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Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center

Rating: 4.97 stars   38 reviews 867

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services

Address:

6105 SW 125th Avenue Miami FL 33183 USA

Mission:

To benefit children and adults with special needs or disabilities by offering them the opportunity to interact with dedicated horses in a manner that promotes physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. We believe people can develop therapeutic relationships with horses, crossing boundaries of speech and physical disabilities in a way that encourages healing and improved self-esteem.

Target demographics:

people with disabilities

Geographic areas served:

Miami-Dade County

Programs:

therapeutic horseback riding and therapeutic horsemanship. Our goal is to benefit children and adults with special needs or disabilities by offering them the opportunity to interact with dedicated horses in a manner that promotes physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. We believe people can develop therapeutic relationships with horses, crossing boundaries of speech and physical disabilities in a way that encourages healing and improved self-esteem.

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305.909.4343
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Reviews for Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center

Rating: 5 stars  

Marc has some challenging Behaviours but Robin tells me "do not worry Silvia, this is what we expect, this is what we do this is what we are "
As a mother of a son with Autism finding persons with Robin's attitude"it gets better" is finding a treasure.
On top now they will be moving to a new location bigger and better :)

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love animals and this program allows me to interact with them. I've learned alot about taking care of horses such as leading and grooming them. My favorite part of the day is the end where I get to give the horses treats and graze them. This program also helps me personally as part of my treatment to re-integrate with society as I can interact with people and horses in a low stress environment.

I should also mention that I'm helping the kids with developmental difficulties learn a new skill and also interact with people and animals. Knowing these kids are being helped brings alot of satisfaction.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for whispering manes for a year now and I can't think of a better place to volunteer. When I first started, I had no knowledge of horses. Little by little the staff and other volunteers began teaching me the basics of horses and horse care. I can now tack up a horse and get it ready for the riders.
The additional benefit of collaborating with the lessons is very special. We volunteers get to interact with the riders and get to know them. By the second or third week of working with the riders, seeing them get out of the cars waving and smiling, excited to begin class is the most rewarding feeling. There is a place for every volunteer in this organization. You soon realize you become part of an amazing family supporting a great cause.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son, who has Down syndrome, is now 13 years old and has been participating in Therapeutic Riding at Whispering manes for over 3 years. He loves the horses and always looks forward to riding. The staff is excellent and very caring.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past two years I have become more and more involved with Whispering Manes. Their programs of providing Therapeutic Riding programs for children and adults with special needs along with US Veterans with PTSD is amazing. The connection between the wellness of the body and spirit to that of human to equine interaction is extremely successful and I would recommend this program to anyone with these specific needs.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a ten year veteran working with both children and adults with Autism, I was very impressed at the manner in which Whispering Manes interacted with our students. The staff was very polite, patient and knowledgeable. Every activity was well planned, engaging and fun for all of our students. The facilities were clean and very convenient to meet our needs. If you haven't seen their new top of the line facility then you are missing out. I would recommend Whispering Manes to anyone who interested in looking for a therapeutic center.

Guillermo Queris
Carrie Brazer Center for Autism

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

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer at least weekly at Whispering Manes. It's a great program with talented staff and a well appointed, modern facility. The program participants, both children and adults, truly enjoy their time at the barn.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Whispering Manes is an exceptional facility. The therapeutic riding center provides a comfortable place for people with special needs to grow and succeed. The staff is passionate about what they do and they are dedicated to improving the lives of everyone that steps onto their property. I recommend Whispering Manes to anyone who is looking for a place to improve the mental, kinesthetic/physical, visual, emotional and communicative aspects of their or their loved ones disability.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a horse lover and it is amazing to see the therapeutic results of the bond created between the horse and the challenged rider through the Whispering Manes programs. They have great programs for riders challenged in so many ways. The therapy is very specialized and requires tremendous effort and dedication by the staff and volunteers at Whispering Manes and they give their all. Kudos to their professionalism and hard work!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Every week, I look forward to seeing Jake at Whispering Manes. He is such a sweet horse! I am unable to ride Jake, but each time I visit the barn I tenderly groom him. I brush him with the rubber curry comb and bristle body brush, bathe him and comb his mane and tail , and then massage his aching joints . Jake waits patiently at the cross ties for me to finish my routine and then the grand finale is giving him a treat which I buy for him out of my own pocket. Just this simple act of caring for an animal brings me such a sense of peace- at least for the hour that I am there. Not only because of the good deed I am doing but because animals like Jake offer you unconditional love, beauty and wisdom that can only come from animals. In his own way Jake thanks me for my small act of love each week, making me feel appreciated and noticed when I usually feel marginalized and /or ignored.

 
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