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Horsesisters & Associates Inc

Rating: 4.24 stars   85 reviews 4,377

Address:

124 S Park Ave Titusville FL 32796 USA

Mission:

HorseSisters Mission Statement promises: With finely trained volunteers, we promise to rescue neglected, abused and homeless horses and provide them sanctuary through rehabilitation, retraining and then adoption for some to approved homes. With equine assisted therapies, we strive to educate the public about how we can provide a special link between rescued horses and the dignified treatment of all children and adults with emotional, behavioral, social, mental, physical and/or spiritual needs. At any given time, as humans help the horses, the horses help the humans.

Results:

Saving over 400 horses since our inception in 1998, we continue to help horses and humans. We are actively seeking a new, more permanent location where we can invest time and donations long term. Several new programs have been designed and will began 2013 with veterans and prisoners programs our highlight.

Target demographics:

Anyone ages 3 and up that can benefit from equine therapies be that physical, emotional, spiritual, or educational. Those with any limitations will find miracles happen with horses. We offer programs for at-risk youth, provide community service hours, and have an equine 4-H at the Common Sense Ranch.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

56 horses, 2125 clients

Geographic areas served:

The entire state of Florida, Brevard, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Indian River counties

Programs:

Special Olympic team, differently-abled riding and driving classes, 4-H activities, horsemanship training for volunteers, able-bodied riders & drivers classes, internships... "Stable Life" - equine assisted learning skills for children of all ages & their families or modified for at-risk youth and foster families, Red Ribbon Kids - Anti-bullying, Anger Management & Violence Prevention for children ages 8 - 18 Work & Ride - Entrepreneurship skills for children ages 6 - 22 The Art of Horses - equine assisted drawing & painting for children 3 - 22, Home School & Private School Equine Assisted Learning, Dignity Memorial® Escape School® - Stranger Safety Skills for children , Youth Group Awards & Scouting Badges, Bright Futures Scholarship Hours - mandatory community service hours for Florida college scholarships, beginning in the 9th grade, Brevard Community College & University of Central Florida service hours, "Rainbow Bridge" children's grief program, State of Florida Juvenile Justice Service Hours, P.A.Y. - Prosecution Alternatives for Youth Program, Native American Full Moon, Sunrise & Puberty Ceremonies

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321-267-2929
http://www.horsesisters.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My family and I have been involved with HorseSisters for nine years. Over the years, my involvement has grown. I see how the organization helps children and adults with different needs and abilities. I am proud to be associated with this organization. The horses are taken care of; I personally have helped with feeding numerous times. Despite a downturn in donations, we are able to take care of them because we pull together as a team.

 
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This is a wonderful non-profit. Helping horses and helping people.

 
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I have waited my whole life to be near to horses but never could afford to. I am now in my sixties and for the first time have been welcome without a checkbook!! Everything ,no matter how small, I do is appreciated!! Even my grandchildren have been welcome here and are being taught so much I missed!! This organization deserves much better than they receive!! I am there weekly and no horses have been removed because of neglect!! They struggle everyday but are always positive and survive on very little!! So everyone reading this bring your children out for Horse Happy Hour on Thursdays and see for yourself!!

 
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In my group home I can visit with my mentor. I can take lessons. And learn about horses. Everyone is nice.

 
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I've been volunteering here for around 6 months. The horses are very well taken care of and eat well everyday. Because of a group of disgruntled past volunteers and such the name has been defamed. All I see here is love for the horses. We have one sick boy under vet care and on a special diet. The rest run around together and have a wonderful time. Donations have dwindled due to defamation however we all pull together as a family and make this work. Please come out and see these gorgeous happy horses. The person or group of people trying to tear this apart are only hurting the horses. No one else.

 
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Well, all I can say is go to Horsesisters Truth or Dare on Facebook for the truth about this place. Also go to the Brevard County Clerk of the Court website and look up the director's legal records. Assault. Horses at Large. And the transcript of the neglect trial is on ratemyhorsepro.com. Please do your research before donating to this scam organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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The post by 'An expert' sounds an awful lot like the director herself. The director is currently on probation for battery after having copped a plea to the charge in court. There is still a civil suit pending against her and her husband. These facts are available on the Web site run by the Brevard County Clerk of the Court.

The judge also upheld his original order stating that this scam of a charity can NOT acquire any more equines.

The supportive posts regarding this abomination of a place are from people who benefit from the money coming into the charity. The director has posted that she and her family do receive money for operating the carriage rides. See the facebook group Horsesisters Truth or Dare for accurate information from people who really are in the community and really do see those poor horses.

