Mini Joys

Mini Joys, Inc. is a charitable organization (501c3) whose purpose is to promote joy, hope, and healing through programs with gentle miniature horses and big hearted volunteers for those facing physical, mental, or emotional challenges.

We have outreach programs in five main areas:
* Special Education Settings: often focusing on children on the Autism Spectrum
* At-Risk Youth and Teens: using the minis to teach about TRUST, and friendship
* Seniors: visits to Assisted Living and Memory Care Centers to spread JOY
* Physical Disabilities: Bringing the joy of interaction with tiny horses
* Supporting other Non-Profit Outreach progra

Operating as usual

09/09/2021

We need to add one more role of the Mini Joys Director to the Job Description duties... "Turkey Herder".🀣🀣🀣

09/03/2021

In case you haven't met our cat, "Snuggs". This sweetie appeared at the Mini Ranch about seven years ago. After looking and looking for her possible owners, we adopted her. Soon, we realized that she was blind, and also had no sense of smell as she can't even find the bowl of stinky canned cat food. Her full name is "Snuggles" and we'll never forget the twin boys, Riley and Zach, who chose her name. They visited several times from an area emergency shelter home that summer that we found her. She has been well loved and cared for here. We often think of these sweet twins and hope and pray that their lives are better, and that they are being sooooooooo well loved!!!πŸ™β€οΈ

In case you haven't met our cat, "Snuggs". This sweetie appeared at the Mini Ranch about seven years ago. After looking and looking for her possible owners, we adopted her. Soon, we realized that she was blind, and also had no sense of smell as she can't even find the bowl of stinky canned cat food. Her full name is "Snuggles" and we'll never forget the twin boys, Riley and Zach, who chose her name. They visited several times from an area emergency shelter home that summer that we found her. She has been well loved and cared for here. We often think of these sweet twins and hope and pray that their lives are better, and that they are being sooooooooo well loved!!!πŸ™β€οΈ

Photos from Mini Joys's post 09/01/2021

Our recent very special Mini Ranch visitors gave the horses some awesome new doos!!! They are lookin' good!!!πŸ΄πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ΄

Photos from Mini Joys's post 08/29/2021

And as promised...a few more photos from the joy-filled Luau with the seniors of Touchmark Meadow Lake Village. Such a beautiful day in every way!!!!😊🐴😊🐴

Photos from Mini Joys's post 08/24/2021

A beautiful Saturday morning with some of Alison Steven's students and their families. Having a visual challenge didn't slow any of these horse wrangler's down.🐴 They pet and brushed the minis to get acquainted, and then it was time to lead them everywhere. Well, almost everywhere - we didn't invite the horses up to the Tree House for refreshments this time. So much FUN!!!😊 Y'all are AMAZING kids!!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜More photos coming soon...

Photos from Mini Joys's post 08/21/2021

PLEASE join us in giving WARNER CONSTRUCTION, INC. the biggest shout out of THANKS!!!πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ‘ They are not only KEY SPONSORS of the Mini Joys programs, and have been for years now, but this week they also came to the rescue with water for the Mini Ranch!🌳🐴🌳 The creek that runs through the property and keeps all of the wonderful shade trees alive has been dry for a month. Unfortunately, the well is really struggling too, so we didn't have the option of watering the trees with the hose - unless we gave up taking a shower or doing laundry. YOU ARE OUR HEROES WARNER CONSTRUCTION!!!πŸ‘πŸŒ³ We love you Deanna Warner, and Paul Warner, and thank you Mike for bringing the water!!!

