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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

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Stephanie36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

5 years later and I'm still volunteering here. Not a day goes by at Healing Horses "One child at a time" where you don't see some kind of healing and miracle happen. I can honestly say, I don't know where I would be if I hadn't continued coming here. I most likely would have made a left instead of making a right. I'm forever grateful for the positive influence and acceptance from Bev and the other volunteers.

4 Beverly L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The blessings bestowed upon me on a daily basis, in seeing abused horses heal both physically and mentally, as well as seeing special needs children victorious in finding self esteem, confidence, speech, motor skill improvement and laughter, has been the a reward that no words can ever describe. The volunteers here are remarkable individuals. All show devotion, love, kindness and understanding of the challenges these horses have on arrival and in their healing process. I have never in my life seen such devotion from a group of youth, as is demonstrated here by our youth volunteers. A group of youth with ambition, goals, morals and values that send your heart soaring. Our adult volunteers give freely of their hearts, time, labor and "can't be done", is never in their vocabulary. We are so blessed to have the ability to give these intelligent, noble animals a second chance and teach them that all humans aren't bad after all. The miracles these horses bring to the special needs children are at times so intense, I am sent soaring with exhilaration. To see a child become confident, to watch their self esteem rise, to see them accomplish verbal and motor skills that they couldn't obtain before, because of the magic of the horse, is a journey I am so blessed and honored to be on. I am honored to stand with each of you, as we save as many horses as we can from the brutalities of mankind and help children become instilled with the knowledge that there is no challenge they can not over come! Alone, we are but the whisper of a mouse, together we are the roar of a lion! Beverly Levitt- President/Founder

6 Wendy22

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known Bev Levitt for over 6 years, long before healing horses was even a thought. However, this amazing, loving, generous grandmother devoted her life in that time to taking care of her developmentally disabled grand daughter and always told me that one of these days she would get a pony for her. Well, fast forward and Bev ended up with her own personal herd of horses! I am a horse person and have never in my life seen someone as able to heal broken hearts, legs and random wounds, build bonds of broken trust, and feed starved horses to where they are now healthy and as dappled as any pampered horse I've ever seen. And then there are the children and families who Bev has touched through her warmth, open arms, wonderful hugs and willingness to share her farm and her home. Her experiences from doing so much speed and occupational therapy with her granddaughter taught her well. She is a natural therapist for horses, special needs children and all of the kids and family volunteers. It is an honor to be on the board of Healing Horses One child at a Time. May your efforts continue to rescue horses in need, find them their furever homes and continue to reach and teach special needs children. I will continue to work toward finding funding sources to support this life saving venture.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I could not think of a better place to volunteer my time. Everyone that goes there is all like a close knit family. We are all like brothers and sisters. We do nothing but, laugh all day long. I have so much fun with everyone. Beverly, the owner and founder is the salt of the earth. I wish everyone could be like her. She is always greeting you with a hug and she is the type of person you call when your not feeling well. We will quickly put a smile on your face. All of the horses of healthy beyond expectations. I believe to have a barn that everyone feels welcome at and able to express themselves is exactly what this place is. The specil needs therapeutic riding lessons given here are the best of them all. Bev, has experience as her grand daughter has disabilities. She will spend all day out in the pasture with any child just to put a smile on your face. That's just the kind of person she is. She is amazing and couldn't think of anyone better than her to own a horse rescue. This is truly her love and passion. She would never give it up for the world!