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.
Merlin the paint horse is on loan to Carlisle from a friend in the para-dressage community. Merlin and his owner have attended several para camps and when it was time for Merlin’s next adventure his owner thought of us. He is a tried and true pony clubber and adult amateur dressage mount, and is a joy to ride. He’s a nice addition to our herd. Welcome Merlin!
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.
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 in our sports and recreation programs. She is sure-footed with the smoothest canter around, great for riders reaching new goals.
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!
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!
Quinn is a 10 year old pony who joined the Carlisle herd late in the season of 2014. He has shown his skills in jumping and trail riding, even in quadrille! We are excited to see what else this steadfast guy has to offer, perhaps hippotherapy! His 12+ hands will offer the right height for our beginner and younger riders in all programs. Welcome Quinn to the Carlisle crew!
Cormac was happily welcomed to the herd in the Spring of 2016. He’s a handsome young chestnut Quarter Horse from Wyoming. His friendly and curious manner won us over on day one and his smooth gaits are a big hit. Welcome Cormac!
Buster is a super cute bay Quarter Horse who was born in Wyoming where he worked cattle before coming to Carlisle in 2015. Buster adores people, is very calm and is happy to learn new things, which makes him an ideal therapy horse. Fall 2016 he made his debut in therapy lessons and is an excellent addition to the team!
Maddy was born in about 2010 in Wyoming. Maddy joined the Carlisle herd in the Fall of 2015 after spending his first few years penning cattle. Maddy, a Quarter Horse, took to our English track like a champ and we love his smooth gaits. He is such a pretty mover!