization at this facility: 9
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those counted above: 9
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 10

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

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.
     Harford County Animal Control 45 S. Main Street Bel Air, Maryland 21014 410-638- 3505

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:  9

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

     1. Cathy Schmidt
     2. Gayle Zorbach
     3. Jessica Johnson
     4. Katy Santiff
     5. Laural Lagan
     6. Lisa Foehrkolb
     7. Megan Ferry
     8. Michelle Perry, Ph.D.
     9. Virginia Iannone, Ph.D.


Serenity Hill Farm

Veterinarian Information
Veterinarian: Sarah Jay DVM

1528 Glenville Road
Havre de Grace   MD   21078
Phone: 443-417-7243


Overview: Serenity Hill Farm (*Main)
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 20
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 2
Pastures: 8  Paddocks/Pens/Turnout Areas: 0
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? 0-3;
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Equines are out 24/7 except they are brought in to feed
    Equines are out 24/7 except they are brought in if there is inclement weather
    Equines are out 24/7 except when they are being trained
    Equines are out 24/7 except when they are used for the conduct of the organization's programs

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    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 equines (i.e., trees)
    Pastures have man-made protection for equines (i.e., shelters)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where equines 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 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
    Barbed wire is used for fencing

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

Equine Care/Emergency Preparedness: Serenity Hill Farm (*Main) 2024 and 2023 This section is required.

Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)
    Onsite computer with onsite backup storage system
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records

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
    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:
    Equines are fed in groups

Do horses have access to clean drinking water at all times?     Yes    

Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each equine? Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each equine? Annually and when an issue arises

Horse checks: How often are equines 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 equine is determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    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
    Our organization follows the biosecurity guidelines of our veterinarian
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines do not have contact with other equines or other animals
    All staff 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
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all 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
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined equines
Not Checked:
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    Equines are not quarantined on arrival.

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

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

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads 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
    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
    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:
     All equines have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    No equines are ridden; not applicable.

Emergency Preparedness: Serenity Hill Farm: *Main This section is required.
The following plans, policies, and procedures are in place at the facility to handle emergencies and address weather related issues, fire safety procedures, and/or any additional hazardous scenarios the facility could potentially experience:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
    The facility owns or has access to a generator
    The facility maintains at least two weeks of hay, feed, shavings and medications
    The facility collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients
    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
Not Checked:
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)

The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
    Smoking is strictly prohibited
    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where equines are stalled
    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
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used
Not Checked:

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

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


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