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

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

05/13/2021

This AMAZING volunteer team from Western States CAT Equipment Company came out to the Mini Ranch yesterday and did a major spruce-up with 7 gallons of fresh stain!πŸ’ͺ The Wheelchair Accessible Tree House, tables, benches, etc. all got a fresh coat of stain - WOW!! What an improvement! More photos coming in a few days!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ΄ #westernstatesrocks

This AMAZING volunteer team from Western States CAT Equipment Company came out to the Mini Ranch yesterday and did a major spruce-up with 7 gallons of fresh stain!πŸ’ͺ The Wheelchair Accessible Tree House, tables, benches, etc. all got a fresh coat of stain - WOW!! What an improvement! More photos coming in a few days!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ΄ #westernstatesrocks

05/08/2021

The Mini Ranch is a safe home to so much wildlife. The horses love all their friends...the deer, ducks, bunnies, turkeys, quail, frogs, lizards, elk, hawks, etc. We didn't welcome the skunk or the mountain lion though - they needed to move on!πŸ‘πŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ #lovingthoseanimals #minisandfriends

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

We sure had a super morning with the Nature Group who came for a program this week. Moms and kiddos everywhere! The students learned how to be safe around horses and how to brush and lead the herd. There was horse time, explore the Mini Ranch time, refreshments, and an important lesson on being the best YOU that YOU can be!😊 Thanks Melanie, for connecting us all!πŸ’Ÿ

05/04/2021

Thanks to the support of so many big-hearted folks in the Treasure Valley, the Mini Joys crew has made some pretty amazing connections and lasting memories these past 11 years. Touching lives with JOY, HOPE, & HEALING is the best "job" on earth!πŸ’Ÿ
Check out Mini Joys at IDAHO GIVES: https://www.idahogives.org/organizations/mini-joys-inc
or on our website: https://www.minijoys.org
Have a beautiful week!πŸ‘πŸ‘ Go out and give a smile...they're contagious!πŸ˜ŠπŸ’Ÿ

Thanks to the support of so many big-hearted folks in the Treasure Valley, the Mini Joys crew has made some pretty amazing connections and lasting memories these past 11 years. Touching lives with JOY, HOPE, & HEALING is the best "job" on earth!πŸ’Ÿ
Check out Mini Joys at IDAHO GIVES: https://www.idahogives.org/organizations/mini-joys-inc
or on our website: https://www.minijoys.org
Have a beautiful week!πŸ‘πŸ‘ Go out and give a smile...they're contagious!πŸ˜ŠπŸ’Ÿ

05/01/2021

Five more days to give to your favorite local non-profits through IDAHO GIVES! Please check out the Mini Joys page here: https://www.idahogives.org/organizations/mini-joys-inc There are so many wonderful organizations doing great work to improve the lives of those facing tough challenges. We sure appreciate you considering support of the Mini Joys programs in your 2021 giving. Have a beautiful week-end!β˜€πŸ’Ÿ

Five more days to give to your favorite local non-profits through IDAHO GIVES! Please check out the Mini Joys page here: https://www.idahogives.org/organizations/mini-joys-inc There are so many wonderful organizations doing great work to improve the lives of those facing tough challenges. We sure appreciate you considering support of the Mini Joys programs in your 2021 giving. Have a beautiful week-end!β˜€πŸ’Ÿ

Photos from Mini Joys's post 04/30/2021

YAY for these Mini Joys teen Volunteer Trainees!🐴 They did a super job working with the horses, and we're excited for them to share their big hearts with those we serve!πŸ’Ÿ #girlsandhorses #magicalbonds

04/29/2021

Mini Joys is off and runnin'!!! Though one of our horses (29" tall, 100lb Wrangler) qualified for the Kentucky Derby this year, he turned it down as he was too excited about the 2021 IDAHO GIVES event ​to miss any of the fun back home. No one wants to miss IDAHO GIVES!
​​Please check out the Mini Joys page for ways you can help us bring joy and hope to those who are struggling:
https://www.idahogives.org/organizations/mini-joys-inc

IDAHO GIVES starts today and runs for a week (until May 6th). It's a special time to get behind all of your favorite local non-profits with an on-line tax-deductible donation. Our community benefits from every dollar raised!

Mini Joys is off and runnin'!!! Though one of our horses (29" tall, 100lb Wrangler) qualified for the Kentucky Derby this year, he turned it down as he was too excited about the 2021 IDAHO GIVES event ​to miss any of the fun back home. No one wants to miss IDAHO GIVES!
​​Please check out the Mini Joys page for ways you can help us bring joy and hope to those who are struggling:
https://www.idahogives.org/organizations/mini-joys-inc

IDAHO GIVES starts today and runs for a week (until May 6th). It's a special time to get behind all of your favorite local non-profits with an on-line tax-deductible donation. Our community benefits from every dollar raised!