Photos from Mini Joys's post 08/20/2021

Oh what fun!!! We brought a little Idaho style to the Luau...horses and all!🐴 Thank you Touchmark Meadow Lake Village for having the Mini Joys crew as your guests! We loved visiting with your amazing residents and caring staff!!! #minisbringmanysmiles

08/18/2021

We loved having Mini Joys volunteer, Katie, bring over her therapy pup in training to meet the miniature horses, donkey, and the goats. This beautiful, smart pup, "Sierra", can already retrieve medication, and knows multiple commands at just 10 weeks of age. Katie will take the pup back to college with her for this entire year, and ultimately this amazing pup will become a therapy dog for one of our deserving vets!πŸ‘πŸ‘ Thank you Katie for the fantastic work you are doing!!! Mini Joys is sooooooooooo proud of you!😊😊

We loved having Mini Joys volunteer, Katie, bring over her therapy pup in training to meet the miniature horses, donkey, and the goats. This beautiful, smart pup, "Sierra", can already retrieve medication, and knows multiple commands at just 10 weeks of age. Katie will take the pup back to college with her for this entire year, and ultimately this amazing pup will become a therapy dog for one of our deserving vets!πŸ‘πŸ‘ Thank you Katie for the fantastic work you are doing!!! Mini Joys is sooooooooooo proud of you!😊😊

Photos from Mini Joys's post 08/15/2021

Practice makes perfect!!!πŸ΄πŸ‘πŸ΄ We took a quick trip over to our local elementary school so that Wrangler could work on getting over his new found fear of stepping off of curbs.πŸ™ Also, so that the Mini Joys new girl, Lulu, could experience visiting a school (a very quiet school with no kiddos yet😊). She was PERFECT, and she helped Wrangler to work through his recent fear that a curb could have a "Grand Canyon" drop off!!! Thank you volunteer and director's hubby, KEN!!!❀️

A Giant Joy 08/11/2021

A Giant Joy

A Giant Joy 'Hope this makes you smile! ο»ΏAhhhh...finally! Face-to-face, hugs and all! So much JOY this Spring & Summer for those we serve, and the volunteer crew, too! A GIANT thank you to all of you who have mad

Photos from Mini Joys's post 08/06/2021

When you get your old friend Kay (oops... friend you've had for a very long time that is) over for a Mini Joys volunteer brush up training and you also get to have her friend, Sue, train and join the volunteer team, too!πŸ΄πŸ‘πŸ‘ YAY! What a JOY!!!😊 Kay and Sue are co-grandmas as Kay's son married Sue's daughter and they have a beautiful little girl. They make the second set of co-grandma's on the crew. Director Laurie Bell and Angelee Scott are the other pair, and they share two grandkiddos!

07/30/2021

Meet Lulu!πŸ’Ÿ This little sweetie just joined the Mini Joys team! She is a gift from the Dreamhaven Ranch that recently relocated from Eagle to Baker City, OR. They needed to downsize their herd, and we think Lulu will fit right in with ours. For those of you who know our minis, she is about as short as Sophie and Wrangler, but much rounder. She is settling in well, but probably not loving the "diet" we have her on - just helping her to shed a few pounds.πŸ‘πŸ‘ We can't wait for y'all to meet her and give her a welcome hug!🐴πŸ₯°

Meet Lulu!πŸ’Ÿ This little sweetie just joined the Mini Joys team! She is a gift from the Dreamhaven Ranch that recently relocated from Eagle to Baker City, OR. They needed to downsize their herd, and we think Lulu will fit right in with ours. For those of you who know our minis, she is about as short as Sophie and Wrangler, but much rounder. She is settling in well, but probably not loving the "diet" we have her on - just helping her to shed a few pounds.πŸ‘πŸ‘ We can't wait for y'all to meet her and give her a welcome hug!🐴πŸ₯°

Photos from Mini Joys's post 07/23/2021

We can't host human guests every day at the Mini Ranch, but every day the ranch is full of wildlife guests. They often come by even when we're buzzing with program participants, too!😊 We love having them here, and we don't even mind sharing the grapes, apples, apricots, and pears - but we really do wish they would save us a few!🀣 #lovethyneighbor #theyaddtothebeauty πŸ™πŸ™

