Watching Lacey work with the students is a true gift! I have watched students make true leaps and bounds of progress, and in the few months I’ve seen her work, their confidence has skyrocketed.
We took the kids a couple of weeks ago to Haven horse ranch. Every day since then all I have heard is " when can we go back". Their instructor Lacey was very patient and knowledgeable, and not only taught them the proper way to ride a horse but also showed them the responsibilities of taking care of a horse. She was very professional, and the kids had a wonderful time. We will be back soon.
This organization has such a great team to work with! Their methods are so helpful and result in great improvements for their clients that may have been struggling with other therapies. You can feel the passion as soon as you step foot on their site and I hope they can continue their work for many years to come!
My dads friend works there and let’s me help out with the horses and it’s really fun and the horses are HILARIOUS!!!! And I love going over there and helping out!!
Haven Horse Ranch is one of the best non profit organizations I’ve ever been with. I have been with lot of other nonprofit including one other therapeutic riding centers. In my opinion haven does way more then the past one I’ve been with not only do they focus on the child/adults disabilities but on how they can grow grow on there future as a rider. They have such a strong passion for the health of their horses.
This place is absolutely amazing! Such a great oppurtunity to learn how to horse back ride and get to experience such a great thing! Haven horse ranch does trail rides and lessons!
I don't know Much about horses but I do know the positive impact that they have on people! I like to help out with events and anything mechanical on the ranch and every encounter with the volunteers and staff has been very positive!
I am a Therapist here at Haven Horse Ranch and I receive so much joy in helping adults and children benefit from therapeutic horse back riding. I love meeting new people and I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to be apart of a great cause.
We love riding our horse Orion! My Daughter knows what day "horse day" is and gets so excited the whole day!
I am a volunteer at HHR and enjoy everyday I'm there! Its relaxing and enjoyable to work with the horses and kids.
This is a wonderful organization, who brings smiles, happiness and changes the lives of so many children and adults. Not only do they help the special needs and trouble kids and adults, they offer programs where a child can just come learn to ride. This isn't a place where is just about putting someone on a horse and riding around, the employees and volunteers here care about seeing someone smile, have a good time and learn! The people here do this because they want to help, they want to be a part of changing someones life and they love what they do, they spend long hours and dedicate a lot of their own time to help everyone who comes here.
Haven Horse Ranch is wonderful! The staff is professional, friendly, and respectful. The ranch is a clean and safe environment. My daughter loves attending camp and lessons at Haven Horse Ranch. They are dedicated to providing equine therapy to clients. Thank you for a terrific experience!
My 9 year old daughter has taken lessons for over a year now, and has attended multiple weeks of summer camps since she was 4. She loves it and she's learned many valuable life lessons while there, such as personal responsibility, independence, and strength of character. I love that they are instructed to do everything needed to take care of a horse, to try and problem solve by themselves first, and then ask for help. They have really helped my daughter to mature and grow into a self sufficient and confident horse rider.
Haven Horse Ranch truly excells at being a Great Nonprofit organization. To watch individuals whether child or adult receive such wonderful care and support from the staff to reach their fullest potential is a blessing! To see a child that could not control their own actions take control of a 1100 pound animal and ride around the arena is truly amazing. Watching an adult smile and laugh after riding around the pen after being so depressed they didn’t care if they lived or died. These miricles happen continuously at Haven Horse Ranch!
I have had the honor as a board member of Haven Horse Ranch to see happy smiles from therapy students as well as riding students. When a student wants to show how well they are performing, it speaks volumes of the program, staff, and their commitment to the organization! If you are looking for a program where the student is number one, then Haven Horse Ranch is the place!
My son has been a client at Haven Horse Ranch for several years, and he has shown steady improvement with his sensory processing disorder, among his other issues tied to Asperger's Syndrome and Bipolar /Depression. The therapists havery had their work cut out for them with Sammy, and they have succeeded in helping him cope with everyday life and even find some enjoyment. Living and coping with the multitude of issues that accompany a diagnosis such as Sammy's can seem puzzling and impossible at times, but hippotherapy has been the only thing that has worked for my son. I HIGHLY recommend this type of therapy and the therapists at Haven Horse Ranch are an extremely caring bunch. Thank you!
