History

Making horses accessible to everyone regardless of their age or ability!

Our Story

It was the off-track Thoroughbred gelding “Significant Other” whom she adopted, retrained, and loved for 14 years that that prompted Helen Vanos’ interest in introducing others to the wonderful world of horses and showcasing the positive effect horses can have on people’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being. She realized that traditional equine therapy or assisted learning programs generally required that people travel to the horse and perhaps there was an opportunity to establish a mobile venture that would make horses accessible to everyone regardless of their age or ability.

Under the guidance of an established and well-respected organization already carrying-out a similar operation in the US (along with her own 30 years of horse experience), Small Wonders Miniature Therapy Horses became a reality.

Our Story

It was the off-track Thoroughbred gelding “Significant Other” whom she adopted, retrained, and loved for 14 years that that prompted Helen Vanos’ interest in introducing others to the wonderful world of horses and showcasing the positive effect horses can have on people’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being. She realized that traditional equine therapy or assisted learning programs generally required that people travel to the horse and perhaps there was an opportunity to establish a mobile venture that would make horses accessible to everyone regardless of their age or ability.

Under the guidance of an established and well-respected organization already carrying-out a similar operation in the US (along with her own 30 years of horse experience), Small Wonders Miniature Therapy Horses became a reality.

Going one step further, Helen has also developed Choose Kindness (K – Gr 3) and Higher Ground (Gr 4 – 8) programs to combat bullying in elementary schools as it’s her ultimate goal to be able to help create confident, resilient youth having a positive sense of well-being. These mobile programs, unique in that they will utilize miniature horses to engage participants, aim to prevent bullying in Guelph, Cambridge, and Kitchener/Waterloo-area schools by promoting a culture of kindness, respect, and positive self-esteem.

Please visit our Programs page to see if there’s a program to meet your needs.  We look forward to continuing to bring a sense of well-being and joy to both children and adults alike throughout the Guelph, Cambridge, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas!

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