There is no one here that is a former counselor, an active therapist or any other form of trained experience working with humans. Heidi's comment worried me that the owner of this place, clairese, is telling people she is qualified when she is not, which is illegal and unethical. I just dont want anyone to get hurt, a real professional would not lie about their qualifications and a real professional would advocate for people to not be led under false pretenses. Please think about that.
This FAKE profile speaks ignorantly and quite falsely of the Executive Director. At NO time has this charity ever claimed they are "counselors" to anyone. The Executive Director indeed has two degrees, both achieved while working 60 hour work weeks supporting her disabled husband and three sons - with honors on FULL SCHOLARSHIPS - Human Services - Youth & Family in 1990 & a Major in Psychology with a minor in English from Rollins College in 2000. Her resume is available on request. She continues to support her husband Ron who sadly is now under HOSPICE care for COPD & Heart Disease. She was arrested for running a horse hospice - with horses living out their lives with Do Not Resuscitate plans. The RESCUED & SANCTUARIED horses removed from the ranch were all over 30 years of age - a remarkable age for ANY horse, much less those coming to the ranch starved, abused & neglected. Visit a retirement home...view the bodies of the aged there. It hurts to see. It's the very same with horses.
The owner as just arrested 1/2019 for cruelty to animals. She has a history of abusing the horses given to her and money that is donated is mostly used for her personal use, including buying her husband a Corvette. She is always crying how she needs money, then refuses to use the money for what she claims it is intended for, helping the horses, buying them food, veterinary attention if they are sick, proper hoof care and will let a horse lie in the pasture and die then refuses to take responsibility for her actions. It's always someone else to blame. DO not give to this charity, you are not helping the horses, only lining her pockets.
Again another ignorant and unfair review. Our books are open to public inspection. EACH donation is recorded - PayPal is our preferred method & their records are impeccible. My husband Ron BROUGHT his 1967 Corvette to our marriage in 1975. He purchased it in 1972 in Colorado Springs while stationed there in the Air Force. What lies!!! How could this ignorant person lie like this? Just like anyone can write anything they choose. We're an open book.
Well, we all hope you get what you deserve for all the animals that you couldn't care enough about and just let them die. The police will do the right thing as they finally realised what's really going on. Shame on you, hopefully you will never have the right or privilege to live with another animal ever again.
Again another arrogant & ignorant review. We take in horses no one wanted, much less even know their ages. Many were very abused & neglected when we got them. Some have been with us over 20 years. These horses stay with us under HOSPICE care with a DNR plan just like aging people. They are fed quality feed sometimes three times a day. They have free choice hay & are free 24 hours to roam 14 acres of pasture. Ask any of our feeders...and what about our healthy horses no one will show to prove these horses are dying? Visit a nursing home & tell me what you see.
The president of this so-called rescue ARRESTED (01-16-2019) and charged with animal cruelty. This is the second time horse have had to be removed from her possession, one of which had to be PTS. Those of you singing her praises are no better than she is.
Falsely accused of cruelty & neglect - truly a "chest thumping" arrogant & ignorant call. These horses are grained 2 times daily by caretakers on the grounds. There's always free choice hay in 800 lb. round bales. Why do our volunteers stay if the Director is abusing horses? Think for yourself how foolish this whole issue is. These 30 plus year old horses are under a DNR HOSPICE PLAN - just like my husband Ron. He's gone from 240 lbs to 160 lbs. as he dies of COPD & Heart Disease. Why no photos of our other, healthy horses? Let me get some for you. Hopefully people can think for themselves - get the FACTS- and see how wrong this arrest was.
This woman neglected horses in her care. One horse was so emaciated and sick that it had to be humanely euthanized on the spot. Thankfully, she was arrested and the other two horses were taken to be cared for.
WE humanely euthanized a 35+ year old horse. It's 3.5 horse years for our 1 year so she was 105 human years!!! It's what we do. A rescue sanctuary since 1994 - one of the oldest in Florida. We've helped over 400 horses. 22 have died of various ailments - including one gorgeous 6 year old Clydesdale being KILLED by the Vet from Animal Control. We did nothing wrong the first circus & have done nothing wrong again. Visit a nursing home. The clients are hard to look at & touch & why no one visits. We HOSPICE horses. It's what we do. No one else wants the job.
