Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports operates out of Spring Creek Farm in Lyman, Maine. The farm is located on 150 acres of lush pastures, rolling fields and wooded trails, offering a peaceful environment. Every season of the year presents breathtaking views.
Our professional offices are located in a refurbished milking barn. There are two indoor riding arenas, two outdoor riding arenas, a jump field and a sensory trail. Pre- or post-ride therapeutic activities take place in a heated activity room filled with occupational and sensory integration toys and treatment devices.
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Carlisle Academy’s herd of kind-hearted, willing and steady therapy horses elicit smiles from all who meet them. With each horse bringing his or her own unique personality, these 4-legged therapists quietly work their magic, creating a partnership with their riders who gain confidence and overcome challenges. Our horses are highly trained and bring a calming sense to our riders, who can be easily over stimulated. They tolerate riders sitting on them backwards, standing on their backs, ringing bells, and bouncing balls rolling off of their bodies, the whole time remaining calm and making sure that the rider is safe. Horses trained to higher levels are able to help our riders who want to pursue para equestrian sports and other recreational or competitive pursuits.
Onyx, a beautiful Percheron/Morgan cross with a curly mane, is one of Carlisle Academy’s long-time therapy horses. She works in the adaptive riding program as well as recreational, and is a seasoned competitor with Team Carlisle. Steady and patient, she loves to be groomed, as evidenced by the softness that comes to her eye when her students come for their lessons.
Beauty is our pint-sized ambassador. She used to travel throughout York and Cumberland counties in the Mini Horse Visitation Program, but has since retired and now spends her days on the farm. Beauty is helping our school group friends learn all about about horse care. She enjoys being pampered during her grooming sessions and being taken for walks down the road with her friends.
Dee is an Appendix Quarter Horse donated by the Richardson Family in the fall of 2006. Dee spent many years as an eventing horse, which combines competition in stadium jumping, cross-country jumping and dressage. He now is a first choice for beginner students to gain confidence and miles in the saddle, as well as working in the hippotherapy program.
Zack is the coolest looking horse on the farm. Zack, a Fjord gelding, is our “couch” for the hippotherapy program. Zack enjoys being groomed and taking riders for a trot around the ring. When not working, Zack is most often at the farthest corners of his pasture, trying to avoid capture!
Kenny is our star hippotherapy partner and is considered part of the woodwork, having lived on the farm since 1999! Kenny is a Standardbred gelding owned by Susan Grant. Kenny loves his job and all the people he works with, and has a remarkable ability to sense what his riders need.
Mabel is a beautiful Morgan/Belgian mare and no stranger to Spring Creek Farm. Mabel expanded her horizons to become an adaptive riding lesson horse in 2006 when her owner, Jessica Standish, offered Mabel’s services. Since then she has become a key member of our 4-legged staff, and has added hippotherapy to her long list of talents. Mabel enjoys jumping and dressage on the weekends.
Zoe is a beautifully trained Hanovarian mare with a sweet and gentle nature. Trained in dressage through second level, Zoe’s talents lie in her kindness and ability to help riders advance their equestrian skills. She was lovingly donated by Mary Giftos.
Maggie Mae joined us at the end of the 2012 session and won our hearts. She has a jumping and flat work background and is sensitive to the aids, making her a favorite of riders. With her draft-cross breeding, she has proven to be a sturdy and steady mount for the Academy’s vaulting activities, too. Say hello to the lovely Maggie Mae next time you visit; she is by far the horse of many different colors!
Rainman Retires. The big chestnut gelding with an equally big smile has earned his retirement. ‘Ray’ or ‘Rainy’ as he is sometimes called, was on loan by Carlisle staffer May Grose Dee, and he worked in the lesson program from 2012 to 2013. Rainman now spends his days at Bramble Hill Farm in New Hampshire hanging around with Cyndy West’s donkey Bayberry.
Coco is a lovely grey Dutch warmblood mare on loan to Carlisle Academy by apprentice Connie MacAlpine. Coco has a background in dressage and flatwork, but has expanded her horizons by working in the therapy and adaptive program. An all arounder, we have discovered Coco’s hidden talent–she is a master hippotherapy horse!
Harley began life in the Wild West as Nick Armentrout’s trusty steed. Harley has done it all, from team roping to packing elk out of the Idaho Mountains and later cavorting around as a low level event horse. In his senior years, Harley still has plenty of gumption and enjoys helping riders progress to higher skills.
Wally the blue-eye pony joined the farm in the summer of 2012, donated by the Lee family. With a playful personality and a smooth gait, his 12.3 hand self delights our smaller riders in both the adaptive and recreational riding program, as well as hippotherapy. Wally loves his food, enjoys grooming time, and is the ‘class clown’ of the gelding group!