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Haven Horse Ranch

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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

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit organization for therapeutic riding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love visiting the horses! Tex is my favorite. Everyone is so well behaved and love attention!

Alexandra M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place to learn to ride! I like to go on the trail rides as many times as possible.

Angela U.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love riding our horse Orion! My Daughter knows what day "horse day" is and gets so excited the whole day!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at HHR and enjoy everyday I'm there! Its relaxing and enjoyable to work with the horses and kids.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great program that makes a huge difference in a lot of lives.

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.