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September 11, 2013
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September 11, 2013
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This dedicated charity has been saving horses in their community since 1994, before they were even a nonprofit. They take homeless horses and rehabilitate, re-feed and retrain them to become therapy horses for their equine assisted therapy & Special Olympic riders and drivers, if the horses are able. Some of the horses are not suitable. Some of the horses have terminal illnesses and come to HorseSisters to hospice with their owners paying their way along. They adopt out many as well. Losing their lease in 2003, they were called upon to move onto beautiful property owned by a prominent family who would NOT put up with any kind of nonsense were any of it true. Their current free leased 14 acres is wide open, exposed for all to see and inhabited by a small neighborhood of their landlord's lessees. Everyone loves the horses - except ONE person - most neighborhoods have them - her reputation preceded her and MOST of these bad reviews found online are from her camp. The charity begin to have trouble with this very dangerous neighbor right away, when she appeared to be jealous because she has to pay for a lot for her sad stallion mini who must live all alone. In fact, they had to file TWO injunctions for protection against this neighbor because she brandished a gun and threatened to SHOOT! No one lived on the horse property for a long time, but the crimes against the horses and property were just too grave and finally they started getting caretakers just to keep things from being stolen and vandalized. The list of these crimes is a mile long. With three strand electric fencing, some battery/solar powered, it was easy to sabotage the fencing and that they do. The articles stolen exceeded $15,000.00 one year, along with their faithful registered Parson Russell Terrier who was vermin control. The lies being perpetuated about these fine people are disgusting. They have been accused of all manner of false ills and when forced to court by an out of control animal control officer 2/29/2011 - who was FIRED for insubordination and creating a hostile workplace soon afterwards - the judge ruled the deficits he saw were largely financial. They did NOT even OWN the two horses AC claimed were malnourished (their blood work did proved they were NOT starved) and those two horses were returned to their owners. One has since died of the malady he was diagnosed with in July of 2010 by a licensed Veterinarian in front of the owner, and one is still suffering with the very same ailments he was diagnosed with by another licensed Vet while on this charity's property. In fact this same group of horrid people (disgruntled volunteers and spurned adopters) who everyone has taken to calling the "haters" have made 58 complaints to date against that same horse and those owners at their new barn. The Judge ordered a one year period for the charity to PROVE that it could indeed do as they say they could. No one has been accused of cruelty or neglect! Not even a warning! No charges were ever filed against the director Clairese or the charity and the Judge did NOT rule on that finding, even though the assistant County Attorney tried his best. He did not win. He wanted all 26 horses taken from the charity. But it was not to be. The Judge listed some things the charity was to provide during the year to support their abilities- and they were NOT any different than any other rescue would have to provide Animal Services or what they had not already been sharing amicably all these prior years. The Judge made his ruling for ONE year and that date was April 12, 2012 thru April 12, 2013. The Judge was clear to say "one cannot forget the great things HorseSisters has done for the community". At the end of this one year term, the director asked if AC was going to file their findings. NO ONE would answer her for months. Once she was finally told AC was not turning in a report, how odd, the director set up her report and filed for a hearing with the Judge for the dismissal of the case, which is pending. But the haters could not stand that. See, they spent the entire year trying to force this charity to fail. They contacted their vendors, their donors, their supporters, why even authors that wrote glowing articles about the charity - and their venues. They sent photos of the two sick horses that did not belong to the charity, insisting that the director herself starved them to death. One of the charity's horses was fatally injured by the Veterinarian that AC had out on the original date by ignorantly forcing mineral oil into its lungs. It took 6 weeks to figure out the horse's lungs were dying from the oil and a 6 year old, healthy Clydesdale had to be put to sleep. That very same arrogant vet was fired by the charity over 10 years ago for too many misdiagnosis' and for making a sexual pass at a minor on their premises - that vet should have excused himself from the charity. That vet also seized a 40 year old pony who was seen by the charity's vet Jan. 24, 2012, saying he was neglected and malnourished. In his report he claimed the pony needed dental. In the courtroom, the charity's attorney asked the vet if he was going to build the pony dentures as their vet noted on his Jan. 24, 2012 statement the pony had NO TEETH! The vet lied in his exam! He also listed the sexes and colors of many of their horses in error? Some expert in his field! He claimed the Clydesdale was colicking, but the charity contacted their own vet and gave her the horse's vital signs and they were not concerned, plus the charity has the whole situation on video and the horse is not suffering or have any colic symptoms. Ignorance led AC to seize that pony, who was just vetted 5 weeks earlier, and they tried to seize the Clydesdale as well, lying