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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

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.