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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Health, Health Care, Rehabilitative Care, Youth Development Programs

Mission: “To assist each person with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction and therapy with rescued horses.”

Results: Since 2010 we have heard more than 95 children speak their first words ever. We have seen more than 75 children walk their first steps ever. We have been there as countless children sit or stand or reach or hug a parent for the first time ever. That is what we do, we help all children achieve their potential.

Target demographics: children with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1,000 people

Geographic areas served: NE Florida

Programs: therapy for people with Autism, MS, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, learning disabilities and more.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tracy B.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I began as a volunteer at Haven Horse Ranch helping individuals with disabilities at a Brooks horseback riding event. I enjoyed it so much I decided to get certified as an Equine therapist and began providing horse therapy at the ranch. It is amazing to see the progress of individuals who were fearful become confident once they are on a horse. I would recommend volunteering at the ranch in any capacity.

Dave B.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Haven Horse Ranch is a great place for people with disabilities to experience an activity that they may not normally get to experience. Ric and the staff of Haven go out of their way to help children of all ages ride a 1100 pound animal, that isn't an experience most people get to do in their entire lifetime, but to some of these kids it's just another day of therapy. The results that Haven Horse Ranch gets rivals some of the best rehab facilities in the nation! It would do your heart good to become a part of what they offer whether financially or by way of volunteering!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working with Haven Horse Ranch for over 2 years and it has been a true blessing to work with amazing animals and beautiful people. Being involved with the ranch I have learned to not see people as having disabilities but to see them as differences, which gives me the opportunity to look past those differences and connect with them on a whole new level.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Haven Horse Ranch is the best place to be for any kind of therapy, whether it be referred by a physician, or just a weekend getaway, Haven Horse Ranch has something for everyone to be involved in. I'm an occupational therapist by trade and always wanted to get involved in Equine-Assisted-Therapy, as I had been during grad school years. I finally had the opportunity when I received a mailing from St. Augustine University. A chance to be a part of something I loved to do, so I jumped at the opportunity! The Haven Horse Ranch staff and volunteers are so friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated to the children & young adults that they serve! It was the best weekend seminar I have ever been to thanks to all the Haven Horse Ranch Staff & volunteers!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have recently had the opportunity to learn more about the amazing things that are happening at Haven Horse Ranch and I only wish I would have heard about them sooner! Through my position as a Speech/Language Pathologist with Next Step Therapy, I have been able to become more involved with the ranch through becoming a Certified Equine Therapist. Now I am able to see the life changing activities first hand with the children that are being served on the ranch. Haven Horse Ranch is a wonderful place where children with various disabilities and/or challenges can go to help them achieve greater personal independence.

Vicky C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Haven Horseranch is a great organization to be a part of. Our team of therapists at Next Step Therapy recently started treating our kids out at the ranch and it has been great! Ric has made equine assisted therapy his top priority and it is amazing to see the results in the kids. We share his passion to help as many kids as possible achieve functional independence either through physical strength, speech, or controlled behavior. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Haven in changing the lives of children with special needs.

bubbe02

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known about Haven Horse Ranch for a few years, but just recently became actively involved by becoming a Certified Equine Assisted Therapy Instructor. I now see first hand what an amazing facility Ric has made for children with special needs. I am a Speech Pathologist with 39 years experience, and I can truthfully say that what I see in the therapy sessions is remarkable, The children become animated and do and say things at the end of a session that they were not doing at the beginning. His horses are so well trained that I have no doubt that the riders are safe. I work with many children who have significant sensory issues, and I believe that the Equine Assisted Therapy is a definite asset to their therapy program. I will work with as many as I can at the Ranch. The staff there has been wonderful and are a joy to work with. My only regret is that I did not get involved with Ric and his programs sooner.l

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow! Is what I think when I think of Haven Horse Ranch a licensed SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center in St Augustine Florida. The ranch is ran with the children's safety first and the latest therapeutic approaches offered in the "therapy world" with equine therapy. This ranch truly benefits a child with a diagnosis through passion, love, knowledge, research, and the I CAN approach. With this type of enviroment a child CAN be successful. All therapeutic riding centers should be ran with the mission statement of Haven Horse Ranch. It is the most amazing professional experience not just for the volunteers/ professionals that make this ranch run but in turn gives the children a place to flourish through passion and spirit! I say congrads to Ric for a job well done! I would highly recommend the ranch to anyone.

Respectfully, Melanie COTA/L & Certified Equine Assisted Therapist