Please make sure to take a look at our sponsorship recognition page! Every donation helps. Read more...



Commercial Banking Centre

With a lot of dedication and paperwork, we are pleased to announce that Whinnying in Life is now an officially registered non profit charitable organization!


ELITE DRIVER & INDEPENDENT RIDER REGISTRATION Driving is a great way to increase confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness. Read more...

The Equitherapy program encourages participants to get up close and personal with the miniature horses and Hoss with his canine friends.


DAY PROGRAMS For those interested in registering for our day programs, please contact us by email or by phone at 705.969.1283


VOLUNTEERINGYou can help support Whinnying in Life by donating a few volunteer hours a month. You can find out what opportunities are available here.



5134 Dupuis Drive
Hanmer, ON P3P 0B3
fax 705.969.9679

Who We Are

We are an organization that provides Special Needs persons, and others who are interested in joining our program, with the opportunity to interact with miniature horses in a way that will result in a positive experience for all participants.

Anyone from young children to seniors can take advantage of this program. Special times are set aside for Special Needs Clients, Families of Children with Cancer, Autistic Clients and the Learning Disabled. Clients who are Physically Disabled are, indeed,  invited to join in the fun!


Our Mission: "We work on ABILITIES and dare the disabilities to try and catch up"
Our Moto: "We do not remember days...We remember moments"


What We Do

Our most popular programs are Equitherapy, Dog Therapy, Elite Driving, Independent Riding and our Day Program These programs bring horses and humans closer to each other, give people the opportunity to enjoy nature, and allow interaction with a horse at one’s own pace. We work with participants to develop and increase their:

  • self-esteem, self-awareness, self-confidence and self-discipline
  • sense of belonging
  • sense of power and control
  • sense of security
  • sense of accomplishment

All our programs promote cooperation and teamwork, allowing individuals to improve:

  • ability to sustain attention and focus and deal with impulsiveness
  • decision-making skills
  • memory recall
  • problem solving
  • patience
  • personal image
  • ability to cope with frustration
  • communication skills – verbal and nonverbal
  • leadership and teamwork
  • responsibility/accountability/accepting consequences
  • respect for and acceptance of others
  • overall attitude

Our Setting

WHINNYING IN LIFE is based at Verdiel Stables in Hanmer, Ontario. It is a clean, well-kept, modest country farm setting that is home to miniatures, ponies and horses.





something to think about

We must not,
in trying to think about
how we can make
a big difference,
ignore the small daily differences
we can make,
which over time,
add up to big differences
that we often
cannot foresee.