Opening Day at Homer Glen

 Homer Glen Library FUN!

                                        April 3, 2019

It’s been a record breaking week for our upcoming All Stars Luna Rae and Hawk: There were several visits from the Tooth Fairy, Birthday Celebrations #3 for Rae then Hawk, and as a culminating event, A VISIT TO THE HOMER GLEN LIBRARY…greeted by a standing room only crowd for a read aloud activity followed by individual Photos with the Minis!

The weather was beautiful, the kids were great, and the minis were awesome! A special thank you to our team of handlers who give so freely of their time to ensure a positive experience for all in attendance.

 Our calendar is quickly filling up so if you would like to enjoy an opportunity to cuddle, walk, kiss or read with a mini please contact us at mercifulminis.org

 New this season is an opportunity to bring home sparkling minicorn jewelry for a small donation to the Mercifuls. A special thank you to Trudy Heinlein for her generous c

ontribution to help make this program possible.

Amazon Smile

Thank you! Thank you! To Family and Friends who continue to support the Merciful Minis. Amazon Smile recently deposited a check to the minis which will help cover the cost of the farriers this spring. Amazon does not include the names of our donators. Please know that we appreciate your support.

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Winter Thankfulness

Cold Winter, Warm Hearts

      Merciful Minis Feel the Warmth of New Friendships

                                           February, 2019

Even during a particularly cold winter the Merciful Minis continue to warm the hearts of those they meet. When they’re not busy practicing polite social skills for upcoming visitations, the Minis have enjoyed the arrival of guests excited to meet the adorable, furry miniature horses looking more like koala bears and unicorns with their long winter coats and icicles on their whiskers.

How excited we are to receive Thank You cards from young admirers with a donation included to help keep the minis healthy, warm and properly nourished as they bravely endure the frigid winter weather.

Standing side by side with local heroes, we are also very proud of our team handlers as the Merciful Minis received recognition at the Homer Glenn Library for the minis service to the community! We look forward to our April date at the library to continue to support reading incentives and introduce our newest program, Just Say Whoa to Bullying! We have received several requests from schools, senior residences, summer camps, scout groups and local libraries to secure visitation dates, sharing our unconditional love, and learning to resist Bullying in all walks of life.  We encourage all interested in meeting the minis to contact mercifulminis@gmail.com at your earliest convenience. We will be booking spring and summer dates soon.

Thank you again for supporting the Merciful Minis program as we strive to strengthen the human-animal bond and enhance the physical and emotional life of all we meet.

Merciful Minis Visit Lemont Center

October 13, 2018

The Merciful Minis were excited to visit the beautiful Lemont Rehab Center : a relatively new facility within minutes from our barn .We were greeted at the entryway and walked down a bright and attractive hallway decorated in seasonal autumn colors to a rehab room where a dozen of people were anxiously awaiting our visit.

Our beautiful Falabella mare, Mercy, knew exactly what to do as she walked up to each person seated in a wheelchair, stopping for a moment to enjoy the opportunity to exchange pleasantries before moving on to the next person waiting.

There were so many smiles and tender moments of seniors enjoying the contact with a miniature therapy horse. Some relived time in their youth of living on a farm, and growing up with favorite animals. One gentleman exclaimed that this was the first time in his life that he ever came face to face with a blue eyed miniature horse!

The staff members were equally excited and after several minutes of picture taking, we said our good byes, hoping to return in the spring.

An Invitation From A Very Extraordinary Group of Women

             Merciful Minis Were Honored Guests at P.E.O., NV

                                      October 9, 2018

We have met some amazing people doing extraordinary things as we take our little minis from town to town sharing their unconditional love with those who may be struggling in their lives.

Last year several team handlers left the little minis to rest in their stable while the handlers attended a Ladies Night Out in the beautiful New Lenox Community Center grounds. There we met a team of women representing the Philanthropic Education Organization, NV as they participated in a fund raiser to help young women reach their goal of attaining a higher level of education.

Linked together with a common bond of helping others, the PEO NV chapter invited Merciful Minis to attend one of their meetings in the home of their Local President. Although raining the entire week, the clouds parted and the sun came out just long enough for the minis to meet P.E.O family members in the host’s beautiful garden. Grandchildren accompanied parents & grandparents; all were excited to meet minis Hawk and Luna Rae.

When it was time to return home, near sunset, the minis and children said their good-byes in hopes of the opportunity of meeting again soon and continuing in their mission of adding joy into the lives of all they meet.

Pet Partner Evaluations

                     Merciful Minis Evaluated by Pet Partners

                                               October 6, 2018

“Try not to be nervous. Use this experience as an opportunity for improvement. Most two year old miniature horses need a time or two before they can successfully complete their evaluations”.

Although assessments, particularly for retired educators, can be unnerving the dedicated Pet Partner Team of evaluators made the two hour drive to test our Merciful Minis Team on the minis preparedness for therapy visitations.  The test was conducted at a site unfamiliar to the miniature horses (a requirement to determine how comfortable the minis are in surroundings outside of their home.)

Throughout the year, volunteers worked diligently in all types of weather introducing the minis to sounds, sites, and circumstances outside the norm. We practiced exposure to wheel chairs, balloons, people shouting, music blaring, folding chairs, young toddlers, bearded elders, wagons, dogs, bicycles, parades, and music of a variety of kinds and volume. We felt we had prepared our minis as best we could and it was now up to them to give it their all.

How unbelievably proud we were as each Handler Team passed the Pet Partners Test in their first attempt!

I am convinced that our success is a result of the overwhelming support we continue to receive from enormously kind people committed to helping the Merciful Minis therapy horses in their quest to improve the lives of others.

Thank You doesn’t come close to our level of appreciation. We are honored and totally humbled to have you share our journey with us.

 

Bolingbrook Special Recreation

Merciful Minis Visit Bolingbrook Recreation Program

                                      October 5, 2018

It was our second attempt to visit the beautiful facility in Bolingbrook, serving a diverse group of area residents. Our first scheduled visit this year had been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Throughout the month of September team handlers had focused on preparing for the Fall Pet Partners testing, a comprehensive test of readiness skills assessing a level of desirable social skills needed for each visit. During our visit to Bolingbrook today our beautiful Falabella miniature horse Mercy set the standard on what the behavior of a miniature therapy horse should be.

Holding her head high and indicating to her handler that it was time for “game on”, Mercy walked into a room full of adults, some with special needs, and began to work the crowds. Mercy stopped at each member, gave them time to admire her lovely eyes and beautiful braids, pet her if they cared to, and then continue on to the next person. Laughter and squeals of delight filled the room. Not one bit concerned about the noise level of the room, Mercy continued on and then waited patiently for the photos to be taken before bidding her good byes and exiting the room.

Each participant of todays’ event was in awe at the love and patience young Mercy demonstrated. My eyes fill up with tears when I think about the challenges young Mercy experienced as a filly, and then at the loss of her dear companion, followed by her own life threatening illness. Perhaps, as a result of her early years, Mercy has a sense of empathy for others that only a survivor can understand.

I continue to learn from my experiences with Merciful Minis. I believe each visit enriches the quality of my senior years in unmeas43176061_10213629820514957_6405333931117248512_nurable ways.