Horse Sisters is a great non-profit with a dedicated leader. Her management skill are exceptional considering the physical disability which has prevented her to work with horses. It is an oasis for volunteers. Not only does horse sisters give back to horses but to the community as a whole. People find it as a home to care for horse it brings greater meaning to help the animals and to meet with the other volunteers of all ages. Ms Austin is good at delegating duties, the horses are well fed but always in need of donations, the volunteers are of all ages and walks of lives. In such an environment we learn to work together and care for each other on this farm. Horse Sisters is an environment where you build a sisterhood and a family among the horses. Ms. Austin as a former counselor has ton's of lessons to teach her volunteers. This comes to be a real help when many people volunteer and have personal problems her coping skills and therapeutic advice help people stay centered and calm. It is a grounded environment based in nature and the caring of others.
I don't believe there is as a good hearted people who are down to earth caring and there actions speak louder then words. HorseSisters is more then a farm but a family. It is a place which one can rely on which is safe and which is nurturing in the fact that everyone on this farm nurtures other's there is always a place as long as you are a giver.
The therapeutic nature takes in all types of people which promotes healthy lifestyle and reform the inter-dependency of the program. This is what nature and caring is about. I have worked at little bits in Redmond Washington and although they have fancy stables they don't have such a wide variety of outreach. At horse sisters you have teens, people on probation, retired people, handicap people and people who just love horses. Like everything it is a struggle and in need of feed and support, yet it is amazing how the farm has survived in such a poor economy in a suffocating place as Brevard County. I believe the ideals have over come in which is life the best one can do in Mims. Anyone should be proud to be associated with a remarkable self -sufficient inventive family as the Austin Family such things most of us can't independently create.
HorseSisters is sticking by me in the hardest time of my life and they are not intimidated by the nonsense and cruelty of members of this county. They know the difference between right and wrong and it is a safe place.
Horse sisters has been a strong backbone in my life since 2007. Without them I don't believe I would be the strong light warrior I am today; I was an at risk youth, and with the help of HorseSisters I was able to stear my life in the right direction. They taught me strength, stability, confidence, loyalty, and what it felt like to be part of a family. I was taught to work hard for my goals and to never doubt in my abilities. I am now a college graduate, successful and strong in my field. I will always hold this group in a special place in my heart.
Me and my family had heard all the stories about this place. But we dont like to judge people off other people's opinion. So we visited bought them hay grain alfalfa cubes. Volunteered let them use our equipment. Helped them burry two horses that died with my tractor. Then me and my family go on a vacation for two weeks. And we pay their caretaker to feed and water our horses we live down the street while we were gone. One day we tried to get a hold of their care taker his phone was cut off. So we called our next door neighbor to see if she could have him get ahold of us. To see if our horses needed anything. She get of hold of the director and she said we were in short two drug dealers that wave narcotics and money in the care takers face. To get him to take care of our horses when he should be taking care of hers. He was feeding her horses before ours horses both in the mornings and at night. She didn't know that our neighbor forwarded us her messages and then pretended like she never said thoes things. Just to clarify Im a medically retired army vet. Not a durg dealer I had given their caretaker 5 over the counter sleeping pills thoes were the narcotics I waved in his face. Because he was drinking himself to sleep. And by money she ment the 25 dallors of groceries so he would he had food to eat she doesn't pay her caretakers. And I bought him a carton of cigarettes. Im going to post the foward messages that my neighbor fowarded so this is how she talks about people who help her. Then she complains about people have a vendetta against her. She a liar a back stabber and she buys pain pills on the street then has the nerve to call me a drug dealer.
OMG - he was giving our caretakers his Xanax bars. I daw them with my own eyes. And he'd make them work full days for $30. Best day of the year was when they moved. I let them borrow some tack for the poor, wretched gaited horse they bought on their own - after I assured them I could find them a fine, free horse for their child - who took 6 weeks of lessons with us - I begged for our gear back for months. He'd come whenever he wanted & take whatever he wanted. He & his "friends" left empty beer cans on the grounds when his wife was trying to sell a horse in our arena. Yet we're so horrid, right? Lies. People just sicken me. As for me buying drugs off the street? Prove that one. I go to a reputable Pain Management Clinic!! Again sick lies design to hurt me...but I'm an open book.
My family and I have been involved with HorseSisters for nine years. Over the years, my involvement has grown. I see how the organization helps children and adults with different needs and abilities. I am proud to be associated with this organization. The horses are taken care of; I personally have helped with feeding numerous times. Despite a downturn in donations, we are able to take care of them because we pull together as a team.
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I have waited my whole life to be near to horses but never could afford to. I am now in my sixties and for the first time have been welcome without a checkbook!! Everything ,no matter how small, I do is appreciated!! Even my grandchildren have been welcome here and are being taught so much I missed!! This organization deserves much better than they receive!! I am there weekly and no horses have been removed because of neglect!! They struggle everyday but are always positive and survive on very little!! So everyone reading this bring your children out for Horse Happy Hour on Thursdays and see for yourself!!
