Animal Therapy

New England Horseback Riding and Carriage Driving is located at the Telemark Wilderness Lodge. We offer a variety of unique and educational horseback riding, carriage driving and sled dog programs for people of all ages.

We have been offering unique animal and outdoor therapy programs to a variety of special needs groups for the past twenty years, including Kid’s Peace, Perkin’s School for the Blind, The Spurwick School,  Boys and Girls Scouts, as well as Wounded Warrior program with Veterans without Boundaries.

EQUINE THERAPY   Horseback riding is considered a uniquely beneficial form of therapy for individuals living with disabilities. A horse’s gait, similar to the human walk, helps strengthen spine and pelvic muscles, improves posture and coordination, and increases joint mobility. Whether being ridden or driven, horses allow people living with disabilities to travel with ease to places wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers cannot take them.

Working with horses enhances and develops self confidence and self-esteem, work ethic, self discipline, focus and compassion. Whether the disability is physical, cognitive, behavioral, or emotional, the individual’s accomplishments in learning to work with, handle, ride or drive these animals provide a tremendous boost to confidence and self worth. Individuals with cognitive disabilities benefit from the discipline and concentration required to master riding on and relating to horses. This special bond and personal growth can help these individuals to improve in many aspects of their lives.

Carriage driving is appropriate for all kinds of people who may not be able or want to ride a horse.  It is appropriate for older people who don’t have the flexibility to ride a horse safely. Driving is mentally and physically stimulating, fun, and beneficial to people with a wide array of disabilities including: c.p., m.s., partial paralysis, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, depression, adhd, developmental disabilities, etc.

Our equine therapy programs involves riding, driving, horse care and training.

CANINE THERAPY is about learning to handle, care for, relate to and train our very affectionate Alaskan Husky sled dogs.  Grooming dogs, walking dogs,  cani-cross , summer and fall dog carting, and lead dog training are some of our canine related activities.

Clients can come for private hourly lessons,  family “horse and husky” vacations, or as a school group.

BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP with an animal is a therapeutic experience for everyone.  Whether stroking a cat curled-up and purring in our lap, throwing a ball for a dog to chase or grooming a horse, connecting with animals makes us feel  good.  It is a grounding experience that is relaxing and helps us feel better about ourselves.  Horses, Alaskan Husky Sled Dogs, and Llamas are all a part of our animal therapy programs.   Most of our animals are born here and stay here forever.  Many of the horses were un-wanted animals that now call our farm home.  Our animals are all sweet, incredibly friendly and trusting.  Whether horseback riding, carriage driving, sled dog training, llama trekking, or feeding and tending, the loving nature of these animals permeates all who come in contact with them.

New England Horseback Riding and Carriage Driving Vacations • 591 Kings Highway Mason Township, ME 04217 • Phone 207-836-2703 or 207-731-6888