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: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I work with Dr.Craig Roberts an equine veterinarian in Gainesville Florida that specializes in lameness and soundness in horses. Clairese approached us wanting an evaluation of her main carriage horse Thunder, to assure his soundness and ability to do the work asked of him, and to be confident he was doing fine and well. He passed his exam and all radiographs with flying colors. The care and responsibility to her animals well being was wonderfully apparent by her seeking out this professional evaluation and asking for the guidance and direction to keep him healthy and happy in his job. These actions far exceeded what most horse owners do for their working or performance animals.

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2010

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Rating: 3 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I do not understand why something that happened in May is being brought up again if you people are all so concerned instead of trying to descredit them why dont you get off your assssss and volunteer and or donate. They are trying they may not have a perfect farm but how are they to survive and help horses if you try to get donations taken away.. If I was closer I would volounteer and I would help to the best I could. Yes maybe at times people maybe take more than they could handle that always isnt the answer but for crying out loud the spca came in and too the old guy and he died if any of you have any brains the stress on a old horse and virus that could be on the trailers the spca doesn't know crap about horses in my opinion and do they disinfect there trailer doubt it. You all need to get a life and stop stalking this rescue get of your asses and do something productive!!! like HELP!!!!!

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Definitely

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Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I AM HONORED TO WRITE A REVIEW......MS. AUSTIN AND HER STAFF HAVE BEEN NOTHING BUT SUPORTIVE OF OUR RESCUE AND MYSELF PERSONALY FOR MANY YEARS. CLARISE HAS BEEN VERY KIND TO US. I FEEL THAT THOSE THAT FIND FAULT IN WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING IS A DISGRACE. WHILE I HAVE NOT BEEN THO THIS FACILITY, MY SISTER HAS. THIS FACILITY, LIKE MANY OTHERS IN THE COUNTRY IS STRUGGLING. I ALSO HAVE SEEN THE PICTURES POSTED BY SOME OF THE PEOPLE POSTING NEGATIVE COMMENTS AND I HAVE ALSO SEEN THE ONES MY SISTER HAS TAKEN.......PICTURES LIKE WORDS CAN BE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT. ANGLE, LIGHTING, DISTANCE.......MS. DIBBLE HER SELF HAS HAD SICK ANIMALS THAT WHERE NEVER CARED FOR. WHEN MY SISTER WAS THERE SHE FOUND NOTHING OF SERIOUS CONCERN. THE HORSES WERE CARED FOR, HER STALLS WERE CLEAN THE TROUGHS WERE CLEAN AND THE STAFF WAS FRIENDLY......MY SISTER MADE A SURPRISE VISIT SO THERE WAS NO SET UP FOR THIS VISIT. I THINK IT IS A SHAME THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SPEND THEIR TIME FINDING FAULT IN WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING......NO ONE IS PERFECT. NOT EVEN MS. DIBBLE. I WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM SENDING AN ANIMAL TO HER FOR TRAINING. I WOULD HOW EVER NEVER SEND ONE TO MS. DIBBLE. PLEASE PEOPLE MOVE ON AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN. LEAVE THIS FAMILY ALONE AND LET THEM DO WHAT THEY DO BEST. CARE FOR ANIMALS.

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

Quite well

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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Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Horses are not cared for, never brushed or hooves checked. Never loved. No grass for grazing. Receive 1 cup of beet pulp a day, and maybe a flake of hay to share one time a day. Owner is loud, rude, refuses to accept any criticism. People have inquired about adopting a horse and she refuses. Overall, just one big sad situation where the horses are suffering.

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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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Well Robin - or whoever you are today - not Smart! NO ONE owns a nonprofit - the Board of Trustees DIRECTS the Executive Director to follow the policies and procedures the Agency has adapted, many from CHA, NARHA (now PATH), the HSA - EAGALA, AHA, 4-H etc. You clearly have never been out on a work day or weekly open house when the horses are mobbed. No less than TWO different people see, interact and feed & care for the horses DAILY. After 14 years, those few volunteers who have been TOLD to leave for lying, stealing, not feeding the horses when they said they did or will, breaking the rules, putting horses and humans at risk - and those that REFUSE to provide information to adopt and get refused make for a vocal group of miscreants. Animal advocates? If it was as bad as you say it is - why are the horses still in their care? They were brought to court by your lies and rumors - and fake date stamped photos - the only thing found wrong with them was the economy. Where's your donation of HAY? Grain? When did you last come to volunteer and help? That's what a real advocate for these horses do - not this.

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Rating: 1 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Watched them try to train a horse to Pull a cart, They almost killed a man ! No this group is better off closed down.