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In my group home I can visit with my mentor. I can take lessons. And learn about horses. Everyone is nice.
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I've been volunteering here for around 6 months. The horses are very well taken care of and eat well everyday. Because of a group of disgruntled past volunteers and such the name has been defamed. All I see here is love for the horses. We have one sick boy under vet care and on a special diet. The rest run around together and have a wonderful time. Donations have dwindled due to defamation however we all pull together as a family and make this work. Please come out and see these gorgeous happy horses. The person or group of people trying to tear this apart are only hurting the horses. No one else.
It always makes me happy to be with this organization. I've had such great experiences with HorseSisters ever since I was young. The people that come through are so happy to see the horses and meet the people and crew that work here. It makes me happy to be apart of the herd and work with the horses that have such wonderful personalities. I look forward to many more years to come and hope to see this organization grow.
This nonprofit has always made a great impact on my life. I've learned a lot over the many years I've been with them. They are like my family. The people here make the horses happy as well as those who come here. There are many positive influences here for everyone to look up to. I highly recommend this nonprofit to anyone who wishes to visit. 2015 is one out of many good years I have experienced with them and look forward to many more.
Horse Sisters is an incredible organization. My son, who is severely autistic, received services through this amazing group. We were told he would never be able to do so many things. However as a client he learned not only how to ride a horse, but also how to care for one. His vocabulary increased dramatically and was completely calm and focused during his time with the horses. He was able to take his horse at Horse Sisters to the Special Olympics. There he was able to win a red and blue ribbon, that he still holds dear. My family also volunteered, and had a wonderful experience.
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.
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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This is an incredible organization, it's truely a win, win. The horses are rescued and in turn provide therapy for those in need. They manage on a very small budget as they are totally funded by donations. Any thing that is donated is greatly appreciated.
This is a well run charitable organization with many enthusiastic volunteers and staff that have pledged their lives to the betterment of these horses. Regular events and exposure brings knowledge and training to first-timers and continued training and sportsmanship to the professionals.
The place does amazing work.I'm severely mentally challenged with anxiety and depression amongst other conditions and I feel so at peace there. Its almost the only calming place I have left. Thank you HorseSisters, Clairese, Ron, everyone.
Clairese Austin is a very caring individual, who has put her entire life into the rescue and care of horses and other animals alike. She has had to put up with the negativity that comes from others who are local to her, and hell bent on the criminal destruction of her rescue and her good name through slander, persecution, terror tactics and other ugly things I am totally aware of.
What I know is how much she loves her rescues, and how she struggles to take care of them, re-home them, and give them the best life possible, as they come to her in horrible conditions.
When individuals take photos of horses that were just brought to a rescue facility, these horses will be in less than excellent condition, which is the way it is in ALL horse rescues. She has a few locals that take pictures of her new arrivals and then claim that it was Horsesisters that put them in that state, when just the opposite is true. As a person who done a few personal rescues of my own, I know this to be truth. It takes time to recondition a new rescue horse to prime condition. It takes time, love, and financial support. Horsesisters provides all of these in abundance.
I created the Facebook support page called "Friends of HorseSisters" to help spread the word about this wonderful organization. Through this Facebook site, awareness is spread, and donations are accepted to help feed the animals and provide veterinarian care in this nonprofit organization.
Please think a minute about locals who for reasons of their own, wish to bring others down. This "Great Nonprofits" is a wonderful place to drop their diseased lies. HorseSisters is a first rate NonProfit completely dedicated to the health and wellbeing of those animals that are rescued. Many are successfully rehomed. HorseSisters does not drop the lead-line there either. If for any reason the re-homing is not successful she will accept the horse back. Not many rescues do this, which also emphasizes the true love she has for the horses under her care.
Our family met Clairrise, Ron, and Thunder in Cocoa Village. Thunder slipped that larger than life head down to sons level. Clairrise explained how horses innately where there is a need. Son attended week long summer camp and had the time of his life. He asked me to stop at the gate so he could run to his horse famiy. Memory seared on heart.
Great rescue organization! Known them personally for almost 6 years. The horses are their passion and their life!
My family and I have been Horsesisters on several occasions to volunteer and I also stay informed through their social media sites. Clairese, her husband Ron and everyone who volunteers have the biggest hearts and their lives revolve around the horses and other animals that they rescue. My life has been enriched by getting to know them and by learning what they do. They make me ask myself often what I am doing in my own life to help animals and other humans that need the help.
