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Wildstar Equine Assisted Activities and

aka Wildstar Equine Assisted Activities and   |   SHERBORN, MA   |  www.HorseSenseAbility.com

Mission

Wildstar Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy (dba 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 envisions a world in which any child who might benefit from interacting with horses has the opportunity to do so regardless of their capabilities or economic circumstances.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director & President

Polly Kornblith

Main address

Horse SenseAbility at Wildstar Farm 16 Nason Hill Lane

SHERBORN, MA 01770 USA

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EIN

82-2801705

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Horses are dynamic, sensitive animals that communicate through the subtle use of body language. They respond to situations by giving immediate, honest feedback without judgement. Horses are large and powerful so working with them naturally creates an opportunity for individuals to overcome fear and develop self-confidence. Horses have their own unique personalities, attitudes, moods and backgrounds, which provide endless experiences and situations for growth, healing, learning and relationship building. ​Equine-assisted activities and therapy increase communication, social and organizational skills while encouraging both teamwork and independence. Participants often perceive therapeutic riding and horsemanship as a more positive experience than traditional therapy, serving as a strong motivator in achieving their therapeutic goals. Horse SenseAbility serves participants with emotional, neurological and cognitive challenges and those in difficult life circumstances.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

City to Saddle

City To Saddle gives low-income, urban children an opportunity to visit in a rural environment and interact with a variety of farm animals, particularly horses. The week-long, half-day program during school vacation includes equestrian activities and other farm experiences. Participants receive full scholarships and are encouraged to be volunteers for other Horse SenseAbility programs.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Therapeutic riding and horsemanship lessons taught by PATH-certified instructors are available for children and adults with one or more of the following characteristics: autism spectrum disorder; learning disabilities; emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues; experience with violence, abuse or trauma; or identified as at risk. The horse’s movement stimulates brain function, often leading to significant gains in language, mobility, neurological organization and self-confidence.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

Wildstar Wranglers provides a volunteer opportunity to young adults with special challenges for meaningful work in a supportive environment under the supervision of a professional educator. Tasks include daily horse care and barn chores. This experience builds and enhances the individual’s organizational skills, such as following directions, task completion, reliability and attention to detail, all of which directly translate into the person’s role in the community.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Adults

are offered to social service agencies, schools, afterschool programs and medical facilities in the surrounding area. Founder Polly Kornblith and her Shetland pony Hugo are registered by Pet Partners, whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond. There is no cost to an organization or individual for a therapy visit.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The innovative Horse Tales intervention program is designed for students who do not have intensive academic support outside of the school day. Horse Tales specifically focuses on working with 4th and 5th graders who demonstrate a need for additional assistance to reach grade-level proficiency before leaving elementary school. Horse Tales motivates children to read by providing access to high-quality, horse-themed book collections, one-on-one tutoring to promote fluency in reading and daily writing activities. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about, care for and ride horses as part of the program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Occupational therapy using the movement of the horse is a treatment strategy known as "hippotherapy." Sessions are tailored to the needs of the patient and may include working in the clinic space, the barn, the spacious indoor arena or on the outdoor interactive Discovery Trail. After the initial evaluation, the Occupation Therapist develops an individual integrated plan of care. Through collaboration with the therapist, patient and family, functional goals are identified to be addressed during weekly treatment sessions using hippotherapy when appropriate.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Awards

​Myra Kraft MVP Community Award Winner 2021

New England Patriots

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Associated of Therapeutic Horsemanship 2022

United States Equestrian Federation 2022

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to help underserved or at-risk youth and young adults develop life skills by engaging in therapeutic equine-assisted learning activities in a peaceful, rural setting.

Horse SenseAbility offers a variety of services that are particularly geared to youth and young adults who are on the autism spectrum, have experienced trauma or are from an underserved community.
--Stable Moments is designed for children who are or have been in foster care. A trained volunteer mentor and a horse meet 1-on-1 weekly with the child for an entire school year to develop life skills.
--City To Saddle gives underserved 6- to 13-year old children an opportunity to interact with a variety of animals, particularly horses, in a relaxing rural environment.
--Therapeutic riding and horsemanship lessons are available for children and adults with one or more of the following characteristics: autism spectrum disorder; learning disabilities; emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues; experience with violence, abuse or trauma; or identified as at risk.
--Wildstar Wranglers provides an opportunity for young adults with special challenges to develop a strong work ethic and learn appropriate job-related skills in a supportive, supervised environment. Tasks include daily horse care and barn chores.
--Community visits are made free of charge to local schools and organizations that serve children with special needs.

We are a certified PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) center with multiple staff members PATH-certified as Therapeutic Riding Instructions and Equine Specialists in Mental Health & Learning. We have 10 equines engaged in mounted and unmounted therapeutic and horsemanship activities.

We currently offer 4 weeks of the City To Saddle summer program with 6 participants per week. The Stable Moments program comprises 7 three-way partnerships of a child in or who has been in foster care, a volunteer mentor and an equine for a full school year. Therapeutic riding and horsemanship lessons are offered weekly on an ongoing basis. We make weekly community visits to special education classes at the local elementary school with our Shetland pony who is registered with the national Pet Partners organization. We are designing a more structured job development curriculum for the Wildstar Wrangler program to serve young adults in transition who have autism spectrum disorder.

Financials

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Wildstar Equine Assisted Activities and

Board of directors
as of 02/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Hagan

Wildstar Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy

Term: 2017 - 2024

Carolyn Pope

Norfolk Hunt Club

Barbara Rothwell Hagan

Bay State Milling Co.

Rachel Marsh

Antech Diagnostics

Julie Froelich

Independent Consultant

Divya Raghavan Molloy

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Jay Delaune

Force501

Jean Klugman

Independent Consultant

Board leadership practices

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    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/21/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability