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Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Equestrian, Health, Health Care, Sports

Mission: To provide people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities a program of individualized equestrian instruction in a safe and supportive, eco-friendly family farm environment. We provide opportunities for the professional development of our instructors and volunteers, as well as ongoing training of our equines for therapeutic horsemanship and other equine-assisted activities.

Target demographics: children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or disorders

Geographic areas served: Howell, NJ

Programs: Instruction in all areas of horsemanship including horseback riding, carriage driving, grooming, tacking, equine care, and familiarization with basic horse knowledge.

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jeane R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We have a great niece Delaney who attends Celtic Charms. Her parents Chris and Geralyn are very excited about it and Delaney loves it. That peaked my interest and when we were visiting we had a opportunity to go to Celtic Charms and watch Delaney's class. Her eyes just sparkled when she saw her horse. She was delighted and very focused at the job at hand. You could just see the pleasure and pride she had. She went right about her tasks -getting ready to ride, riding and putting everything away - even carrying her own saddle. Keep enjoying Delaney :) We live across the USA from Delaney but hope to see her at Celtic Charms the next time we are on the East Coast.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Took a tour with a friend and observed 1st hand how much they are helping her daughter. Such a lovely place with kind staff

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister has been riding at Celtic Charms and it has seriously changed her life. It has changed our lives... it is such a wonderful, peaceful, loving atmosphere. It is like she is at home with her horse and instructor. She just loves to be there and it is like her challenges go away when she rides. She is so good at it and the positive reinforcement has been great!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly an exceptional facility with a phenomenal staff!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms is a magical place. It is our third place we've gone to for lessons and we're not changing from here. It is a wonderful environment to grow in. My son, Charlie is four years old, and has been taking lessons with Ms. Lisa for six months. Charlie loves riding Kira and is so excited to go every week. We live an hour away, but it's well worth the trip. Charlie's disability is Down syndrome which causes low muscle tone and global delays in development. Riding on a horse has strengthened Charlie's core muscles and posture. Ms. Lisa plays games with Charlie using his favorite animal beanie babies, and he makes progress as far as language skills as well. We couldn't be happier.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started riding at Celtic Charms a little over a year ago. The welcoming atmosphere as you enter the facility is contagious. The barn is kept immaculate.The horses and all the animals are well cared for and so content. The staff and volunteers are well prepared in their mission of providing therapeutic riding lessons.Their lessons are adapted to each individual student's needs. They have even learned sign language to accommodate my son's deafness. Celtic Charms is so committed and dedicated to making you feel special about your experience here.

CELTIC CHARMS IS A WONDERFUL PLACE AND I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT IT EXISTS!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms is a fantastic place to receive riding lessons. The staff is prompt, and extremely knowledgeable. It has a fun loving, warm, friendly atmosphere. Having been to many barns in New Jersey, I can safely say that Celtic Charms is like no other. A top notch facility with well groomed, and well mannered horses. I would recommend Celtic Charms to any current, or potential riders.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My cousin rides once a week. Celtic charms truly makes each therapeutic experience a life changer in each child's life. Kira has become a household name and she looks forward to caring for her as well. She has not only gone riding for a therapeutic break, but made a lifelong friend and has a dream of owning, riding, and caring for her own horse . She is five and enjoys posting and is eager to learn about all the aspects that go into the horses and their domain. The staff is incredible! You can truly tell when someone's passion is their motivator and which Christine , the happiness she has for Celtic charms and the organization they've built. The facility is beautiful, clean, well kept, and you can tell all the hard work that goes into making Celtic charms such a life changer for my little buddy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter rides once a week and loves it. The people are wonderful (from the owners to the volunteers). Very clean, the horses look great and well kept. The only reason I give it 5 stars is because there are not 10 stars.

Andrea92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Must start by saying how wonderful and fulfilling Celtic Charms has become to me . I started volunteering and didn't realize what an impact riding and spending time w a horse can make. I've seen children come alive when they are riding and grooming the horses. The farm is beautiful and the staff couldn't be more helpful. I walked into this just to volunteer but the staff is so great w so many individuals and their needs, that I find myself in awe. Everyone is so helpful and knowledgable that they answer all my questions and I go home learning something new everyday .Its a wonderful place and just knowing the difference they are making to even just one child is really a blessing..

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a board member since the inception of Celtic Charms. Because of the inspiring commitment of the proprietors, two people I did not know before becoming a board member, I decided early on in my involvement to also volunteer at the facility every week. I leave there each week humbled by the generosity of the proprietors, moved by the patience of the teaching staff, aand grateful to be a small part of this organization.