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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: To benefit children and adults with special needs or disabilities by offering them the opportunity to interact with dedicated horses in a manner that promotes physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. We believe people can develop therapeutic relationships with horses, crossing boundaries of speech and physical disabilities in a way that encourages healing and improved self-esteem.

Target demographics: people with disabilities

Geographic areas served: Miami-Dade County

Programs: therapeutic horseback riding and therapeutic horsemanship. Our goal is to benefit children and adults with special needs or disabilities by offering them the opportunity to interact with dedicated horses in a manner that promotes physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. We believe people can develop therapeutic relationships with horses, crossing boundaries of speech and physical disabilities in a way that encourages healing and improved self-esteem.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is a beautiful place with wonderful staff and fun activities for my son. They teach him more than just horsemanship. They build his confidence, teach responsibility, and independence. The physical skills and accomplishments make him so proud of himself as well. We love this place.

Shannon L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for everyone at Whispering Manes. My son loves to spend time riding and learning horsemanship. Therapeutic riding at Whispering Manes has helped us build social skills, as well as executive functioning and motor skills.

Veronica M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to volunteer at this center and it truly is wonderful to see the progress the kids make through equestrian therapy. I highly recommend!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my son’s first year at the camp at Whispering Manes and it was nothing less than AMAZING. My son enjoyed everything about this camp. He loves the horses, the instructor, the volunteers who are extremely kind, and Robin who was extremely patient and understanding.
I look forward to taking my son to horse back riding lessons and future camps.
We are very grateful for the attention and care our son received.

Meimei0101

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been going to Whispering Manes Summer camp for the last 3 years. She absolutely loves it and looks forward to going every summer. Robin Bramson and volunteers do an incredible job of combining therapy and teaching horse skills all while having fun doing fun summer activities. The grounds are impeccable.What summer memories never to forget! I truly appreciate Robin and Whispering Manes

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my daughter's 2nd year attending WMTCSC. She ABSOLUTELY loves the camp! It has a very well balanced schedule consisting of riding, grooming, art, yoga & water fun activities. It provides education,encourages Independence and improves social skills. Robin(Camp Director) is awesome. She is tentative to all of campers needs and parent's concerns. Although we live on the Broward county line we look forward to taking our daughter to the WMTC summer camp

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love whispering manes. My daughter did private lessons as well as attended the summer camp because she couldn’t get enough of the experience. Robin is a wonderful trainer and the facility is immaculately maintained.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience at Whispering Manes has been amazing! My son just finished therapeutic riding camp and absolutely loved it! He couldn't wait to get to camp each morning. Not only does he love riding and taking care of the horses, but riding helps so much with his coordination, balance and confidence. We will definitely be continuing on with riding lessons. We are so thankful for Robin, the volunteers and everyone at Whispering Manes!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so blessed to have discovered and experienced Whispering Manes this summer. This program is a hidden gem that my son is now obsessed with is and so is this Mama. For all of his life my son has spend his afternoons in traditional therapies and summers in camps that the time was spent reinforcing academics and more of the traditional therapies. In the most recent years the struggle has been real and the motivation for these therapies are non existent, until now. Meeting Robyn and this amazing program has opened so many doors and it has created a new fire and drive in my sons heart.

To many on the outside it may seem like its just all about horseback riding, but if you dig deep you know its so much more. While my son is riding the horses he is building and strengthening core muscles and working on his balance. Then guiding the horses left or right, he is being forced to use his coordination and focusing on balancing some more. In addition, he is asked to walk the ponies around obstacle courses, which while focusing on leading, he himself is forced to conquer the course himself having to use his hand-eye and motor coordination. A lot of gross motors skills are reinforced, just like in PT.

But wait, that's not all, It gets better. Robyn's creativity and program are so special. She develops games and missions that help the kids develop team building, communication skills, along with reinforcing fine motor and problem solving skills. A few of my favorite are hearing about the search for legos in a haystack, finding their shoes blindfolded with the help of their team members and having to put them on blindfolded. These are just a few or the many fun and nurturing games that the kids truly enjoy. All this reminds me of a little OT and ST, just with some sparkle.

And as in every summer camp there is arts and crafts and water days. However, it didn't matter what day it was because my son always had a smile on his face and was ready to go back everyday!!! Mission Accomplished!!!



Last but not least this program incorporates a safe environment with the small ratios and caring staff.

