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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Health, Rehabilitative Care, Youth Development Programs

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

Results: 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.

Target demographics: children with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1,000 people

Geographic areas served: NE Florida

Programs: therapy for people with Autism, MS, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, learning disabilities and more.

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Caron2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that has helped so many special needs kids and adults. Their success stories are heart warming.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello everyone,
My name is Wayne and I am a nursing student at Keiser University in Jacksonville and we volunteer Haven horse ranch for some of our clinical hours. I will say that this program is awesome, the way that the kids react to getting therapy on horse back is amazing and no doubt increases the therapeutic effect of the activates performed. I came here for the first time not knowing what to expect, and after a couple of days of observation I can honestly say that my expectations of what equine therapy is and what it can do have been greatly exceeded. I would encourage anyone to come out and give this place a try, you will not be disappointed.

2 Susan409

Client Served

Rating: 5

The therapists at Haven Horse Ranch have helped my son extensively with problems related to Asperger's Syndrome, namely Sensory Processing Disorder. He could only bear to wear clothing 3 sizes too big for him, but through the hippotherapy program and patience of the staff, he is now wearing clothing the correct size and doing much better emotionally. No other type of therapy worked! Thank you!

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Jeanne50

Client Served

Rating: 4

My 2 grandchildren, one is autistic with PTSD and one has ADHD and PTSD, have both been working with Lacey at Haven Horse Ranch and are now on their 3rd horse. The kids have gotten more out of Equine Therapy than counseling. They love coming to the ranch! It's been so great to see the kids finally benefit from some form of therapy. Counseling just isn't working for them but working with the horses has made a world of difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ABSOULTLEY amazing organization. I visited from New York and met such great people at the haven horse ranch. The staff is so excellent, the horses are beautiful and everyone is so friendly and caring. We had such a great time there, they really gave me and my family such a great priceless memorable experience! I love this ranch and we will defiantly be back!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

At Haven Horse it's much more than just riding a horse. As an equine assisted therapy center, Haven Horse helps those with both physical and mental disabilities, especially autism, and hosts a local rehab center several times a year...with tremendous success. The popular summer camp for kids is full well before summer even begins, and riding lessons are also offered. I have been taking lessons every week for four years, and my riding day is the best part of my week. The ranch is an oasis of peace, the staff feel like family, and of course the horses...all wonderful with amazing personalities all their own! I am constantly amazed at the hard working staff and amount of volunteers who keep the ranch running. Truly a special place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love the ranch, love the staff, and we love the horses. We are so appreciative that there is a wholesome facility that my family and I can come and enjoy the horses and relieve some stress. I value that my money is going directly towards the children with disabilities. I would recommend that everyone who has a chance to go visit the ranch.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working with Haven Horse Ranch for over 2 years and it has been a true blessing to work with amazing animals and beautiful people. Being involved with the ranch I have learned to not see people as having disabilities but to see them as differences, which gives me the opportunity to look past those differences and connect with them on a whole new level.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful nonprofit organization that works hard for special needs children, and does a great job at it! The staff is friendly , knowledgeable and always willing to help. The kids I have seen at the ranch love it, they love the staff and they love their horses! Haven Horse ranch is a great place to volunteer and ride and learn at. I would recommend it to anyone!

1 Emily150

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been taking my daughter to summer camp here for 3 years now and we love it. They teach the kids how to be self sufficient and responsible, which are traits my daughter struggles with. It's refreshing to have a place that rewards good behavior when it's actually deserved, rather than given out for participation. My daughter has enjoyed summer camp so much, that we not only participated in it several weeks of the summer, but she also as become a student, taking regular riding lessons. It's really amazing to watch her when she comes to her lessons. She becomes a very different person, very independent, confident, and in her element.