6105 SW 125th Avenue
Miami FL 33183
Tax ID/EIN: 27-3697303
Year Founded: 2010
Last Updated 2017-03-14
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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public Service
Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
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 in a way that encourages healing and improved self-esteem.
Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center was created to help fill a need in Miami-Dade County for a place where people with disabilities can go to participate in equine assisted activities. 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. To this end, we have developed two program tracks that people may choose betweenâ€”therapeutic horsemanship, an un-mounted program, and therapeutic horseback riding, a combination of a mounted and un-mounted program. <br />Therapeutic Horsemanship is a hands-on educational program that uses the interactions and relationships between horses and humans in an environment of learning and self-discovery. It is designed to promote personal growth and the development of positive social/life skills in a fun and supportive environment. Through a curriculum of activities designed to address individual goals and needs, each equine interaction is framed to help participants learn and grow. The barn/farm environment is a unique multi-sensory classroom that naturally lends itself to achieving these goals.<br />The attributes of horses make the equine a natural partner to teach us about ourselves and society, develop skills, and practice better ways to navigate life.<br />o Equines are herd animals that naturally want to interact. They easily engage students with their willingness to respond and cooperate. Developing the skills to effectively communicate with a horse builds self-confidence, empathy, and trust. <br />o Visually horses are large animals and therefore can easily represent some of lifeâ€™s bigger challenges and obstacles that each of us face in our personal life and social situations.<br />o Horses are prey animals whose very survival depends on the ability to be very sensitive to both non-verbal communication and anotherâ€™s intent, even when it is subconscious. The feedback horses give to humans in response to our body language is valuable information. <br />o Horses have survived for thousands of years because they create an effective social hierarchy with clear â€œrulesâ€ and responsibilities ensuring safety and harmony within the herd. Learning about herd dynamics and observing the horses as they interact is another metaphor for society, providing opportunities to explore social situations and how to successfully navigate them.<br />Each week participants explore a new concept (i.e. trust, body language, managing risk, boundaries) through the eyes of their horse. As comfort and confidence levels grow, students tackle new activities, building their self-confidence and skill levels. This program is designed to build confidence, leadership and horse knowledge, and improve social interaction. Students participate in the program in private or group settings. <br /><br />Our Therapeutic Riding is a mounted equine assisted program in which participants with special needs are taught horseback riding skills while simultaneously working on cognitive, physical, and/or emotional objectives. The program is designed to promote personal growth and the development of positive social/life skills in a fun and supportive environment. Similar to the therapeutic horsemanship program, each riding lesson is framed to help participants learn and grow by designing activities that address an individualâ€™s goals and needs.<br />The program is tailored to individual student needs and includes aspects of the Therapeutic Horsemanship program. Students build confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills while learning to ride and interact with the horse. Each week the participants start with a horseback riding lesson. As comfort and confidence levels grow, students tackle new activities, building their self-confidence and skill levels. As they interact and work with the horse, they observe the behaviors and responses of the horse and develop horseback riding skills. <br />The typical riding lesson may include:<br />- Greet and mount the horse â€“ learn correct way to mount the horse â€“ improves balance and range of motion<br />- Warm ups/stretches â€“ encourages correct posture for mounted activities and improves muscle tone and range of motion<br />- Races - e.g. red light/green light race encourages the correct and timely use of walk/halt command â€“ reinforces listening skills and following directions<br />- Steering obstacles â€“ e.g. weave cones - encourages correct use of reins and leg aides - reinforces right/left discrimination and following directions<br />- Gait transition â€“ walk/halt/walk or walk/trot/walk â€“ improves correct posture and assists students to improve posture, balance and trunk/core strength/stability<br />- Dismount and walk horse back to the barn â€“ student further learns safety around the horse, and has the opportunity to bond with the horse â€“ reinforces following directions and sense of responsibility <br />Engaging in therapeutic horseback riding additionally stimulates motor skills and sensory awareness. This program is open to private and group lessons.<br /><br />Whispering Manes also offers a Veterans Program. This program is a combination of the Therapeutic Horsemanship and Therapeutic Riding programs previously described, but open only to veterans. We work with recreation therapists from the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center to bring equine assisted activities to any of the veterans within their inpatient and outpatient programs.
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