Haven Horse Ranch

Rating: 4.86 stars   49 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth, Health

Location: 7333 County Road 208 St. Augustine FL 32092 USA

Mission: “To assist each person with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction and therapy with rescued horses.”

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Rating: 4 stars  

Haven Horse Ranch is a wonderful place for kids and adults with disabilities. The look on their faces when they are on the horse is priceless.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No change

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 4 stars  

I started volunteering at Haven Horse Ranch as a horse handler for the Equine Therapy program at the beginning of 2014. I love being around horses and have a background in early childhood education and thought what a great way to combine the two. I have been amazed at the changes that can be seen in a handicapped child after only a few visits to the ranch. Whether it is a physical handicap that is helped by the strengthening of the core muscles and the limbering of tightened muscles by playing games of stretching as we ride around the ring; the verbal responses from one who doesn't speak that are initiated from being at the top of the world, on their horse; or the autistic child who verbalizes and begins interacting with the world; they all may seem small goals, but to the child, the parent and therapists these are huge steps to be celebrated!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been taking riding lessons here for five years and has been asked to help the staff at Haven Horse Ranch. She was hired to work the summer camps too. We drive over 50 miles six times a month to attend these lessons. We could surely choose a closer ranch but they teach much more than just riding, i.e. character and ethics. The staff's professionalism and integrity is not seen often today and I truly appreciate them all.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide/obtain more funding for more horses, staff, equipment, etc.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 15 year-old daughter has been participating in riding lessons, camps, fund raisers and volunteering at Haven Horse Ranch for the past four years. It has been a unique and very rewarding experience. The benefits are too numerous to count. It's about so much more than just riding a horse. She has grown in self confidence, independence, responsibility, motivation, leadership, respect and so much more. I have complete confidence in and impressed with the staff at Haven Horae Ranch and have observed their commitment, passion, knowledge and experience first hand. I cannot sing their praises enough. I would and do recommend this organization to anyone and everyone I meet.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter loves her visits to the Ranch! She has been receiving therapy for almost a year now and her strength has improved tremendously.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

My 2 and a half year old daughter has infantile autism and is nonverbal. Since beginning therapy at Haven Horse Ranch she is beginning to say words and now calls me momma. I have tried numerous places in the area for therapy with my daughter and this is the only one that has really made a difference. From her first visit at the ranch we could see a difference in her behavior. She seems so much calmer and more focused since beginning equine therapy. She loves the horses and actually looks foward to going every week which is amazing considering at other therapies we have tried she did nothing but cry and hang on to my neck the entire time. This is a wonderful facility that works miracles. The staff is friendly and caring. The horses are well trained and work so well with the children. The land and the horses are well cared for and beautifully maintained. I am so happy I found Haven Horse Ranch and I would highly recommend it. It is the highlight of my daughter's week.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been receiving horse therapy for the last 4 months and it has been a definite answer to prayer! He loves it and I love watching him love it! The staff is wonderful and the heart behind what they do there is very encouraging.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

I am so thankful for Haven Horse Ranch they have provided an amazing opportunity and service for our son who has special needs. He loves going to therapy and riding the horses there. Such an amazing organization this is.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

Great things happen at Haven Horse Ranch...
How they help children with special needs is out of this world. .
Seeing the changes these children have made doing equine therapy is priceless. ..
GOD bless those who work and volunteer at haven horse ranch

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 1 stars  

The owner is terribly rude and lacking in hospitality and good business manners. Staff is wonderful but the owner spoils the bunch...

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hide owner from clients.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

We do our best to see that everyone has a great experience here at Haven Horse Ranch, keeping our mission and commitment to children with SPecial Needs first and foremost. Regrettably sometimes we fall short of meeting everyone's expectations and we apologize for that. We will continue to do our best to meet everyones needs and expectations and hope that if or perhaps when we fall short, we will be judged on our total efforts and not just one isolated incident.

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