Hinchinbrook Farm was started by Patricia McGill in 2007 to provide therapeutic riding to mentally challenged children and specifically to offer the Horse Boy Method™ of therapy to families with Autism Disorder Spectrum (ADS). Ms. McGill was and still is a certified therapeutic riding instructor and had worked at this profession in Québec before moving to Lunenburg County. In 2010, she decided that to make the program work, it would have to be run by a registered charity, which she formed with the help of her original volunteer parents and community leaders (Hinchinbrook Farm Society). There is a volunteer Board of Directors. Patricia leases her personal hobby farm to the Society for $1 per year and often works at no salary in order to ensure that the animal feed, vet and farrier bills can be paid. During those periods, she receives a disability pension and sometimes Employment Insurance.
The program has 3 horses and a miniature horse who is trained to pull a horse cart. The focus is on fun for the children, but all of the programs are designed to enable them to work through their disabilities and learn to cope with the world around them.
In 2014 the program had 41 volunteers and serves 35 children on the Therapeutic Riding Program and 25 families on the Horse Boy Method™ of therapy. This is twice the number who participated in 2012. (It is estimated that 1 of 68 children in North America have autism.)