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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Haven Horse Ranch is so much more than just a trail ride or learning how to ride a horse. Haven Horse Ranch is a place where miracles happen like a child speaking their first words saying, "walk on"; or seeing a little one taking their first step, excited to get to the horse they will ride; or how about that troubled youth that learns, "it isn't all about me" while taking responsibility for his actions and that 1,500 pound horse to work as one. These are the miracles that happen regularly at Haven Horse Ranch! Thank you for all you do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter's passion for horses led her to Haven Horse Ranch seven years ago to begin riding lessons, including weekly volunteering, that continues to this day. After listening to her weekly inspiring stories about assisting in equine therapy sessions with physically and mentally disabled children, I was motivated to become a Haven Horse Ranch Board Member. As a 30-year professionally licensed Architect, my eye generally focuses on the operations and physical facilities. And all I ever see is a well maintained facility, managed with integrity and the love of God pouring out onto the children. It is an honor for me to be a part of HHR and I am still a Board Member to this day five years later.

Mary112

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the honor as a board member of Haven Horse Ranch to see happy smiles from therapy students as well as riding students. When a student wants to show how well they are performing, it speaks volumes of the program, staff, and their commitment to the organization! If you are looking for a program where the student is number one, then Haven Horse Ranch is the place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just started helping at Haven Horse Ranch and am just sorry I didn't get involved sooner. At the ranch, special needs children have taken their first steps or spoken their first words while interacting with wonderful horses that seem to know just what each child needs. Youth have learned that it is more important to turn their negative thoughts and actions into something positive while working with the horses and the needs of something other than themselves! It is like a large family, everyone different but all part of the family! Thank you Haven Horse Ranch!

Ric L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's been said you are known by the company you keep. In that case we are in great company because Haven Horse Ranch has been blessed with the greatest volunteers and staff anywhere. What makes them great is their committment to the children and the mission. Each of them gives so much of their time and of themselves to the betterment of the lives of those we serve. It makes it such a joy to work with them on a daily basis. They are truly the backbone of this organization and they deserve the highest of accolades for all they do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been honored to work with a group of people for many years now who are more like family than anything else. Everyone pitches in, everypone takes our mission to serve children with everything they have. And best of all, so many are straight up volunteers who don't necessarily know the children we serve, only that they need help so they jump in with both feet and do what they can. It has been an amazing journey for the last 23 years and one we look forward to continuing on for many years to come.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I proud to be a board member at Haven Horse Ranch. This excellent organization strives to improve the quality of life for anyone who comes to the ranch. The Equine Therapy Program has been very successful in positively changing the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Haven Horse Ranch also works with at risk teenagers who are taught strong values and ethics. The needs of others are numerous and Haven Horse Ranch reaches out to assist. It is a haven for all.