I have donated to this nonprofit for several years. I love seeing pictures and reading stories about the horses and activies. If you are looking for a nonprofit to support, please consider Horsesisters.
What a great organization! My daughter and I have learned do much from them. Looking forward to spending more time there.
I am a former volunteer, and I have so tried to ignore this woman, but it was just brought to my attention that in the last year this ranch has FOUR violations for loose livestock(I've been in horses for over 30 years and never had a single one) Total fines equaling $8715. This is just the last YEAR. She has also had charges for battery on a code enforcement officer, she has a long standing court order to not acquire any more equines. No organization can be considered great when they are in court several times a year for criminal infractions
My kids and grand kids love visiting and feeding the horses carrots and apples, there are NO horses with their ribs showing... It is a shame that the haters are causing so many problems, the Horses are the one suffering, the writer of that review Needs to get help! We love the farm and the horses are beautiful !, and the donkey!
First I want to mention that the other reviews which seem to be "hateful" are written by people who care about animals. If a negative operation is not reported...how are animals saved?
I have visited this ranch. My first shock was the ribs sticking out of all the horses. Having been asked to help feed I brought food and the owner partook in eating it. She told me to go ahead and throw the apples in the sand. I didn't. I left and i am not sure if the horses got the food. She had horses die from having sand in their guts and colic from it so why she would advise me to do that is strange.
With more research i did, I saw that she got kicked out of all the places she tried to have her ranch. If she is not allowed to do her carriage rides at an event she will go a block away and try to capitalise on it.
Go see for yourself before you become a "dear" "great" person and donate she'll call you all these ego boosting names for her gain. But beware if you criticise her! She is unstable.
This couple have done so much for many horses that needed and need help. They work hard and are and do as much as they can do with limited funds. They do what they do for the love of all the animals and are very deserving. God Less them!!!
I was so impressed with the work that this woman and her husband did with the horse that they have acquired, due to abandonment, that I was more than will to buy hay for them and have recommended many of my friends to check them out, Horsesisters are a wonderful and dedicated to helping others.
We came to Horsesisters for my son. We have always been horse lovers and horse people in general. When we moved to Florida we had to leave or beloved horses behind. About a year ago my 12 yr old son started becoming a victim of bullying. The physical violence inflicted on him was affecting the whole family and him greatly. As parents we were very frustrated, stressed and worried and our child was very angry and scared. He needed an outlet to channel that anger. Back in Nc with our horse we always had peace around our horses so we thought maybe we could find a place that we could get our child back around the animals he loved so dear. So we began our search. We had heard about Horsesisters so we went out and talked to the people . Everyone is great out there. My don meet a beautiful paint out there and just fell in love with her. All of the volunteers are welcoming and there are tons of sweet friendly animals as well. We found the peace and happiness we were do looking for by just watching the smile on our child's face at Horsesisters .
I was in a very bad car accident in 1991. I was hurt horribly, with three separate head injuries, broken vertebra in my neck and lower back, my sternum was split in half and I had many other broken bones and soft tissue damage. I could not get out of bed for months. But the worst was in suffering from frontal lobe damage. I could not get in touch with myself. I did not care about too much at all, like what I ate, or what I did, or how I felt and was very impulsive. I lost my temper a lot and I could not control myself very often. I hated to be around people. My physical ailments made it so I could no longer coach sports, or shoot in the skeet club I was in or even hunt or fish. I thought of killing myself many times. I never really had any horse experience except thru my wife who loved them. She got me interested in the ranch...sneaky too. It started with helping with the maintenance, so I would feel worthwhile again, since I am now 100% disabled and cannot work.
I mended fences. I did a little organizing. Then I started working on planning. I was asked to join the board and never had done that, so I resisted. Then I started feeding...what a joy that was. The horses showed me they were each individuals and their personalities were wonderful. I got so I missed them when I wasn't there. They gave me a reason to get out of bed and to feel worthwhile. I do ride, but it does bother my lower back so only one a month or so. But now I am out there every day...because I want to be. I also finally joined the board and care for all the maintenance now and I am glad to do so.
We are a humble place with donated buildings and nothing fancy at all, just the horses. They are the stars of the ranch, well, until the clients and volunteers come out. We have had so many wonderful times out there. The horses have shown me so much about myself and how to get over my walls I had. They challenge me an make me laugh. They even help me understand people better. I cry when I have to bury one of the sanctuary horses as this is our 16th year. I feel very fortunate to have this ranch in my life.
