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Equine Requirements





Trainer: Peter Halay


  • Chris Deputy
  • Jeff Rogers



The purpose of this document is to outline the boarding care requirements and needs for the American Paint Horse, Howdy. This document is not intended to nullify nor overrule facility boarding agreements, hold harmless agreements, or any agreements that have been dated and signed by Howdy’s owners and the boarding facility.

The intent of this document is to offer transparency with the expectations the owners have about the health, welfare, and needs that are a vital part of Howdy’s equine training and care.




Owner, Chris Deputy, holds a set of values as a top priority for character accountability and community sincerity. The values of compassion, integrity and authenticity, empowerment, citizenship and stewardship, along with knowledge have been the foundation of her character that she strives to uphold. These values are integral for her to maintain as a part of her personal growth in addition to her personal branding.

This stands true with her effort in becoming a member of the equestrian community and as a result, is a continual work in progress as lessons in life and equestrian education are expanded.


Chris has a personal mission to train Howdy for:

  • working equitation
  • veteran emotional rehabilitation
  • horseback archery
  • emergency response and recovery

This mission is with the intent to train a pilot horse that can assist with training a team of horses through a combination of training styles that can be incorporated into liberty training.

Peter Halay is a key stakeholder in this process and assisting with the procedures that can be followed for future endeavors.


The vision is with the goal to offer a mission to veterans and, eventually, civilians that have a need for emotional rehabilitation that exacerbates social coping mechanisms. To offer a service for those who have served with a mission that aligns with their values and character, so community members have an opportunity to recover from moral injury that has everything to do with the emotional recovery.

These values, mission, and vision require clear boundaries with a code of ethics (beginning with, but not limited to the National Horse Council code []) that will be examples, through action, not words. Through character growth as new lessons are learned. It is also a top value for the owners of Howdy to maintain accountability, so all stakeholders involved have clear understanding of each other’s needs for a safe and emotionally intelligent community. Additionally, it is of utmost importance that the owners are considerate and respectful in order to understand the needs and requirements of others.


It is understood that every value, belief and opinion will be dependent on individual needs. It is the goal to listen, to learn, and to understand where certain values and beliefs should be respected, and which can be incorporated for our equestrian goals and endeavors.


Howdy has two primary people in equestrian training:

  • Chris Deputy
  • Jeff Rogers

There is a need for both trainees to learn:

  • The best-known methods of training horses
  • The terminology
  • The popular code of ethics for equestrian ownership
  • The safety procedures involved with horses
  • The common values and responsibilities in the horse community

It is understood, as, in most communities and systems, there will be differences in opinions, expertise, and philosophies of what is and is not correct, appropriate, kind, and reasonable. It is the goal of the trainees to learn what the various micro-beliefs are in order to understand what should be embraced while identifying what is optional.

  1. Although negotiable and flexible, there may be a need for Howdy to have extended training times beyond normal barn hours if his behavior is not congruent with a proper release for a training success point. This is a rare occurrence and all effort will be made to keep the training times within reasonable business hours.
  2. Howdy is lacking in proper herd behavior as a result of historical training that has been missing. Additionally, it is suspected that he may have been removed from his mother too early. His past involves neglect and human interaction that has promoted a sense of insecurity that results in aggressive behavior with other horses. Precaution with introducing him to other horses should involve the presence of the owners of Howdy. Ultimately, Peter Halay has full authority to make decisions of what would be acceptable while the owners maintain responsibility.
  3. Due to the specification with Howdy’s training, no person shall handle him beyond normal boarding activity without the express permission of the owners and/or Peter Halay.
  4. Howdy should not be fed treats or food by anyone on the premises that is not mentioned in the stakeholder list unless they are contracted personnel of the facility.
  5. If there are behavioral concerns with Howdy, it is vital for facility management to communicate the concerns and to work with the owners and stakeholders to create a plan of action that outlines expectations and requirements that will determine the milestone success points of behavior adjustment. Peter Halay has the final authority to veto whether the adjustment is successful in order to assist with mitigating risks.


At this time, Howdy has not been diagnosed with any special dietary conditions. However, there are specific feeding routines that are a part of his care that is important to the owners.

  1. Howdy shall be fed only by facility personnel in accordance with the agreement or by:
    1. Jeff Rogers
    2. Chris Deputy
    3. Peter Halay
  2. Any deviances from the feeding routine will be communicated to the facility managers for transparency in order to avoid feed waste and overfeeding.
  3. Howdy is fed, by the owners, supplemental grain and feed that is not hay. The owners do not desire for the facility personnel to feed him anything above and beyond hay. The owners will notify the facility if Howdy has been fed hay.
  4. In order to monitor health conditions, there is a need for the owners to be notified of feed changes such as a change in hay type, etc. This is important in order to avoid excessive concern with feces changes and to monitor additional potential health symptoms.


  1. “National Welfare Code of Practice.” American Horse Council. 2015.
  2. “Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines.” Canadian National Farm Animal Care Council.
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