Amber's Animals


Animals have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. 

 

I currently have a variety of critters on my farm, including horses, dogs, cats, cows, rabbits, alpaca and chickens. Did you know that some of my animals have even had appearances on Heartland?



Amber's Horses

Cruz

Cruz

Sex: Gelding
DOB: June 2, 2014
Breed: Quarter Horse
Height: 15.2 hands high
Brought Home: June 2019
Fun Facts: My husband and I attended a horse sale to help a friend pick out a new companion. It may have been a bad idea for me to walk through the sale barn, because as soon as I saw this big handsome Palomino I fell in love. It didn’t help that the two of us also share the same birthday!
Check Cruz out on Instagram: #AmbersHorseCruz

Hawk

Sex: Gelding
DOB: June 2, 2007
Height: 15 hands high
Breed: Quarter Horse
Brought Home: March 2011
Fun Facts: Hawk is a very quiet and loving horse. My mom has formed quite the bond with him and he often spends time with her going on trail rides and getting some extra TLC. Although he looks similar to “Spartan” he has never played a role on Heartland.
Check him out on Instagram: #AmbersHorseHawk

Nitro

Sex: Gelding
DOB: May 5, 2009
Height: 14.3 hands high
Breed: Quarter Horse
Brought Home: October 2015
Fun Facts: Nitro is the most versatile horse I’ve ever been around. Extremely athletic, my husband bought him as a heel horse for Team Roping. I have since taken cutting, working equitation and jumping lessons on him. We just love this little red roan.
Check him out on Instagram: #ShawnsHorseNitro

Talon

Sex: Gelding
DOB: July 5, 2009
Height: 34″ tall
Breed: Miniature Horse
Brought Home: July 2012
Fun Facts: Despite his small size, Talon is the boss of the herd. He loves to play and pick on my larger horses, usually pulling on their tails or grabbing their neck and hanging from it.
TV Roles: Talon plays the role of ‘Monty’ on Heartland.
To see more photos check him out on Instagram: #AmbersHorseTalon

screech

Screech

Sex: Gelding
DOB: July 15, 2010
Height: 36″ Tall
Breed: Miniature Horse
Brought Home: August 2015
Fun Facts: I brought Screech home because I felt like Talon needed a friend of his own size! Talon and Screech are now the best of friends and are constantly seen grooming each other. Although he looks like “Sugarfoot” he has never appeared on the show.
Check him out on Instagram: #AmbersHorseScreech


Amber’s Dogs:

remi

Remi

Sex: Female
DOB: April 26, 2010
Breed: King Shepherd
Brought Home: July 2010
Fun Facts: Remi is never far from my husband’s side; she goes everywhere with him. She is very easy going and loves attention.
TV Roles: Remi plays Georgie’s dog on Heartland.
Check her out on Instagram: #AmbersDogRemi

Breezy

Sex: Female
DOB: August 3, 2018
Breed: Idaho Shag
Brought Home: October, 2018
Fun Facts: Still very much a puppy at heart, this energetic canine loves to play. She gets along great with the other furry, or feathered residents and constantly follows our older dog Remi around, learning the ways of the farm.

Check her out on Instagram: #AmbersDogBreezy!


Amber’s Cats:

Mouzer

DOB: September 25, 2010
Sex: Male
Breed: Domestic Medium Hair
Brought Home: November 2010
Fun Facts: Mouzer is the most spoiled cat on the ranch. My husband took a liking to him early on and sneaks him into the house for what he calls “Cat Saturday.” This unlikely pair usually fall asleep on the couch watching old movies.
TV Roles: Mouzer played the role on Heartland of the kitten that Amy brought home in her coat!
Check out Mouzer on Instagram:  #AmbersCatMouzer

Gilman

Sex: Male
DOB: December 25, 2011
Breed: Domestic Medium Hair
Brought Home: February 2012
Fun Facts: Gilman is very outgoing and bold. He loves attention and is always the first to come running when I whistle for the cats.
TV Roles: Gilman can be seen as the vet clinic cat on Heartland.
Check him out on Instagram: #AmbersCatGilman!

Miss Turner Valley

Sex: Female
DOB: April 10, 2010
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Brought Home: June 2010
Fun Facts: I found ‘Turner’ as a tiny kitten while we were filming in the town of Turner Valley. A malnourished and very scared little stray, I scooped her up and decided she needed a good home.
Check her out on Instagram: #AmbersCatTurner


Amber’s Cows:

Ella

Sex: Cow (Female)
DOB: May 14, 2013
Breed: Miniature Jersey
Brought Home: July 2013
Fun Facts: When a friend bought a herd of Mini Jerseys, I put my name down for the first heifer calf born. Ella was first to come that spring and I couldn’t be happier with this loving and playful milk cow.
Check Ella out on Instagram: #AmbersCowElla

Tuff

Sex: Steer
 (Castrated Bull)
DOB: March 15, 2011
Breed: Jersey
Brought Home: July 2013
Fun Facts: Tuff is the father to many Jerseys we’ve had on the farm and is now retired to an easy life on the ranch where he keeps his daughter Ella company. Every once in a while we saddle him up and go for a ride around the pasture on this gentle Jersey.
Check Tuff out on Instagram: #AmbersJerseyTuff


Amber’s Rabbits:

