My therapeutic riding experience at Whispering Manes has been fantastic. I have been seeing real improvement in the areas where I needed help. The barn is beautiful and peaceful and Robin is very kind and purposeful. I’m so grateful that a place like Whispering Manes is available for equestrian therapy in Miami. What a treasure.
I am a teacher at Crystal Academy Primary school. We work with students on the Autism Spectrum and those with related disabilities. We have been blessed with the opportunity to bring our students to Whispering Manes for several years. I have personally observed the joy and positive effects that therapeutic horseback riding produces. Robin is extremely knowledgeable and caring. My students are in very good hands with her and the volunteers at the center. The horses are beautiful and well cared for. My students express their excitement to ride and groom the horses each week. I have observed increases in expressive language and emotional regulation and sometimes decreases in stereotypic behaviors. They work on a multitude of skills including coordination, balance, and improved posture. Whispering Manes is an incredible resource for our community. Amazing people
This is a fantastic riding center for the special needs population. Our children made huge strides in 10 weeks and we keep coming back for more. Therapeutic riding works on sensory integration, motion, desensitization from fears, following directions, caring, feeding, brushing, and bonding among others. It has been a true blessing for our children and therapists.
I wish I could give 100 stars!!! The entire staff is phenomenal! Extremely caring. They show an imense amount compassion. Ever since our first visit here my daughter has gained such a passion for horses and absolutely loves visiting! Robin is beyond amazing! She's such a blessing! Thank you to Whispering pines for giving us this opportunity!
I began a mentorship at Whispering Manes over a year ago to become to a therapeutic riding instructor. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the program. The riders and volunteers that come have told me many times that they love being here and so do I. They are very patient, kind and have lots of compassion. The horses are wonderful to work with, very safe and know their jobs. It’s been a privilege to be apart of the whispering manes family. I would highly recommended the program to any student.
AMAZING!!We are so grateful to have Whispering Manes in our lives! What a difference it is making!!
My Father is a brain injury patient and Robin has been so patient, professional, kind and amazing! My Father, who is speech impaired due to his accident, speaks so much more and clearer while in the premises of Whispering Manes... We have been going for many years and now in the middle of this pandemic it is the only place where we feel safe and relaxed. It is wheel chair accessible, everything is clean and extremely safe. Every single horse is extremely well trained, the place is beautiful and for us it has been magical... my daughter, who comes with us is always looking forward to each of my Father’s session therapy....
My son, Lucas has been going to Whispering Manes for the past year. I have nothing but praise for Robin and her staff, they make sure Lucas’ needs and security are always met. Robin is always making sure that his posture, balance, and of course, enjoyment are in check. Seeing my son having fun while receiving the needed attention is a blessing.
I have been a volunteer for a couple of events and I love it.
Everyone is so happy and just to see the joy on the kids faces when they are on the horse or grooming it, is priceless!
The location is "heaven", the horses are very well kept and the instructors really know what they are doing.
It is a wonderful place for kids and adults and their contribution to families is so important!
WHISPERING MANES RULES!!!!
I am a volunteer and was briefly an intern at Whispering Manes and became inspired by the program. The staff's care for the horses and the students truly shine through and make every experience at the barn a rewarding one. Overall it has a great positive atmosphere and does amazing work helping people with special needs. Highly recommend!
I am an OT student that was observing at Whispering Manes for the past 2 weeks . My experience here has been awesome! The campers had a lot of fun with all of the activities and riding lessons. I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do in when dealing with challenging situations!
I have been volunteering with this amazing organization since 2014, either helping out as a horse handler, side walker or riding the horses myself and since I am a professional photographer, I also volunteer at all their events documenting the activities. Erin and Robin are very professional and do a super job at attending to kids and adults in our community that need help. They also take great care of the horses! I would definitely recommend Whispering Manes!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carrie Brazer Center for Autism
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.