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Haven Horse Ranch

Rating: 4.89 stars   61 reviews 1,345

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Children & Youth, Health


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 93 children speak their first words ever. We have seen more than 73 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.

Target demographics:

children with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year:

more than 1,000 people

Geographic areas served:

NE Florida


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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Reviews for Haven Horse Ranch

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great environment and great people, couldn't ask for anything more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't even begin to express how grateful I am for Haven Horse Ranch. My son loves going there for his therapy and he has improved so much in the past year and a half. The staff is always friendly and courteous. Its always clean and the scenery is beautiful. You can tell the horses are very well cared for. The staff is always professional.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter has had such a wonderful time at Haven Horse Ranch. She doesn't even realize it's therapy. She doesn't get bored with the session and is excited to go back each week. We have seen her balance improve in just a Few short weeks. I would recommend the ranch to everyone who has a special needs little one.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Haven Horse Ranch has offered the best therapy ever to not only my son but many others that I have watched with their therapy! My son started coming to Haven Horse Ranch almost a year and a half ago with severe sensory issues. He could not bear to wear most fabrics and would only wear clothing 3 times his actual size. He would only wear 1 shirt which had to be 100% rayon, button-front men's size 3x shirt. He hated the feeling of another shirt because it didn't feel the same, even if it were made of the same fabric, the same brand, even the same pattern. He only had 1 pair of beat up pants he would wear and I feared that the day would soon come that I could not sew them back together. Within just a few months of working with the therapists and horses, my son began to incorporate more shirts into his wardrobe. He gradually built up the courage to try new pants after about 10 months. Now, just a little shy of 1 year and a half, he has a closet full of shirts, including some new T-Shirts, and has a few different pairs of shorts! He is also wearing new shoes in which he can stand to put the backs up when he has to! He has become more cooperative and willing to try new things, even new food! I cannot thank the staff and the horses at Haven Horse Ranch enough for the transformation we have seen with my son!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff and volunteers at Haven Horse Ranch are EXTRAORDINARY folks. Even when my son is having a bad day, he's still motivated to go to therapy. We are seeing amazing progress in a very short time. Everyone is very knowledgeable, caring and committed. We feel immeasurably fortunate to have such a high caliber facility serving our community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has greatly benefited from his sessions! We have even been able to reduce some medications due to his increased focus. Love Haven Horse Ranch!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Haven Horse Ranch is an excellent environment for providing therapy for children with disabilities. In co operation
with certified therapists in physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy, plus using certified horse handlers and gentle trained therapy horses that seem to just sense the needs of their riders, makes for a safe environment for children to receive such excellent care in their therapy experiences. Haven Horse Ranch is unique in providing both hippo and equestrian therapy to all who take advantage of what the ranch offers.

As a volunteer, the rewards are priceless in seeing and experiencing first hand how the these therapy experiences benefit the children. It really is one of the best and most rewarding experiences I participate in all week. I always look forward with much anticipation each week to serving as a volunteer at Haven Horse Ranch.

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