Haven Horse Ranch

Rating: 4.86 stars   50 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.”
Results: Since 2010 we have heard more than 80 children speak their first words ever. We have seen more than 55 children walk theoir 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 650 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Riding at Haven Horse Ranch has been a wonderful experience for our daughter. She loves both the horses and the staff. The experience has improved her life dramatically!

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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  

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.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

My grand child has been taking lessons here for quite awhile now. I can not say enough good things about this organization! She often has a difficult time interacting with other humans; however, she loves horses. She has learned a lot since she has been taking lessons here and I really appreciate having this facility in our area. I have watched the staff and volunteers working with both children and adults with disabilities and they are all doing a great job! My child looks forward to her riding lessons all week! Her instructor is wonderful and always patient with her. She always provides positive feedback and helpful tips for improvement. Haven Horse Ranch has been a wonderful blessing for us!

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

find additional funding to expand/add more programs.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been riding for a few months and loves it. Prior to her joining Haven, she had been going through a very difficult time with bullying and severe depression. Riding at the Ranch, helping with camp and learning more about equine therapy has been life changing for her. She is becoming a more positive person, happy and feels she is in a place where she can belong. The team at Haven are wonderful, supportive and truly care!! Thank you Haven!!

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 9 year old daughter recently visited Haven Horse Ranch with a friend for a 90 minute riding and equestrian education session. She had never been around horses at all before and she is usually scared of large animals. She was a little anxious about going. But, she had a wonderful experience! My daughter came home and shared everything she had learned about horses with me and told me how much she enjoyed grooming and riding her horse. She said her instructor was very friendly, interesting, and funny, too. And she said her horse was so gentle, patient and easy to ride. She fell in love with him! She can't wait to go back! We will definitely be returning and spreading the word to our friends. Thanks Haven Horse Ranch for my daughter's wonderful day!

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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