Haven Horse Ranch
Rating: 4.88 stars 68 68 reviews 1,712
7333 County Road 208 St. Augustine FL 32092 USA
“To assist each person with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction and therapy with rescued horses.”
Since 2010 we have heard more than 95 children speak their first words ever. We have seen more than 75 children walk their first steps ever. We have been there as countless children sit or stand or reach or hug a parent for the first time ever. That is what we do, we help all children achieve their potential.
children with special needs
Direct beneficiaries per year:
more than 1,000 people
Geographic areas served:
therapy for people with Autism, MS, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, learning disabilities and more.
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When you first come upon the place you can't help but notice an atmosphere of peace and calm. Some where that you take all your cares and fore get them for a while. Don't be fooled there is a lot going on. The horses are being fed, groomed. Stalls are being mucked, new saw and shaving spead. Riding lessons, therapy, individual and group.
What I would like to focus on is the group of boys that I help with. It is a six week program that uses the ranch and horses, plus lessons about responsibility and accountability. It is amazing to see a young man scared to death of a horse and in two days riding and being in control of a two thousand pound animal. Seeing the light in the eyes when they know that they have cracked the code of the language of the horse.
The big tough guy seeing that he is not all that and that he has to work with a team to accomplish his goal.
The six week period reach each of the boys to a different degree, some have asked and have been mentors to following groups. We have had contact from the parents of some the boys that gone the program thanking us, telling thaT the difference in their son was like night Nad day.
I pray this work continues
Haven horse ranch has been an unbelievable source of good for my child.
He had been severely bullied in public school, and had worked hard to overcome physical disability and learning challenges, such as ADHD and dysgraphia. We decided to home school him and came to Haven Horse ranch to supplement home instruction.
Everyone at the ranch has been so wonderful and warm. It has been an extremely good experience for us. It is teaching my son a new confidence and an independence and a compassion as he develops a bond with a special animal. His teacher Alexa is extremely kind and patient.
I am just a waitress and it was a dream that my son could ever participate in something like this. Haven horse ranch makes goodness and learning accessible to kids from all incomes and backgrounds.
There is a grace about this place and I believe it is such a faith-filled sanctuary especially for challenged children. It has been for my child.
Haven Horse Ranch is so much more than just a trail ride or learning how to ride a horse. Haven Horse Ranch is a place where miracles happen like a child speaking their first words saying, "walk on"; or seeing a little one taking their first step, excited to get to the horse they will ride; or how about that troubled youth that learns, "it isn't all about me" while taking responsibility for his actions and that 1,500 pound horse to work as one. These are the miracles that happen regularly at Haven Horse Ranch! Thank you for all you do!
My daughter's passion for horses led her to Haven Horse Ranch seven years ago to begin riding lessons, including weekly volunteering, that continues to this day. After listening to her weekly inspiring stories about assisting in equine therapy sessions with physically and mentally disabled children, I was motivated to become a Haven Horse Ranch Board Member. As a 30-year professionally licensed Architect, my eye generally focuses on the operations and physical facilities. And all I ever see is a well maintained facility, managed with integrity and the love of God pouring out onto the children. It is an honor for me to be a part of HHR and I am still a Board Member to this day five years later.
I am constantly amazed with how God is using Haven Horse Ranch to improve the lives of children, teens, adults and their families in our area. The miracles and life changing experiences that are a daily occurrence at the ranch are no accident. It is the vision, hard work, and dedication of the staff and volunteers at the ranch along with God's plan that make the difference. Children speaking, walking and doing things for the first time that they were never "suppose" to do. Teens turning their lives around from the wrong pathes that they were on and learning that there is a different way to live. Adults who live everyday with limitations most of us cannot even begin to understand finding an escape and joy even if for a short time on the back of a horse. It all works, and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make that happen. This is what Haven Horse Ranch is all about!!! As a volunteer I can only wish that I had more time to spend helping with this mission, but it has been a blessing to help and I would encourage anyone with time, talents or the financial means to contribute as well.
I became involved with the ranch both from a fund raising and customer standpoint this year. I am extremely inpressed with the level of professionalism that they bring to their approach to everything from fundraisers to therapy and lessons for the general public. Everyone there is devoted to the kids and really give of themselves to make sure they get the best out of their experience at the ranch.
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Our daughter has learned so much by grooming and caring for the horse she rides every week. Riding lessons are not just to ride the horse, it includes lots of learning in the "barn" and knowing the horse. Great program!
Haven Horse in St. Augustine Florida has helped my daughter receive equine therapy at an affordable cost. Her OT is great and we are pleased.
Haven Horse Ranch has provided therapy and riding lessons to our family for about a year. Our weekly sessions have provided my kids the opportunity to learn, grow, meet therapy goals, and challenge themselves. Horse therapy has kept my daughter from needing surgery on her legs. Her lessons have also opened up a world of possibilities and acceptance that her cerebral palsy previously kept her from enjoying. Both kids are finding themselves and the ranch has been instrumental in their growth.
The therapists that work at the ranch are fantastic! The handlers are all super sweet and really know the horses and their different personalities. Everyone interacts so well with one another and the ranch itself is beautiful.
We have been taking our son to Haven Horse Ranch for a year now. The staff are extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about what they do. We have seen massive improvements in our sons motor skills and speech!! We highly recommend this ranch if you are looking for any type of equine therapy:). We don't know what we would do without them!