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April 3, 2014
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April 3, 2014
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For 12 years I have worked with full size horses and children with physical and mental handicaps. I loved my job and felt a special connection with the animals who helped not just children but persons of all ages who traveled to our facility. In December 2010 I moved my herd of horses to a beautiful facility in south east Austin where I had the most fortunate of luck in meeting founder and director Sally. I immediately fell in love with the minis, as does every one who meets them! My first exposure to the minis and the public came in the form of the United Way day of caring. The response to the minis by the 45 plus corporate employees brought tears to my eyes, you could feel these participants stress and anxiety lift! I was hooked!

I have now have worked with the group closely for a few years and its always just fantastic to be involved! The visits are handled with such care and professionalism, you can see that there is love and only love that goes into this fantastic opportunity in our local community. The most powerful and profound moments I've had include memories and tears shared by our Alzheimer's patients to having non verbal cases where families have never heard the voice of their child or grandparent. To make such powerful impact with persons and families is a blessing. I'm so blessed to be a witness to truly the most heartwarming and unique therapy available.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

June 28, 2012
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June 28, 2012
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My name is Diane McBee and I attended the miniature horse equine assisted interaction training offered by Mini and Friends. As the director of a miniature horse therapy program, Knee High Mini Tours, I was impressed with the knowledge of the volunteers and the compassion displayed toward the clients. I was able to participate in many different types of training activities and gained first hand experience working with the miniature horses and clients. Safety was paramount, as was providing meaningful experiences. My experiences have shown Minis and Friends to be a caring organization committed to sharing the love of their miniature horses by reaching out to others and bringing joy into their lives.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 5, 2012
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June 5, 2012
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My name is Lynann Centers. I attended boot camp in March 2012. I have a nonprofit organization called HeavenSent Half-Pints, which does similar work as Minis and Friends does. Boot camp was very helpful for me.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 14, 2011
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April 14, 2011
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Good morning,
I am so happy to write a review for Minis and Friends. My name is Laurie Demitry and my daughter and I have a mini therapy group here in Northern Virginia called NOVA Therapy Minis. Sally and Ellen have been invaluable to us in getting our program off the ground. They have
been incredibly generous with information and resources which has saved us much time and extra effort. We have a ways to go before we're reaching and touching as many folks as Minis and Friends does but we are well on our way thanks to Minis and Friends. I can't think of a more deserving group !!!!

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I've personally experienced the results because I've been able to start another mini therapy group with their help.

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I wouldn't change a thing. They are a group doing wonderful things in their own community while paying it forward to help us start our own group here in Virginia.

April 5, 2011
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April 5, 2011
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The Austin Minis and Friends is constantly bringing smiles to many faces, both small and large. They are a very professional group with the leadership and volunteers needed to be a successful non profit organization. Sally and her trainees have visited our farm on several occasions and we found them to be quite wonderful!

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Yes I have.

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I cannot say any changes need to be made. They are terrific.

April 5, 2011
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April 5, 2011
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I can't say enough positive things with this organization. They are constantly on the move with there Minis bringing education, joy, and self esteem to children and adults alike. They are a big supporter of the Brackenridge children's hospital and many other associations. The world needs more non profit organization that bring light with their humongouss changes in people lives. I am a big supporter of Mini & Friends.
Tania
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so many ways I can't count anymore

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April 5, 2011
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April 5, 2011
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Minis and Friends, Austin, TX is a phenomenal organization that is extremely active in the Austin, TX area. In addition to their equine guided interactions and their animal assisted activities, the co-founders and some of the volunteers offer a four day training workshop annually! I have found the volunteer leaders to be very helpful, and all of the miniature horses are clean, well groomed and healthy...and they actually do enjoy interacting with the people that they visit. This organization is extremely aware of safety needs and precautions, and yet are able to focus on the benefits to the individuals with whom they visit. Keep up the great work, Minis and Friends!!

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I have participated with Minis and Friends during some of their events and facility visits.

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Move the whole group closer to where I live!

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