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Mission: To Rescue, rehabilitate abused and neglected equine and place them into safe, permanent homes. Provide permanent sanctuary for equine that due to age or health cannot be adopted. Give those equine placed in sanctuary a purpose in life by joining them with children of special needs, physical or emotional disabilities, or who are a victim of abuse/violence, at risk youth. To assist each child with special needs or trauma in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses, to include self-esteem, confidence, social skills, small and gross motor skills, balance, core strength, visual planning skills, attention span, cooridination, flexibility and concentration. Provide education to the public in the benefits of having rescue horses interact with special needs, traumatized and at risk youth Provide a healthy atmosphere where our youth can volunteer their help in aiding the horses and the children in need. To help children and youth understand their individual blessings and the importance of community service .

Results: Many of our teens have graduated, moved on to college and return for visits on college break. We continue forward assisting our youth in finding success. We continue to rescue, rehab, retrain and rehome horses as funds and room are available. As of 2017, we have rehomed or networked to safety over 600 horses to new homes. Currently we house 15 horses in sanctuary that help teens in our youth programs.

Target demographics: abused and neglected equine, special needs and at risk teens

Direct beneficiaries per year: 22 horses and 60 children

Geographic areas served: Horse rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming or providing sanctuary for those with health issues. Assisting our community with special needs and at risk teens through an equine program teaching them devotion, trust, respect, self confidence and the ability to face all challenges head on.

Programs: Interactive horse/teen program where teens are assigned a project horse. Serving teens involved in the Pasco and Hillsborough County Juvenile Intervention Program. Interaction and equine therapy for special needs and at risk teens at no charge

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Stephanie36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

5 years later and I'm still volunteering here. Not a day goes by at Healing Horses "One child at a time" where you don't see some kind of healing and miracle happen. I can honestly say, I don't know where I would be if I hadn't continued coming here. I most likely would have made a left instead of making a right. I'm forever grateful for the positive influence and acceptance from Bev and the other volunteers.

3 Kim_181

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this non profit.
Definitely based on doing Gods work for children and horses.
Complete devotion by the founder!
She has an impeccable reputation and puts her heart and soul into making difference.

3 Marya M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've been blessed to be part of Healing Horses for several years. Miss Bev has an amazing heart for horses and special needs children. She works so hard and sacrifices greatly on behalf of her beloved horses. My daughter has benefitted greatly from volunteering and just being around the horses. Horses are such wonderful therapy for our kids.

3 KTaylor789

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing organization! I have learned so many things about horses and important life lessons from here! From my experience here for 4 years now I have definitely become a stronger, and more outgoing person! I love being able to visit Ms. Bev (grandma Bev) the owner who is like another grandma to me, and all the horses and animals! I have made some amazing lifelong friends from the 4 years I've been here! This has definitely been a life changing experience!

3 Diane141

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I 1st learned of Beverly and Healing Horses when my son was in 8th grade and got into some legal trouble. He is now 16years old and still goes there. Beverly is now like a grandmother to him. She is always there to lend a hand or a shoulder to lean on, even when she has her own problems. This woman has taken in horses that others would put down and bring them back to health. She works with children and performs wonders with them, building their self esteem. She has more heart than anyone I know and one of the hardest working people out there. She is definitely God's gift to our abandoned 4 legged friends.

3 Ashley126

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly heart touching .I can honestly say it has changed me.i enjoy the opportunity to learn and help horses and kids my age!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is always a pleasure volunteering here. I have found that Beverly and everyone else are very accepting of people and animals, providing a warm and loving environment for all.

3 Ann_108

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering down at healing Horses one child at a time for about 6 months now not only have I been volunteering my grandchildren also volunteered Hailey did for awhile last summer this is such a great organization they have helped many children along with the horses and to be able to see these kids their faces light up with so much joy and love and understanding when they get to enter react with these horses it's just such a miracle I am so thankful to be a part of this and to be able to see and know that not only healing Horses one child of the time has helped my family but to be able to see what it's done for other families and other children in this community all I can say is my hats off to you Bev for such a great organization

4 Stephanie36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

5 years later and I'm still volunteering here. Not a day goes by at Healing Horses "One child at a time" where you don't see some kind of healing and miracle happen. I can honestly say, I don't know where I would be if I hadn't continued coming here. I most likely would have made a left instead of making a right. I'm forever grateful for the positive influence and acceptance from Bev and the other volunteers.

