Mercy , accompanied by several Merciful Mini handlers, was the “Guest Speaker” at Victorian Village Wellness Center. A special thank you to our Junior Handler Dayanna for adding a bit of bling to our little mare’s shoes and to Christine for her ability to catch great photos throughout the visit. Mercy was a STAR at the rehab center; many could not believe their eyes at the site of a therapy horse confidently walking throughout the hallways. Looking forward to future visits.
When we brought Mercy home from Purdue Large Animal Hospital in November 2017 we really didn’t expect that she would ever be able to go our on visits again. Well she proved us wrong and boy are we happy about that!
Today, Saturday, March 24th 2018 Mercy went to visit our friend Joe and the other residents at Victorian Village (small houses). She just shined. It was so apparent that she loves visiting with people and was up to the experience. While we will be careful to not ask too much of her too soon, she is willing and able to bring joy into the lives of others. Oh…and check out the bling on her boots, thanks to her friend Dayanna.
We are sad to report that the mom of our little Rae passed (along with her foal) yesterday. Think of this what you will…….but it gives us pause to think.
I want to share this story with you because I believe it reflects a powerful bond beyond our understanding. Each morning I work with our minis, who are always loving & responsive. I was surprised yesterday when our little Rae was exceptionally more animated and a bit headstrong. I attributed it to “spring in the air”.
Laura visited the minis in the afternoon to do some training with two of our volunteers. She phoned as she was heading home to tell me that Rae was behaving quite unusually,,,,jumping and rearing on the lead line…with no intent to hurt but just to let her know that something was causing him some upset.
When I read your FB post last evening my heart stopped. Could it be that our little two year old Luna Rae sensed his Mother’s loss? Odd, I agree but I am a firm believer that there is more to this life and our understanding than we may ever know.
I’ll give My little Rae some extra tender time today.
One of the most special things about Merciful Minis is being able to bring joy to seniors with the help of my mom, Eloise. A senior in age but not disposition, she enjoys visiting with the minis and bringing happiness to others. She is a blessing to our organization.
Spring Training for the Mercifuls , March 2018
Francis Field in New Lenox was the site of our Spring Training for the Merciful Minis. We had a wonderful turnout of volunteers, young and old(er) attend the workshop in preparation for our 2018 Mini Tour.
Volunteers helped our mini two year olds become familiar with the sights and sounds they may experience at the upcoming Homer Fest Parade on June 23.
Rae and Hawk trotted throughout the building filled with music, balloons, scooters, chairs, umbrellas and tons of kids! We were so proud of our little minis…they were not at all concerned about the madness surrounding them.
Thank you to all who were able to attend the training session. Look soon for our upcoming schedule of visits for the 2018 year.