Handibear Hills Horse Sanctuary

that's where i learned everything i know about horses.

it's a non-profit organization that adopts abused and unwanted horses and ponies.


check out this girls site.  what she does it truly amazing.

on top of adopting these animals, she runs camps for at-risk children.

i was one of those kids.

i learned to ride on two different horses.

Jewell and Sheena.

Jewell was a 28yr old Newfoundland pony, with bowed tendons.  Yogi (the owner of the sanctuary) rescued her from a slaughter house when she was 15.  That pony was one of the most tolerant animals I've ever met.  The kids could crawl all over her, pull at her, kick her, maul her... anything.. and that girl would never hurt a fly.  She died a few years ago.


Sheena is a 24 yr old Belgian/Quarter Horse.


Rescued by Dr. Collatos of the Atlantic Vet College she was 9. A nice animal around the barn. Pretty versatile, she can do a basic dressage test, jump a little and loves to head down the trails.



I can list pretty much all of the horses that were there during my time.


Donated when she was three years old. Was a terrific saddlehorse until she injured a knee at 15 years, now she is a terrific broodmare and mother. Her foals are Finally, Ramona, Mocha and Oh Oh and a new foal will be here in the summer.



Sunday Scotia Maid-


Donated when she was 12 due to family breakup. Very difficult mare to work with on her arrival, but she has mellowed and we have learned to be very careful. She is a broodmare as well and is a wonderful mother. Her babies are Budd, Shesahe, Vanilla and Total.



  Darling- Dropped off August 2003, kicking squealing and biting.  Very unhappy pony.  Does not like males, forks and rakes.  The story that came with her; she was abused.  Trailblazers are working hard to gain her confidence.  We hope to have a driving pony by the summer of 2005.    



The lady in the above pic is the owner of the sanctuary.

Sweetums- Yogi Bought her as a foal for $50 plus boarding her mother for a winter. She is great in harness and Emily N. rode her under saddle and now we have a super little pony to ride and drive.





Dixie -

Donated when she was 8 and sadly outgrown. She has her moments and hates her herd so we have to watch her she will back up 20 feet to nail another horse. Donations have a history that we do not know so this is a good pony to teach you to watch and keep heads up. When we ride her you have to watch because if she thinks she should be finished she will grab your boot and flip you out of the saddle.




Viva -

Donated when her owner found that motorcycles were
easier to keep. Has been a handful, would not stand for mounting. But Trailblazers have her number now and she is a going pony. But she is only as good as the rider. So will try a lot of tricks.



Snuggles -

Snuggles stayed with us for a month or so in the fall of 04.  She belongs to Sarah D is coming back for more training.  Sarah just started Trailblazers this year so she will be trained on the other horses and by the end of the year she will be riding Snuggles.  Watch for this pair at  the Venture Stables fun show in the fall.    



Sprite -

Donated when he was 2 years old. Super moving pony, great in harness and under saddle. A terror in the barn can seek out carrots and all that he shouldn't in a flash.    


HB and Streeter -

Both these boys were donated by Trailblazer Krista; Krista had both boys since they were three. They have done everything and are nice old fellows to go down the trail. Streeter is great in our chariot. Krista finished her Ag Science Degree at NSAC and then had to go away to work. Krista is galloping Thoroughbreds in Florida in the winter and Canada in the Summer, what a life.    

April Wine -

  Traded Finally (Jeannies lst baby) for April Wine. She came to the sanctuary because she had an ovarian cyst.. Dr Ortenburger (AVC) removed the cyst, she is a permanent resident. She is very well trained, does a neat basic dressage and likes to jump too.    


Mocha Cappucino (Jeannie's foal )

  Born and raised at the Sanctuary, she will mature to 16 hands. All the ground work has been done. Mocha will be backed this spring. Sadly we have to sell her to support the Sanctuary.    



Northwind's Bunny ( I trained this girl )

Bunny and her Dam came to the Vet College with very bad wire cuts. She was abandoned by the owners when it was discovered that her hoof was damaged. The interns adopted her and grew a new hoof. She is not lame and this spring we will be working her under saddle.



Jamaica (cancer survivor)

Born and raised at the Sanctuary, Jamica just kept growing she is 16.2 at age 6. In her 4th year she developed a growth on her right front elbow, this proved to be a large cell Cancer growth. AVC's Dr. Riley operated successfully, she recovered that winter and went back into training in the spring.





Dawson -

Dawson came to the farm as a 2 year old stallion, not suitable for racing. He was gelded and we started his ground training. At three he was ready for the trail. He has a wonky stifle, so we have to do a lot of miles to strengthen the ligaments and muscles. He is a sweetie under saddle and also in harness.





Ryan's Fancy -

Born and raised at the Sanctuary, Fancy was weaned at 3 months when her dam died. She is a lovely calm mare. She did not grow as tall as April or Jamaica, her full sisters, perhaps because she was weaned so early. But she is 15.1hh. And weighs in at 1100 + lbs. Great trail horse and last fall we started her over cavalleti's . She will be a great jumper like her sisters. Sadly she is for sale as well. She will reach her full potential with more advance training.




Uh-Oh Early -

Full brother to Finally, and Mocha will mature to
16+hh. Delightful horsonality. Beautiful balanced movements at this young age.





  Prize came to the farm with an infected foot.  With the help of the Farrier and antibiotics she is well and now under training.  Sam put some miles on her last fall and we conditioned her to cars on the road.  Soon we will be putting her back to the road and then start the cavellettis  She is going to be a great ride and Hunter pony for someone.     



Vanilla Sundae - foal of Sunday Scotia Maid. 

came up from the field lame one spring, according to the vet she had small hairline fractures up both her front legs, and a messy shoulder.  She's just a delight to have around the barn, she can't be ridden, but a good horse to teach showmanship with.


Breezy was donated in 2001 as a Cryptorchid Stallion.  After the operation and time to heal.  Emily N accepted him as her Duke of Edinburgh Project.  She has trained him to harness and saddle.  He is  smart and a delight to have at the barn.



CJ came when the owner  (he was 75 years old)  just could not handle another winter looking after CJ.  His question was how long do ponies live? I have had her for over 20 years.  CJ has no upper teeth, but Tony's donation supplied the beet pulp that has kept her sassy all winter.    




Rema, Dolly and Molly.

Rema, Dolly and Molly were donated to the Sanctuary by Ruth Lawley Ruth rescued the ponies and kept them for 20 years with Rema. When it was time to find a home for them. They could not be separated so they came to the Sanctuary. Rema is always on guard and looks after Molly and Dolly they are her children.


Dolly and Molly


Rema is standing guard watching her children eat, when she should be eating herself. She is a 27 years old Arabian Mare.

almostinvisiblex almostinvisiblex
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2 Responses Nov 4, 2009

you're quite welcome.

its like having an extended family, I loved reading your story, thankyou for brightening up my day.