Senior Introduction to Carriage Driving

IMG_1867-1Response was so positive to The Carriage Barn’s Senior Beginning Driving Classes that we are offering them again! Special classes just for Seniors will be held Sundays in September. Know the thrill of holding the reins and controlling a special journey known for centuries. Learn the fine art of carriage driving with The Carriage Barn’s carriage collection and horses on a heritage farm in Portsmouth.

IMG_1859-1Classes will be held each Sunday at 305 Peverly Hill Rd., Portsmouth, NH. The first 3 classes, September 8, 15, and 22, are instruction and the fourth class will be a “carriage driving show” for friends and family on September 29.

Enrollment is limited. No prior horse experience or equipment needed. Cost is $100 per Driver. For more information, click here. To register, please contact The Carriage Barn.

All class proceeds benefit The Carriage Barn’s equine assisted therapy programs, which provide instructional horsemanship and assistive therapies through carriage driving and riding programs for adults, veterans, and children with disabilities.

Horseback Riding and Carriage Driving Program Accepting Applications

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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 www.carriage-barn.org, or email carriage-barn@comcast.net.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carriage Barn Therapy Program Seeks Support to Reach Fundraising Goal for Move to New Home

Abigail-Match-1The Carriage Barn Therapy Programs for 13 years has provided instructional horsemanship for assistive therapies through carriage driving and riding programs for adults, veterans, and children with disabilities. With their current lease set to expire, the program is in jeopardy of closing.

Fortunately, The Carriage Barn Therapy Program has a unique opportunity to move to a new facility in Fremont, NH. The Carriage Barn 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 is asking the community for financial assistance in helping to keep the program alive and continue to benefit the many children and adults that are currently enrolled as well as saving the horses that are the core of the program. According to Carriage Barn Executive Director, Ann Miles, “The one-time cost of moving the program to our new home is $10,000.  A major donor has pledged $5,000, if the program can match their contribution dollar for dollar.  To date, we have successfully raised nearly $3,000 towards that goal.  We are asking the community for their support in helping us to reach our total goal by the end of July.”

Tax deductible contributions will help the program reach its fundraising goal and allow this worthwhile program to continue. Donations can be made through the Carriage Barn website, via check or through PayPal.  Donations can be completed in any of the following ways:

For more information, please contact Michele Shepherd at The Carriage Barn’s office.

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.