Summer Day Camp 2022

Handibear Hills Summer Day Camp Wednesdays and Thursdays from une 29 to August 11 8:30 am to 3:30 pm ages 8-15 years Camp open to all levels, no horse experience needed. Camp will include time with horses, farm and stable management, horsemanship and riding in our arena, looking after farm … Read more about Summer Day Camp 2022

My start

I started at Handibear Hills at 4 years old in the Smalls Program. This would have been in 2006. Mostly I rode a small bay pony with the personality the size of a Clydesdale. His name was Breezy. I moved away from PEI a few short years later but I have always cherished and held onto my memories of … Read more about My start

Peas in a Pod

This is Peas in a Pod. She is a 24 year old mare, she has breathing issues, teeth issues and deteriorating ligament issues in her right hind leg. She is not an easy winter keeper. She does much better on grass. She is much loved, Heidi bought her the beautiful fuzzy halter. … Read more about Peas in a Pod


Pytor is a full brother to Venka. He is five years old this year. He has some issues with his stifles (the back knee) I am hoping the summer pasture and the hills with lots of selenium will strengthen them. He is one handsome fellow trotting about in the field of snow. He is now trained to pull the … Read more about Pytor


This is Venka, she was donated to the Sanctuary July 2019 by Jennifer O'Neill. She is 6 years old and has been in training to pull the cart. She has a very poor topline due to starvation before Jenn rescued her and her mother. But with exercise and training the back muscle (longismussi) is … Read more about Venka

Summer at the Sanctuary

Happy July  and summer (I hope) to all of you.  The herd is on their summer pasture, such joy for them. It took a long time for the grass to grow to a decent height, to be safe for them. Short grass is not good for horses and ponies. It has been so cold, my farmer neighbour told me that the first … Read more about Summer at the Sanctuary

Annual Health Clinic

An opportunity to practice health skills, with Dr. Duckett and Dr. Muirhead, learning pulse, respiration, injection techniques, and deworming. Today was a success story. Folks from both ends of the Island came to the health clinic. Dr. Duckett and Dr. Muirhead speared the education session and the … Read more about Annual Health Clinic

Using Xray Technology

Sweetums is very lame with Laminitus. I was concerned as to the amount of rotation of the coffin bone. Chris. Versteeg DVM of KVC took Xrays on Tuesday and then forwarded them to Ron and Myself. Ron had requested the Xray before he did the trim. This technology is so slick and quick. I get to keep a … Read more about Using Xray Technology

Our Fabulous Farrier Ron Harris

I had accumulated a large herd in the '80's and was doing most the trimming myself. My back was not handling it well. I had a couple of Standardbred fellows helping me trim. In those days most the horses came to me with tendon and suspensory evils and I needed a good Heel and not a long toe, Long … Read more about Our Fabulous Farrier Ron Harris

The New Barn Cleaner

Boy am I having a problem focusing this morning. Too excited. Checked on the bridge. it is open to all traffic. The boom ETA is 3 pm and that of course is always subject to bridge and weather. Wendell is coming with the backhoe to do the gravel trench. This man is the most amazing person with the … Read more about The New Barn Cleaner


Aero is a  Quarter Horse/Standardbred cross.  Her Sire is Tees Venture owned by Larry Banman and her dam was Kelsey Rose, Aero was born at the Kinkora Inn.  Sarah Bustin (her owner) died in a car accident and  her sister Jessica took over Aero's training.  She has the horsenality of a red mare, and … Read more about Aero


Jewels is an aged Registered Welsh mare documented 30 years old and has been at the Sanctuary for more than 10 years. She came to us very blind, in spite of this she is a wonderful trotting drive pony. She responds so well to the reins, she is a fun drive. In the winter it is hard to keep the weight … Read more about Jewels


This is Finally, Jeannie S' first foal, born in New London a Trahkaner X too. Wonderful conformation. Loved to jump. Came to the Sanctuary when he was 5 with a with badly infected scratches. We fixed that. He was born in 1998. Great horse in the ring. He has the very best training before he came. … Read more about Finally