Thank you Robyn for this special gift that you share with our kids. We will be back!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son enjoyed very much camp at the whispering manes. Great staff; sweet and patient volunteers and fun activities ( scavenger hunts, arts, yoga, water play) He loved riding, brushing and painting the horses. The daily horse riding class is excellent, the instructor works on body balance, slow trout , obstacle courses and posture. The facility has a clean and peaceful environment. We highly recommend it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. I volunteer here and from my view, kids are able to learn and develop. It is a wonderful experience and I know that Whispering Manes is the best place to volunteer at and the best place for kids to learn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whispering Mane is a peaceful and welcoming place. I have been riding, Honey, at the facility for last three months to help reduce muscular pain and to improve my flexibility. The instructions have increased my muscular strength and sense of balance while building my
confidence in riding even with some physical limitations. My instructor Robin, is very patient, knowledgeable and takes great care in my safety and comfort level. I look forward to my weekly lessons and recommend Whispering Mane to those who would like to improve their quality of life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our granddaughter Allison went to the summer program for two weeks because the other weeks were filled up. This time she took the theraputic riding course where she renewed some friendships from the prior summer program. She was very sad when summer camp was over and was really excited to start back in the fall. In addition to learning riding skills, she had a chance to develop social skills and new friendships. The staff, volunteers and horses are outstanding. Allison really appreciated the time Robin spent with her and looked forward to continuing to learn from Robin and now Sarah. Really looking forward to the summer program this year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whisperingn Manes is such an amazing place. We have seen such an improvement in my son's fine and gross motor skills. We also notice his confidence is improved every time he rides and learns a new skill. This is a great place for therapeutic riding!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Professional and caring staff, beautiful facility, wonderful horses! Robin and her team are excellent. My son has Down syndrome and he is 7. He has been riding for a year with Whispering Manes and I have seen positive change in him since he began. Not only has he improved his physical strength (he has low muscle tone), but I have seen him mature as he has learned to control his horse and care for him. I highly recommend this place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son had a stroke in utero, causing him to have CP & Hemiplegia. Ever since starting at Whispering Manes his gait & confidence have improved tremendously. Robin is a fantastic teacher, not only with riding and caring for the horses but in imparting fun facts that will surely be remembered. I'm sorry I never started hippotherapy sooner! For anyone who has special needs, looking for a positive emotional & physical experience this is it!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started coming here when she was 6 y.o. and 3 years later every day here is still a good day. The horses are patient. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The facility is beautiful. A great experience all around.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a rider at this wondeful center for a few months and we could not be happier. Watching her so excited to go to her lesson every week makes me so happy. My only regret is not knowing of this center sooner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm training to be a therapeutic riding instructor and the people here have been more then helpful. They truly push me to be the best that I can be and are so encouraging. The riders and volunteers that come here have told me many times that they love being here and so do I. The horses are wonderful to work with and know their jobs. It's been a blessing to be here especially since it's not a long drive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister has been coming to this center for a few months now and she couldn't be happier. She's more confident in her everyday life, she's more motivated & always looks forward to ever next lesson, thanks to Whispering manes!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience for the kids. My younger brother has been riding for the past two years and he loves it. It has been a wonderful learning experience for the whole family and we see the progress with him.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place to volunteer. There are so many opportunities that you can learn from, as well as, experience the satisfaction of bringing joy to the children. I highly recommend Whispering Manes for your volunteer time and charitable giving.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As special needs teacher, coming here with my students for the horse therapy is a great experience, they have fun and at the same time therapy helps them in many ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is an amazing organization. It is beautiful, clean, and well run. My daughter and I have both volunteered there, and plan to continue. The animals are very healthy and well-taken care of. We need more places like this!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Amazing Autistic boy has blossomed so much because this amazing place. The staff the horses and the environment is full of positive energy and love that this boy looks forward to his classes as much as he does his Disney trips.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my daughter so much, the staff are very professional and safety minded. My daughter is always asking to come back, both for lessons and camp. I highly recommend this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is amazing! My daughter has always struggled at summer camps but at Whispering Manes she was accepted and nurtured. Everyone receives individualized attention and they also participate in group activities too. Robin is fantastic and you can tell she cares about each and every camper. My daughter liked it so much we will be signing her up for lessons in the fall and she will definitely be a repeat camper!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering here a year ago, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. This organization far exceeds all expectations. The phenomenal women who run this amazing nonprofit go above and beyond to help each individual in need succeed here. The special needs children and adults are treated with such love and respect and are able to truly thrive with this program in various areas. This is by far one of the most beneficial, fulfilling and awe inspiring nonprofits I've had the honor and pleasure to volunteer for.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has been participating in this therapeutic riding program for over 5 years. He loves the horses and his attention span and coordination have improved. The riding has also improved his core strength.. The program is very well run and the facility is beautiful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been a part of this program for about 4 years and it has been wonderful! It has helped him so much with his balance, strengthening his torso and abdomen. He loves coming to his classes with Miss Robin. The staff at Whispering Manes are always nice and caring to all the children and families. This experience has been a blessing, we are grateful and thankful for what they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The instructors at Whispering Manes are superb, very knowledgeable and patient. The stable is beautiful and the horses are well taken care of. My son is in the autism spectrum and these are the only therapy sessions he enjoys. The riding lessons truly make him happy.
He has learned so much from Charmaine who is a gift to our lives. Along with physical benefits of riding, I have seen psychological benefits in improved self steam and lower anxiety levels.
This is a wonderful place. Thank you so much for everything you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

