Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship Horse SenseAbility at Wildstar Farm

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Contact Information

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

16 Nason Hill Lane Sherborn, MA 01770-1281
Area Served: Central

Map Location Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship

Narrative

Horse SenseAbility is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and young adults who are underserved, at risk or have special needs develop life skills by learning about, caring for and being with horses in a peaceful, rural setting.

Horse SenseAbility offers 4 core programs for children and young adults with special needs:

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 ‚Äčis 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.

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. 

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
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disability
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Language Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Illness
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Speech Impairment
  • Suicide Loss Survivors
  • Visual Impairment

Ages Served

  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22

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