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Healing Horses "One child at a time" Inc.

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Mission: To Rescue, rehabilitate abused and neglected equine and place them into safe, permanent homes. Provide permanent sanctuary for equine that due to age or health cannot be adopted. Give those equine placed in sanctuary a purpose in life by joining them with children of special needs, physical or emotional disabilities, or who are a victim of abuse/violence, at risk youth. To assist each child with special needs or trauma in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses, to include self-esteem, confidence, social skills, small and gross motor skills, balance, core strength, visual planning skills, attention span, cooridination, flexibility and concentration. Provide education to the public in the benefits of having rescue horses interact with special needs, traumatized and at risk youth Provide a healthy atmosphere where our youth can volunteer their help in aiding the horses and the children in need. To help children and youth understand their individual blessings and the importance of community service .

Results: Many of our teens have graduated, moved on to college and return for visits on college break. We continue forward assisting our youth in finding success. We continue to rescue, rehab, retrain and rehome horses as funds and room are available. As of 2017, we have rehomed or networked to safety over 600 horses to new homes. Currently we house 15 horses in sanctuary that help teens in our youth programs.

Target demographics: abused and neglected equine, special needs and at risk teens

Direct beneficiaries per year: 22 horses and 60 children

Geographic areas served: Horse rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming or providing sanctuary for those with health issues. Assisting our community with special needs and at risk teens through an equine program teaching them devotion, trust, respect, self confidence and the ability to face all challenges head on.

Programs: Interactive horse/teen program where teens are assigned a project horse. Serving teens involved in the Pasco and Hillsborough County Juvenile Intervention Program. Interaction and equine therapy for special needs and at risk teens at no charge

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Rating: 5

I was introduced to this wonderful place by my neighbor Nancy Elkins. She and I go out there to help Bev in any way that we can. I have only been involved for a few months, but during that time I have seen many miraculous things happen. Whether it be a horse coming in that was abused in some way and then see the progression of the love and kindness to transform that animal into a trusting loving creature is beyond words. To see a child with a learning or physical challenge, become at one with such an animal is truly the most beautiful thing you'll ever see. Besides these things, it brings me personally to a new place in my own mind and heart that is better than any place I've ever been in my life.

Bravo Bev, may God keep you here for a long, long time to continue your unselfish care of those who need you.