Strawberry & Mimsy

Sex: Doe
DOB: May 27, 2015
Breed: Flemish Giant Mix
Fun Facts: Strawberry and her brother Mimsy were born in our Hen House! Their mother was a beautiful Grey Flemish Giant named Mya who lived with us for many years. As a youngster, Strawberry spent the summer with my friend’s daughter who happily named the little rabbit. When autumn arrived, Strawberry returned to our ranch to winter with her brother Mimsy. Now these two offspring live happily together, helping to keep the grass and weeds mowed down in our poultry pens.
Check out more pics of my rabbits on Instagram here: #AmbersRabbits


Amber’s Alpaca:

Betty

Sex: Female
DOB: Unknown
Breed: Alpaca
Brought Home: September 2013
Fun Facts: Betty is very protective of the young animals on the farm. Pastured with the cattle she always keeps a close eye on the young calves and is constantly on the look out for predators. She knows who belongs on the farm, and who does not – so anytime a new animal arrives (dogs, horse, cow or other) she is always the first to run over and check it out.
Check Betty out on Instagram: #BettyTheAlpaca


Amber’s Hen House:

Hen House
My hen house is always full of feathered critters with lots of personality. Currently a few laying hens make their home there. Come spring it is a hustle and bustle of activity as the chicks arrive.From homing pigeons, pheasants & ducks to turkeys & peacocks, this coop has seen it all. 

To see more inside my hen house visit: #AmbersHenHouse 

 

 

 

In Loving Memory

China

China

China was my little shadow. Found as stray on a reserve in Alberta, I adopted her in 2008. This fearful Border Collie mix was already into her adult years when she came to live with me and through love, patience and stability she slowly emerged from her dark past and became the most loyal friend that anyone could ask for. China taught me so much through the decade we had together, and I still think of her every day.

China can be remembered through photos and stories on Instagram: #AmbersDogChina

 

Honourable Mentions

Cash

Sex: Gelding
DOB: April 18th, 2009
Breed: Quarter Horse
Height: 15 hands high
Brought Home:
 June 2009
I first got to know this gentle Buckskin at only 2-months old as his mom was pastured in one of my grassy fields for the summer. When it was time for him to be weaned, I asked if I could purchase this friendly little guy. Cash and I went on many trail riding adventures together but anytime I asked him to work in an arena he would fight and fight. I sent him to a few different experts, but I believe some horses (just like some people) excel in different areas and it’s best not to force them to do something they don’t want to do. Since I did not trail ride very often, poor Cash didn’t get ridden very often. When a good friend of mine called one day to say she was looking for a trail horse, I knew these two would be the perfect fit. I gave Cash to her in request that if she could not care for him in the future that he be returned to me. Cash has lived with her for a few years now and is happier than ever! He gets the attention he deserves, a perfect trail companion – plus I still get to visit him!

See him grow through the years on Instagram: #AmbersHorseCash

 

Cinch

Sex: Gelding
DOB: May 19th, 2004
Height: 16 hands high
Breed: Quarter Horse
Brought Home:  2015
When I first got into Team Roping, it was hard to get everything lined up! Learning to swing a rope, watch a moving cow and keep your horse in position is a lot to focus on – especially for someone as un-coordinated as myself! Since my horse (I was using Hawk) was also new to the sport we were both trying to figure this out together, which proved even more difficult. A friend of mine showed me a very seasoned rope horse who was looking for a new home. I knew that this would make things much easier when at least one of us knew what we were doing. Cinch taught me so much! With my busy schedule I was just not roping as often as I wanted and so Shawn’s best friend asked if he could lease Cinch from me. The two clicked instantly and after this winning team shared a season together that was that! Cinch is a prime example of a horse who loves his job, and I am happy to see him paired with someone who is equally as passionate.

See him on Instagram: #AmbersHorseCinch

Toro

Sex: Bull
DOB: April 7th, 2014
Breed: Miniature Jersey
Brought Home: June 2014
Since my Jersey Tuff was related to Ella, I needed to find her a boyfriend. I bought this adorable little bull out of the US to pair with my sweet Jersey Ella. It didn’t really make sense for me to have a bull for only one cow, and since Toro was such a sweet boy, I didn’t want his fatherly duties to be under appreciated. He now lives in a large herd of Miniature Jerseys, where he continues to pass on his beautiful, gentle personality.

See him and his offspring on Instagram: #AmbersBullToro

 

Pepsi

Sex: Gelding
DOB: Spring 2005
Height: 14.3 hands high
Breed: Welsh/APHA mix
Brought Home: Winter 2006
My mom brought this cute little Welsh cross home when he was just a weanling. At 5 years old we found his true passion was to jump. Since my mom just rides on occasion, she boarded him at an English barn where he could be ridden often by the kids that took lessons there. He was such an honest and kind jumper he soon became a barn favourite! Leila, a writer on Heartland completely fell in love with Pepsi and his cute pony personality. This pony’s talents far exceeded what my mom had imagined so when Leila offered to buy Pepsi, we were all for it. A decade later, she still has this power pony and he has been such a gem to the kids and adults that have known him over the years.

See him on Instagram: #AmbersHorsePepsi

 

 

 

Blue

Sex: Gelding
DOB:  March 16th 2003
Breed: APHA
Height: 15.2 hands high
Although Blue belongs to my husband’s parents,  he is often referred to as my “Ontario horse”. Hosting several events on horseback means I need a trusty steed I can rely on. Since my own horses live a 40 hour drive from Ontario, I am so fortunate to have Blue ready and waiting. I can jump on a plane after filming in Alberta for the week, and meet up with Blue for a weekend of hosting horse events in the province I grew up in. My in-laws have a farm north of Toronto with horses, dogs and cats. I’m lucky to be able to share their beautiful Blue.

See photos of Blue and Amber at events on Instagram: #AmbersHorseBlue 

 

 

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