Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship

Rating: 5 stars   33 reviews

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Location: 671 Fort Plains Road Howell NJ 07731 USA

Mission: To provide people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities a program of individualized equestrian instruction in a safe and supportive, eco-friendly family farm environment. We provide opportunities for the professional development of our instructors and volunteers, as well as ongoing training of our equines for therapeutic horsemanship and other equine-assisted activities.
Target demographics: children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or disorders
Geographic areas served: Howell, NJ
Programs: Instruction in all areas of horsemanship including horseback riding, carriage driving, grooming, tacking, equine care, and familiarization with basic horse knowledge.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Celtic Charms is a magical place. It is our third place we've gone to for lessons and we're not changing from here. It is a wonderful environment to grow in. My son, Charlie is four years old, and has been taking lessons with Ms. Lisa for six months. Charlie loves riding Kira and is so excited to go every week. We live an hour away, but it's well worth the trip. Charlie's disability is Down syndrome which causes low muscle tone and global delays in development. Riding on a horse has strengthened Charlie's core muscles and posture. Ms. Lisa plays games with Charlie using his favorite animal beanie babies, and he makes progress as far as language skills as well. We couldn't be happier.

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

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My son started riding at Celtic Charms a little over a year ago. The welcoming atmosphere as you enter the facility is contagious. The barn is kept immaculate.The horses and all the animals are well cared for and so content. The staff and volunteers are well prepared in their mission of providing therapeutic riding lessons.Their lessons are adapted to each individual student's needs. They have even learned sign language to accommodate my son's deafness. Celtic Charms is so committed and dedicated to making you feel special about your experience here.

CELTIC CHARMS IS A WONDERFUL PLACE AND I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT IT EXISTS!

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My cousin rides once a week. Celtic charms truly makes each therapeutic experience a life changer in each child's life. Kira has become a household name and she looks forward to caring for her as well. She has not only gone riding for a therapeutic break, but made a lifelong friend and has a dream of owning, riding, and caring for her own horse . She is five and enjoys posting and is eager to learn about all the aspects that go into the horses and their domain. The staff is incredible! You can truly tell when someone's passion is their motivator and which Christine , the happiness she has for Celtic charms and the organization they've built. The facility is beautiful, clean, well kept, and you can tell all the hard work that goes into making Celtic charms such a life changer for my little buddy.

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

Get more people there!

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?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter rides once a week and loves it. The people are wonderful (from the owners to the volunteers). Very clean, the horses look great and well kept. The only reason I give it 5 stars is because there are not 10 stars.

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

No changes need to be made..

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?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter started riding lessons in October at one per week. She is now up to four and volunteers on the weekend. The staff and volunteers are amazing, have watched my daughter grow in poise, self esteem, confidence and maturity since starting. It is neat, clean and inviting. The viewing area is outstanding and enjoy watching my daughter during her lessons. Bill and Christine have created a working farm in an otherwise suburban area exposing the students to new and exciting learning experiences. It is also nice to see the Special Education classes from local schools participate in job sampling activities.

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

Change absolutely nothing!!

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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What a pleasure it is to visit Celtic Charms each week! We've been going there now for a little less than a year, and our daughter loves it - but the truth is - we all do!

First, Celtic Charms is like stepping into a whole different world. You forget you're in central Jersey. It's a full working farm. The stable is kept as immaculate as a hospital. The facilities are great. There's a comfortable observation room where you can watch students ride and "play games" - though each 'game" the student plays works on an important skill to become a great rider. After spending part of the session in the indoor barn (something like 125' x 250'), the students hit the trails. The sessions could be longer, but my daughter can't wait to come back each week. It's the best hour of the week for her.

The staff of Celtic Charms is what really sets itself apart. Everyone there is so nice! Each person you meet truly loves what they do - and it shows in their dedication to the students. Most of the staff there are volunteers so they definitely care; but the owners - Christine and Bill - are absolutely wonderful. Everyone takes excellent care of the students, the facilities, and of course the animals. They all are so patient and considerate with each student, giving them the encouragement they need.

If you’re looking for a place to take your child for therapeutic horsemanship, Celtic Charms is an excellent facility - and the people there make you feel so welcome.

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

...not change a thing! If it ain't broke, don't fix it - and Celtic Charms spins like a top!

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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1 person found this review helpful

The first thing I must say about Celtic Charms is that it has been a blessing for our family. Our daughter has been forever changed by having this become part of her life. The facility is amazing. A clean, safe, and welcoming environment that truly does what it claims to do, "Bring joy and personal achievement". If you are on the fence about trying therapeutic horsemanship, please visit the facility and take a tour. It will just take you minutes to realize that it is a unique place. We truly look forward to our riding day every week. Everyone at Celtic is incredible. The horses are carefully selected and then each client is matched perfectly with their horse. I want to encourage you to see the difference with Celtic. There are so many wonderful places out there that are trying to do what they are doing here.
The difference is the people that are behind the scenes.

The love and dedication of each and every person that walks in there everyday. They make every day and every lesson count. Our instructor motivates our daughter with patience and encouragement. She talks about what she has learned all week and can't wait to go back and do it all over again week to week. I know we have found a forever home here. I will even volunteer over the summer and my daughter will never be too far away from her second home, Celtic Charms!

Celtic Charms is a blessing for so many of us! They are changing lives!

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About us: Since it’s founding in 1995, The School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI) has grown to become a world-renowned, cutting-edge therapeutic and educational center meeting the unique needs of over 600 severely-developmentally delayed, medically fragile, and socially-emotionally challenged children & young adults ranging in age from birth to 21+. As a state-approved organization, specifically educating multiply handicapped & underprivileged children & adults from throughout the Tri-state region & beyond, SCHI’s aim is to try and alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Celtic Charms has been absolutly instrumental in helping us to achieve our goals with our severly handicapped students. Specifically, we have noted remarkable improvements in our student’s posture, (via improved trunk muscle strength), their confidence, and their motivation to try and participate in new experiences. We have also noted that many of her students initiated their sessions at Celtic Charms with great fear and anxiety, but now look forward to the trip and all of the aspects of their weekly experience.

Additionally, our educational staff has noticed that whether our student rides a horse or receives a ride in the horse drawn cart, they are markedly calmer after their experience. With other students, it has been discussed that their trips to Celtic Charms have increased their verbal skills by bolstering their self confidence, and allowing them to take on a new role of caretaker since they now can assist with brushing and grooming the horses. We can't thank Celtic Charms Therapeytic Horsemanship for all that they have done and continue to do for our students!

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

Replicate Celtic Charms nationwide as so many children and adults are helped in a unique and compassionate way!

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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2 people found this review helpful

I'm making great strides there. I used to just ride, but now I'm Carriage Driving! The people are also friendly there. And If there's an issue, it's fixed.

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

not made any changes.

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?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

The people at Celtic Charms are knowledgeable, dedicated, and caring. They have supported my special needs daughter and helped her to strengthen her core and improve her balance while also having fun. Riding the horse is the highlight of my daughter's week.

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?

2013

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