The therapists at Haven Horse Ranch have helped my son extensively with problems related to Asperger's Syndrome, namely Sensory Processing Disorder. He could only bear to wear clothing 3 sizes too big for him, but through the hippotherapy program and patience of the staff, he is now wearing clothing the correct size and doing much better emotionally. No other type of therapy worked! Thank you!
What a wonderful place to volunteer at! The change you see in the people's faces, their emotions, etc. after riding a horse is remarkable. Equine-assisted therapy helps children, teenagers, and adults who have various illnesses and injuries. People come to Haven Horse Ranch and are withdrawn, distant, agitated, etc., and then when they get on that horse, their whole world changes for the better. As a medical professional (RN, Paramedic) and a human being, I cannot speak highly enough of Haven Horse Ranch.
I began as a volunteer at Haven Horse Ranch helping individuals with disabilities at a Brooks horseback riding event. I enjoyed it so much I decided to get certified as an Equine therapist and began providing horse therapy at the ranch. It is amazing to see the progress of individuals who were fearful become confident once they are on a horse. I would recommend volunteering at the ranch in any capacity.
Haven Horse Ranch is a great place for people with disabilities to experience an activity that they may not normally get to experience. Ric and the staff of Haven go out of their way to help children of all ages ride a 1100 pound animal, that isn't an experience most people get to do in their entire lifetime, but to some of these kids it's just another day of therapy. The results that Haven Horse Ranch gets rivals some of the best rehab facilities in the nation! It would do your heart good to become a part of what they offer whether financially or by way of volunteering!!
I have been a member of this organization for going on 11 years. I have seen first hand the impact horses can have on a person's life. It is for that reason, I continue to dedicate my life to seeing that those we can help get the help they so desperately need.
Haven Horse Ranch changes lives; this non profit works with people who just happen to have a disability. This amazing ranch provides fun for anyone who wants to ride a horse, learn about a horse and more but the reason behind the ranch is what truly inspires. These beautiful horses have a purpose and serve it very well, children and adults come to the ranch maybe not being able to walk, or not wanting to speak and leave completely different. People being helped may have a disability but they sure don't show it, these people are the sweetest, funniest most loving characters you'll meet and Haven Horse Ranch shows them how important they really are. Children and adults alike get on the horses and the smiles are enough to warm your heart but you realize what is truly happening, life changing procedures not only in their happiness and fun but truly in their lives and the way they live. This ranch provides equine therapy allowing people to be healed through a riding session with a beautiful horse, allowing the participants to heal and get better; allowing lives to be changed, smiles to be made and a memory worth a lifetime. Haven Horse Ranch is not in this business for profit or fame; they are all down to earth people who work hard so other people can experience life change.
I have been a volunteer with Haven Horse Ranch for over a year and a half. I work directly with the horses (routine upkeep and preparation for rides) and it has always been my experiences that the horses are well cared for and well trained. The staff is friendly and caring and work well with the clients.
Haven Horse Ranch has once again done an exceptional job in 2017. Offering therapy to children with special needs, counseling to juveniles struggling to find their place in the world and special needs adults that are just looking for an activity to lift their spirits and boast their self esteem. The dedication of the management, staff and volunteers at the ranch is inspiring. This isn't just a job to them. I have personally seen them go above and beyond to help with fund raising events and even provide clean up when Mother Nature decided to gave us a hurricane to deal with. Their focus on making sure that the ranch can continue to provide a safe, clean and funded facility in which to provide their services to the community is really great to see. I look forward to many more opportunities to help them further their mission in the future.
I am constantly amazed with how God is using Haven Horse Ranch to improve the lives of children, teens, adults and their families in our area. The miracles and life changing experiences that are a daily occurrence at the ranch are no accident. It is the vision, hard work, and dedication of the staff and volunteers at the ranch along with God's plan that make the difference. Children speaking, walking and doing things for the first time that they were never "suppose" to do. Teens turning their lives around from the wrong pathes that they were on and learning that there is a different way to live. Adults who live everyday with limitations most of us cannot even begin to understand finding an escape and joy even if for a short time on the back of a horse. It all works, and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make that happen. This is what Haven Horse Ranch is all about!!! As a volunteer I can only wish that I had more time to spend helping with this mission, but it has been a blessing to help and I would encourage anyone with time, talents or the financial means to contribute as well.
This is an amazing organization that has helped so many special needs kids and adults. Their success stories are heart warming.
