HORSESISTERS & ASSOCIATES INC

Rating: 4.06 stars   69 reviews

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Location: 124 S Park Ave Titusville FL 32796 USA

Mission: HorseSisters Mission Statement promises: With finely trained volunteers, we promise to rescue neglected, abused and homeless horses and provide them sanctuary through rehabilitation, retraining and then adoption for some to approved homes. With equine assisted therapies, we strive to educate the public about how we can provide a special link between rescued horses and the dignified treatment of all children and adults with emotional, behavioral, social, mental, physical and/or spiritual needs. At any given time, as humans help the horses, the horses help the humans.
Results: Saving over 400 horses since our inception in 1998, we continue to help horses and humans. We are actively seeking a new, more permanent location where we can invest time and donations long term. Several new programs have been designed and will began 2013 with veterans and prisoners programs our highlight.
Target demographics: Anyone ages 3 and up that can benefit from equine therapies be that physical, emotional, spiritual, or educational. Those with any limitations will find miracles happen with horses. We offer programs for at-risk youth, provide community service hours, and have an equine 4-H at the Common Sense Ranch.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 56 horses, 2125 clients
Geographic areas served: The entire state of Florida, Brevard, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Indian River counties
Programs: Special Olympic team, differently-abled riding and driving classes, 4-H activities, horsemanship training for volunteers, able-bodied riders & drivers classes, internships... "Stable Life" - equine assisted learning skills for children of all ages & their families or modified for at-risk youth and foster families, Red Ribbon Kids - Anti-bullying, Anger Management & Violence Prevention for children ages 8 - 18 Work & Ride - Entrepreneurship skills for children ages 6 - 22 The Art of Horses - equine assisted drawing & painting for children 3 - 22, Home School & Private School Equine Assisted Learning, Dignity Memorial® Escape School® - Stranger Safety Skills for children , Youth Group Awards & Scouting Badges, Bright Futures Scholarship Hours - mandatory community service hours for Florida college scholarships, beginning in the 9th grade, Brevard Community College & University of Central Florida service hours, "Rainbow Bridge" children's grief program, State of Florida Juvenile Justice Service Hours, P.A.Y. - Prosecution Alternatives for Youth Program, Native American Full Moon, Sunrise & Puberty Ceremonies
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Rating: 1 stars  

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.

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

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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.

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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No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Definitely

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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Definitely

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2013

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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!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

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

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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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing all the love.

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

nothing, all is good.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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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!

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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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Life-changing

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Thank you so much for your great research and the time you took to write your very factual and honest review here for all the public to see. Lynn Lambo is a fake profile - a fake person - hiding behind a computer screen as the worst kind of bully imaginable. Those she has gathered near her in her little "posse" of hateful folks have some sort of past with us through the 14 years as people who were perhaps ONCE a part of our HERD but asked to leave for their criminal, negligent, abusive acts or their drug/alcohol use. A few have been denied the opportunity to adopt because they refused to submit the necessary paperwork or were deemed unfit by our board of trustees - of which the Director is NOT a part of, therefore she cannot vote. Sadly this has always been a personal vendetta against Clairese and they have made the most unkind, untrue comments and now have included her entire family. Such hatred is pitiful. And the harm to those horses, our fragile clients and wonderful volunteers has been severe to the entire charity. The facility looks like a ghost town compared to what it was last year as a result. But still we stand tall - providing paperwork and references in complete transparency and truthfulness and continue to role model for our youth in how people MUST treat others. Thank you again, Clairese Yuhasz Austin, Founder and Director

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1 person found this review helpful

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!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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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Likely

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Some

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have NEVER seen a more CARING and COMPASSIONATE group of people. There first priority is the horses and just like any other Rescue of any kind from time to time they need your help with volunteers and donations but that is just todays economy. Whenever another person is having hard times we should NOT tear them down but help lift them up. Instead of listening to any of these reports bad or good we/you should go out and lend a hand!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

2012

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