Rose Of Sharon Equestrian School Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   79 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: PO Box 156 Glen Arm MD 21057 USA

Mission: Rose of Sharon is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults challenged by disability.  ROSES provides learning opportunities which draw upon the therapeutic potential of the horse-human bond to facilitate change, growth, and healing. Additionally, ROSES seeks a leadership role in the field of equine-assisted activities by partnering with academic and medical researchers to demonstrate the efficacy of therapeutic riding programs; and by cooperating with members of Maryland’s horse industry to provide vocational training for entry-level workers.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 120
Geographic areas served: Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Surrounding areas
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 31-1596944
(410) 592-2562
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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Rose was truly amazing. I run a program for students with special needs and my students had the great pleasure of attending Joan's program for many sessions. From the first day I meet Joan I knew her program was a good fit for all student young and old. Her organization is run professionally and with great care and compassion for the horses and the clients. Joan takes great care to ensure that all have a good experience on the farm. She worked with my staff to set up individual programming for students that needed extra planning and support. The horses themselves have special needs and this too makes it a special place to be. I highly recommend it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more horses if and when possible.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

ROSES is home.
The horses will always be my daughter's special siblings, and there is no place on earth that offers serenity to all like ROSES.
Joan has done so much for so many, and is a true blessing to all.

Thank you.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone Joan so that she can do the millions of great things she wants to do!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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9 people found this review helpful

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School has been providing many gifts to my daughter for many years. She has learned compassion, patience, endurance, structure in addition to how to care for and ride horses. Joan Twining and her staff/volunteers ensure that each child has an experience that is wonderfully unique and well suited for them. It is a safe, structured environment with a breathtakingly beautiful facility and location. How lucky are we that we have found such a wonderful place!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how my daughter has blossomed and learned under the tutelage of Joan Twining and her team.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find resources that would allow Joan's vision of growth for the school so that more people would know of and benefit from the programs that ROSES offers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the way my daughter loves to go to ROSES each week, and seeing how she has grown with the programs offered there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

So many loving and patient people that go out of their way to be involved with the people who come to ROSES.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do so many amazing things to help so many children and adults learn the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding.

Ways to make it better...

ROSES had the funding needed so that volunteers weren't relied on so heavily, and the program could grow and prosper so that others could reap its benefits.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not having enough people/funds to implement all of the great ideas and programs that could be taking place there.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Joan Twining is a visionary, and has put her life into making ROSES the gift it is to so many people. How lucky are we to have her in our life, and to have such an extraordinary role model for my daughter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with ROSES for many years. First as a parent of a student, a volunteer and now on the board of directors. There are many wonderful stories of the students connecting with the horses, especially those with autism. ROSES changes the lives of these special kids. Joan does amazing things and truly makes a difference!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more people involved in growing ROSES and supporting its mission.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Until we found ROSES, my daughter was struggling to find something that would give her a sense of accomplishment. There was very little for her due to her disability and she was feeling a lack of self confidence. ROSES changed all of that when she started working with the horses, which are incredible animals. Joan has created an amazing program that has given my daughter confidence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This place is amazing!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

ROSES has been an important part of my life and my daughters life. My daughter was first a student at ROSES and was changed by working with Joan and the horses. It was a place where self esteem and self worth was gained along with a sense of accomplishment. Over time, my daughter began working at ROSES and she has blossomed under Joan's tutelage. I have also been witness to the successes of many other students who come in contact with this special place.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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10 people found this review helpful

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School is a place where miracles happen on a regular basis. From personal experience, my daughter went from a child who had no self esteem and wouldn't try anything to a young lady who is extremely comfortable with the horses and is very confident. This didn't happen overnight but over the course of time, I could see a change in her. The beautiful tranquil setting of the barn along with Joan Twining's calming nature made my daughter realize her potential. My daughter has a developmental disability but this isn't evident when she's at ROSES. Joan and the horses are amazing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

After many years of my daughter going to ROSES, I became a board member and hope to spread the word about ROSES.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the changes in the students. It's amazing to see how confident they become.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing.....very dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

finish the indoor arena and begin to reach out to more children that would benefit from being around the horses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School is a fantastic place for children and horses to form a bond. The individuality of planning and kindness shown toward my students and staff was amazing. The experience, knowledge of both Joan and her staff contributed to an excellent therapy plan. The staff and students who participated from my class room looked forward to going. What an opportunity for all. I recommend their therapy program without reservation. Respectfully submitted by Michele Shanti special educator at the Glyndon Autism Program