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7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Healing Horses "One Child At A Time" is a incredible place. I am extremely grateful for my experience here as a volunteer. I have made many new friends and enjoy working with the horses. I have finally found a place where I am not judged and It brings joy to my heart to know what a difference we make even if only in the heart of one child or one horse. Healing Horses has allowed me to feel accepted and know that I am part of something greater and together we are making a difference. Thank you Bev for everything that you do, allowing others to share in a truly wonderful cause and thank you volunteers. You inspire me. :-)


3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Things are looking so much brighter for the horses and children who so need this program. Taking abused, neglected and abandoned horses, rehabilitating them with nutrition, training and oodles of love creates a new life for these animals. They then go on to be a new life line to children with emotional, physical and learning issues. What a beautiful way to bring love to both horses and children. Great job Beverly....

Previous Stories
5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this wonderful place by my neighbor Nancy Elkins. She and I go out there to help Bev in any way that we can. I have only been involved for a few months, but during that time I have seen many miraculous things happen. Whether it be a horse coming in that was abused in some way and then see the progression of the love and kindness to transform that animal into a trusting loving creature is beyond words. To see a child with a learning or physical challenge, become at one with such an animal is truly the most beautiful thing you'll ever see. Besides these things, it brings me personally to a new place in my own mind and heart that is better than any place I've ever been in my life.

Bravo Bev, may God keep you here for a long, long time to continue your unselfish care of those who need you.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of meeting Bev and Healing Horses about a year ago. I was so interested in the horses that I asked about volunteering there. Only problem I had was I had never been around horses. Bev explained that they are just “over grown puppy dogs”.

With trepidation I went the next week to see how I could help. I have been able to see the transformation in the horses. When a new horse arrives at Healing Horse …”One child at a time”, you can see the fear in their eyes and posture. After being there for a few weeks or even days, you see them relax in their new environment. They know that they will receive the vet help, food and love that they crave.

The horses know me and accept me. I look forward each week to volunteer there. The horses greet me a nudge in the back which is their way of saying “Welcome”.

I think Healing Horses does amazing work and both the horses that have been abused and the special needs children they help because of the relationship with the horses. I have had the privilege of seeing the changes in the children that come there and their amazing progress.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before going to Healing Horses, I thought horse therapy was just for physical needs. At Healing Horses, my granddaughter Miri receives therapy to communicate and relate to others. At each weekly session, Beverly Levitt constantly finds innovative ways to encourage Miri to increase both her vocabulary and sentence length.
Healing Horses and Beverly Levitt excel in multiple diverse areas. In addition to rescuing horses and therapy for special needs children, Healing Horses is a great place for teenagers. For Miri, relating to the teens is a vital part of her therapy.
Healing Horses is a win win situation all the way around for the horses, special children, as well as giving teenagers a productive way to spend their spare time.
Grandmothers are entitled to "senior moments". Frequently, I find myself saying that Miri goes to Heavenly Horses. For Miri, Healing Horses One Child at a Time is heavenly.

4 Beverly L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The blessings bestowed upon me on a daily basis, in seeing abused horses heal both physically and mentally, as well as seeing special needs children victorious in finding self esteem, confidence, speech, motor skill improvement and laughter, has been the a reward that no words can ever describe. The volunteers here are remarkable individuals. All show devotion, love, kindness and understanding of the challenges these horses have on arrival and in their healing process. I have never in my life seen such devotion from a group of youth, as is demonstrated here by our youth volunteers. A group of youth with ambition, goals, morals and values that send your heart soaring. Our adult volunteers give freely of their hearts, time, labor and "can't be done", is never in their vocabulary. We are so blessed to have the ability to give these intelligent, noble animals a second chance and teach them that all humans aren't bad after all. The miracles these horses bring to the special needs children are at times so intense, I am sent soaring with exhilaration. To see a child become confident, to watch their self esteem rise, to see them accomplish verbal and motor skills that they couldn't obtain before, because of the magic of the horse, is a journey I am so blessed and honored to be on. I am honored to stand with each of you, as we save as many horses as we can from the brutalities of mankind and help children become instilled with the knowledge that there is no challenge they can not over come! Alone, we are but the whisper of a mouse, together we are the roar of a lion! Beverly Levitt- President/Founder

