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Dharmahorse

Compassion not Compulsion

LAS CRUCES, NM   |  www.dharmahorse.org

Mission

Sustain a sanctuary in which unwanted horses prosper; provide an environment in which humans benefit from structured interactions with the horses; and educate the public on holistic horse care.

Notes from the nonprofit

Dharmahorse is a unique Sanctuary for horses because we are an Herbal Stable Yard, addressing disorders with Phytotherapy and nutrition whenever possible. We feed a natural, roughage based diet, keep horses in a herd when possible and provide enrichments on a track system which encourages constant movement and interactions. These build physical and emotional health and create a trust based system of handling where the horses who have been here awhile show the newcomers how to act when being sprayed for flies, given healing pastes or having hooves picked. They live as a group and provide security, joy and companionship for each other - all the normal, natural things horses, as a species, require for proper health.

Ruling year info

2015

president/founder

Ms Katharine Lark Chrisley

Manager of Maintenance and Construction

Mr Mark Paul Schreiber

Main address

6874 COYOTE RD

LAS CRUCES, NM 88012 USA

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EIN

47-3920035

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (D11)

Other Services (D60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We need to finish a water line project so that we no longer have water hoses strung along the property to keep the horses' tubs filled. We need to put in the type of faucets that do not freeze in winter and have a drip system within the "islands" of land created by the track system fencing where we can grow trees and bushes for wind break and shade.

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?

Equine Educational Outreach

Teaching horse owners and those who want to become horse owners how to care for and honor their equines.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 2020

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 animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

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

Equine Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have the new property up and running with a track system allowing the horses in Sanctuary to live as a compatible herd. The new hay barn stores at least 6 months of hay.

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

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

Equine Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have horses in their 20's, 30's and 40's all living pain free and in comfort, most on a track system as a herd or in bonded pairs.

Number of animals with freedom from pain

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

Equine Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have elderly horses in their 20's, 30's and 40's living in comfort and a Mustang colt with a healed broken leg living in sanctuary.

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

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

Equine Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Horses from at risk situations have come here to be healed and protected. We have horses from the Livestock Board's estray equines, a Mustang whose owner died and was at risk, many elderly, some blind

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Most of our horses and mules are very elderly or have special needs, so stay in Sanctuary for life.

Number of animals rehabilitated

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

Equine Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

With a population of very senior and special needs equines, rehabilitation is ongoing and often dramatic.

Number of children able to exercise appropriate control in independent and group activities

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

Equine Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have an online school with some free programs and modules to help horses and people.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

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

Equine Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are licensed again by the NM Livestock Board; have 22 testimonials on Great Non-Profits; became Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We have been featured in 3 PBS documentaries

Number of periodicals distributed

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

Equine Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We distribute brochures locally, in mailings and provide educational materials through social media and our free online school.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are mainly a Sanctuary for geriatric equines and those with special needs.

Number of press articles published

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

Equine Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Columns published and we have information on Horse Chats and our founder is in the films, "Listening to the Horse", The Horseman's Summit" and "Groundwork Summit" & "Art of the Horseman".

Number of facilities improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have added shelters, rebuilt pens at the original facility, added the Infirmary Barn with medicine room. Kitchen has been rebuilt, new barn with paddocks for more intakes. New trees for shade.

Number of return website visitors

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

Equine Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The website offers educational outreach to help ALL horses.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have held 2 fundraisers in town for hay and to buy trees for more shade & windbreak. We are in the high desert.

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.

Dharmahorse has installed an Infirmary Barn with 2 stalls and pens and a medicine room thanks to a generous grant from the Summerlee foundation. Our next, long term goal is to create a few more individual paddocks for those horses who cannot live as part of the herd on the track system (due to personality or physical disability). In the future, we still hope to rehab the in ground pool for water therapy for horses. So many of our (mostly elderly) horses need physical therapy.

We have some funds set aside for the water line project and willing helpers to get it done. We have to sequester the herd in the back part of the track system to keep them safe during trenching and laying of the water lines. It will have to be done all at once and all the planning in place before we start. More funds will help!

We hope to fundraise for more fencing so we can relocate the quarantine pen and use its area for the individual housing of the horses that need it.

I will be in touch, in the future, will swimming pool experts and hope to see some water therapy facilities where I can brainstorm with them about what is working and what they would have done differently.

We do have the funds to buy the water line materials and the tractor for the filling in of trenches. Will need to rent the trencher and gather helpers. We feel that this project is a priority. If we need to create more paddocks quickly, we are able to move pipe panels and put up electric fences in a pinch. It will take more funds to buy more pipe panels to fully build some extra pens - I am working on a grant with that in mind.

We have managed to build an amazing track system and several individual pens already on the property owned outright by Dharmahorse. We have many unique shelters and, of course, the Infirmary Barn now!

We have a large, meandering track system fully in place, housing 10 horses as a herd. They have feed stations, water stations, 4 shelters that each can protect 4 horses in any weather, 2 giant scratching brushes, salt and mineral stations, a sand hill where they lie down to sleep, some mesquite trees for tree shade (it's the best shade!) and a central giant round yard where we feed from. Local Tractor Supply and Lowes provided materials for fences and shelters at 50% off. The men and women from White Sands Missile Range's volunteer program helped build the facility. There was already a large barn with concrete floor (now our hay barn), a house (where we store and make medicines, etc.) and the in ground pool in need of repair.

Financials

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Dharmahorse

Board of directors
as of 10/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms Katharine Chrisley

Dharmahorse

Term: 2015 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr Mark Schreiber

Dharmahorse

Term: 2015 - 2024

William Claren Chrisley

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Barbara Cooper

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Sarah Berling

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Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/13/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/13/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.