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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

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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.