Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship Horse SenseAbility

Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship Horse SenseAbility

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Contact Information

Horse SenseAbility
Contact: Polly Kornblith, Executive Director
Email Address: pk@horsesenseability.org
Phone: 617-504-5299
Alternate Phone: 508-744-6774

WildStar Farm 16 Nason Hill Lane Sherborn, MA 01770-1281
Area Served: BOSTON AND METROWEST

Map Location Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship

Narrative

Horse SenseAbility is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved, at-risk and physically or mentally challenged youth and young adults develop life skills by working with horses in a peaceful, rural setting. Horse SenseAbility offers 6 core programs for children and young adults

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding and horsemanship lessons are available for children and adults with one or more of the following characteristics: autism spectrum disorder; emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues; experience with violence, abuse or trauma; or are at-risk. When participants can steer or lead a horse independently, lessons may include exploring our outdoor, wooded, interactive Discovery Trail.

Stable Moments

Stable Moments ​is a mentoring program for 6- to 16-year-olds who are or have been in foster care. Each child is matched with a trained volunteer and a horse who meet together once a week for the entire school year. The presence of a consistent, committed adult combined with specially designed activities helps the participants develop strong, reciprocal relationships.

City to Saddle (Summer Only)

City To Saddle gives 6 to 13 year olds from underserved communities a chance to interact with horses and other farm animals in a relaxing rural setting.​ Each day, participants groom the horses, learn about horse care, do barn chores, enjoy a horse-related creative activity and take a riding or horsemanship lesson. This week-long, half-day summer program is funded by generous private donations so the only charge to families is a $15 enrollment fee. ​

Wildstar Wranglers

Wildstar Wranglers helps 18 to 25 year-olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder prepare for future employment and engage in meaningful work in a safe, supportive, supervised environment. This vocational program teaches basic job skills required in any work setting, such as showing up on time, following directions, checking your work, accepting and giving feedback, identifying and initiating additional work that needs to be done, and communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors.

Physical Therapy with Horses

Our physical therapy sessions incorporate equine movement into an individual’s treatment plan. This strategy, called hippotherapy, is tailored to the needs of each patient and includes work in the clinic, the barn, the spacious indoor arena and on the interactive outdoor Discovery Trail. For more information about hippotherapy, see our FAQs.

Community Visits

We offer visits by our registered therapy pony Hugo to schools, recreational/enrichment programs and social service organizations within a 30-minute radius of Sherborn, MA. There is no charge for these visits but a donation is always welcome. Hugo and Polly are registered as a therapy team with the national Pet Partners organization.

Wheelchair Ramps, Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms, Able to serve clients in their wheelchair Horse SenseAbility Sherborn Polly Kornblith pk@horsesenseability.org 617-504-5299 508-744-6774 23686 Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship Adoption/Foster Care, Education, Mental Health, Recreation/Arts/Social and Leisure, Relationships/Friendships, Service Animals, Vocational 5) Central Horseback Riding, Mental Health, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Relationship/Friendship Support WildStar Farm 16 Nason Hill Lane Executive Director http://www.horsesenseability.org 01770-1281 Free Service, Personal Funds Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyper Activity Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Birth Defects, Chromosome Disorders, Depression, Developmental Disability, Dual Diagnosis - ID/MI, Eating Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Language Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Mental Illness, Multiple Disability, Phobia, Physical Disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Speech Impairment, Substance Abuse, Suicide Loss Survivors Local Area Executive Director Spanish BOSTON AND METROWEST

Service Types

  • Horseback Riding
  • Mental Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy

Program Type

  • Education
  • Mental Health
  • Service Animals
  • Vocational

Populations Served

  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Birth Defects
  • Chromosome Disorders
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disability
  • Eating Disorders
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Language Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Illness
  • Multiple Disability
  • Phobia
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Speech Impairment
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide Loss Survivors

Ages Served

  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Accessibility Features

  • Able to serve clients in their wheelchair
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Accredited By: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship
  • Fees: Free Service, Personal Funds
  • Licensed By: Massachusetts Department of Agriculture & Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and Commonwealth of Massachusetts