04/28/2021

Yes, we get breakfast and dinner every single day...but we've also perfected the cute-faced stare down to beg for a bite of brunch, lunch, "after-school-snack", and of course, a bedtime snack too!πŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ #irresistible #wesaidyes #stayingtrimandhealthy

Yes, we get breakfast and dinner every single day...but we've also perfected the cute-faced stare down to beg for a bite of brunch, lunch, "after-school-snack", and of course, a bedtime snack too!πŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ #irresistible #wesaidyes #stayingtrimandhealthy

Photos from Mini Joys's post 04/24/2021

When a big-hearted, animal loving young man comes to experience working with horses the connection and quick learning is amazing. He's a natural, and his friend Millie grew up on a ranch so she was in her element! The Mini Joys minis may not be big ol' ranch horses, but they're still horses in every way! Those of us who grew up with equine buddies get to experience all the wonderful memories when we get near these special animals.πŸ΄πŸ’ŸπŸ΄

04/21/2021

Happy Spring Everyone!β˜€οΈ We're all excited over here at the Mini Ranch!πŸ΄πŸπŸ΄πŸ΄πŸπŸ΄πŸ΄πŸ˜ŽπŸ’Ÿ

Happy Spring Everyone!β˜€οΈ We're all excited over here at the Mini Ranch!πŸ΄πŸπŸ΄πŸ΄πŸπŸ΄πŸ΄πŸ˜ŽπŸ’Ÿ

Photos from Mini Joys's post 04/20/2021

What a wonderful day! (Yes, windy, yet wonderful!😊) A sweet teacher friend and her horse-loving daughter visited today to meet the minis, and to help plan the program for the rest of their group that will be here in early May!πŸ‘ We can't wait!πŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ#sweettimes #bringingjoyiswhattheydo

Photos from Mini Joys's post 04/16/2021

It's that time of year...the minis are shedding off their 5 inch long winter s**g! It's time to get the clippers out soon and finish the job for them. A GIANT thank you to Mini Joys volunteer Lee Ann for brushing out this giant pile of fur! The horses sure appreciate it!πŸ’Ÿ with Lee Ann Nakagawa

04/15/2021

We love working with Shinecology, and bringing JOY to the beautiful families and precious kiddos you serve.πŸ’Ÿ

Did you know our welcome boxes for our newly diagnosed families are personally packed with each kiddo in mind? Here is an example of today’s shipment going to a little 6 year old just starting his cancer journey this weekπŸŽ—Thank you to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Idaho and CBH Homes for adding Shine Bright nightlights to our bags, PalmerCash Tees for the sweatshirts and tshirts, Promoshop for our amazing hats, Mini Joys for the loving books, Joy Jars for your continued giving, and The Magic Yarn Project for your hand made character hats.What you can’t see is the Dutch Bros Coffee card tucked in the front pocket, the Thrive Causemetics goodies for mom, and all the little extra toys donated by Walmart.
This is community at its best, helping to lift up families in need by shining a light for themπŸŽ—
#shinecology #boisenonprofit #pediatriccancerawareness #NoOneFightsAlone #boiselife

04/10/2021

Wow! Looking back 5 years to Wrangler's first Birthday! He's now all grown up - as big as he's going to get .This week he turned 6-yrs-old, weighing in at a whoppin' 100 lbs, 29 inches tall, and still, his Build-A-Bear shoes are much too big for his tiny hooves! He's such a sweetheart, always wanting attention and love!πŸ’ŸπŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ

Wow! Looking back 5 years to Wrangler's first Birthday! He's now all grown up - as big as he's going to get .This week he turned 6-yrs-old, weighing in at a whoppin' 100 lbs, 29 inches tall, and still, his Build-A-Bear shoes are much too big for his tiny hooves! He's such a sweetheart, always wanting attention and love!πŸ’ŸπŸ΄πŸ’Ÿ

Photos from Mini Joys's post 04/08/2021

When the tree branches are growing into the mini's corral and the Mini Joys director's hubby is a huge heartedπŸ’Ÿ, strongπŸ’ͺ, and hard working man...things get done!!! A BIG thanks to our #1 Volunteer Ken Bell! He's the BEST!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘ The horses, donkey, and goats love him, too!🐴🐴🐴🐐🐐🐴🐴 #volunteersrock #freeranchhand #springishere

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.

Videos (show all)

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!
Spring In Idaho!

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