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Badly

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None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Won't even put your name down - what are you afraid of? Or who are you today? Kill a man "training" a horse! We don't do cart training. Will we help a horse already trained get back in harness? Yes. Six people were there - you had to be hiding someplace at Dee Dibble's hovel. Stalking. Get a life. NO ONE was remotely hurt, in fact HS has never ever had a driving incident in over 12 years - NOT ONE. The Board of Trustees DIRECTS the Executive Director to follow the policies and procedures the Agency has adapted, many from CHA, NARHA (now PATH), the HSA - EAGALA, AHA, 4-H etc. You clearly have never been out on a work day or weekly open house when the horses are mobbed. No less than TWO different people see, interact and feed & care for the horses DAILY. After 14 years, those few volunteers who have been TOLD to leave for lying, stealing, not feeding the horses when they said they did or will, breaking the rules, putting horses and humans at risk - and those that REFUSE to provide information to adopt and get refused make for a vocal group of miscreants. Animal advocates? If it was as bad as you say it is - why are the horses still in their care? They were brought to court by your lies and rumors - and fake date stamped photos - the only thing found wrong with them was the economy. Where's your donation of HAY? Grain? When did you last come to volunteer and help? That's what a real advocate for these horses do - not this.

Rating: 1 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I actually LIVE right here in the neighborhood where these horses are housed. I can visualy SEE the ammounts of feed and care these horses have received and have taken many photos of such to back up all my statements. All my photos are time and date stamped for proof and saved on Disc's and now Flash Drives. I have seen over 20 plus horses die over these 8 years with owner knowing and visually watching them down with colic. NO Veternarian was ever called and NO help was personally given to the horse. Not even the effort was put forth to try to get horse up and walk it. They are treated as "Dispensable Animals". Not ONCE has the owner fed a horse by herself, ran water from a hose into tanks to refill their water supply, brushed or groomed ONE horse. NOTHING. NIL. NOTTA. I have heard her lose her temper and go off into screaming vile vulgar attacks onto volunteers and also me. I watched them take one horse showing the signs of colic, rope it off into a stanchion with water and hay and leave it there as they drove off. The following morning it laid dead where it fell over the rope enclosure. These horses are by nature, grazing animals. They are housed on sugar sand lots. All grazing is bare sugar sand mixed with weeds and plants of Lantana and Poke Weed. At the present time their diets consist of 2...yes TWO cups of grain mixed with beet pulp in the mornings. This cup used for serving the horses resembles a older A&W Rootbeer mug with a false bottom. Keep in mind that is NOT a regular SCOOP that ranges in sizes of 1 QUART or more. Late afternoon they receive a flake of hay off a bale. Their fencing is supposed to be hot wire, but NO electric or batteries run to it. They stick their heads thru the wire spaces to chew on what grass they can get on the outside. Constant pressure eventually snaps the wire and they are free to roam the neighborhood and roadways.. Sheriffs Dept. has been called so many times that counts of times have been lost. Vet care and Farier care has recently been started because of many complaints from general public and animal services getting involved. But that has also been rare. NOT done on a regular basis. What Rescue must be FORCED into giving care to the animals under the owners care?? That is something a Rescue just does within their guidelines of being a rescue. This is NOT a rescue, just a death trap for many. Humane euthanizing would have been better!! Donations?? Certainly not used towards proper care of these horses so I question "just exactly WHERE does it go"?

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No

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None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I love this organization. The people in it are wonderful, the horses are well taken care of, the volunteers are highly trained the land is beautiful. I've been here once or twice and I always try to do whatever I can. People's vendetta against Horsesisters is completely unjustified and I feel it hurts me personally. It's unfair, and if there is any animal cruelty going on it's by the people claiming that the owners and volunteers maltreat the horses. This is the first ever ranch I've been to, and the only one that I truly feel at home at. Anyone who says that this organization is a sham is a cruel, hateful person who has nothing better to do with their lives but hurt the beautiful creatures aided by Horsesisters. Shame on them, and may the sun continue shining on Horsesisters everyday.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This is my first year as an affiliate with both 4-H and HorseSisters, however, I honestly believe that the volunteers and members are all good, kind hearted people that you won't find anywhere else. I find it shameful that their image is tarnished by others due to their pure hatred or vendetta against this nonprofit organization. I may not know the original history behind them; nor am I going to pry on it, but for the most part because of what is going on, most people won't give us a second glance. I find that appalling because of the bad reputation that was given. Such ignorance... Anyways, enough ranting. Overall, HorseSisters is a great organization. So, before you go and judge, get to know them better before anything; Don't judge a book by it's cover!

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?

Some

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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I feel like I have lost my Big Sister♥, the horses have lost an Angel and all the kids and volunteers have lost a leader full of love and compassion. Shame on haters.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Horsesisters is my first ranch I ever visited, since then I've seen many others but none quite like Horsesisters. Not only are the horses well cared for but they're lovable beautiful creatures! The staff and volunteers are amazing, kind-hearted people that i'm extremely glad I was able to meet. Horsesisters will always be my favorite ranch and first choice.

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?

Some

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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