9155 Barrel Factory Road
Hastings, FL 32145

StarBrite Stables

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StarBrite is able to help disadvantaged children because of financial assistance from our sponsors. Please join them and help us to continue our program!

Our Children

StarBrite Stables: Volunteer holding a horse while boy feeds

Our children suffer primarily from social, emotional and physical challenges; however, some are facing terminal illness. On any given day we may encounter children dealing with blindness, severe depression, social problems or terminal illness.

Some of our children are mentally challenged, teased, and ridiculed in school. Others come because their family life is unstable due to divorce, alcoholism or abuse. We also work with orphans and children placed in foster homes.

Relationships are personally tailored to accommodate the special needs of each child. Some children will never ride independently while others will develop to very high levels of horsemanship. Regardless of individual needs, each of the StarBrite children will find a loving and accepting community through StarBrite.

The StarBrite staff nurtures each child through challenges and victories. The staff guides the children as they develop skills in relationship building, problem solving, confidence, improved learning skills, essential life skills, physical fitness; as well as trust, patience and integrity. All of this is offered to thoses children who come through the gates of StarBrite.

Our Miniature Horses

The StarBrite miniature horses have brought great comfort to terminally ill children and their families. The terminally ill children, who are strong enough to leave home or hospice, do come out to the ranch to spend quiet, joyful time with our minis.

Who We Serve

StarBrite is here to help with a wide variety of problems that children face. A partial list of those problems includes:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Blindness
  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Depression
  • Developmental Delays
  • Epilepsy
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Scoliosis
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Youth "At-Risk"

Benefits of Our Program

The major benefits a child may receive as a result of participating in the StarBrite Horsemanship program include:

  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Sense of empowerment
  • Feelings of accomplishment
  • Ability to generate internal rewards
  • Sense of competence
  • Ability to meet mental and physical challenges
  • Feelings of confidence and poise
  • Appreciation of self

Improved learning skills

  • Direction following
  • Sequencing ability
  • Task organization
  • Fine and gross motor skill development
  • Increased attention span
  • Tolerance of constructive criticism
  • Ability to focus/concentrate
  • Self-initiative
  • Self-control
  • Recognition of what is expected
  • Ability to follow through
  • Ability to work both independently and within a group setting

Enhanced essential life skills

  • Self-discipline
  • Empathy
  • Honesty
  • Patience
  • Work ethic
  • Impulse and anxiety control
  • Independence
  • Frustration tolerance
  • Emotional control
  • Acceptance of responsibility for actions
  • Decision-making
  • Trust
  • Feelings expression
  • Appropriate risk-taking

Improved interpersonal relationship skills

  • Respect for authority figures
  • Observation of limits/boundaries
  • Receptivity to positive reinforcement for appropriate behaviors
  • Development of capacity for trust, love and commitment
  • Practice of new/different roles within group, family, classroom and other settings
  • Involvement in age-appropriate activities

Strengthened leisure skills

  • Opportunity for fresh air and exercise
  • Opportunity to connect with friends/make new friends
  • Potential to develop a lifelong interest
  • Opportunity to interact with/care for animals
  • Capacity for release of endorphins stemming from exercise
  • Identification of alternatives to sedentary activities such as television and video games
  • Opportunity for relaxation and stress reduction

Physical strength and fitness

  • Development of body awareness
  • Improvement of movement/athletic skills
  • Development of balance, coordination and good posture
  • Enhancement of capacity to model appropriate behavior
  • Overall development of ability to feel quiet and peace