humans and that's what is the most important. The love they showed the horses and the smiles they spread are beyond measure.
Thank you, Volunteers! I am so excited to have you all on board and seeing all the smiles the future brings. Special thanks to Marnie, Megan, Parker, Lisa, Candy, and Paula!
Good boys, Rommy, Rascal, Bandit (and Moe too!)
February 25, 2017
Rascal was such a good little horse for his gelding surgery. Even though he tried to sneak out of his stall the night before he didn't get past the door!
Rascal was a Cryptorchid which means only one of his testicles had dropped. This meant he had invasive surgery to remove the one that hadn't dropped. This surgery could have lasted a long time, but luckily the vets found it quickly and he was awake within an hour.
After Rascal overcame his wobbliness post surgery he whinnied to the vets in a high pitched demanding voice. He was hungry!
The herd greeted Rascal warmly the next day when he arrived home. They missed him terribly and were sullen the entire time he was gone.
Rascal is recovering well and enjoys his walks down the street. Next week he will be allowed to get out of his stall and romp around his little paddock. A week after that he will be able to get back into the pasture with his buddies.
Good baby, Rascal!
February 4, 2017
Parker that she would always remember now.
I want to give a shout out to Marnie, Parker, Megan, Lisa, and Kathy for all your wonderful help yesterday!
I also want to give a big thank you to Comfort Hoofs for fitting Rommy for actual horse boots! He was walking with purpose yesterday which is something he doesn't often do. He felt great in those boots!
And most of all, thank you, Rommy. You're a really, really good boy!
P.S. If you noted the St. Patrick's Day outfit we do realize we're a bit early, but we won't see everyone in the nursing homes until the end of next month. We do wish we could see them more often though.
shook and nodded his head when asked if he ever was a naughty boy, and he attempted a smile. He was rewarded with a treat for each trick.
Unfortunately, the treats on the 6th floor made Rommy realize he wanted to stay there. It took a few attempts to convince him to get back into the elevator. Once he realized he would get even more treats if he got into the elevator he was fine. At that point I set a goal of succeeding at elevator training for Rommy.
Once home all four horses received a wonderful treat from Marnie...organic carrots...with the tops! She was very popular with the horses.
Thank you, Volunteers!
Good boy Rommy!
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February 23, 2017
February 18, 2017
Rommy was doted on yesterday and he loved it. From the point he was getting ready to the time he came home, Rommy enjoyed the love he was given. Wait a second...isn't he supposed to be the one giving smiles and therapy healing?
He did. Rommy had so many people at Health Central Park giggling, chuckling, smiling and even singing. Rommy was not only sleeping on the job he was snugly. He snuggled arms and rested his nose on blankets. He was really into being with people yesterday.
At Inspired Living at Windermere Rommy was bringing smiles before he got in the front door. Once inside Rommy found a spot in the center of the lobby where everyone came to see him, pet him, hug him, and take photos with him. We heard so many stories of horse experiences in their younger days.
One woman recalled a story of how she walked many miles to a friend's house one weekend in order to ride the Belgian horses. Belgian horses are very large draft horses in case you didn't know. She recalled how much she enjoyed the horses, but the next day when she had to go back to school she wasn't too comfortable climbing the stairs to her seventh grade classroom. This made us all grin at the thought. Thigh muscles can be sore after riding and even more sore after riding a horse as large as a Belgian. She remembered the experience as if it had happened yesterday. She was smiling with tears in her eyes. Rommy reminded her of that memory.
Before we left Parker said to me that he wished we had something to give her so she could always remember. Luckily, we had a photo of Rommy with us so he ran back to give it to her. She told
"The only way to have a friend is to be one." When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those words I don't think he was talking about Rommy, Rascal, Bandit, and Moe, but if he had met them he would have. While I was away taking care of my Dad, Fuzzy Therapy Miniature Horses, Inc.'s team of volunteers took over. Not only did they feed, clean stalls, pick the pasture, brush the horses, and clean buckets they took Rommy to visits.
It's not always easy to train, horses or humans alike. There are a lot of details to remember and safety precautions to take. Time is also a factor for it takes a few hours to get ready for each visit. And then there is the time it takes to get to and from the visit. Did I mention the important time spent at each visit? Anyway, my point is that the volunteers took time out of their lives to help horses help
"Is that a real horse," was the question of the day yesterday. Rommy stood perfectly still while receiving pats from everyone in Florida Hospital For Children so it was really hard to tell if he was real or not.
After a morning of teaching Mallory and Kathy how we prepare for visits Rommy was ready to go, almost. It was a little chilly outside after Rommy's bath so we brought him inside to warm up under the hair dryer. Thanks Kathy, for your help with warming Rommy.
Rommy climbed into the truck with no effort, munched his hay quietly, and watched the scenery as we drove to downtown Orlando to visit the children in the hospital.
Rommy knows where to go when we get there...wherever we take him. He walked down the hallway of the hospital with purpose, he knew love was waiting for him in the Disney atrium.
Rommy was not only petted a lot as usual he received many, many hugs yesterday. He snuggled up to giggling children and adults too! At one point a child came running towards Rommy while Rommy was being snuggled by staff. Rommy didn't move, but the staff jumped up to make sure the child wasn't going to run into him. Rommy knew he wasn't in harm's way and curiously watched while the child ran off.
Rommy had another opportunity to practice elevator rides as well. He was allowed to ride to the 6th floor. He walked into the elevator from the lobby with no problem at all. I breathed a sigh of relief since I hadn't been working with him lately on elevator training. Once we arrived on the 6th floor Rommy showed off his few tricks he knows. He nodded yes when asked if he was a good boy, he