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It's very difficult to really understand the impact that Roses has had on my daughter's life. Starting at a very young age, she began her work at Roses. She learned how to brush using various brushes and strokes. Clean hooves, prepare meals, give showers, give treats and the list goes on. Throughout the process, she even learned how to ride her horse (actually it was Izzy the Pony). She learned how to be gentle and in return gained confidence when riding or even being around her Pony. When she started she was very quiet and said very little. Today she loves to talk about riding and spending time with Ms. Joan and the other helpers at Roses. The experience has truly given my daughter a greater appreciation for animals and other beings and enabled her to develop in ways that would otherwise not have been possible. We owe so much to Roses and the staff, and a special thanks to Izzy!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I participated as a chaperone with students attending a special needs school. We traveled to ROSES once per week and spent the morning there. The staff were very accomodating and knowledgeable. The farm and facilities were safe, well-organized, clean and comfortable. The horses were calm and well-mannered and staff made sure that safety was paramount. The students truly enjoyed the program and learned a great deal. The program helped students make progress in other areas of their lives as well, such as socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. The ROSES program has been a highlight for our school and I recommend ROSES highly.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My son was speech delayed and had VERY low muscle tone. He had been getting services through the county infant and toddlers program but I was looking for something more. I found Roses on my own through an internet search and could not have been happier with my luck! My son was only about 2 and a half years old at the time but was focused and able to follow directions so Joan agreed to work with him. He rode Izzy once a week for about a year. At first, he was too shy and afriad to do much but groom her and muck out the stalls - a chore both of my boys enjoyed as much as riding! So Joan allowed his brother, who was a year and a half older, to ride in an effort to coach my little one onto the pony. Soon, both were riding quite comfortably. One of the only drawbacks with the program was the weather. As he was so small, he got cold easily and oftentimes had to settle for only grooming Izzy and then riding the mechanical horse indoors. Other than that, it was a fantastic experience! His tone and speech improved dramatically. His core stength became so good that he rode a 2-wheeled-bike without training wheels at 4 years old! His self-confidence improved and he even came out of his shyness at bit. We haven't been there in several years but the memories and experiences gained have made a lasting impact on my boys and our family. They often ask when we can go back to see Ms Joan and Izzy!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my sons core strength improve

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-6-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I heard about Rose of Sharon during an MS meeting when our guest speaker, Joan Twining, spoke of the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding for people with disabilities. I had to try it! I was not disappointed. Joan really knows what she is doing! I learned to groom, ride, and love horses. She utilized the horses in a therapeutic way to help me deal with my MS. The therapy I received was not only beneficial in strengthening the weaknesses in my legs, but also in giving me a feeling of pride in knowing that I could handle and ride horses, despite my disease. I have been a horse lover ever since and a believer in their therapeutic value.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many therapeutic ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to find more donors to keep it running.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

receiving therapy using horses.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand this organization throughout the country.

Ways to make it better...

I could have gone more often.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of money, keeping the horses healthy, and the weather

One thing I'd also say is that...

learning to ride horses is something nearly anyone, old or young, with or without disabilities, can and should do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

My daughter has Aspergers syndrome, anxiety, and coordination issues. She is strong willed, and used to doing things her way. She was also terrified of animals prior to working with Joan. Who would have thought that soon she would be following Joan's directions on how to care for these huge animals? Joan is an amazing person, who has the perfect balance of respect, love, and firmness to work with kids on the spectrum. I could go on and on about how much she has changed our lives for the better, but will share just one story. When the time came for my daughter to mount "her" horse Izzy for the first time, she froze. I was outside the ring watching. She tensed up, and she started repeating “I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared.” Those of you who know children on the autism spectrum may recognize this moment as the moment before a melt-down. If I had been the person by her side, I know she would have refused to get on, no matter how much I encouraged her. I watched from the distance. Joan just said “It will be OK” and my daughter got on Izzy! That was a miracle for me. Joan had somehow unlocked the door that had gone up in my daughter's mind. She didn’t push her through the door. She didn’t say “come on, get on!” She just made it possible for my daughter to believe she could do it. My daughter rode for at least 10 minutes that day, praciticing to start and stop, to keep good posture, and to tell Izzy she was a good horse. All I could think was "I'm soooo lucky to have found Joan"!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my daughter grow and reach beyond her comfort zone, learning to follow directions, to care for another living being, to listen to her own body, to be respectful of others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help complete the indoor arena!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the patience and persistence of Joan and the wonderful volunteers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build an indoor arena, and expand to reach out to more people, whose lives would be greatly improved, in so many ways.

Ways to make it better...

there were an indoor arena for riding in inclement weather

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, funding, and funding. Joan is a very capable leader, with a great vision, and only needs funds to support what is already a wonderful organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

My son, dx autism, absolutely loved to go to Rose of Sharon to ride his favorite horse, Izzy. Joan and Karen worked with him on his communication and on following directions. The physical movement helped him with his balance and core strength. I would recommend Rose of Sharon to any parent - my son was treated with respect and he had a fantastic time!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the way my son responded to the animals and the staff was remarkable. He was always so excited to go; he didn't think of it as "work". The horses have a way of calming him, making communication more fluid for him.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...finish the indoor rink! The one down side was that weather could shut down his ability to ride. It would be wonderful if the indoor rink could be completed so kids don't have to be disappointed if the weather is bad.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...watching my son grow.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...very special! Patient, well-trained, careful, respectful, supportive!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...finish the indoor ring, hire full time staff, serve more children!

Ways to make it better...

...Rose of Sharon had an indoor riding ring.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...finding funding to finish the indoor riding ring.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Joan has a beautiful vision to use these magnificent animals as a bridge for connecting with special children. She has an earnest desire to see her students grow and do well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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