PLATINUM2024

Horse Sense Education and Advocacy Nonprofit

‘Offering inclusive horsemanship services and events for the benefit of our community members.’

Granbury, TX   |  https://horsesenseeducation.info

Mission

Horse Sense Education and Advocacy Nonprofit is an organization aimed to improve the quality of life for horses and humans through integrative and educational programs. Horse Sense was created from love and understanding of horses and humans. We build connection and partnership between horse and rider through step-by-step education. The goal of these comprehensive interactions with horses, is to empower and enrich lives. Outcomes include self-esteem, self-confidence, leadership skills, emotional regulation, communication skills, empathy, patience and mindfulness. We are all Diamonds. No matter the background or age, there is always room to grow, and something new to learn. We offer a safe, enjoyable, experience to tap into these opportunities in a supportive and educational environment.

Notes from the nonprofit

Though we became a Nonprofit this year. Horse Sense Education and Advocacy has been working with Educators, CASA advocates, Veterans, at Risk youth, seniors, and support groups for over 25 years. Due to Covid and the cost of maintain a horse program withing city limits, we have had to expand into a nonprofit to keep the program healthy. We are focusing on saving TCP land in its natural state. By incorporating nature to help heal horses and humas, we reconnect and heal. Our nonprofit need funds in order to keep rehabilitating horses, donkeys and mules, cows, and provide safe corrals for equine use and educational purposes. We need infrastructure in order to help house animals for evacuation emergencies. Our staff are trained professionals in horse husbandry, emergency evacuation, ECS, and trailering. Our staff also have education in PATH, Positive Discipline, First Aid, CPR, and 4-H.

Ruling year info

2022

Executive Director

Kristin Praly

Secretary

Rachel Shupe

Main address

1206 Williamson Rd

Granbury, TX 76048 USA

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EIN

87-4627869

NTEE code info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Healing Horses and Helping Humans TM

HORSE SENSE EDUCATION and ADVOCACY NONPROFIT GET IN TOUCH ABOUT US OUR MISSION We believe no matter your back ground or age, there is always room to grow, and something new to learn. Our integrative programs foster a supportive and educational environment.
First and foremost, we heal horses and then those horse work with us to offer opportunities for veterans, service members, underserved, marginalized youth and more through our donation based equine-assisted learning program.
We create opportunities to build human and horse relationships that help reduce anxiety.
Our Teams work together to build:
Self-confidence,
Self-esteem,
Leadership
Communication skills.
We offer safe, enjoyable experiences specifically designed to support those struggling in school or children with families going through the court system. We encourage those who need self-care to experience our equine connections.
We build connections and partnerships between horses and humans to empower and enrich lives.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
People with disabilities
LGBTQ people
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

Best of 2017

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Affiliations & memberships

lessoons.com 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new advocates recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Healing Horses and Helping Humans TM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Healing Horses and Helping Humans TM

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Rescue and rehabilitate equines and introduce the additional benefits of equine interactions:

· Mental Health Benefits- interpersonal interactions, relationships, quality of life, mindfulness
· Reduce Stress- deeper breathing, relaxed state of mind, connection with self and extraordinary being.
· Improve Brain Function - improves balance coordination, stimulates new neural pathways
· Feelings of Relaxation - better breathing, better immune system, helps inflammation, improves digestion, increases brain function and ability to cope.
· Physical Health Benefits - improved strength, flexibility, building core strength; improvers circulation
· Spiritual Well-Being through Connection to Nature - nature’s impact on the human spirit, to unplug and be present, is restorative, healing, and fosters deep meaningful connection in people

• Adults
• Kids from underserved communities
• At risk youth
• Veterans
• Corporate teams

Outreach and engagement includes:
• Direct email campaigns
• Social media campaigns
• Grassroots networking
• Community Service Projects
• Community Event outreach
• Special interest projects (horse in need project)


*Horse Tales reading program
*Veterans events and depending on funds 6 week course work
*CASA events
• Mindfulness/Awareness clinics
• Restorative circles
• Natural horsemanship and riding lessons
• “Pony Party”
• Equestrian clinics
• CranioSacral clinics
• Team-building events

We have successfully held events in all designated categories this year.
We would like build in the ability to have the horses in safe quarters on designated land that is designed specifically to honor nature and focus on these programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Horse Sense Education and Advocacy Nonprofit

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristin Praly

Horse Sense Education and Advocacy

Cara Sloman

Force 4

Debra Means

US Forest Service

Richie Solomon

Accountant

Rachel Shupe

Teacher

Katelyn Praly

Teacher

Breada Tealer

Designer

Cherme Wurtz

Therapist

Andrea Prost

Nurse

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/22/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.