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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Children & Youth, Health, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care, Youth Development Programs

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

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Joyce S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and member of the board at HorseSisters for 9 years. I originally came to this organization in search of a place where my daughter could work with horses. She was 10 at the time and knew nothing about horses, except that she loved them. With the help of this organization my daughter has become a skilled horsewoman and has developed confidence in herself. I lost my husband in 2011 and having these horses has helped both of us in healing our hearts. I would like to see this organization grow and be able to help more people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and board member at HorseSisters for several years. I find the organization to be a positive influence on my daughter, as well as her friends who visit the ranch with her. What I like most is seeing the smiles on people, both young and old, when they interact with the horses. It is even more rewarding to see this with special needs kids and adults. Many of them have never seen a horse up close and this organization provides that to people who may otherwise not get the opportunity to get to know a horse. I am proud to be part of this organization.

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1 Debbie

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the board of HorseSisters because I believe in what they do and wish to do with more donations. This is a 100% volunteer organization, which means 100% of all donations goes to the operation of HorseSisters' Common Sense Ranch, the thrift store and all programs. HorseSisters is also dedicated to being a carrying and contributing member of the community. I could easily have moved on to a non-profit that isn't struggle as hard, in these economic times, but HorseSisters is where I want to be, struggles and all. Unfortunately, like many rescues, we have detracters, so I ask everyone interested in knowing more to go to our website, Horsesisters.org and come out to the ranch and see for yourself. I have no doubt, you will fall in love with the horses and the organization just as I have.

3 Victoria22

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a current Board Member as well as someone professionally trained in caring for animals this is definitely a top notch horse rescue. The care the horses receive is absolutely world class - and I am one who knows what that looks like on a professional basis. It has been my experience, over the years, that those that do animal rescue and care put their heart an soul into it - and there are always those that find them easy prey for criticism for their own profits, fame, or vanity. These folks just seem to be driven to destroy, and it's sad because they detract from the work. That is when the animals themselves are again victimized at the hand of humans. In light of best efforts to destroy, I am very proud to say that Horsesisters has chosen to stand talk an continue their work, tirelessly, thanklessly and at times with limited ( but ample) resources - truly a labor of love and commitment. Even Despite the best efforts of those that would rather throw stones than assist in any way, the horses are doing VERY well and continue to thrive. Some have had illnesses - and that it so be expected - who has not had an animal get sick from time to time - or even die - it happens and such is the circle of life. But, at Horsesisters it's not due to any human lack or wrong doing. The horses are always regularly fed twice per day, and they get attention, love and mental stimulation on a regular basis. More, I dare say, than many other horses in private care would ever see. The public is always welcome to visit on Thursdays for "Horse Happy Hour" to interact with and provide additional stimulation to the horses as well as the ability to see for themselves what happens at this marvelous rescue ( and perhaps, to learn a little as well). The good doesn't stop there however. It is not uncommon at all to find people with disabilities or emotional issues at the ranch as their interaction with the horses assists and dovetails with other therapies for the greatest impact on the lives of so many. Children are also a great focus of this non-profit ranch - encouraging groups such as 4H to participate with ranch horses and on ranch property. Funding ALWAYS goes to the care of the horses - not only for their feed and hay, but also such necessities as dental and hoof care, veterinarian care and immunizations. If there were any misappropriation of funding as some would have people to believe - this simply would not happen. I have seen when a horse is not doing well in the morning - the horse going to the Vet by the afternoon whenever that is appropriate. I have cared for, ridden, and loved the horses at Horsesisters and I can tell you that if there was anything amiss - I would be the FIRST to speak up and make that known far and wide. We have lost too many good rescues to this type on non-sense, and I am determined that Horsesisters will be here for many generations to enjoy and make a difference in the lives of horses AND the lives of people.