Horsesisters & Associates Inc

Rating: 4.13 stars   75 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Children & Youth, Health, Human Services

Address:

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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321-267-2929
http://www.horsesisters.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

The place does amazing work.I'm severely mentally challenged with anxiety and depression amongst other conditions and I feel so at peace there. Its almost the only calming place I have left. Thank you HorseSisters, Clairese, Ron, everyone.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Clairese Austin is a very caring individual, who has put her entire life into the rescue and care of horses and other animals alike. She has had to put up with the negativity that comes from others who are local to her, and hell bent on the criminal destruction of her rescue and her good name through slander, persecution, terror tactics and other ugly things I am totally aware of.

What I know is how much she loves her rescues, and how she struggles to take care of them, re-home them, and give them the best life possible, as they come to her in horrible conditions.

When individuals take photos of horses that were just brought to a rescue facility, these horses will be in less than excellent condition, which is the way it is in ALL horse rescues. She has a few locals that take pictures of her new arrivals and then claim that it was Horsesisters that put them in that state, when just the opposite is true. As a person who done a few personal rescues of my own, I know this to be truth. It takes time to recondition a new rescue horse to prime condition. It takes time, love, and financial support. Horsesisters provides all of these in abundance.

I created the Facebook support page called "Friends of HorseSisters" to help spread the word about this wonderful organization. Through this Facebook site, awareness is spread, and donations are accepted to help feed the animals and provide veterinarian care in this nonprofit organization.

Please think a minute about locals who for reasons of their own, wish to bring others down. This "Great Nonprofits" is a wonderful place to drop their diseased lies. HorseSisters is a first rate NonProfit completely dedicated to the health and wellbeing of those animals that are rescued. Many are successfully rehomed. HorseSisters does not drop the lead-line there either. If for any reason the re-homing is not successful she will accept the horse back. Not many rescues do this, which also emphasizes the true love she has for the horses under her care.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Our family met Clairrise, Ron, and Thunder in Cocoa Village. Thunder slipped that larger than life head down to sons level. Clairrise explained how horses innately where there is a need. Son attended week long summer camp and had the time of his life. He asked me to stop at the gate so he could run to his horse famiy. Memory seared on heart.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Great rescue organization! Known them personally for almost 6 years. The horses are their passion and their life!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My family and I have been Horsesisters on several occasions to volunteer and I also stay informed through their social media sites. Clairese, her husband Ron and everyone who volunteers have the biggest hearts and their lives revolve around the horses and other animals that they rescue. My life has been enriched by getting to know them and by learning what they do. They make me ask myself often what I am doing in my own life to help animals and other humans that need the help.

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This nonprofit has always made a great impact on my life. I've learned a lot over the many years I've been with them. They are like my family. The people here make the horses happy as well as those who come here. There are many positive influences here for everyone to look up to. I highly recommend this nonprofit to anyone who wishes to visit. 2015 is one out of many good years I have experienced with them and look forward to many more.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been with this organization since 2007 and it has been an amazing life changer for me. I can not see my life anywhere else if it wasn't for HorseSisters. I enjoy my time out there, I always have something to do. Whether it be with my horse, helping out with physical work, or teaching other about the horses and what we do. And it all makes me very happy. I've learned so much, not just with the horses, but with life skills as well. I've learned to become a leader, have self confidence, patience, and independence. These people are my family and always will be. This is my honest truth about this place. It is my home away from home. I feel comfortable here and I look forward to a great future with the horses and everyone who volunteers.

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

I wouldn't make any changes. But if anything were to ever pop up, I would do my best to help.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My experience with HorseSisters has been absolutely amazing. I started riding here when I was really young and have learned so much through my 6-7 years. The horses have changed my life greatly and helped me through the loss of my father. The therapeutic work from these magnificent animals is just heart warming. I am glad to say that I have been a volunteer for so long and have one of my own horses that I have adopted. He is so well trained especially at his age. I'm glad that I have adopted him from HorseSisters, he means the world to me. I look forward to so many more years to come with this great organization and hope to see new bright faces along the way, including my friends who are about to start their own journey here! I recommend that anyone who wishes to ride or volunteer and wants to have horses in their lives come check out HorseSisters. You will be amazed.

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?

Life-changing

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: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am a former volunteer, and I have so tried to ignore this woman, but it was just brought to my attention that in the last year this ranch has FOUR violations for loose livestock(I've been in horses for over 30 years and never had a single one) Total fines equaling $8715. This is just the last YEAR. She has also had charges for battery on a code enforcement officer, she has a long standing court order to not acquire any more equines. No organization can be considered great when they are in court several times a year for criminal infractions

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

This organization needs to be completely disbanded.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My kids and grand kids love visiting and feeding the horses carrots and apples, there are NO horses with their ribs showing... It is a shame that the haters are causing so many problems, the Horses are the one suffering, the writer of that review Needs to get help! We love the farm and the horses are beautiful !, and the donkey!

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

Would find a way to educate the public of how precious this facility is and how much the volunteers help, there is always something that can be done to help the horses!!!

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We came to Horsesisters for my son. We have always been horse lovers and horse people in general. When we moved to Florida we had to leave or beloved horses behind. About a year ago my 12 yr old son started becoming a victim of bullying. The physical violence inflicted on him was affecting the whole family and him greatly. As parents we were very frustrated, stressed and worried and our child was very angry and scared. He needed an outlet to channel that anger. Back in Nc with our horse we always had peace around our horses so we thought maybe we could find a place that we could get our child back around the animals he loved so dear. So we began our search. We had heard about Horsesisters so we went out and talked to the people . Everyone is great out there. My don meet a beautiful paint out there and just fell in love with her. All of the volunteers are welcoming and there are tons of sweet friendly animals as well. We found the peace and happiness we were do looking for by just watching the smile on our child's face at Horsesisters .

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I just recently started volunteering at Horsesisters and the first thing that I noticed was the love that the owners have for their animals. They are kind, warm people who obviously care deeply in helping the horses, mule, and donkey feel loved, safe and well fed. It is an honor to have met them and to be a volunteer at Horsesisters.

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

Find more volunteers and doners.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I personally think HorseSisters is awesome despite the crap they have been through and all the rude things said. They have come far in leaps and bounds and continue to be a great rescue!!

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

Make it so they get more donations

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?

Life-changing

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

 
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