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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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

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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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.