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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.