Silver Bell (R.I.P.) b. 1986: d. 2019
Silver Bell was foaled on June 23, 1986 and died peacefully at Hinchinbrook Farm, Blockhouse, NS on August 16, 2019. A Morgan breed, her colour was liver-chestnut. This mare was part of Patty’s family from the age 18 months. She started being a mount in therapeutic riding when she was just 4 years old. Silver Bell literally transformed the lives of over a thousand people. Silver Bell will be long remembered for her humanitarian work for 28 years. Therapeutic horses don’t normally get recognition for all of the lives they save, but she did win Therapy Horse of the Year from Atlantic Horse and Pony Magazine in 2016.
In 2017, Silver Bell was retired from most of her work, but still hung around whenever kids were there, wondering why she wasn’t allowed to ride with them any more. She continued doing Liberty Training — or what we might like to call “play tag with the kids” until near the end of her life.
Son of Silver Bell and born on June 18th, 1996. Dandy likes stealing succulent leaves while trail riding or bringing the whole tribe to a halt so he can stretch out and have a long whiz. Dandy is a great Voltige mount (French for ‘vaulting’). He does Horse Boy back riding, has a few tricks and gives lots of sensory inputs to people. He loves the trail and ring riding, and takes very large and very small riders. He is a prince.
Buddy was born in the Spring of 1996. He came to live with the Hinchinbrook Tribe in 2008 and was our first miniature horse. Buddy was often seen scoffing down a root beer popsicle at Ali’s Corner Store in Blockhouse on hot sunny days.
Buddy was retired in 2019 and moved to a new home under good care. When he was a part of the Hinchinbrook program, he loved being led, being groomed, being driven, (some times) a little bare back riding with smaller kids, tricks…. and TREATS!
Jazzmin, born August 2010, came to the Farm the next Spring at just 10 months old. Jazzmin is our BEST trickster, just starting to learn how to drive. As you can see below, she is also our best “paint”.
Andy is a new miniature horse who has just taken over from Buddy and is learning to pull the cart and meet kids eye to eye. He was born in 2014 and came to Hinchinbrook in October 2017. Since coming he has won over many hearts. Andy is very affectionate and will come over to check out new visitors. He, of course, loves treats. His coat is as fluffy as a kitten!
In 2019, we got Andy a Hinchinbrook Farm Ambassador jacket.
Kelly was born on December 18th, 2008. A Landseer Newfie, she has been a St. John’s Ambulance Certified therapy dog for 5 years. Loves attention and clowning around.
Orange, loveable and ‘always there for you’ kitty
Pipsqueak was born in June 2017 and came to the farm as a kitten. We hope he doesn’t grow to be a 20 pound cat, since we would have to change his name! So far, he has learned to get onto the roof from a bush that he climbs, and he chases everything. Time will tell if he becomes a good working cat, but everyone loves to cuddle with him now.
Sissy & Rosie: Two sensory, communication and comedy experts at the Farm
Sissy was born February 6, 2014 and Rosie on February 10, 2014. They can climb anywhere and although a bit shy, like people very much. They have a new enclosure to help control their wandering, but once let out it is a real challenge to get them put away again after Horse Boy.
Hugo came to Hinchinbrook Farm in 2014, but was not well and we had to say our good-byes in May 2017. While with us, he made sure we always knew when a car was coming … or even leaving! He would bark until he went hoarse if people walked by on the highway trail. We used to think that Kelly was a big dog before this Great Pyrenees showed up.
Delilah was foaled about 2009 and was left behind after her owner died in Cape Breton. On hearing of this dilemma, Patty immediately offered to take in her and her male companion, Red Vermont. They were both starving and had other medical and hoof issues. Patty nursed them back to health and organized a fund raiser to transport Red Vermont back to his home state in the US so that he could be used as a breeding stud. Delilah has now joined the therapeutic riding team and is still learning the ropes. Watching her run is like watching the wind on the Prairies! To see the full story of Red Vermont, link here: Atlantic Horse & Pony
ROZE MCDORMAND’S FILM ABOUT DELILAH
Thumper – RIP
There is a tradition at Hinchinbrook that Patty’s granddaughter names all of the new animals. With the demise in 2017 of Snoopy (who lived a long and productive life as a therapy bunny), we acquired this little ball of fluff, who was named Thumper because, like the Disney character, he liked to pound his foot on the ground. Thumper died unexpectedly on August 27, 2018.