After much loss due to chronic illness/pain, Whispering Manes has offered the opportunity for my world to grow again in a a meaningful way. It is a therapeutic experience in so many ways, from the quiet sound of birds and smell of hay when I step out of my car, to the therapeutic interaction with horses, the physically rehabilitative aspect of riding, and the motivation to leave the house to learn about something I never would have previously dreamed of.

This has also offered me a positive way to share my illness with others in my life - when I held a crowdfunding fundraiser to pay for lessons, it offered the chance for others to positively support and share in my efforts towards improving well-being & quality of life.

I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to learn and volunteer with a non-profit whose staff is understanding of the challenges I face.

Client Served

Rating: 5

the staff is amazing, he center is gorgeous and I have seen great improvement in my son. I highly recommend! My child and I both look forward to each session.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at whispering Manes and I love it. The Facilities are brand new and very clean. The participants, staff and other volunteers are also very friendly and a blast to work with. They do great work with the participants and I have seen great improvements within a couple lessons of starting. I recommend whispering manes to anyone who wants to volunteer or for anyone who's child has a disability and is looking for a positive experience in animal therapy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been riding here for 9 months and I am happy with my experience. The facilities are very clean, handicap accessible, and the staff is extremely helpful and kind. At first I was frightened of horseback riding due to my condition (spinal cord injury) but with the right guidance and motivation from the instructor I am becoming not only more comfortable, but stronger as a rider. I have been feeling positive physical changes (better range of motion and release) ever since I started and am looking forward to my future progress with Whispering Manes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is a wonderful place where the kids feel safe while learning to interact with the horses at the same time letting all tensions go away. My daughter knows everything about the horses, the barn, the property, the feeding schedule and the horses personalities while learning to shine and lose all of her shyness. Whispering Manes is a hidden gem in Miami and the kids are so blessed to be able to spend time there. The barn and the facilities are so clean and well-maintained you almost forget you are in a barn. I highly recommend Whispering Manes and can't wait for my daughter to return for riding lessons with Honey, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ben. The horses have patience of angels as well as all of the staff and volunteers. So blessed to find you, Bravo Robin!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Whispering Manes about 4 years ago as a high school sophomore to complete my required community service hours. Of course, being the horse lover that I am, I wanted to dedicate my time to an equine related non-profit. In the beginning, I guess you could say I was ignorant, I didn't know too much about equine therapy or how it benefitted the individuals who partake in it. I volunteered for Whispering manes for 3 years straight and the kids that I first met at the very beginning of the program are not the same today. They are so much more confident, kids who were timid and wouldn't say, but a few words now sing along in class and have conversations with their side-walkers during the lesson. I have seen the magnificent and positive outcome of therapeutic riding. Everyone in the Whispering Manes family are wonderful people, the horses too of course, and I absolutely love them all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Whispering Manes and absolutely love being around the children as well as the horses. The instructor Robin does such an awesome job coaching the children and designing lessons suitable to their individual needs. The facility itself is very clean and the horses are also taken care of very well. Florida is lucky to have a place like Whispering Manes, it is so nice to see the children smiling when they ride the horses!

