The Board of Directors for the Hinchinbrook Farm Society has decided that all farm programs that include our riders and their families will be cancelled until further notice. The length of the closure will depend on how the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic plays out over the coming weeks. Because we work closely with our riders, social distancing cannot be guaranteed if we want to provide a safe lesson environment, and the ther-a-playdates cannot be run while guaranteeing that people will not come into close contact. They are just too much fun for that!
This decision aligns with the approach being recommended by our government and other community groups who feel that these measures are required in order to take a community level response to the threat. We need to all come together, even as we stay apart.
What Can I Do?
There is still work that adult volunteers can be doing, however, 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 up to 2 days (according to a March 18th CBC interview with an infectious disease expert);
- remember to cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow;
- and above all, keep smiling!
However, 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. The week of March 22 was going to be a closed farm week anyway as our schedule called for this to be used for spring cleaning. If adult 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. I think that they miss the kids!
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.