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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

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Professional with expertise in this field

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an occupational therapy student, I have had the pleasure of volunteering at Whispering Manes. The facility is beautiful, the staff is wonderful and caring, and the therapeutic riding program offered is great! During my time at the facility, I have learned so much and gained such valuable experience. Overall, Whispering Manes is unique and truly special!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marc has some challenging Behaviours but Robin tells me "do not worry Silvia, this is what we expect, this is what we do this is what we are "
As a mother of a son with Autism finding persons with Robin's attitude"it gets better" is finding a treasure.
On top now they will be moving to a new location bigger and better :)

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love animals and this program allows me to interact with them. I've learned alot about taking care of horses such as leading and grooming them. My favorite part of the day is the end where I get to give the horses treats and graze them. This program also helps me personally as part of my treatment to re-integrate with society as I can interact with people and horses in a low stress environment.

I should also mention that I'm helping the kids with developmental difficulties learn a new skill and also interact with people and animals. Knowing these kids are being helped brings alot of satisfaction.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for whispering manes for a year now and I can't think of a better place to volunteer. When I first started, I had no knowledge of horses. Little by little the staff and other volunteers began teaching me the basics of horses and horse care. I can now tack up a horse and get it ready for the riders.
The additional benefit of collaborating with the lessons is very special. We volunteers get to interact with the riders and get to know them. By the second or third week of working with the riders, seeing them get out of the cars waving and smiling, excited to begin class is the most rewarding feeling. There is a place for every volunteer in this organization. You soon realize you become part of an amazing family supporting a great cause.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son, who has Down syndrome, is now 13 years old and has been participating in Therapeutic Riding at Whispering manes for over 3 years. He loves the horses and always looks forward to riding. The staff is excellent and very caring.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the past two years I have become more and more involved with Whispering Manes. Their programs of providing Therapeutic Riding programs for children and adults with special needs along with US Veterans with PTSD is amazing. The connection between the wellness of the body and spirit to that of human to equine interaction is extremely successful and I would recommend this program to anyone with these specific needs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a ten year veteran working with both children and adults with Autism, I was very impressed at the manner in which Whispering Manes interacted with our students. The staff was very polite, patient and knowledgeable. Every activity was well planned, engaging and fun for all of our students. The facilities were clean and very convenient to meet our needs. If you haven't seen their new top of the line facility then you are missing out. I would recommend Whispering Manes to anyone who interested in looking for a therapeutic center.

Guillermo Queris
Carrie Brazer Center for Autism

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at least weekly at Whispering Manes. It's a great program with talented staff and a well appointed, modern facility. The program participants, both children and adults, truly enjoy their time at the barn.

1

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.