Marisela H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great place my daughther loves it! from the people who works here to the friendly horses and awesome environment.
camila entered in the program 2 years ago and she has gained confidence and muscle strength. This place is a blessing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the director of the Friendship Circle, I was thrilled when our organization had the opportunity to offer riding lessons to the children & teens with special needs. Parents were excited about this ...and sign up was on a first come first serve basis. Within 11 minutes of posting the opportunity, we were full! The participants loved it! Robin is absolutely wonderful! I hope we will have the opportunity to offer riding lessons to our participants again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes has a great program for children. A lot of them have started there since they were little and we've seen them grow and get better. They love being there and as a volunteer myself, I enjoy working with them and the animals as well!

Marilina B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Whipering Manes! Our oldest son who has Autism rides there every week and he always come back so happy every time. Riding helping so much... The staff are always so helpful and loving.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has being assisting Whispering Manes for 2 years. And he loves the horses and the volunteers. Whispering Manes has being a great help for him and his behavior.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is a wonderful and most generous nonprofit organization. My son Justin (with autism) had been fortunate enough to be part of the program for overt 5 years now. We could not be happier with the results and the improvement my son has had since he began hippo therapy. We are forever grateful!

Raquel4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beautiful facilities and exceptional staff. We truly enjoyed it .

Ana_32

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wonderful experience was watching my son wake up so happy to go to summer camp at Whispering Manes. My son is visual impaired and loves to be with the horses. He wished to be there longer. He enjoyed caring for the horses and riding them as well.
Robin is great with the kids and very patient.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an occupational therapy student I have had the opportunity to volunteer at this facility for a couple of weeks, and it has been a wonderful experience. The people are very caring, friendly, welcoming and knowledgable. It is not just a wonderful place to volunteer, but also a great place for people of all ages with special needs. It is truly a great and unique experience for each person who attends and volunteers. Overall, I would highly recommend it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an occupational therapy student, I have had the pleasure of volunteering at Whispering Manes. The facility is beautiful, the staff is wonderful and caring, and the therapeutic riding program offered is great! During my time at the facility, I have learned so much and gained such valuable experience. Overall, Whispering Manes is unique and truly special!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Marc has some challenging Behaviours but Robin tells me "do not worry Silvia, this is what we expect, this is what we do this is what we are "
As a mother of a son with Autism finding persons with Robin's attitude"it gets better" is finding a treasure.
On top now they will be moving to a new location bigger and better :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love animals and this program allows me to interact with them. I've learned alot about taking care of horses such as leading and grooming them. My favorite part of the day is the end where I get to give the horses treats and graze them. This program also helps me personally as part of my treatment to re-integrate with society as I can interact with people and horses in a low stress environment.

I should also mention that I'm helping the kids with developmental difficulties learn a new skill and also interact with people and animals. Knowing these kids are being helped brings alot of satisfaction.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for whispering manes for a year now and I can't think of a better place to volunteer. When I first started, I had no knowledge of horses. Little by little the staff and other volunteers began teaching me the basics of horses and horse care. I can now tack up a horse and get it ready for the riders.
The additional benefit of collaborating with the lessons is very special. We volunteers get to interact with the riders and get to know them. By the second or third week of working with the riders, seeing them get out of the cars waving and smiling, excited to begin class is the most rewarding feeling. There is a place for every volunteer in this organization. You soon realize you become part of an amazing family supporting a great cause.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son, who has Down syndrome, is now 13 years old and has been participating in Therapeutic Riding at Whispering manes for over 3 years. He loves the horses and always looks forward to riding. The staff is excellent and very caring.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the past two years I have become more and more involved with Whispering Manes. Their programs of providing Therapeutic Riding programs for children and adults with special needs along with US Veterans with PTSD is amazing. The connection between the wellness of the body and spirit to that of human to equine interaction is extremely successful and I would recommend this program to anyone with these specific needs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a ten year veteran working with both children and adults with Autism, I was very impressed at the manner in which Whispering Manes interacted with our students. The staff was very polite, patient and knowledgeable. Every activity was well planned, engaging and fun for all of our students. The facilities were clean and very convenient to meet our needs. If you haven't seen their new top of the line facility then you are missing out. I would recommend Whispering Manes to anyone who interested in looking for a therapeutic center.

