(Blog written by Tower’s Minis and Friends Account Execs, edited by the good people at Minis and Friends)
While Sally’s husband thought her crazy to want to invest so much into co-founding Minis and Friends, she remained unwavering on her persistence to make equine guided interactions (EGI) therapy available to those in need.
Fact: Minis and Friends was founded in 2007
Her husband too would share the same passion, but not until he had his “moment.” This moment Sally said can occur at any time during an individual’s involvement with the program.
Fact: there are 17 Minis in the program, each owned privately by individuals in the greater Austin Metro area. Each owner volunteers their time to take their horses to different functions.
Veering out of formation MasterCard led Sally’s husband up to one individual sitting in a wheel chair, whom they learned was in fact blind.
Fact: the non profit tailors programs and activities for all ages with disabilities and helps improve their health/wellness conditions through interaction with miniature horses.
Caught a little off guard as MasterCard placed his head in the man’s lap, he asked if he was petting a dog! When informed it was a mini-horse, Sally had arrived and asked the man if he wanted to pet MasterCard, which he did. As the man’s hand brushed Mastercard’s mane it’s as if the man’s eyes lit up and he was able to see!
Fact: not only does Minis and Friends use their expertise to serve those in need but they also run a Mini Boot Camp to train other Mini owners to be able to do the same.
Just like Sally’s husband and many others, our account members working on the Minis and Friends account were able to volunteer and experience firsthand the minis in action.
Two weeks ago at Helping Hand Home children were given time with the minis, walking the minis around and brushing their manes, smiles shone across their faces. Then, the following week at Southwood Care Center with the elderly helping to brighten their moods and time in rehabilitation.
How the simple impression of a mini could make a difference.
Fact: Last year alone Minis and Friends made 100 visits across Central Texas to serve youth and adults in need of a little inspiration and love form the minis.
These two visits have demonstrated to us how passionate and devoted the Minis and Friends team members are to helping others through equestrian therapy, and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them now on their most recent endeavor of raising money through Amplify Austin. If you would like to know more about how to support Minis and Friends, please visit the website for I Live Here, I Give Here and you’ll find Minis and Friends listed under the child and youth nonprofit category!
Also you can find more general information about Meet the Minis on their webpage and learn more about the programs and services they offer!
Take time to meet the Minis, because like Sally shared with us, without these little horse there would be no Minis and Friends!
Since 2007, the non profit has recruited people with minis and dedicated volunteers have become mini-owners. These owners and their horse have dedicated time to work in the community on weekends and some holidays. To date there are:
- 7 mini-owners and minis in Austin (Bravo, MasterCard, Remington, Rocky, Rudy and SeanMonet),
- Cedar Creek (Jax and Koda),
- Dripping Springs (Nemo, Spirit and Xarrow),
- Round Rock (Lewis and Rocky)
- Wimberley (Tator Tot, Tiny Tim and Trigger Treat).
If you don’t have a mini but would like to be involved: