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“To assist each child with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction and therapy with rescued horses.” Tax ID 26-3651788


In the last 5 years we provided 10,408 therapy sessions for more than 2,540 local children, to gain life changing therapy, in a controlled environment using proven, documented methods. The resultant impact to the individuals and the communities has been proven, is immeasurable and exponential.

In the past 4 years, 77 children have spoken their first words and 48 have walked their very first steps.

Recidivism rates are down to less than 20% for our juvenile programs and High School graduations are up to more than 95%!

In 2013 we became the 2nd site in the US to train and certify SpiritHorse International Equine Therapists. We added 8 Associate Therapists and 6 Equine Therapists from the ranks of local Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, significantly increasing the number of children we reach every day. As of January 2014 we treat more than 75 people weekly. We have proven we can maximize your investment in children and respectfully request another investment.

If I were I evaluating this program I would want to know 4 things;

  1. Does this program improve the quality of care, quality of life and does it make an impact? - YES, thousands of lives have been changed forever.
  2. Is it an efficient use of your money, are we cost effective? - YES, we operate at about 30% of the national average and 100% of your donation reaches a child.
  3. Is it sustainable? - YES, 24 years and counting
  4. Is it replicatable? - YES, classes are being taught through the University and multiple centers nationwide.

So are we a good investment of your resources? Great Non Profits thought so when they awarded us their highest rating again in 2013 for not only what we do, but how we do it. So did GuideStar Exchange when they awarded us their Gold Seal. I know we make a difference and will do our best to continue to do so. We hope you’ll join us again this year and continue to support our efforts.

We thank you for considering Haven Horse Ranch as an agency to implement your good works. We agree that, “Together, anything’s possible, and we can make a difference” and sincerely hope that with your help, we have the chance to prove it to some deserving children.


Ric C. Lehman

Executive Director

Haven Horse Ranch

(904) 813-5710

a 501c3 non-profit organization

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EIN 26-3651788