Guillermo Queris
Carrie Brazer Center for Autism

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at least weekly at Whispering Manes. It's a great program with talented staff and a well appointed, modern facility. The program participants, both children and adults, truly enjoy their time at the barn.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is an exceptional facility. The therapeutic riding center provides a comfortable place for people with special needs to grow and succeed. The staff is passionate about what they do and they are dedicated to improving the lives of everyone that steps onto their property. I recommend Whispering Manes to anyone who is looking for a place to improve the mental, kinesthetic/physical, visual, emotional and communicative aspects of their or their loved ones disability.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a horse lover and it is amazing to see the therapeutic results of the bond created between the horse and the challenged rider through the Whispering Manes programs. They have great programs for riders challenged in so many ways. The therapy is very specialized and requires tremendous effort and dedication by the staff and volunteers at Whispering Manes and they give their all. Kudos to their professionalism and hard work!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Every week, I look forward to seeing Jake at Whispering Manes. He is such a sweet horse! I am unable to ride Jake, but each time I visit the barn I tenderly groom him. I brush him with the rubber curry comb and bristle body brush, bathe him and comb his mane and tail , and then massage his aching joints . Jake waits patiently at the cross ties for me to finish my routine and then the grand finale is giving him a treat which I buy for him out of my own pocket. Just this simple act of caring for an animal brings me such a sense of peace- at least for the hour that I am there. Not only because of the good deed I am doing but because animals like Jake offer you unconditional love, beauty and wisdom that can only come from animals. In his own way Jake thanks me for my small act of love each week, making me feel appreciated and noticed when I usually feel marginalized and /or ignored.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is a beautiful facility with well-trained horses and excellent staff, especially Exec. Dir. Erin and Program Dir. Robin. It offers a safe, caring, well-structured riding program providing a wonderful experience for riders and volunteers. It enables the riders to experience the thrill of learning to ride while also receiving the physical therapeutic benefits of movement and coordination that horseback riding provides. As a volunteer, the opportunity to experience the joy of helping someone less fortunate than myself achieve his or her dream is priceless.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Whispering Manes for a few months now and it has been such an inspiring and humbling experience. It is such a fun and kind environment and the stuff is very friendly and knowledgable. I love volunteering here and look forward to remaining part of this family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Whispering Manes for about 6 months as an exercise rider. I absolutely love it here! The horses are so well cared for, and the staff are so great with the riders. Robin is so patient with all of the students and you can see the joy on their faces as soon as they get on these horses. I love being a volunteer and I'm so glad I found this place so I can be a part of the work they do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is an absolutely beautiful location with an amazing staff that is so dedicated to providing creative programing to children in adults wit special needs. I have seems first hand the healing power of the dedicated therapy horses. It's a very special place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi everyone!
I was working as a volunteer at the program and it was such a great experience! The people are having a lot of knowledge about what they are doing and it was amazing to see the children's progress during my stay.
I really enjoyed my time at whispering manes and I learned a lot about therapeutic riding. I'm wishing them all the best for the future and I hope I can come back one day! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is wonderful! I started taking my son Cody there about 6 months ago. Robin is fantastic with him. He has auditory neuropathy and has some challenges hearing and communicating. Since going there he has really gained confidence and a deep love of the horses. He loves going and I feel it has really beneficial to his development.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes it's a wonderful place not only for those who attend as students but also for us volunteers. I started volunteering at Whispering Manes since it first stated. Erin Bauer, its founder, is one of the kindest people you will ever meet, she is caring and very professional as well as Robin Bramson the Program Director are people that truly care and are committed to the highest level of service of any non-profit organization I've been involved with. Without leaving behind Mr. Edel Cuesta, the Head Groom, who has an innate horse sense and cares for all students and horses with the same passion and professionalism expected of a top rated organization. I love volunteering at Whispering Manes and wish had more time to help out more often. Mando de Armas, a grateful Volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a volunteer on weekends since I can’t be there to help during the work week. It is very satisfying to work with the horses that give such joy to the children and adults that are part of the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son's name is Augie, he is 21 years old, and he is autistic. He has been riding for two years and he loves it! Thanks to the passion, dedication and patience of his wonderful instructor, Robin, he has come a long ways to almost riding on his own. He loves horses and is very comfortable near them. I cannot even say that for myself!! He rides, follows instructions, brushes the horse, takes off the saddle and feeds the horse carrots. While riding his posture is perfect and he has developed really good balance and rhythm. He usually rides Jake and Nutmeg, sometimes Honey. I only wish I had started him at a younger age. So my advice is: do not delay on getting started with this program. It is amazing what it will do for you and your family.
Ani, Augie's mom