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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

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is an exceptional facility. The therapeutic riding center provides a comfortable place for people with special needs to grow and succeed. The staff is passionate about what they do and they are dedicated to improving the lives of everyone that steps onto their property. I recommend Whispering Manes to anyone who is looking for a place to improve the mental, kinesthetic/physical, visual, emotional and communicative aspects of their or their loved ones disability.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a horse lover and it is amazing to see the therapeutic results of the bond created between the horse and the challenged rider through the Whispering Manes programs. They have great programs for riders challenged in so many ways. The therapy is very specialized and requires tremendous effort and dedication by the staff and volunteers at Whispering Manes and they give their all. Kudos to their professionalism and hard work!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Every week, I look forward to seeing Jake at Whispering Manes. He is such a sweet horse! I am unable to ride Jake, but each time I visit the barn I tenderly groom him. I brush him with the rubber curry comb and bristle body brush, bathe him and comb his mane and tail , and then massage his aching joints . Jake waits patiently at the cross ties for me to finish my routine and then the grand finale is giving him a treat which I buy for him out of my own pocket. Just this simple act of caring for an animal brings me such a sense of peace- at least for the hour that I am there. Not only because of the good deed I am doing but because animals like Jake offer you unconditional love, beauty and wisdom that can only come from animals. In his own way Jake thanks me for my small act of love each week, making me feel appreciated and noticed when I usually feel marginalized and /or ignored.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is a beautiful facility with well-trained horses and excellent staff, especially Exec. Dir. Erin and Program Dir. Robin. It offers a safe, caring, well-structured riding program providing a wonderful experience for riders and volunteers. It enables the riders to experience the thrill of learning to ride while also receiving the physical therapeutic benefits of movement and coordination that horseback riding provides. As a volunteer, the opportunity to experience the joy of helping someone less fortunate than myself achieve his or her dream is priceless.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Whispering Manes for a few months now and it has been such an inspiring and humbling experience. It is such a fun and kind environment and the stuff is very friendly and knowledgable. I love volunteering here and look forward to remaining part of this family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Whispering Manes for about 6 months as an exercise rider. I absolutely love it here! The horses are so well cared for, and the staff are so great with the riders. Robin is so patient with all of the students and you can see the joy on their faces as soon as they get on these horses. I love being a volunteer and I'm so glad I found this place so I can be a part of the work they do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is an absolutely beautiful location with an amazing staff that is so dedicated to providing creative programing to children in adults wit special needs. I have seems first hand the healing power of the dedicated therapy horses. It's a very special place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi everyone!
I was working as a volunteer at the program and it was such a great experience! The people are having a lot of knowledge about what they are doing and it was amazing to see the children's progress during my stay.
I really enjoyed my time at whispering manes and I learned a lot about therapeutic riding. I'm wishing them all the best for the future and I hope I can come back one day! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes is wonderful! I started taking my son Cody there about 6 months ago. Robin is fantastic with him. He has auditory neuropathy and has some challenges hearing and communicating. Since going there he has really gained confidence and a deep love of the horses. He loves going and I feel it has really beneficial to his development.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes it's a wonderful place not only for those who attend as students but also for us volunteers. I started volunteering at Whispering Manes since it first stated. Erin Bauer, its founder, is one of the kindest people you will ever meet, she is caring and very professional as well as Robin Bramson the Program Director are people that truly care and are committed to the highest level of service of any non-profit organization I've been involved with. Without leaving behind Mr. Edel Cuesta, the Head Groom, who has an innate horse sense and cares for all students and horses with the same passion and professionalism expected of a top rated organization. I love volunteering at Whispering Manes and wish had more time to help out more often. Mando de Armas, a grateful Volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a volunteer on weekends since I can’t be there to help during the work week. It is very satisfying to work with the horses that give such joy to the children and adults that are part of the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son's name is Augie, he is 21 years old, and he is autistic. He has been riding for two years and he loves it! Thanks to the passion, dedication and patience of his wonderful instructor, Robin, he has come a long ways to almost riding on his own. He loves horses and is very comfortable near them. I cannot even say that for myself!! He rides, follows instructions, brushes the horse, takes off the saddle and feeds the horse carrots. While riding his posture is perfect and he has developed really good balance and rhythm. He usually rides Jake and Nutmeg, sometimes Honey. I only wish I had started him at a younger age. So my advice is: do not delay on getting started with this program. It is amazing what it will do for you and your family.
Ani, Augie's mom

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Jenn and I volunteer at Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center. I was so fortunate to come across this organization because it has been one of the most rewarding experiences that continues to teach me more about children and adults with disabilities and how riding horses improves their social and motor capabilities. I have been a volunteer for over 6 months and see myself continuing to work closely with this organization because it has benefited so many children and adults throughout the years. I really do appreciate all the organization has done, and I want to continue giving back to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi I'm Pastor Jones, I am a Vet (US Air Force), I had a strock 2 year ago and this program help to be postive about all things.

