100 wooded acres with trails and two riding facilities

Built in 1794 and owned by Lisl since 1980, Wooden Horse Farm sits on over 100 acres of woodland at the end of a dead end street in Thorndike, a borough of Palmer, Massachusetts. The property boasts two riding arenas, one covered for riding in rainy weather, woods for relaxing trail rides, and a modest cross-country course.

The 6 or 7 horses spend their lives with 24/7 access to shelter and pasture and are ridden no more than twice per day. While all are reliable and gentle, there’s a horse for every skill level, from Delta, tried and true for beginners, to Karat, a dressage ride who will challenge the experienced rider.

Along with foundational hunt seat and dressage riding skills, students at Wooden Horse Farm gain the confidence and appreciation that only come with learning how to care for a horse and its habitat. For those participating in day camps, children enjoy an even more realistic farm experience – collecting chicken eggs, bathing horses, learning equine first aid, and much more.