that the director refused veterinary care for it when she called her own vet and followed her own vet's protocol. The director has a video of the vet and the officers trying to stuff a very calm (he was supposed to be in dire straights, dying of colic) Clydesdale into a small two horse trailer. The horse was smarter than all of them as he refused to get into the trailer. They were forced to leave him. Once those three horses were taken off the property and taken to an undisclosed location, that vet and the AC officers opened a bag of feed and let the three of those "starved horses" gorge themselves. It was springtime and all horse experts know not to allow horses full, unlimited access to tall, new grass. No one else cared. Those three horses were allowed to eat at will and for the pony, that could have killed him. The pony had to see a vet in an emergency the day it was returned to the rescue and given medication and an IV drip. No one reported this back to the charity and that pony died six days later. The haters blamed it all on the director. NO ONE knew - on the stand, when questioned by the charity's attorney, that a horse could eat themselves to death. NOT the AC officer, the County Attorney, or the Judge. HorseSisters knew. Between their board members, there are over 500 years of equine knowledge between them. Through the year, some board members were then traumatized with late night filthy calls, breathing, hangup calls, calls to their employers, one even had a dead dog dragged 1/4 mile into their property by someone who threatened her online. The charity lost board members. The bullying and name calling online was brutal to the volunteers - who were made fun of for their body sizes, or their clothing or the way they did things and photos of them and their minor children were published on social media and other places online against their wishes. The charity lost MANY volunteers. The hater's behaviors has been childish, cruel, even ugly, yet the charity has maintained what their attorney calls "clean hands" in NOT reacting to them on social media or enacting any revenge. Even the director and her family, for the first time in their lives, have been set up and accused of some odd crimes of late. Mr. Austin, age 63, has never been in trouble in his life, took a plea from two felonies to a misdemeanor from a road rage incident where he was attacked by three family members in their 50's for bumping their bumper at a green light and they lied that he had a gun. It was their word against his and he was a set up, insurance fraud. These sick people then requested their identities be kept secret so there was no accidental contact, so their initials were posted in all court documents. But these hateful, lying haters say he assaulted minors, in their absolute ignorance. There were NO youths involved in anything at all. But this is what these haters assume and have publicly declared against a wonderful man. These haters claim the director assaulted a code enforcement officer (one the haters have sent to the charity's thrift store over 40 times with false claims) The director called the police on the code enforcement officer for threatening her and refusing to leave the inside of the premises. The directors arraignment is 9/13 and there will be a jury trial as the director is innocent. These haters continue to hide behind fake names and fake profiles that were set up just for places like this where they leave lies instead of reviews. Cowards. Just yesterday "someone" anonymously complained the charity's mule was "dying" and they called out the Sheriff's department and AC. More taxpayer dollars wasted for their false reports. 99% of their complaints have been "unfounded" and the 1% there was an issue - the haters could have caused that issue. The haters are calling the county managers, commissioners, any city, county or state agency they can to make false accusations against. The charity is so busy trying to do damage control from their hateful and false accusations, their programs have been stopped. They cannot apply for grants, or request board members, or volunteers without these haters going after everything. The haters promise venues that allow the charity to join them, or business that do business with the charity that they will picket them and boycott them and we all live in a very small town. The horse world is small as is. This is how its been for the past 18 months for this poor charity that has done no wrong. Each time someone makes a false comment like this, someone else reconsiders helping with donations for this all volunteer based charity. The director who is not eligible for disability but walks with a cane and needs a scooter because a debilitating back disease and a knee replacement and her husband, who is on disability from a 1991 car accident, gave $6000.00 to the agency and live very frugally. They do not charge the charity for the use of their truck, their 6 horse trailer, their harnesses, their carriages and wagons and their own horses to pull those vehicles to do horse drawn events such as weddings, parties, festivals, hayrides, trail rides, or to give lessons to able bodied riders to generate donations. They do not take any of the donations made., never have. They never charge the disabled or veterans for their services. These people think of themselves last and always have. HorseSisters, named after their first two therapy horses, who were indeed sisters, is their dream - the last thing they would do is harm it. There is something horrible wrong with people like this - who by the way - have been asked several times to come meet the board and look at the financials as the charity has a weekly open house. NO ONE has had the guts to do so. They just do things like this - heaven forbid if they donate so much as a bale of hay! They have not, in fact they told people we refuse their donations, when nothing is further from the truth.

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

find them a new home away from this evil neighbor. A home where they can enjoy their horses, where their clients can come for services and not have their photos taken against their will - to live and work in the peace that all people have the right to have. I would try and expose these cowards for who they are and ask them who they are to judge anyone...

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

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 11, 2013
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September 11, 2013
3 people found this review helpful

This organization has been under court orders associated with the care of their equines, for over a year. Even though the time ran out of some of the requirements by the courts, the condition of the equines was so strongly in question that the case has been reopened. The animals are not being fed the amount needed to keep them at a health weight. Emaciated horses have been explained as "new to the ranch" when they were there a year ago, the time I started to watch this organization. An unusually large number of horses are not getting vet care when it is needed, and die or are put down. The most recent was actually a newer addition to their herd (specifically against court orders). The horse colicked and in front of a law officer, they chose not to have a vet visit, but instead shot it in the head. They were visited by BASE as recently as yesterday. The husband has full access to this organization and those that are on the grounds, even though he has been convicted of at least one crime that involved a minor.

I can not explain the other reviews that have been writtten here, regarding how wonderful this organization is. Take the time to review the court documents that are available. Take the time to go to the Brevard County records that are online.

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

I would bring in a true equine expert to run the organization and look out for the well being of the animals, and I would make sure that the equines were receiving adequate food, vet care, and hands on attention.

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No

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 11, 2013
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September 11, 2013
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WOW, I can't believe the nonsense reviews. This "charity" has been investigated multiple times for animal neglect and abuse. Has starved multiply horses to death. Recently shot and COMPOSTED a starved horse. They are under COURT ORDER to not take in any more equines, or should I say in VIOLATION of court order. The "woman" who runs the place Clairese Austin is currently fighting felony battery on a code enforcement officer. She is also being sued civilly. Google their name, see the pictures of the horses in their care. Go to craigslist for the space coast area, see the posts by Mrs. Austin herself, begging for help to compost a horse, who does that? Go to Brevard County Court records, see the many times that they have been charged with loose horses, fines NOT paid. There are so many illegal and cruel things that happen at this "charity" it's terribly frightening. Go to Beauty's Haven rescue in Morriston, and see Gentleman, the draft horse that she adopted from them, that almost starved to death, and is still going strong.

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

CLOSE IT DOWN, they are a blight on society and the equine world

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None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 9, 2013
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1 previous review
December 27, 2010

Horsesister's has a Horse Angel program. You can become an Angel to a horse in their program for a few dollars a month. Your monthly donation will make a difference. Horsesisters cares for many hor... more

April 9, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

I met Horsesisters on Facebook several years ago. After awhile, I began donating to them. Horsesisters works very hard to provide for the horses in their care and also fight for the protection of premarin horses and other national horse related issues. I often receive pictures of the ranch and updates on the horses. They have recently opened a store, the proceeds of which go to help the horses. I am always impressed with the creativity of this non-profit and their willingness to put in the effort to make their plans a reality.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 27, 2010
2 people found this review helpful

Horsesister's has a Horse Angel program. You can become an Angel to a horse in their program for a few dollars a month. Your monthly donation will make a difference. Horsesisters cares for many horses and you can choose the horse you would like to sponsor. They also run the H.E.A.T. Horsesisters Equine Assisted Therapy Program that reaches out to those in need of this Therapy. You can not go wrong making a monthly donation to this 501(c)3 non-profit organization. I have received updated pictures and reports on the progress of the horse I sponsor- Nova. If you love horses, but can not have one of your own right now please consider committing to making a monthly donation and know that you are making the difference. You can find out more by going to their website or following them on facebook where they share almost daily their work. Their work is an open book.

