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Unbridled Joy Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Disabilities, Equestrian, Health, Health Care, Military & Veterans Organizations, Sports, Veterans

Mission: Unbridled Joy’s mission is to improve the physical, mental, and social health of people through therapeutic equine-assisted activities.

Results: We are a Guidestar Platinum accredited non-profit organization founded in 2015 with 501(c)3 tax exempt status. We are looking for partners and sponsors to provide therapeutic equine services to Veterans, service members, special needs adults and children, and people in recovery from substance abuse. Since 2015, We have been working diligently to have the proper foundation for this work, such as a facility with a barn and arena, horses that have the proper temperament, insurance coverage and safety protocols, and qualified staff that are certified by PATH international, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Our staff are certified through PATH as Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning. We are passionate about the ability of horses to help heal people with a history of trauma and/or abuse, and want to provide this service to the community.

Target demographics: veterans, service members, special needs adults and children, and people in recovery from substance abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year: 80 individuals

Geographic areas served: Monroe, Georgia

Programs: equine assisted learning

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The dedicated team at Unbridled Joy brought their precious ponies to help my daughter celebrate her 4th birthday. Shrek, Pinkie and Tiny Bubbles were a HUGE hit. The UB team were easy to work with, on time, and brought lots of brushes/paint/hair bows for the ponies. Extra points for navigating a three horse trailer through my neighborhood’s narrow streets! We hope to have an opportunity to work with them again!

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Unbridled Joy Thank you so much for the kind review and a super fun princess party! We had a blast!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed meeting Manny, Arabelle, Shawnee and the donkeys and mini horses. We had so much fun grooming and giving them apples and carrots. My dad is a veteran so I want to help with that program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my happy place. I'm so grateful to be able to share in this work and experience the connection with people and horses on am emotional level.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We really enjoyed visiting the horses and learning about the programs. This is definitely a cause we will continue to support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have an autistic son so this rescue really hits home with me! Horses are amazing therapy for special needs kids!!! Thanks for all you do!!! You're appreciated!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an amazing place!!! Horses are treated so well and they really help enrich the lives of so many children in the community!! Happy horses happy kids!! Can’t beat that!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cindy is an Amazing woman with a huge heart for both people and horses! The work she does to help children with disabilities is making a huge difference and adding so much joy and laughter to the lives of these children!!!! She also goes above and beyond to help ponies and horses be rescued from neglectful /abusive situations and given a Chance at an a Amazing life being loved on by children!!!

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Unbridled Joy 08/15/2020

Thank you for your sweet review! We're grateful every day to be able to see the best in horses and humans.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thankful for Unbridled Joy! I had a fear of horses and now I can't wait to get to my next visit! Cindy and Lindsay are wonderful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Horses are very well taken care of and the staff is so caring. Very knowledgeable in their field of work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My best days are spent at Unbridled Joy. I always leave feeling completely renewed. Highly recommend!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience! The horses are so tender and loving. Couldn't ask for a better therapeutic activity. Made my heart smile! Will be going weekly!

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Unbridled Joy 10/29/2019

Thank you Mackenzie! We're so glad you had fun - come see us again soon :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful non profit and doing such good. The horses are well taken care of and you can just feel the love.

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Unbridled Joy 11/11/2019

Thank you for the kind words, Zack!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm very favorably impressed with the mission, purpose and goals of "Unbridled Joy." Having worked in a school system with Special Needs students myself for over 18 years, I'm very much aware of their unique needs, and I'm totally convinced that horses and animals can be used as excellent therapy for all ages and disabilities. I know that what Cindy Burtt is doing can be very beneficial to so many people of various ages and needs. I encourage those who can to support "Unbridled Joy" as much as possible, and I'm happy to see progress being accomplished as days go by.

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Unbridled Joy 10/30/2019

Thank you Joyce! You are a great role model for kindness and compassion - I hope you come visit soon.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m a caretaker of a young women who lives with autism. We visit Unbridal Joy to receive equine assisted activities. Kristen enjoys interacting with the horses. It helps her with social skills and increases her communication. I would highly recommend Unbridal Joy for any therapeutic activities with the horses.

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Unbridled Joy 10/29/2019

Thank you for the recommendation! We really enjoy having Kristen visit. She is so full of joy and fun to be around.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every time I go to Unbridled Joy to see the horses and ride, I feel right at home with the horses and the people. Everybody is so nice and the horses are so sweet and loving. Riding horses is my favorite thing to do and I love the trail rides here. This is one of my favorite places to go and have fun at!

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Unbridled Joy 10/28/2019

Thank you so much, Briel! We love having you here - you’re a great volunteer and a natural horsewoman!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a beautiful place where people really care. Manny, the Percheron, is majestic and amazingly kind for such a big horse. My kids had a fun-filled day meeting all the animals. We learned they are working on a veterans' program and are excited to contribute. I highly recommend a visit to see what they're all about.

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Unbridled Joy 10/28/2019

Thank you for your generous support! We are excited to be moving ahead quickly with our Veterans’ program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is so peaceful and uplifting. The horses are happy and kind and the staff pleasant and fun to be around. I enjoy helping with the barn chores and grooming the big drafts and mini-horses. This is a great charity to help out if you're looking to donate your time or money.

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Unbridled Joy 10/28/2019

Thank you Janice! You are such a great help around the farm and we appreciate you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering here. The donkeys are my favorites! Peaches and Cookie give lots of hugs and love treats. It’s fun to watch people light up and be happy after their sessions.

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Unbridled Joy 10/28/2019

Thank you, A.J.! Thank you for all your hard work around the farm.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Unbridled Joy is such a blessing. The horses are well taken care of and have a love for what they do. The staff and volunteers are GREAT! Would 100 % recommend Unbridled Joy to anyone with a need for the work they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great day at Unbridled Joy. The horses are loving and well cared for and the volunteers and staff very welcoming. We groomed and finger painted Noche and Shawnee. I can’t wait to come back!

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Unbridled Joy 10/28/2019

Thank you, Robby! We’re so glad you had fun.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We had a great experience at Unbridled Joy! It was lovely to watch the connection between horse and human. I would definitely recommend this non-profit to support by volunteering or donation. The staff really have a heart for horses and people that need healing.

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Unbridled Joy 10/28/2019

Thank you, Michaela! We appreciate your kind words.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took my adult client with a developmental disability to Unbridled Joy to volunteer and spend time with the horses. Cindy was very caring and patient with him, and offered ideas of how he could interact with the horses, including grooming, leading and riding, never pushing him, but letting him progress at his own pace. He left saying he wants to go back!

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Unbridled Joy 10/28/2019

Thank you for your kind comments and support! This is what we love to hear.