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Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center

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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

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Previous Stories

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.