Speaking of which, the charity also supports the director's own personal horses on the property that is free leased to Horsesisters with the feed that is donated to Horsesisters. They look to be in better shape than the rescued ones and have benefited from donated equine dental, farrier and veterinary services.

There are no therapy sessions going on at this place. No licensed therapists. Many unsafe practices are being taught to the volunteers there.

Horsesisters lies to venues and potential venues for their carriage rides saying that they have equine professional's insurance. They do not. They have a general liability policy that is inadequate and in fact non-existent coverage for equine related incidents. When those venues have been so informed they have rightly ended any affiliation with Horsesisters.

The only thing that the people on social media who criticize Horsesisters are doing is exposing the truth. Again, go to Horsesisters truth or dare on facebook. NObody in the community is calling those people 'haters'. Only the director.

The community has taken to calling this sham charity HorseSTARVERS, though. For good reason.

The rescued horses are still not getting adequate care. The director publicly acknowledges their lack of funds. Recent volunteers documented days on end that the horses had no feed. And still, the director hangs on to the poor things because without the so-called charity, she could not afford her own horses. They all need to be surrendered NOW.

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

Shut it down. Period. Rehome the horses where they will no longer be fodder for the director's imaginary life.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Many reviewers are painting a false picture of Horsesisters. On ratemyhorsepro.com you will find court transcripts when horses were removed from them for cause. Please review them before contributing to this sham. The only mention of the group's lack of funds was when the judge decided not to make them pay fees. It was not provided as an excuse for them to have let the horses get in the emaciated condition they were in. The photo of the horse below is from years after he was with Horsesisters. He is now in good weight after being removed from their custody. Here, as on other boards, Clairese Austin has incited those with little or no direct knowlege of Horsesisters - other than what she tells them - to post reviews defending the substandard care horses receive at Horsesisters. Their tone and language gives away the incindiary nature of their outragous claims. There is no accountability in this organization and funds are co-mingled with no oversight. The personal and vindictive attacks on me continue as I reveal only the truth about conditions at the so-called "ranch". Horses deteriorate under their neglectful version of care, and they continue to be an abomination that reflects poorly on legitimate rescues. Please visit Horsesisters- Truth or Dare for an accounting of the concerns the local community has regarding this organization. As is evident from even the comments made here, the director has little grasp of the scope of responsibilities required of legitimate rescues and resorts to vitriol and threats in order to try and keep the charitible organization credential which allows her to solicit funds from the general (unsuspecting) public. Please join us in the call for Horsesisters to surrender horses to Animal Services so they can be properly cared for and not be food insecure again. If it was possible to give no stars or negative stars, I, and others, would.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Horsesisters recently had 3 horses removed from their property by Brevard County Animal Services for neglect. After about a month one, a pony, was deemed healthy enough to be returned. He died 6 days after being returned. The other two were released to an adoptive home where they are recovering from emaciation. The director makes many false claims as to the health of the horses and conditions at Horsesisters. The horses are not regularly fed adequate amounts of nutrition. The director does not have CHA accredidation as is claimed on the corporate Website. These comments come from personal observations and court documents. While the director gives the appearance of a knowledgeable horse person, the neglect of animals and the yelling and screaming at volunteers and others is serious cause for concern.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Well, we don't know the real identity of Lynn Lambo https://www.facebook.com/lynn.lambo1?fref=ts as it is clear to many she is not who she claims she is. Those folks on her friends list belong to a sad group (along with stepfather & Mother Phil & his wife Victoria, the negative "phivic" comments here as well) of people that have now had almost a year to try and discredit HorseSisters and force us to close our doors based upon their behaviors. 1) Like contacting our venues, vendors, donors and sponsors with their lies 2) telling others they will be charged with "impeding an investigation" for donating to the horses 3) threatening to boycott and picket any event we attend 4) have their members call any city, county or state agency they please to make up any kind of lie they can to get us stopped and investigated - which is a tremendous waste of taxpayer dollars! They can't win. We are squeaky clean in all they try to trip us up with - because of what we learn here in how to conduct ourselves with complete transparency and an open door policy. NOT one of these spineless creatures has taken the time to visit the rescue or speak to the Director but rather they hide behind their computer screens causing the horses and innocent clients grief. Give it up!