I am very saddened to see the negative comments, regarding this organization, they come across as hate filled and full of spite. I have been to The ranch 4 times in apprx 3 years. I have seen some financial struggles, but I have never seen neglect or abuse of the animals. a couple of the animals I spent time with, had troublesome health issues, not unlike older humans experience, especially after being in a prior environment that was not healthy or nurturing, and some bodies, no matter the medical intervention just can never seem to bounce back. We do not immediate jump to put humans out of their misery, we make them as comfortable as possible, maintaining their dignity and give them as much love as possible til time for their final journey, this is not thought of as heinous or criminal when we do it for humans why then would one feel it is wrong to allow nature to take it's course with horses? Horsesisters , IS a peaceful, gentle and loving environment for convalescence and for hospice care of these hooved creatures. My final observance is again directed to those who continue to attack and bombard multiple sites, the county and other organizations with their very UNHELPFUL, HATEFUL and HURTFUL remarks and comments. YOU ARE THE TYPE OF PEOPLE THAT WOULD PUSH to the ground, a man struggling to stand in a fierce wind, then stand on top of him to prevent him from getting up. This IS an organization that is dear to me, and I value the work they are able to do and the services they provide to both the horses, humans.
You will not find a more caring group of people anywhere. The love and respect of Gods precious creatures and love of mother nature is evident at Horsesisters.
I read, with some incredulity the review posted by An Expert. I have some questions and statements in regard to same. First let's start with the neighbor and the 2 injunctions for protection that were filed. You sort of neglect to mention both were dismissed by the judge following a hearing. Anyone can file an injunction, if you don't have facts to back your claim the judge will dismiss your filing as was done here.
If as you mention the land is free why on tax filings were $27,000 written off for land and buildings? The land is free so the landowner should get the deduction. The only permanent building is not even completed and I see no permits for this. This would make the building a legal liability.
As far as claiming that they are sabotaging the wiring, do you have any proof such as dated pictures? That is leaning very close to libel. The horses have gotten out many times as evidenced by dated photos, in fact some this morning, when they had to come back and move horses. Or do you have any proof that any of the thefts are related to this neighbor?
If they are not charging the nonprofit for fuel, tack and such why are they writing these expenditures off on their tax return (citing 2010) to the tune of $4970.54, truck lease $2,606, Saddles $4,800, riding tack $4,000, driving tack $4.000 etc?
But all this is trivial. The real concern, and the ONLY concern, is the horses. The judge in his final judgement stated this "6. Respondents/Owners shall not acquire any additional equines unless and until the
Court determines that Respondents/Owners are financially able to adequately provide for said
animals. Respondents/Owners may adopt out remaining equines, but shall not replace them
without Court approval." Unlike some of the other provisions in this final judgement, this did not have an end date attached to it. There are now 3 additional horses on this property that arrived on 6/30/2013. They are in a state of starvation, flat out painful abusive starvation. There was one other but it colicked and was put down. Not only does Horsesister's appear to be in violation of a court order by bringing in more horses but in the months since their arrival they have gone steadily downhill. On that mule you mention you can see the hipbones sticking out like wings and every other bone in that body. You see huge pits in the head where they should be fat and muscle. Yes, this mule is dying a slow and painful misery. Why, if this is the caring charity as is claimed, aren't all the horses being fed something besides beet pulp. Why do some horses have a full round bale while the horses on the other side of the fence have little to nothing. The concern is that horses do not die and to that end yes, a noise will be made. It is only right. I might ask too that why the horses that were confiscated from Horsesister's before gained weight while being held by the courts? If they were ill and unable to gain weight they would not gain weight anywhere.
I've worked at horse rescues and in none of the rescues that I've worked with even with starving horses off the feedlots was there anything like the conditions I am seeing at Horsesister's.
It shocks me that anyone would ever question the honor, honesty or care with which Clairese Austin conducts her work at Horsesisters and Associates. Her horses are always well fed,sheltered and cared for. Sometimes she rescues a horse, thank God, and that horse is in horrible shape certainly no fault of hers. I have seen her bring horses back from the edge of life to happy, healthy and adoptable horses.
I have also seen her horses, all rescues I believe, turn a hard world right for kids and adults who re differently abled. She has done nothing but good for horses and animals for her community. Her work is nothing less than commendable.
In a world where so much harm is being done and especially to the animals, why in the world would anyone try to stop somebody who is giving tirelessly at her own expense at times. This is not a woman getting fat on donations rather she is a woman that would share her last scraps with her animals if need be.
Clairese is conscientious and always in touch with and on top of the wellness of her herd. All this in spite of the harassment and distractions leveled at her.
If you want to find a woman of courage, determination and good moral standing, look no further than Clairese Austin Sincerely Flash Silvermoon Animal Communicator
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