Celtic Charms is a warm and loving atmosphere where individuals with disorders can find love and affection from the volunteers and people who run the program and the horses they ride and work with. It is a great facility with a new indoor riding area, outdoor paddocks and wooded trails for the participants enjoyment. Additionally, there are some other animals on the property for all to view, interact with and enjoy. If you are looking for a horse based program for your special someone you would do well to visit and learn about them.
My son was diagnosed with ADHD resulting in him incapable of participating in "team" sports. He lacked the attention span. His doctor suggested an activity focusing on just "him". I researched and being an animal lover (as well as my son), I discovered therapeutic horseback riding lessons. My son began training at Celtic Charms more than three years ago and we couldn't be happier. He excels which has improved his attention capability and his self-esteem. The barn is beautiful, the animals exceptionally well taken care of and the staff, just amazing!!!!!! I recommend Celtic Charms to anyone researching therapeutic horseback riding.
I work as a leader at the barn, leading the horses in the lessons. All the animals a well kept, the barn is kept very clean and all the staff and volunteers are wonderful to work with. Non of the riders, volunteers, or animals are ever put in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable. Celtic Charm is a wonderful place to volunteer at.
I work mostly with the smaller animals. Beyond horses we have a cow, a pot-bellied pig, two ducks, two barn cats. One of the cats even sometimes let's strangers hold him, but no guarantee he'll always be around. We also have chickens, oh so many chickens. As such we have a limited amount of fresh eggs and yes, they are for sale. Now more than a few of these lovely animals live on parts of the property clients are unlikely to spend much time in. Instead you get the volunteers who are very nice, and the horses that are very nice, and the instructors and the owners and the staff; Everyone is very nice.
Our son has been at Celtic Charms since it opened and has loved every minute he spends there. He has improved in following instructions, looking and directing his horse in the direction he wants to go both on horseback and in the carriage. The staff is very professional and warm, and continues to encourage him to do more. He's developed a strong and comfortable relationship with the horses and it's encouraging to see how he interacts with them.
Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship in Howell, NJ has been a godsend in the positive development and the quality of life of our grandson, Christopher. He began riding at Celtic Charms when they first began their program in Howell. Chris really grew up there, learning about respect for animals, the environment, his teachers and himself. Growing up with Asperger's Syndrome is tough, the staff at Celtic Charms have helped Chris every step of the way, and have also helped our family, too. This Program and its skilled and caring staff have been pivotal in our grandson's maturity and success, we will never be able to thank them enough. Cheryl Cramer Briard
My grandson has been attending Celtic Charms for three years and the experience has made such a difference in the way he relates to people and animals. All of his attention is directed towards mastering his abilities when he is on the horse. The instructors are professional, kind, and extremely dedicated. Our whole family is now volunteering whatever time we can give to this wonderful, magical organization! I am so glad that we found Celtic Charms.
Celtic Charms has helped our daughter be more assertive with her voice when giving commands to her horse while driving her carriage and become more sure of left and right turns.Her driving teacher,Nancy is very supportive of our daughter and they have a lot of fun along with their learning and along with the rest of the staff and everyone at Celtic Charms are very nice.supportive and professional and knowledgable of their craft and we are very happy our daughter is participating at Celtic Charms.
My daughter who has Asperger's attended a brief summer program there a few years ago. She loved the riding program, but even more loved working with the other animals Celtic Charms also has. She began volunteering there, and over the last few years she has worked primarily with one of the staff, Karen, who has developed in my daughter excellent work skills.
My special needs daughter has been attending Celtic Charms for the past 5 years . From day one, the staff & volunteers have been extremely professional and caring regarding the needs of my child. Not only has my daughter become a avid/advance horseback rider, she has gained increased confidence as well as better posture, increased muscle tone and overall a more mature attitude.
My daughter's mantra is " Dream, Believe & Achieve." Over the years she has won gold medals in the special olympics & handicapped riders association. Her next goal is to learn how to jump with her horse and with the support of our Celtic Charm Team, I know she will achieve this goal in the very near future.
Celtic Charms has become part of our family. They don't look at our kids on what they cannot do, but rather on what they can achieve.
Volunteering at Celtic Charms is an amazing and rewarding choice. I was overwhelmed by how many people just simply give out of the goodness of their hearts to this wonderful non-profit. The horses, instructors, students, parents.... are all what makes this a great family. We are all there for the same reason and have one goal in mind. The founders are incredible people that pour their heart and soul into this organization day after day. Please consider giving anything you can -- even if it is just your time. You have not truly lived unless you give to others .. something that truly cannot be repaid.