My name is Wayne and I am a nursing student at Keiser University in Jacksonville and we volunteer Haven horse ranch for some of our clinical hours. I will say that this program is awesome, the way that the kids react to getting therapy on horse back is amazing and no doubt increases the therapeutic effect of the activates performed. I came here for the first time not knowing what to expect, and after a couple of days of observation I can honestly say that my expectations of what equine therapy is and what it can do have been greatly exceeded. I would encourage anyone to come out and give this place a try, you will not be disappointed.
My 2 grandchildren, one is autistic with PTSD and one has ADHD and PTSD, have both been working with Lacey at Haven Horse Ranch and are now on their 3rd horse. The kids have gotten more out of Equine Therapy than counseling. They love coming to the ranch! It's been so great to see the kids finally benefit from some form of therapy. Counseling just isn't working for them but working with the horses has made a world of difference.
ABSOULTLEY amazing organization. I visited from New York and met such great people at the haven horse ranch. The staff is so excellent, the horses are beautiful and everyone is so friendly and caring. We had such a great time there, they really gave me and my family such a great priceless memorable experience! I love this ranch and we will defiantly be back!
At Haven Horse it's much more than just riding a horse. As an equine assisted therapy center, Haven Horse helps those with both physical and mental disabilities, especially autism, and hosts a local rehab center several times a year...with tremendous success. The popular summer camp for kids is full well before summer even begins, and riding lessons are also offered. I have been taking lessons every week for four years, and my riding day is the best part of my week. The ranch is an oasis of peace, the staff feel like family, and of course the horses...all wonderful with amazing personalities all their own! I am constantly amazed at the hard working staff and amount of volunteers who keep the ranch running. Truly a special place.
Love the ranch, love the staff, and we love the horses. We are so appreciative that there is a wholesome facility that my family and I can come and enjoy the horses and relieve some stress. I value that my money is going directly towards the children with disabilities. I would recommend that everyone who has a chance to go visit the ranch.
I've been working with Haven Horse Ranch for over 2 years and it has been a true blessing to work with amazing animals and beautiful people. Being involved with the ranch I have learned to not see people as having disabilities but to see them as differences, which gives me the opportunity to look past those differences and connect with them on a whole new level.
This is a wonderful nonprofit organization that works hard for special needs children, and does a great job at it! The staff is friendly , knowledgeable and always willing to help. The kids I have seen at the ranch love it, they love the staff and they love their horses! Haven Horse ranch is a great place to volunteer and ride and learn at. I would recommend it to anyone!
I've been taking my daughter to summer camp here for 3 years now and we love it. They teach the kids how to be self sufficient and responsible, which are traits my daughter struggles with. It's refreshing to have a place that rewards good behavior when it's actually deserved, rather than given out for participation. My daughter has enjoyed summer camp so much, that we not only participated in it several weeks of the summer, but she also as become a student, taking regular riding lessons. It's really amazing to watch her when she comes to her lessons. She becomes a very different person, very independent, confident, and in her element.
Excellent staff. A very liberating fun experience. I look forward to my weekly appointment. Larry Hill
When you first come upon the place you can't help but notice an atmosphere of peace and calm. Some where that you take all your cares and fore get them for a while. Don't be fooled there is a lot going on. The horses are being fed, groomed. Stalls are being mucked, new saw and shaving spead. Riding lessons, therapy, individual and group.
What I would like to focus on is the group of boys that I help with. It is a six week program that uses the ranch and horses, plus lessons about responsibility and accountability. It is amazing to see a young man scared to death of a horse and in two days riding and being in control of a two thousand pound animal. Seeing the light in the eyes when they know that they have cracked the code of the language of the horse.
The big tough guy seeing that he is not all that and that he has to work with a team to accomplish his goal.
The six week period reach each of the boys to a different degree, some have asked and have been mentors to following groups. We have had contact from the parents of some the boys that gone the program thanking us, telling thaT the difference in their son was like night Nad day.
I pray this work continues
Haven horse ranch has been an unbelievable source of good for my child.
He had been severely bullied in public school, and had worked hard to overcome physical disability and learning challenges, such as ADHD and dysgraphia. We decided to home school him and came to Haven Horse ranch to supplement home instruction.
Everyone at the ranch has been so wonderful and warm. It has been an extremely good experience for us. It is teaching my son a new confidence and an independence and a compassion as he develops a bond with a special animal. His teacher Alexa is extremely kind and patient.