Photos from Mini Joys's post 07/21/2021

Big or small...they all seem to know when we're returning from D & B Supply with all of their favorite things!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ Check out the best store in town for all your pet needs, your lawn, home projects, - and of course, awesome boots, shoes, sandals, and clothing! Thank you D & B Supply, with love from our herd! with D & B Supply Store

07/20/2021

When there's a little bit of a wait at the "Beauty Shop"...🀣🐴🀣🐴

When there's a little bit of a wait at the "Beauty Shop"...🀣🐴🀣🐴

07/18/2021

We are so very thankful for all of our Mini Joys supporters who have made the many, many special connections and relationships possible over these past 12 years! Our volunteer crew wishes you could personally meet all of the amazing children, teens, families, and seniors that we have been blessed to know. Bringing JOY and HOPE to those who are struggling has been a mission we LOVE!πŸ’Ÿ Thanks for your HUGE part in that! We couldn't do it without YOU!πŸ’ŸπŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ

We are so very thankful for all of our Mini Joys supporters who have made the many, many special connections and relationships possible over these past 12 years! Our volunteer crew wishes you could personally meet all of the amazing children, teens, families, and seniors that we have been blessed to know. Bringing JOY and HOPE to those who are struggling has been a mission we LOVE!πŸ’Ÿ Thanks for your HUGE part in that! We couldn't do it without YOU!πŸ’ŸπŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ

Photos from Mini Joys's post 07/13/2021

A look back at some awesome make-overs...

07/13/2021

Some folks have fancy swans in their yard, or colorful flamingos, but no, not here at the Mini Ranch. We simply provide lots of shade and a watering hole for all the wild turkeys around.πŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒ

Some folks have fancy swans in their yard, or colorful flamingos, but no, not here at the Mini Ranch. We simply provide lots of shade and a watering hole for all the wild turkeys around.πŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒ

07/09/2021

In case you thought ONLY dogs can be housebroken!🀣 We hate to brag, (or jinx our record), but about 90% of the time when we arrive for a program we can unload the minis and ask them to "go potty" and this is what we get.πŸ‘πŸ‘ Perfect before entering the buildings. (This was outside an Assisted Living Center).πŸ’ŸπŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ #thelawnneededwatering #goodlittlehorsies

In case you thought ONLY dogs can be housebroken!🀣 We hate to brag, (or jinx our record), but about 90% of the time when we arrive for a program we can unload the minis and ask them to "go potty" and this is what we get.πŸ‘πŸ‘ Perfect before entering the buildings. (This was outside an Assisted Living Center).πŸ’ŸπŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ #thelawnneededwatering #goodlittlehorsies

07/09/2021

Today was so fun! The Mini Joys crew spent time with some awesome moms and kids staying at the WCA shelter home, (The Women's and Children's Alliance). We can't share any photos from our program due to confidentiality and safety, but just picture this... a wonderful group of children, moms, and WCA staff all circled around the fireplace in compfy couches with the horses standing in front of the fireplace just a few feet from them. We taught a lesson titled, "YOU CAN BE A HERO". The kids did such a super job engaging by answering questions and sharing their ideas on how each one of us can be a HERO each and every day! We can watch for opportunities and jump in to save someone's day by including them, sharing, being brave and helping, showing kindness, and encouraging them with our words and actions! You don't even need a cape! #youcanbeahero

Today was so fun! The Mini Joys crew spent time with some awesome moms and kids staying at the WCA shelter home, (The Women's and Children's Alliance). We can't share any photos from our program due to confidentiality and safety, but just picture this... a wonderful group of children, moms, and WCA staff all circled around the fireplace in compfy couches with the horses standing in front of the fireplace just a few feet from them. We taught a lesson titled, "YOU CAN BE A HERO". The kids did such a super job engaging by answering questions and sharing their ideas on how each one of us can be a HERO each and every day! We can watch for opportunities and jump in to save someone's day by including them, sharing, being brave and helping, showing kindness, and encouraging them with our words and actions! You don't even need a cape! #youcanbeahero

