Nestled in the rolling countryside of southeast New Hampshire, The Carriage Barn provides a full spectrum of equine therapeutic programs and activities. In the context of a quiet, natural outdoor setting, our gentle horses and supportive team help participants form unique relationships that nurture and empower them in ways that bring new insights, self-confidence, improved communication, and relaxation.
Winter Play Days at The Carriage Barn
The Carriage Barn will be offering Winter Break Play Days during the February school break. Did you know horses like to pull sleds, snow tubes, and sleighs? Bring your child for morning or afternoon play days with our horses. Find a friend, make a snowman.
Come play in the snow with us on February 24th and 26th. Play days are for ages 5+. This will be in small group experience, space will be limited. No parental supervision required. Activities are outside in the snow, in our indoor arena (unheated), or in our heated tack room. Please be sure to dress for the weather.
Proceeds help support The Carriage Barn’s therapeutic horseback riding & carriage driving programs. For more information or to register, please contact The Carriage Barn.
Senior Driving Class Goes Sleighing
Just one day before Blizzard Juno comes blowing in, the Senior Driving class takes advantage of the mild weather and Saturday’s snow……Sleighing anyone?
Fundriaser Evening at Michael’s Harborside
Please join us at Michael’s Harborside Restaurant, 1 Tournament Wharf in Newburyport, MA on Monday, February 9th from 4 to 9pm. Michael’s Harborside is hosting a Benefit Fundraiser for The Carriage Barn Equine Assisted Therapy Programs.
Michael’s Harborside is Newburyport’s premier waterfront steak and seafood restaurant. Overlooking the Merrimac River, Michael’s is known for the freshest seafood on the North Shore. It is a favorite of locals who dine out often, boaters staying at one of the many marinas, and tourists who come from all over New England, Canada and even farther away to get a true taste of New England.
Whatever the weather outside, Michael’s is always warm and welcoming with fireside dining in the winter and the most popular outdoor bar in Newburyport during the warmer months. Besides the most delicious lobster roll and the juiciest burger, Michael’s features year-round Specials, Live Entertainment and family-friendly dining.
Guests can choose items from any menu and Michael’s Harborside will donate a portion of each dinner check to The Carriage Barn.
Avoid the crowds and come with your family, or that special someone, for an early Valentine’s Day celebration. We encourage clients, parents, volunteers, and community members to join us as we raise funds to support our therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving programs.
If you have questions about this event, please contact The Carriage Barn.
Driving at The Carriage Barn
Student Dani at her driving lesson. Thank you to Peter Wright for shooting & editing such great video!
Dani B 12-14-1
Dani B 12-14-2
The Great Barnum
Barnum & Bailey were given to The Carriage Barn Equine Assisted Therapy Program in May 2005. Wendy Llewellyn wanted them to have a good home. They were imported from Belgium as circus ponies. After the original owner lost interest in them, they were left in a large field with Clydesdales; Wendy saved them from the pastures of Connecticut. She bought harness and drove them, a perfectly matched black pair of Shetlands. She wanted to compete with a large horse in carriage driving shows.
Barnum and Bailey were named by the kids in our 2005 Kids Driving Camp. The kids loved to learn how to drive a pair and who could resist a photo opportunity with these adorable ponies, 10 hands, all dressed up with their green feather plumbs. Barnum and Bailey were never separated during their teaching time with us. We know they were clever and knew circus tricks. We did not know whether they spoke Flemish, French, or German, but they definitely drove with no verbal cues. One day we decided to use them for a riding lesson. Two little kids got on and were being led around the ring. Suddenly, both ponies simply laid down. We never figured out the cue, maybe the clowns taught them the trick as part of the circus act. From that moment, they were drive only.
Over the years, hundreds of people met our great circus boys; in parades, at camps, and in lessons. Last Summer, they helped a young woman with Spina Bifida who was afraid of heights, speed, and leaving her wheelchair. They were her first driving experience. The indoor arena was filled with aides, sidewalkers, and breathless onlookers. The ponies pulled and we all began to enjoy the moment.
Sadly, that moment, that Summer, must live with us forever. The great Barnum died in his pasture, with Bailey and his other pasture mates by his side, on New Year’s Day. We think he was very close to forty years old. For the last four years, Barnum & Bailey have lived with their veterinarian, Dr. Janet Wojciechowski and her husband, Mr. Don Haley. Dr. Wojciechowski had diligently cared for the boys’ allergies. Over the years, the grasses and other pollens along with fly bites had compromised their quality of life. Their monthly shots and tremendous care allowed them to productively function until now.
We will ring in the New Year with hearts filled with Joy and Peace. Goodness and Mercy abound around us. To all of you, we are most grateful. To Barnum, we will always remember. To Bailey, we will shower you with love and protect you from loss.