Michelle182

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been riding at Whispering Manes for a few years now. He loves the horses! He will kiss and hugg them. The stables are wonderful. It's always calm and peaceful. He has made slow, but good progress. He now likes to trot, his balance and coordination have improved, and he is always very vocal when riding. It builds confidence and self-esteem. As a volunteer also, I have seem positive changes in children which can only enrich their lives.
To have the opportunity to ride and interact with these beautiful horses is a gift. My son is very lucky to have the opportunity to be part of this wonderful program, with such dedicated and caring staff.
Thank you!

Juli R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Registered Nurse, Reiki Master and I have had the absolute privilege of working with the Horses to help support and sustain their health and well-being. The Horses do amazing work for so many and I am humbled at being able to give back to them through Reiki. Robin and Erin have been wonderful in trusting me with their babies and have been an absolute pleasure to work with! Whispering Manes is a professional and loving place. Thank you for the work that you do and for positively touching so many lives!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Special Education teacher and teach students with Autism at Easter Seals South Florida...We had a PRIVILIGE of being granted for 10 sessions of horse back riding therapy for my students (10 Kids )last year from March to June-2013.
The experience was AMAZING!!! It was incredible to see the progress of my students from the first day of session to the last session. Some of them felt so comfortable with the horses and the place, I looked like they knew the place already. While others went from refusing to even touch the horse up to the point that they can't wait to put the hamlet on and ride the horse. Until today they still asking me for "Honey" and "Cochis" .
The staff from Whispering Manes and the team of therapist were incredible patience and well prepare for my students, they were very warm and flexible with them. We hope to have this FANTASTIC experience again.

Doc T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an equine veterinarian with a practice limited to equine dentistry. I have served the equine dental needs of the Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center for 2 years. The horses are not only kept well but the attention to detail for their care is 5 star. The horses are integral to the success of this non-profit and that shows in each horse's personality and willingness to perform their duties. In short, the horses are happy. From that perspective, the Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center deserves kudos as an outstanding non-profit organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Aisha has been going to Whispering Manes for a few weeks already. The first time day she went she was kind of afraid of the horses big theeth and was afraid they would bite. I suppose that for a special needs child a horse is quite big and overwhelming, but on her second visit, with the help of the staff Aisha got to brush Spirit, a very gentle horse, and from there she went on to ride Honey. I have nothing but praise for Robin and her staff, they make sure of Aisha's needs and security are always met. Robin is always making sure that Aisha's posture, balance, and of course, enjoyment are in check. For me, seeing my special needs child having fun while receiving so much needed therapy is a blessing. Aisha has a very special bond with the horses, she is always talking about Honey and now Cochise, and showing her horseback riding pictures. I can honestly say that for my daughter Aisha, Whispering Manes and horseback riding have become the highlight of her week.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, Alyssa, has been riding with Whispering Manes for almost one year now and she absolutely loves it. Robin and her volunteer team are amazing! They make sure that safety is priority and I completely trust them with my daughter. The horses are especially gentle and calm and the ranch is very well manicured and comfortable. Alyssa asks every day to go see Honey, the horse she usually rides. It has improved her posture, and her core muscle strength greatly. Robin also incorporates speech and cognitive skills in her lessons with the kids so it becomes an experience for the "whole child". I highly recommend Whispering Manes to other families who have children with disabilities! We are so grateful to have found such a wonderful place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They provide amazing service to our children. We are a school of children with special needs. They are always professional and caring!