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You can see the results of this organization sometimes on a daily basis, especially if you are on facebook and friend them. They are always working, and share their experiences with the public.

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

Make the website easier to manuver through.... although I think they recently have...

April 6, 2013
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April 6, 2013
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We started volunteering for HorseSisters 3years ago and enjoy it very much. My wife and I love animals and I especialy horses,and HorseSisters gave us the opportunity to help the horses as much as we are able to.The directors at HorseSisters aare very pationate about their good cause organization and do all they can do to help these animals.We are glad we are part of this organization and recomend HorseSisters to everyone who likes to help animals. Thank you HorseSisters for what you are doing for these beutifull cretures.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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?

2013

April 5, 2013
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2 previous reviews - show all
December 8, 2012

I have been a friend of HorseSisters for nearly ten years and am now on the Board of Directors. This agency is full of kind and loving people who care very much about their animals and their community... more

April 5, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

HorseSisters is my very favorite place to visit when I need a break. Everyone there is sweet and gracious, and they make visitors feel like royalty. The horses are kind and gentle, well cared for and it shows. How I wish I lived closer. Anytime I visit I leave there refreshed and full of love for what Ron and Clairese, and all the great volunteers, do for the horses and the people in Titusville. Keep up the good work!

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 8, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

I have been a friend of HorseSisters for nearly ten years and am now on the Board of Directors. This agency is full of kind and loving people who care very much about their animals and their community too! Please come out to the ranch and see for yourself. I have always left there with so much peace and love in my heart. Horse Happy Hour is every Thursday (weather permitting). Starts at 4 pm. Grab a bag of carrots or apples and come on out. Meet the people, meet the horses! Feel the love!

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 19, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I love HorseSisters! I have visited a few times and find the horses to be so friendly and people loving, gentle giants who love kids and adults alike. The whole place is based on love, honesty, and a deep caring for both horses and humans too. You WILL leave this ranch with a great feeling of peace.

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seeing all the love.

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nothing, all is good.

April 5, 2013
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1 previous review
September 27, 2011

Horsesisters is an incredible place. Doing equine therapy for children along with being a Horse Rescue. You can't ask for better people. Equine therapy helps those afflicted with physical and mental p... more

April 5, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

Horsesisters is the best Rescue I know of. They not only help horses in need, they help children in need also a great bond. Horses are great healers and need to do what they are good at As for the children healing makes them better people and the responsibility of learning how to take care of horses is a great teacher.
I support Horsesisters all the way. I am involved in rescue so I know.

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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?

2012

September 27, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

Horsesisters is an incredible place. Doing equine therapy for children along with being a Horse Rescue. You can't ask for better people. Equine therapy helps those afflicted with physical and mental problems strive and feel a part of this world. Horses also make us use muscles that we usually do not use which is good for the disabled and the physically fit.

As a horse rescue this group is incredible, they have all their plans in order, are the most devoted, hard workers and are solely there for the horses and children. Bravo HorsSisters!!

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Friendship

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What changes they do it all right!