Photos from Mini Joys's post 07/02/2021

The heat couldn't stop us! We had a great Open Visit evening at the Mini Ranch this week despite the crazy high temps! Thank goodness for shade trees, the creek and pond, ice cold drinks, and most of all the MOST AWESOME VOLUNTEER TEAM anywhere, along with the sweetest little minis you could ever meet!πŸ’ŸπŸ΄πŸ’ŸπŸ΄

Photos from Mini Joys's post 06/24/2021

Ahhhhh...a special time meeting new friends at Edgewood Plantation Place Assisted Living. What a beautiful patio looking out over the golf course. The perfect place to spread a little LOVE and JOY with their sweet residents! The horses thought they'd gone to a resort. #weloveourjob #horsehugsarethebest

06/16/2021

Our barn chore supervisor this morning. She has a rough life, for sure! #Skyisatoughboss #canibeagoatforaday?

Photos from Mini Joys's post 06/15/2021

The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon...with the Mini Ranch filled with smiles and laughter! Our special guests were all a part of Shinecology, a wonderful non-profit whose mission is to build a sense of community around pediatric cancer families by connecting them to other cancer families and their resources in the community. www.shinecology.org We are so thankful to our Mini Joys donors who make these programs possible - all free of charge to those we serve!πŸ™πŸ΄πŸ₯°πŸ’Ÿ

06/14/2021

This awesome volunteer crew made some magic happen today for the sweetest families!πŸ’Ÿ Mini Joys hosted Shinecology, a beautiful outreach for families who have been faced with pediatric cancer. It was a beautiful JOY-filled day. Watch for a post tomorrow evening.😊🐴😊🐴 #wehatecancer #strongfamilies #lovewins

This awesome volunteer crew made some magic happen today for the sweetest families!πŸ’Ÿ Mini Joys hosted Shinecology, a beautiful outreach for families who have been faced with pediatric cancer. It was a beautiful JOY-filled day. Watch for a post tomorrow evening.😊🐴😊🐴 #wehatecancer #strongfamilies #lovewins

06/12/2021

The little herd just loves watching all our Mini Ranch wild friends. We never get tired of hanging out with the ducks, quail, deer, cottontail bunnies, squirrels, turkeys, (well, maybe the pesty turkeys sometimes), songbirds, occasional elk, toads, and lizards.πŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

The little herd just loves watching all our Mini Ranch wild friends. We never get tired of hanging out with the ducks, quail, deer, cottontail bunnies, squirrels, turkeys, (well, maybe the pesty turkeys sometimes), songbirds, occasional elk, toads, and lizards.πŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

Photos from Rays For Rare's post 06/12/2021

Thank you for inviting us! Our volunteer crew and the horses had a fantastic time! The Rays for Rare families are our heroes!πŸ’Ÿ

Photos from Mini Joys's post 06/07/2021

Such a sweet time as guests for Rays For Rare, an outreach for families with a child battling rare disease. Our crew shared our hearts, our smiles, and our love with the most amazing kids. This event held at the beautiful Scentsy Complex was called, "Heroes in Plain Sight", and wow, we sure met a whole lot of courageous heroes!!!πŸ’ŸπŸ™πŸ’Ÿ

06/07/2021

Mini Joys has the cutest, hardest working ranch hand / maintenance guy / all around worker man - and he works for free!πŸ’ͺπŸ‘ He does it all because he loves this non-profit, those we serve, and oh yes, he loves the director, too!!πŸ˜ŠπŸ’ŸπŸ˜Š #besthubbyaward #superstarvolunteer

Mini Joys has the cutest, hardest working ranch hand / maintenance guy / all around worker man - and he works for free!πŸ’ͺπŸ‘ He does it all because he loves this non-profit, those we serve, and oh yes, he loves the director, too!!πŸ˜ŠπŸ’ŸπŸ˜Š #besthubbyaward #superstarvolunteer