Charmaine D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes has been on my radar since inception. Robin Bramson is a friend of mine and I have worked with her closely for many years as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor at another facility. She is passionate about making the Whispering Manes one of the Premiers Centers in this area. Whispering Manes is closely monitored and has an amazing team with amazing people who know what they are doing for the disabled community. It's a beautiful property, run by dedicated people who want to establish the best facility to help make lives better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center is an outstanding nonprofit organization. It is definitely deserving of recognition. It greatly helps disabled children and veterans to improve their physical, emotional, and social skills. People with disabilities face many challenges. The experienced staff and volunteers genuinely care about helping each and every participant to reach their full potential through the interaction with horses. The horses, as herd prey animals are naturally sensitive, intuitive and social.
As a volunteer, it has been inspirational for me to watch the participants interact and ride the horses, and to see how happy and confident they become. In addition to seeing the wonderful programs that Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center provides to people with disabilities, volunteering there has
also had a very meaningful and positive impact on my own well-being!

Rebecca82

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Path Certified Instructor as well as a former President of a Non- Profit TB Horse Rescue. I began volunteering with Whispering Manes two years ago and I cannot say enough good things about this organization. The Staff is professional, the horses are impeccably groomed and well kept. The facility is a top - notch show quality stable. from the individual paddocks with shelter , to the felt footing in the rings, spectator seating and handicapped accessible facilities make this a five star Operation.It should be on your list as a premium facility that PATH can be proud of to use as a example to others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Whispering Manes and although I am a full time student, I always make time to come to volunteer because it is such a great experience. Everything about my experience has been awesome -- from the fellow staff members and the facility, to each and every student that comes. All different types of kids come to the ranch and there is always something to do no matter what their abilities are. Activities can include grooming or spending time with the horses or riding the horses, but no matter what, everyone has fun and develops new skills. It is really a great place and everyone is happy to be there.

LeAnn S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is a natural fit for me as a volunteer. I love horses and ride English so I understand their language. I have a soft spot for children with disabilities as well as for our Veterans of which many still suffer from post traumatic stress. I was looking for a way to give back with my time and this was the perfect fit. It has been very rewarding to be a volunteer for Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center. I am amazed at the dramatic impact that it has had on its students which I have personally witnessed over the last year. I have seen children that rarely speak or communicate, come alive while interacting in this program. It is a special kind of service that all children/adults with disabilities should be able to experience.

Cristina d.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a veteran teacher in the field of students with intellectual disabilities. I have been going weekly to Whispering Manes for over a year to take a 20 year old student to ride. From the first experience I had with this organization, they have been professional, knowledgeable, with lots of patience, love and care for their clients and horses. As a veteran Special Education teacher, I have learned from them and seen first hand what a client can grow from in his experiences there. I gave seen positive growth in his physical, emotional, social, intellectual and sensory areas. My student loves going to Whispering Manes to ride "Jake" or "Honey" and to spend time with Robin and Adel. The sessions always begin and end with a smile on his face. The most wonderful aspect I love of this experience, is the amount of skills which are worked on each and every session. A+++ for Whispering Manes! Thank You for coming into our community and giving our Special Needs community a great opportunity!

Chels B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always wanted to volunteer my time to serve others, and when I found out I could do that with horses too, I was ecstatic. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Robin was welcoming and clearly stated her expectations. This place is full of beautiful souls (including 4 legged ones) and I am proud to be a part of a volunteer team that helps make a difference in childrens lives. It really has made a difference in mine as well. Thanks Whispering Manes for being super awesome. Love ya'll! xoxo!

Client Served

Rating: 5


I am so thankful to Whispering Manes for giving my son the opportunity to participate in their wonderful program. I wasn’t sure how my son, Oliver was going to react to being around horses, as a result of his allergies to dogs & cats, he is not accustomed to being around animals. I was immediately put at ease with the experience, patience, and warmth shown by the staff and volunteers of Whispering Manes, and an incredible connection was made between Oliver, the horse and his walkers.

It was quite a struggle at first, at least three helpers assisting Oliver, it was to say the least, a little tough but the staff lovely took the challenge! Something magical happened when his horse HONEY began to “Walk On”, Oliver’s face immediately lit up. Every time he rode a little longer and sat up a little taller. Towards the end of spring he was down to just one walker and enjoying the whole session! Now his excitement grows as we descend up the driveway to reach Whispering Manes Barns.

No other therapeutic recreation has sparked such a curiosity and eagerness to engage than his weekly sessions at Whispering Manes. We are very thankful for this wonderful gift Whispering Manes has given my son.