January 12, 2013
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January 12, 2013
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My review is directed toward the misinformation and half truths spread by one, Lynn Lambo. Ms. Lambo has provided reviews to discredit HorseSisters as this organization struggles to maintain their donor base so essential to all charities. As stated by Ms. Lambo she does indeed spend an
inordinate amount of time maintaining a Facebook group dedicated to presenting HorseSisters in a negative light. There are a handful of members of this “group” page and it seems Ms. Lambo does the lion’s share of posting, with no check and balance as she chooses who and who is not a member. Basically, no one challenges her. With that said, HorseSisters is a charity which survives on donations. Ms. Lambo attacks HorseSisters’ work to secure donors. Why? These donations provide the necessary funds to care for the horses Ms. Lambo so emphatically states she worries about. ??? Ms. Lambo, though not participating in any feeding or other care of these animals, presents the horses as “food insecure.” One has to ask, “how would she know?” What intimate knowledge could she possible have? ??? According to public records, three horses were removed from HorseSisters and a Fit to Own hearing held by Brevard County. One was returned, and even as admitted by Ms. Lambo, was “deemed healthy” by the Court. The other two horses were of advanced age and were “remanded” to the individuals who were in the process of adopting them. For those who don’t understand the legal term Remand… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remand_(court_procedure) Based on the definition, it is obvious that by remanding the horses to the care of the adopters, the Court was taking the animals from the care of Brevard County Animal Services and placing them BACK IN THE CARE of the adopters. The Court, citing the financial difficulties facing HorseSisters, did not remove any horses from their care but in fact, found HorseSisters FIT TO OWN. To ensure the correctness of the decision, the Court allowed Brevard County Animal Services to monitor HorseSisters for a period of one year. That has been several months ago and no adverse actions have been instituted against HorseSisters to date meaning…. THE HORSES ARE BEING CARED FOR. Therefore, it is my position that Lynn Lambo is single handedly blocking donations to HorseSisters based on misinformation which, in addition to reducing funds to the charity, also has served as interference to the investigative function of Brevard Animal Services in contradiction to Order of Judge Friedland and the law. Lynn Lambo’s actions to interfere with this charity have created the false appearance of failings on the part of HorseSisters but even with the set backs, they have persevered and continue to move forward. Lynn Lambo appears to live in a world where she believes herself the moral compass by which we all must live. She appears to not be able to recognize that others have benefited from this charity and that many people would like for the charity to continue its operations absent her interference, including with the lawful processes designed to reveal the truth and justice. Where I come from, this is called DELUSION, Ms. Lambo.

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December 13, 2012
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December 13, 2012
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I am a retired police officer. I am embarrassed by the comment posted by Firefighter Mike. The fact that he uses his public office, via his icon, to vilify a private non-profit horse rescue is positively disgusting. Mike states that he “turned around at the gate because the place did not look legit and the lady who promised to be there was not there at the time we agreed upon”. Doesn’t look “legit”. What was he expecting, Cinderella’s Castle? This is a non-profit horse ranch and anyone possessing a third brain cell would realize that. He turned around at the gate. How does that qualify him to know one single thing about this rescue? The lady that wasn’t there to meet him the very second he appeared at the gate, her name is Clairese. She is a woman in her late 50’s with a heart condition and mobility problems. Way to go Hero Mike. I don’t know what kind of comment she made regarding his parenting skills but I can assure you that the way he acted in front of his children taught them that they should behave this way as well. This rescue has been under attack by a small group of malignant people including a couple of government employees in retaliation for Clairese’s refusal to accept wrongdoings. Hmm I wonder if this firefighter knows any of them. Now I will tell you the truth. I know Clairise through another rescue. She has demonstrated integrity. She is truthful. She has a heart bigger than Canada when it comes to taking care of animals. The worst thing she has done has been to reach out to ask for help when she was low on fundraising income to care properly for these animals. Instead of helping her she was attacked. At some point this horrible behavior will result in enough damage to warrant a tort action against individuals. I will lead the fundraising effort for this if it becomes necessary. I am that furious!

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Life-changing

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2012

December 7, 2012
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December 7, 2012
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Pleased to see that the community is stepping up and helping this organization. With the influx of support they have been able to provide the care the horses have required and volunteers are working hands on with them. They may be room for them to potentially expand and help additional horses with support! Please I strongly encourage you to go to an Open House event and see all the horses and then discuss how you can help them prosper. Personal visits are very inspiring and will motivate you to take personal action! The ranch is open once a week and I promise it will be worth your time!

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