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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Health, Health Care, Rehabilitative Care, Youth Development Programs

Mission: “To assist each person with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction and therapy with rescued horses.”

Results: Since 2010 we have heard more than 95 children speak their first words ever. We have seen more than 75 children walk their first steps ever. We have been there as countless children sit or stand or reach or hug a parent for the first time ever. That is what we do, we help all children achieve their potential.

Target demographics: children with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1,000 people

Geographic areas served: NE Florida

Programs: therapy for people with Autism, MS, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, learning disabilities and more.

Community Stories

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Mary112

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Susan409

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Allen M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Tracy B.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Dave B.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!

Jarett L.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Caron2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that has helped so many special needs kids and adults. Their success stories are heart warming.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello everyone,
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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!