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Horseback Riding and Carriage Driving Program Accepting Applications



The Carriage Barn is now accepting applications for its Fall Horseback Riding and Carriage Driving Programs.  Programs include Therapeutic horseback riding, Therapeutic Carriage driving, and Hippotherapy as well as recreational Horseback riding & Carriage driving.  For more information please contact The Carriage Barn at 603-378-0140, see our website at, or email





060224_ET_ABO_HORSETHERA2The Carriage Barn programs seek to promote the health & well-being of individuals by enhancing their physical, psychological, cognitive & emotional healing & strengthening through equine activities.  Program activities further this purpose by utilizing horses to provide opportunities for individuals to form unique relationships that nurture & empower them in a way that brings new insights, self-confidence, improved communication, & relaxation.  In the context of a natural outdoor setting, these activities provide a serene learning environment.



The Carriage Barn is a 501c3 Not for Profit Organization and a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International.  Our instructors are specially trained and experienced equestrians.  The programs serve Rockingham County & the greater Merrimac Valley. Just minutes from I-95, it is an easy drive to a wonderful country setting surrounded by knowledgeable and supportive staff and volunteers.

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Senior Recreation in Portsmouth

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Our senior drivers battle each other in their cones course after 2 weeks of Sunday lessons!  No Moe & KC have provided the power and our Pacific Carriages provide a “luxury ride to die for”.  How much fun can you have on a Sunday morning?  Next week is their first carriage driving show…stay tuned.

Horsemanship Clinic Week #2

DSCN0999-1Morgan Johnson, our Junior Counselor for Girls Scout camp, teaches campers how to enjoy our horses.  Each young woman decorated their special horse book written by a Haflinger, probably No Moe!  Morgan supervises grooming, tacking up a horse, and helps set up trail classes.






At the end of the week, Soe gives a special “Thank You” speech to Morgan, Emily, Sharon, Emma, and Ann, from atop the picnic table!








Horsemanship Clinics off to a great start!

Girl Scouts learning about horse care

Girl Scouts learning about horse care

Our first week of Horsemanship Clinic was a blast.  We hosted 4th & 5th grade Girl Scouts.  Junior Counselor Morgan and staff assistant Emily helped teach the girls about basic horse care and training.  Can’t wait for next week!  There are a limited number of spots available in Horsemanship Clinics throughout the Summer.  For more information, click here.  To register, click here.

Staff Assistant Emily (left) and Junior Counselor Morgan (right)

Staff Assistant Emily (left) and Junior Counselor Morgan (right)

A little training

A little training

And now for a nice bath after a warm clinic day.

And now for a nice bath after a warm clinic day.


Fundraiser – Matching Funds available for our new home

As you may be aware, The Carriage Barn Equine Assisted Therapy Program have spent many years providing instructional horsemanship for assistive therapies through carriage driving or riding programs for adults, veterans, and children with disabilities.

The Program’s current lease is expiring and the program is in jeopardy of closing.  Fortunately, we have a unique opportunity to move to a new facility in Southern NH. The Carriage Barn Therapy Program will be the sole tenant and the facility has plenty of stalls, paddocks, and an indoor arena, allowing the programs to operate 7 days a week, 12 months a year, regardless of weather.

The Carriage Barn Therapy Program is asking for financial assistance in helping to keep the program alive and continue to benefit the many children and adults who are currently enrolled as well as saving the horses that are the core of the program.  The one-time cost of moving this program to its new home is $10,000.  A major donor has pledged $5000, if we can match their contribution dollar for dollar by mid-July.  Your tax deductible contribution will be doubled, allowing us to continue our commitment to this worthwhile project.  Can you help us meet our goal?

Donations can be made through our website, via check or through PayPal.

To donate using PayPal through our website, please click here.  To mail a check, our office address can be found here.  We would be happy to answer questions or assist donors, please email us through our contact page, or call the office at #603-378-0140.

Thank you for your support!

Paws Walk 2013

Coaching Dog “Certificate”

The Carriage Barn Equine Assisted Therapy Programs wishes to congratulate all of the dogs, and their humans, for their efforts in our “Coaching Dog” course at the NH SPCA Paws Walk on June 9th.  It was rather warm for a Sunday in June, but that did not stop these dogs from giving their all.  Everyone had a blast!

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Helping Others Help Others

Pat-G,-Jazzy300px[Originally published in Driving Digest March/April 2012]

Jerry Trapani, a good friend and Carriage Association of America (CAA) Board Member, called to ask if The Carriage Barn could help Pat. Pat was quadriplegic “C4.” She was trying to have her horse trained to pull a newly acquired carriage. Arrangements were made to truck her carriage and horse to New Hampshire under Jerry’s supervision.

Pat’s horse Jazzy was 850 pounds, gaited, and out of shape. The carriage was twice the horse’s weight, oak and heavy metal. Pat’s electric wheelchair was 300 pounds and Pat’s own weight was over 200 pounds….

Download the complete article (PDF) to read about how The Carriage Barn found a solution and made a new friend.