We are starting to re-open…..(watch)
It was so great to see my girls so happy and to just feel normal for a few hours. Felt like we were able to just escape life for a bit and relax!! — Jacqueline M.
First 2020 Summer Student Hired
Hinchinbrook Farm Society has hired its first summer student for 2020. Kerenza Verburg is a medical student at Dalhousie in Halifax. She has been volunteering at Hinchinbrook for about one year and is excited to be able to spend her summer here. You may wonder how we could hire a summer student with all of our programs suspended? Well, we were awarded a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia that covers about ¾ of her wages. Also, Kerenza’s job is called Animal Husbandry and Farm Assistant. In other words, her main duties will be to help Patty run the farm with secondary duties working with the kids, should we be allowed to start up our programming before summer. Regardless, there is always lots of work to do caring for the animals and the facilities. Kerenza will be starting on June 14 and work right through to the end of August.
To see her biography, click on this link and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Posted June 2020
We are slowly opening up Hinchinbrook Farm to more therapeutic activities (see the video above). We started with one-family at a time visits with focus on recreation and horse training. Riding was not permitted.
Here are the new protocols for re-opening our programs:
- Emails with procedures and details of activities are sent to every rider ahead of time. This could up to 4 contacts by e-mail and a phone interview for every rider and family.
- ALL arrivals are given a COVID-19 questionnaire to sign on a laminated sheet. This saves paper. Pink for employees, green for families/riders and blue for volunteers.
- ALL arrivals get their temperatures taken.
- ALL arrivals are asked to wash their hands: volunteers in the tack room, families or riders at the picnic table. This is mandatory because we pass toys, equipment and toss balls to riders so every one starts with washed hands.
- ALL arrivals bring their own mask or are given disposable mask. Masks are kept on our person and only used when social distance of 2 metres (6 feet) is not possible.
- Lists for play dates keep record of what is used and lesson plans keep a record of what is touched.
- All families and riders work out of doors and are not allowed in the sheds, stable or house. There is a port-a-potty on site rly this year to accommodate bathroom requirements.
- All families and riders must bring their own snacks and refreshments. Water is available in the tack room, but only volunteers are permitted to get it, if needed.
- EVERYTHING (tools, equipment, surfaces) are disinfected by the volunteers after every use; and Patty sprays lysol after everyone leaves on what ever they touched.
There is still work that volunteers can be doing, since our outdoor environment allows you to work virtually alone, even while having at least two people present for safety reasons. If you do come,
- please do not share food, water bottles or offer your usual hug-greeting;
- do not cough or sneeze on the animals as the virus can live on surfaces for several days;
- remember to cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow;
- and above all, keep smiling!
However, this rule still applies: if you are not feeling well, regardless of what you think is the problem, then that is the time to stay at home.
Also, if you have travelled out of province, you should not come to the farm for at least 2 weeks. If volunteers wish to help, there are doots to be scooped, stalls to be cleaned, brush to be cleared and horses to be exercised and pampered.
We’ll see everyone at the tail end of this critical time. Please everyone stay safe.
Animal Care Is A Crucial Part of Business At Hinchinbrook Farm
Read the blog post and testimonial here>>
“Time outdoors as a child aids mental health as an adult”
The June 5 edition of South Shore Breaker (Saltwire Network) includes an article that, in part reads: “…more time in nature (is connected with) better cognition development and improved physical health, coordination, balance and agility.”. The article also reports new research that shows adults who spent time in nature as children have better mental health. Read the full article here>>
How Do We Spend Our Money?
Help increase our capacity — become a volunteer!
The number of children and young adults who can receive the benefits of our therapeutic riding and Ther-A-Play programs is dependent on the number of available volunteers. We always try to have a one-to-one volunteer to rider ratio to meet our risk management guidelines. Life changes result in a certain number of volunteers either being less available or leaving (for example, to go to college). So, we are always looking for new people to join our tribe of about 40 dedicated volunteers and become part of the Hinchinbrook experience.
- Volunteers are trained by certified therapeutic riding experts
- You must commit to a minimum of 10 hours a month (about 1 session per week, although many volunteers do more than that). The best thing is to choose one day and time that stays the same every week, but additional time is always welcomed.
- Once you have put in 100 volunteer hours (including training) you qualify for other free training such as Emergency First Aid, Mental Health Emergency First Aid, T-TOUCH and more — saving you hundreds of dollars
- Volunteering at Hinchinbrook qualifies for school and college community service and supervised co-op work
- Looks great on a resumé
- Really helpful on college applications for related programs (social work, animal care, psychology, etc.)
“FREE REINS” Documentary
GET YOUR POPCORN — AND A BOX OF TISSUES — AND THEN CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CBC DOCUMENTARY, “FREE REINS”, ABOUT HINCHINBROOK FARM AND THE MEMBERS OF OUR TRIBE (45 MINUTES)
For the present, this video can only be viewed in Canada. We will update the link once an international access site has been confirmed.
- CBC: Everything You Need To Know About Horse Therapy
- Therapeutic Riding Study from Practical Horseman
- CHECK OUT WISH LIST>>
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Our web site is a great place to get to know about therapeutic riding and the people and critters that make up this charity. Check out all the information found on the many web pages under the tabs in our menu. Click on that big DONATE button at the top right!
Our Wonderful Corporate Donors
➢The Windsor Foundation, Halifax
➢The Shapiro Family Foundation
➢J & W Murphy Foundation
➢100 Bluenosers Who Care
We also would like to thank St. John Ambulance and Emera for choosing Hinchinbrook Farm and offering us free First Aid and Mental Health First Aid Training in 2019.
Partners in the 2019 Support4Sport Grant to help pay for Volunteer Training include: Province of Nova Scotia and Manulife. Hinchinbrook Farm Society is pleased to work with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote programs for the disabled members of our community.