And the hits keep on coming - you try and try and try to find anything you can in your sad, futile attempt to discredit Clairese and HS but you just can't win. Its really frustrating for you, we all see that. And this sad life of yours - the fact that daily you spend your time lying, spreading rumors, speaking absolutely ignorant comments about Clairese - who you clearly DON'T know a solitary thing about - you just won't let go - or after almost 12 months and the Judge's winning ruling for HS, stating our only problem being the economy, and the weekly monitoring by all the authorities you waste tax dollars summoning, won't give it all up as the complete waste of time it is - well it just shows everyone your EGO and how its all about YOU trying desperately to be right - and all based upon your irrational, childish attempts to fabricate untruths and false comments and behaviors. You are so desperate - you just make up things - throw things out there that are so untrue and ridiculous but you refuse to see how insane your actions and sad words are. You have to be glad there is no real LYNN LAMBO - as your real name would be ruined after your first comment.

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It always makes me happy to be with this organization. I've had such great experiences with HorseSisters ever since I was young. The people that come through are so happy to see the horses and meet the people and crew that work here. It makes me happy to be apart of the herd and work with the horses that have such wonderful personalities. I look forward to many more years to come and hope to see this organization grow.

 
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This nonprofit has always made a great impact on my life. I've learned a lot over the many years I've been with them. They are like my family. The people here make the horses happy as well as those who come here. There are many positive influences here for everyone to look up to. I highly recommend this nonprofit to anyone who wishes to visit. 2015 is one out of many good years I have experienced with them and look forward to many more.

 
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I have been with this organization since 2007 and it has been an amazing life changer for me. I can not see my life anywhere else if it wasn't for HorseSisters. I enjoy my time out there, I always have something to do. Whether it be with my horse, helping out with physical work, or teaching other about the horses and what we do. And it all makes me very happy. I've learned so much, not just with the horses, but with life skills as well. I've learned to become a leader, have self confidence, patience, and independence. These people are my family and always will be. This is my honest truth about this place. It is my home away from home. I feel comfortable here and I look forward to a great future with the horses and everyone who volunteers.

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

I wouldn't make any changes. But if anything were to ever pop up, I would do my best to help.

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?

Life-changing

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

 
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My experience with HorseSisters has been absolutely amazing. I started riding here when I was really young and have learned so much through my 6-7 years. The horses have changed my life greatly and helped me through the loss of my father. The therapeutic work from these magnificent animals is just heart warming. I am glad to say that I have been a volunteer for so long and have one of my own horses that I have adopted. He is so well trained especially at his age. I'm glad that I have adopted him from HorseSisters, he means the world to me. I look forward to so many more years to come with this great organization and hope to see new bright faces along the way, including my friends who are about to start their own journey here! I recommend that anyone who wishes to ride or volunteer and wants to have horses in their lives come check out HorseSisters. You will be amazed.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

 
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Horse Sisters is an incredible organization. My son, who is severely autistic, received services through this amazing group. We were told he would never be able to do so many things. However as a client he learned not only how to ride a horse, but also how to care for one. His vocabulary increased dramatically and was completely calm and focused during his time with the horses. He was able to take his horse at Horse Sisters to the Special Olympics. There he was able to win a red and blue ribbon, that he still holds dear. My family also volunteered, and had a wonderful experience.

 
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I have been a volunteer and member of the board at HorseSisters for 9 years. I originally came to this organization in search of a place where my daughter could work with horses. She was 10 at the time and knew nothing about horses, except that she loved them. With the help of this organization my daughter has become a skilled horsewoman and has developed confidence in herself. I lost my husband in 2011 and having these horses has helped both of us in healing our hearts. I would like to see this organization grow and be able to help more people.

 
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I have been a volunteer and board member at HorseSisters for several years. I find the organization to be a positive influence on my daughter, as well as her friends who visit the ranch with her. What I like most is seeing the smiles on people, both young and old, when they interact with the horses. It is even more rewarding to see this with special needs kids and adults. Many of them have never seen a horse up close and this organization provides that to people who may otherwise not get the opportunity to get to know a horse. I am proud to be part of this organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I came to HorseSisters after searching online for a place my daughter could work with horses as she loves them so much. At the time we could not afford to have a horse of our own.

I had no idea how a simple internet search could change my life so much. I had no plans of becoming a Board Member, but willfully accepted the nomination, as I believed in HorseSisters' mission. I have been a volunteer at HorseSisters for almost four years and a Board Member for near the same length of time.

My daughter, yes she has learned a lot about horses and riding. Most importantly she has learned about giving and helping others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen many life changing experiences at HorseSisters and I am so glad to be a part of this work. I have seen the smiles on both children and adults faces as they interact with the horses, especially those that had never been close to a horse before.

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

I can't think of anything I would change.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

An internet search.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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This is an incredible organization, it's truely a win, win. The horses are rescued and in turn provide therapy for those in need. They manage on a very small budget as they are totally funded by donations. Any thing that is donated is greatly appreciated.

 
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