6 Wendy22

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known Bev Levitt for over 6 years, long before healing horses was even a thought. However, this amazing, loving, generous grandmother devoted her life in that time to taking care of her developmentally disabled grand daughter and always told me that one of these days she would get a pony for her. Well, fast forward and Bev ended up with her own personal herd of horses! I am a horse person and have never in my life seen someone as able to heal broken hearts, legs and random wounds, build bonds of broken trust, and feed starved horses to where they are now healthy and as dappled as any pampered horse I've ever seen. And then there are the children and families who Bev has touched through her warmth, open arms, wonderful hugs and willingness to share her farm and her home. Her experiences from doing so much speed and occupational therapy with her granddaughter taught her well. She is a natural therapist for horses, special needs children and all of the kids and family volunteers. It is an honor to be on the board of Healing Horses One child at a Time. May your efforts continue to rescue horses in need, find them their furever homes and continue to reach and teach special needs children. I will continue to work toward finding funding sources to support this life saving venture.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From my fist time at Healing horses I felt at home. Everyone I've met here have hearts of gold, and it's so incredible to see the difference made in the lives of the kids that come here. Beverly is an amazing and wonderful person, and truly has a gift for helping both horses and special needs children. As a whole, Healing Hoses is a warm and welcoming place, and I look forward to volunteering each weekend.

6 Becky13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the mother of 2 of the volunteers that work here, all I can say is that I wish we would have found Healing Horses sooner. We are equine owners, but this place provides a safe and fun learning enviroment for my girls to explore more about horses and the field of study involving kids with disablities.It is a second home to us.The comraderie that is felt is family based.We have been there long enough to witness the improvement of the horses she houses here,compared to how they hit her property to now is astonishing.In addition, the kids that do therapy have made major milestone improvements.Personally, we have seen our youngest daughter grow in self esteem and knowledge.She would rather be at Healing Horses then hanging out at the mall, or really anything else.

6 Shannon15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are not enough words in the English language to describe how fantastic this place is. To me this is where I feel safe. No one judges, no one puts people down. It is just a place where you can go when you are having a bad day that will turn your it all around. Beverly, the owner and founder, is one of those people sent to you to make a difference. She would give her limbs and more for these kids, especially the special needs. Without Healing Horses I don't know where I'd be. This, to me, and all of my friends who volunteer with me- This is a second home. Every weekend this is what I look forward to. No other place has done that to me. But we also have the cutest horseys in the world.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I could not think of a better place to volunteer my time. Everyone that goes there is all like a close knit family. We are all like brothers and sisters. We do nothing but, laugh all day long. I have so much fun with everyone. Beverly, the owner and founder is the salt of the earth. I wish everyone could be like her. She is always greeting you with a hug and she is the type of person you call when your not feeling well. We will quickly put a smile on your face. All of the horses of healthy beyond expectations. I believe to have a barn that everyone feels welcome at and able to express themselves is exactly what this place is. The specil needs therapeutic riding lessons given here are the best of them all. Bev, has experience as her grand daughter has disabilities. She will spend all day out in the pasture with any child just to put a smile on your face. That's just the kind of person she is. She is amazing and couldn't think of anyone better than her to own a horse rescue. This is truly her love and passion. She would never give it up for the world!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Healing horses to me is a place i can go and just be myself.It helped me make new friends and explore my passion for horses!The other volunteers welcome you with open arms and are so nice and funny!Beverly has helped me so much and has also welcomed me with open arms ,Beverly knows so much about horses and has a great program !Everyday i learn something new and i cant wait for the week to got by so i can help with the horses! I can honestly say healing horses has helped me to be a better person and just be myself !

7 Renee15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was never really a horse riding when I started but it didn't take long to fall on love with the horses, the special needs kids, as well as the other volunteers and Bev! I was looking for a shelter where I could escape and have fun, a place where no one judged only helped. I now know so much! I can ride without running into a tree and can pony as well! I have never met someone with a bigger heart then Bev. Where she doesn't just put back the light in abused horses but also build kids love towards horses. You could never find a better shelter of horses or people.

7 Debra13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Well here is what I have to say,I had a horse named Misty and was unable to tend and care for her and I contacted all kinds of places I had found on the internet and by Gods good Graces I came across ''Healing Horses'' and at first Bev was going to try and find a loving home for her,but givin her age she decided to keep her and let her live out her life there with the other horses,for fear she did not want her to end up at at slaughter house and I am so very thankful for that.Bev and the volunteers are AMAZING at what they do and Bev teaches them as do they teach her.There is no horse that untouched by any of them,from what I seen when I took Misty there,there is nothing but love and kindness to all and the wellfare of the horse and the children.Healing Horses and Bev is a Godsend.if only more people were like her and her volunteers....God Bless you Bev....