I am just a waitress and it was a dream that my son could ever participate in something like this. Haven horse ranch makes goodness and learning accessible to kids from all incomes and backgrounds.
There is a grace about this place and I believe it is such a faith-filled sanctuary especially for challenged children. It has been for my child.
Haven Horse Ranch is so much more than just a trail ride or learning how to ride a horse. Haven Horse Ranch is a place where miracles happen like a child speaking their first words saying, "walk on"; or seeing a little one taking their first step, excited to get to the horse they will ride; or how about that troubled youth that learns, "it isn't all about me" while taking responsibility for his actions and that 1,500 pound horse to work as one. These are the miracles that happen regularly at Haven Horse Ranch! Thank you for all you do!
My daughter's passion for horses led her to Haven Horse Ranch seven years ago to begin riding lessons, including weekly volunteering, that continues to this day. After listening to her weekly inspiring stories about assisting in equine therapy sessions with physically and mentally disabled children, I was motivated to become a Haven Horse Ranch Board Member. As a 30-year professionally licensed Architect, my eye generally focuses on the operations and physical facilities. And all I ever see is a well maintained facility, managed with integrity and the love of God pouring out onto the children. It is an honor for me to be a part of HHR and I am still a Board Member to this day five years later.
Our daughter has learned so much by grooming and caring for the horse she rides every week. Riding lessons are not just to ride the horse, it includes lots of learning in the "barn" and knowing the horse. Great program!
Haven Horse in St. Augustine Florida has helped my daughter receive equine therapy at an affordable cost. Her OT is great and we are pleased.
Haven Horse Ranch has provided therapy and riding lessons to our family for about a year. Our weekly sessions have provided my kids the opportunity to learn, grow, meet therapy goals, and challenge themselves. Horse therapy has kept my daughter from needing surgery on her legs. Her lessons have also opened up a world of possibilities and acceptance that her cerebral palsy previously kept her from enjoying. Both kids are finding themselves and the ranch has been instrumental in their growth.
The therapists that work at the ranch are fantastic! The handlers are all super sweet and really know the horses and their different personalities. Everyone interacts so well with one another and the ranch itself is beautiful.
We have been taking our son to Haven Horse Ranch for a year now. The staff are extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about what they do. We have seen massive improvements in our sons motor skills and speech!! We highly recommend this ranch if you are looking for any type of equine therapy:). We don't know what we would do without them!
Great environment and great people, couldn't ask for anything more!
I can't even begin to express how grateful I am for Haven Horse Ranch. My son loves going there for his therapy and he has improved so much in the past year and a half. The staff is always friendly and courteous. Its always clean and the scenery is beautiful. You can tell the horses are very well cared for. The staff is always professional.
Our daughter has had such a wonderful time at Haven Horse Ranch. She doesn't even realize it's therapy. She doesn't get bored with the session and is excited to go back each week. We have seen her balance improve in just a Few short weeks. I would recommend the ranch to everyone who has a special needs little one.
The staff and volunteers at Haven Horse Ranch are EXTRAORDINARY folks. Even when my son is having a bad day, he's still motivated to go to therapy. We are seeing amazing progress in a very short time. Everyone is very knowledgeable, caring and committed. We feel immeasurably fortunate to have such a high caliber facility serving our community.
My son has greatly benefited from his sessions! We have even been able to reduce some medications due to his increased focus. Love Haven Horse Ranch!!
Haven Horse Ranch is an excellent environment for providing therapy for children with disabilities. In co operation
with certified therapists in physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy, plus using certified horse handlers and gentle trained therapy horses that seem to just sense the needs of their riders, makes for a safe environment for children to receive such excellent care in their therapy experiences. Haven Horse Ranch is unique in providing both hippo and equestrian therapy to all who take advantage of what the ranch offers.
As a volunteer, the rewards are priceless in seeing and experiencing first hand how the these therapy experiences benefit the children. It really is one of the best and most rewarding experiences I participate in all week. I always look forward with much anticipation each week to serving as a volunteer at Haven Horse Ranch.
Haven Horse Ranch has changed my daughters life forever, It is such a special place to learn and grow, staff is amazing and we have had nothing but the best experience there!
