When I first walked into the barn at ROSES, I knew it was a special place. Then when the children came, and I witnessed and experienced first hand the amazing relationship that built between Joan, the horses and the children, I knew I wanted to get involved. It has made me a better person. Having horses of my own, its made me a better horsewoman. During the program, we get so close to the children that by the end of the session we are sad to see them leave. When you see the progression of the children, you know good things are happening at ROSES. There is no coincidences. Everyone is touched.
ROSES is an incredible place to work with. Children are given a chance to grow and experience new interactions in a safe environment.
Rose of Sharon is a magical place. It is a no- judgment-zone full of healing presence. I came to the barn as a volunteer and have loved every moment I've spent working the the people and animals. True miracles happen with the work Joan and the ponies and the rosebuds do at Roses. I believe the world is better because of Roses.
Rose of Sharon Equestrian School is an amazing place. It is a place of wellness, safety, compassion, humility and love. I found the barn and Joan and the fourleggeds when I first moved to Baltimore and it was a grounding force in my life. I have been privy to see many amazing things happen with people and animals in this space. And, I can only hope that the positive impact this facility has on the people who touch it/are touched by it and the community that surrounds it will be a ripple effect. A deep bow to Roses, and all who make it happen (people and animals, alike).
I have really enjoyed my time as a volunteer at Rose of Sharon so far and it has been a very valuable experience. Joan is wonderful with both the children and her horses and her farm is absolutely beautiful. I love how the children's eyes light up as soon as they enter the barn and see all of the horses (and miniature horses!!). Joan has come up with many creative and innovative ways to incorporate horsemanship into fun activities that the children love. I volunteered during a group of preschoolers' first session at ROSES. I have seen first-hand the impressive progress they have made in a very short amount of time. Their confidence has risen and they have become more self-assured as they complete the various activities. I cannot say enough positive things about Joan and ROSES.
I started to volunteer at ROSES my junior year of high school. I thought it would just be a way to earn my service hours but after my first day I realized it was so much more. I saw first hand how effective equine therapy is and how excited the students are to come into contact with the horses. I look forward every week to come and see the students and watch them grow and become more confident in their abilities. I never realized how much this experience would mean to me. ROSES is a place of learning and growing not only for the students but for the volunteers.
I have been working at ROSES for about 7 years and it has been the best experience I have ever had. Everyone who comes there has such a positive attitude when ever they are there. I have seen amazing changes in the students that come to Roses. Kids who have severe problems are changed after leaving there. You hear stories from the kids aids about how happier they are in the classroom and at home all because of what everyone does at Roses. I love being a part of this program and being able to help students.
I started volunteering at Rose's a year ago. I found them online and it seemed like a perfect fit for me to be able to work with special needs kids and horses. I started with barn chores in the summer and then moved to classes with the students 3 days a week in the Fall and Spring. Rose's founder, Joan Twining is an inspiration to the volunteers, teachers and especially her students. It is such an overwhelming joy to be able to see the students overcome their fears and learn so much. I love getting to know each of their personalities and am sad when each session ends. I can honestly say that the opportunity to serve at Rose's has made more impact on my life than I ever expected.
I have been volunteering for Roses for some time now and love it! The amazing care that Ms. Joan and the horses give to the children is something simply amazing. The work that they do on a day to day basis is unbelievable but I believe that their sense of sincere love and care for the people they are touching is the most important of all. I have never met such gentle, pacient horses so willing and eager to please. The work that she does is truly spectacular and touches the hearts of not only the students but everyone invoved.
Rose of Sharon is supportive and caring of all the students they work with. Joan is careful to individualize each students experience including those who won't ride. The calm and gentle nature of all the staff working with the students is reassuring and comforting.
Coming with a group of 14-20 year old students with Autism, this has been an amazing program. I have watched students grow and learn in an unconventional learning environment in a way that was not thought possible before the experience. The patience of the volunteer staff and their ability to learn and adapt to our students was outstanding, and they were always willing to ask questions and learn a new strategy if needed. They were able to build relationships with the students and in many instances work without the assistance of our school staff.