Stevie starting coming to Equessense about 7 months ago. She started because she has social anxiety and delayed speech. Since starting she had made so much progress. She loves coming and talks about riding all the time. She loves Jess and Stephanie aka Stevie. She thinks they are so funny! She adores Pegasus and I do too, he is a wonderful horse and he is so amazing with her. He can read her emotions and reacts accordingly. It’s truly amazing to see. We are so grateful for Equessense!
My name is Chloe Sutton, and I’ve been volunteering at Equessense for almost 5 years. Equessense is a huge part of my life, and always will be, as it is one of the most amazing and uplifting experiences that anyone could ever imagine. The wonderful board, horses, and volunteers make miracles happen. Each and every one of our amazing riders is benefited by the therapeutic aura of Equessense; may it be the country atmosphere, the beautiful horses, or the encouraging smiles and words from the board and volunteers. I have witnessed the impossible become reality thanks to the selfless and dedicated horses and members here. The horses provide a trustworthy friend and a safe, secure feeling that our riders benefit from so heavily. I have learned so much from Equessense, as have many, many others, so I encourage any and all people to consider supporting this incredible program.
Hi, I’m Emma. I originally came to Equessense for volunteer hours when I joined NJHS in middle school. I was anti-social, and still kind of am, and a very big pacifist. Since my two years of being a volunteer, I am now less shy, and in a committed relationship due to my new found ability to stand up for myself. I’m very bonded with Homer and Josie, and while we may not get along sometimes, I believe that the horses and people at Equessense have helped me develop into the person I’ve always wanted me to become.
Hi there everyone my name is Rachael Palacios and I have currently been volunteering at Equessense for about two years and have recently been added to the Board of directors. I can tell you the therapy that this magical place provides is not only for our kids and adults but also for our volunteers. We see miracles happen every single day and it is so life changing to know that you are a part of that. I have seen huge strides with what this place does. Imaging meeting a child that has been so hurt by the world and trusts no one, regain faith in themselves and others. To see a child that is lacking in motor skills and needs the support of two “helpers” now sits strong in the saddle and holds themselves up. These miracles go from the slightest to the mightiest things you could every experience. I am so proud to be a part of this organization!!! We do always need help in keeping these riders in the saddle and you can help in SO MANY ways. We need help anywhere from financial support to labor. We offer one of the most diverse groups of people I think I have ever been around and it is truly an uplifting experience so roll up your sleeves pull out a check book and come make miracles with us!!!
Hello, my name is Bill Shull. I’ve known the awesome folks at Equessense for a little over 5yrs now. I go out and help whenever my job allows! Sometimes it’s every weekend. Other times, I don’t get out there for months. But that doesn’t mean that I love them and the wonderful work they are doing one bit less! I’ve never in my life had the opportunity to help out such wonderful caring people like Judy, Summer, and Rachael! All of the volunteers I’ve met have been equally impressive! The affection and attention they show the kids is really unbelievable! And they sure need the support of other wonderful people. Thank you!
Hi! I’m Michelle and I’m a fairly new volunteer. I first was introduced to Equessense in November 2013 when I attended a Play Day. I was just going out there to take pictures, but, I ended up helping set up for the event and getting to know the wonderful people who volunteered. I fell in love with the horses, children, volunteers, and the atmosphere of the place. Fast forward to February 2014 when Equessense lost one of its precious horses, Princess. I drove out on my own to the Balloon Release to capture the memory of everyone saying goodbye to her.
After the Balloon Release I began coming out every Saturday. At first I came out just to get to know how equine therapy worked. I then started to take an interest in helping every week and now I’m more involved. I found that by working with the children and the horses that it was also therapy for me. I have never felt better in my whole life.
I feel that what we all do does make a difference with everyone that’s involved. I’m a strong believer in this alternative therapy because I have watched our riders grow by leaps and bounds. Every time one of the riders learn something new or has a new, positive development makes me very proud to be a part of this very loving family. My family is now everyone involved, the volunteers, the children (their parents too) and the horses.
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