Riding at Haven Horse Ranch has been a wonderful experience for our daughter. She loves both the horses and the staff. The experience has improved her life dramatically!
Staff is friendly and helpful. Horses are well cared for. Great experience!
Haven Horse Ranch is a wonderful place for kids and adults with disabilities. The look on their faces when they are on the horse is priceless.
I started volunteering at Haven Horse Ranch as a horse handler for the Equine Therapy program at the beginning of 2014. I love being around horses and have a background in early childhood education and thought what a great way to combine the two. I have been amazed at the changes that can be seen in a handicapped child after only a few visits to the ranch. Whether it is a physical handicap that is helped by the strengthening of the core muscles and the limbering of tightened muscles by playing games of stretching as we ride around the ring; the verbal responses from one who doesn't speak that are initiated from being at the top of the world, on their horse; or the autistic child who verbalizes and begins interacting with the world; they all may seem small goals, but to the child, the parent and therapists these are huge steps to be celebrated!
My daughter has been taking riding lessons here for five years and has been asked to help the staff at Haven Horse Ranch. She was hired to work the summer camps too. We drive over 50 miles six times a month to attend these lessons. We could surely choose a closer ranch but they teach much more than just riding, i.e. character and ethics. The staff's professionalism and integrity is not seen often today and I truly appreciate them all.
My 15 year-old daughter has been participating in riding lessons, camps, fund raisers and volunteering at Haven Horse Ranch for the past four years. It has been a unique and very rewarding experience. The benefits are too numerous to count. It's about so much more than just riding a horse. She has grown in self confidence, independence, responsibility, motivation, leadership, respect and so much more. I have complete confidence in and impressed with the staff at Haven Horae Ranch and have observed their commitment, passion, knowledge and experience first hand. I cannot sing their praises enough. I would and do recommend this organization to anyone and everyone I meet.
My daughter loves her visits to the Ranch! She has been receiving therapy for almost a year now and her strength has improved tremendously.
My 2 and a half year old daughter has infantile autism and is nonverbal. Since beginning therapy at Haven Horse Ranch she is beginning to say words and now calls me momma. I have tried numerous places in the area for therapy with my daughter and this is the only one that has really made a difference. From her first visit at the ranch we could see a difference in her behavior. She seems so much calmer and more focused since beginning equine therapy. She loves the horses and actually looks foward to going every week which is amazing considering at other therapies we have tried she did nothing but cry and hang on to my neck the entire time. This is a wonderful facility that works miracles. The staff is friendly and caring. The horses are well trained and work so well with the children. The land and the horses are well cared for and beautifully maintained. I am so happy I found Haven Horse Ranch and I would highly recommend it. It is the highlight of my daughter's week.
My son has been receiving horse therapy for the last 4 months and it has been a definite answer to prayer! He loves it and I love watching him love it! The staff is wonderful and the heart behind what they do there is very encouraging.
I am so thankful for Haven Horse Ranch they have provided an amazing opportunity and service for our son who has special needs. He loves going to therapy and riding the horses there. Such an amazing organization this is.
Great things happen at Haven Horse Ranch...
How they help children with special needs is out of this world. .
Seeing the changes these children have made doing equine therapy is priceless. ..
GOD bless those who work and volunteer at haven horse ranch
The owner is terribly rude and lacking in hospitality and good business manners. Staff is wonderful but the owner spoils the bunch...
Ric L. 08/14/2014
We do our best to see that everyone has a great experience here at Haven Horse Ranch, keeping our mission and commitment to children with SPecial Needs first and foremost. Regrettably sometimes we fall short of meeting everyone's expectations and we apologize for that. We will continue to do our best to meet everyones needs and expectations and hope that if or perhaps when we fall short, we will be judged on our total efforts and not just one isolated incident.
Haven Horse Ranch is the best place to be for any kind of therapy, whether it be referred by a physician, or just a weekend getaway, Haven Horse Ranch has something for everyone to be involved in. I'm an occupational therapist by trade and always wanted to get involved in Equine-Assisted-Therapy, as I had been during grad school years. I finally had the opportunity when I received a mailing from St. Augustine University. A chance to be a part of something I loved to do, so I jumped at the opportunity! The Haven Horse Ranch staff and volunteers are so friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated to the children & young adults that they serve! It was the best weekend seminar I have ever been to thanks to all the Haven Horse Ranch Staff & volunteers!