Photos from Mini Joys's post 06/05/2021

Almost time to clean up the horses and head out for a super afternoon with Rays For Rare, a wonderful non-profit outreach for those families with children battling a rare disease. HEROES IN PLAIN SIGHT is the perfect name for this event as these children and their families are truly our heroes!πŸ’ͺπŸ’ŸπŸ΄

06/04/2021

Our Mini Joys crew absolutely loves working with those who are visually impaired. Although being visually impaired certainly effects WHAT our students see, we are so inspired by HOW they see the world around them.😊 It amazes us over and over. Their WONDER and JOY is simply beautiful!!!πŸ’Ÿ

Our Mini Joys crew absolutely loves working with those who are visually impaired. Although being visually impaired certainly effects WHAT our students see, we are so inspired by HOW they see the world around them.😊 It amazes us over and over. Their WONDER and JOY is simply beautiful!!!πŸ’Ÿ

05/25/2021

'Sure hope y'all are having a nice day...

'Sure hope y'all are having a nice day...

Photos from Mini Joys's post 05/20/2021

Who would have thought that getting their spring check-up and shots could be so much FUN?πŸ‘πŸ‘ Well, when your awesome Veterinarian Tom Bergstrom, and his beautiful wife, Mandy Bergstrom, show up with the cutest little guy along - you don't even notice the shots. And a BIG thank you to this brave cowpoke for helping to train the "wild mustang", Sophie!πŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ

05/17/2021

We can all relax and enjoy a great week.πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ These masterminds are meeting to solve all of the world's problems - so no more worries!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’Ÿ

We can all relax and enjoy a great week.πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ These masterminds are meeting to solve all of the world's problems - so no more worries!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’Ÿ

Photos from Mini Joys's post 05/14/2021

YOU Can Be A Hero! This was the Mini Joys lesson for all the awesome preschoolers of Cole Valley Christian. They listened so well and had SUPER answers on how they each could be a HERO for someone at home, at school, and in their neighborhood! No cape, big muscles, or flight skills needed to "save someone's day"! #littlekidswithbighearts #kindnessandcaring #doingtherightthing

Our Story

Well trained, gentle, lovable miniature horses combined with big-hearted, compassionate volunteers provide unique equine outreach programs in five main areas:
* Special Education Settings: often focusing on children on the Autism Spectrum, and various other special needs kiddos. Life lessons and hands-on horse time!
* At-Risk Youth and Teens: The minis are used as teaching tools to help youth learn and apply life lessons. Topics include: TRUST, FRIENDSHIP, SELF-WORTH, CONFIDENCE BUILDING, CARING FOR ANIMALS, and an ANTI-BULLTING lesson. Mini Joys has published books on two of these topics. Please see our website for more info: www.minijoys.org
* Seniors: visits to Assisted Living and Memory Care Centers to spread JOY
* Physical Disabilities: Bringing the joy of interaction with tiny horses, learning to groom and lead the minis, and the above teaching topics named under at-risk teens.
* Supporting other Non-Profit Outreach programs in the Treasure Valley such as The Ronald McDonald House, The Women's and Children's Alliance, Hay’s Shelter Home, City Light shelter, St. Luke's Children's Hospital, Boise, Meridian, and Nampa School Districts, Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army youth, and many more.

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Buddy's Birthday with Very Special Guests!
Spring?
Supervisor...
St. Luke’s Heroes
SHE HAS STOLEN OUR HEARTS!!!! Nine-year-old Claire brings so much JOY with every visit to the Mini Ranch. We first met h...
The Mini Joys Crew wants to thank Audrey Scott for this sweet video she made of the Shinecology visit to the Mini Ranch....
Spreading JOY at the Ronald McDonald House!
A beautiful Easter Celebration making new friends at the Ronald McDonald House on the Saturday of Easter week-end. What ...
Snack Time!

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