My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center, Miami, FL, USA
We are so blessed to have discovered and experienced Whispering Manes this summer. This program is a hidden gem that my son is now obsessed with is and so is this Mama. For all of his life my son has spend his afternoons in traditional therapies and summers in camps that the time was spent reinforcing academics and more of the traditional therapies. In the most recent years the struggle has been real and the motivation for these therapies are non existent, until now. Meeting Robyn and this amazing program has opened so many doors and it has created a new fire and drive in my sons heart.
To many on the outside it may seem like its just all about horseback riding, but if you dig deep you know its so much more. While my son is riding the horses he is building and strengthening core muscles and working on his balance. Then guiding the horses left or right, he is being forced to use his coordination and focusing on balancing some more. In addition, he is asked to walk the ponies around obstacle courses, which while focusing on leading, he himself is forced to conquer the course himself having to use his hand-eye and motor coordination. A lot of gross motors skills are reinforced, just like in PT.
But wait, that's not all, It gets better. Robyn's creativity and program are so special. She develops games and missions that help the kids develop team building, communication skills, along with reinforcing fine motor and problem solving skills. A few of my favorite are hearing about the search for legos in a haystack, finding their shoes blindfolded with the help of their team members and having to put them on blindfolded. These are just a few or the many fun and nurturing games that the kids truly enjoy. All this reminds me of a little OT and ST, just with some sparkle.
And as in every summer camp there is arts and crafts and water days. However, it didn't matter what day it was because my son always had a smile on his face and was ready to go back everyday!!! Mission Accomplished!!!
Last but not least this program incorporates a safe environment with the small ratios and caring staff.
Thank you Robyn for this special gift that you share with our kids. We will be back!!!