August 6, 2016

to a quiet part of the parking lot and used these moments as training opportunities. I asked him to "go potty." Each time he did!

Rascal is such a smart, little horse that he is almost ready to begin visiting. There's a little procedure he needs to have first though. Rascal will be gelded this Fall. Gelding is the same thing as neutering a dog. It also has the same effect, Rascal will be quieter and they say will have a healthier life.

Wow, the horses have been very busy this week!

Rommy went downtown to check his PO Box and had to meet everyone there!  I think Jill is his favorite.  Then he made a stop at the police station to bring smiles to everyone.  It worked!  There were even a few officers following us out of the building so they could say hello.

Bandit went for a ride in the truck for the first time.  He was fascinated with how fast the world moves.  He remained calm though and enjoyed the treats I gave him along the way.  I think the other horses have been telling him about this awesome visiting thing and he wants a chance to bring people smiles, enjoy air conditioning and snack on a few treats here and there.

Training was the focus this past weekend. Rascal and I went to PetSmart to do some shopping and continue his learning to be comfortable with crowds. 

He was a little wiggly, but it was from excitement of seeing dogs everywhere instead of being afraid. Rascal loves dogs! He loves to chase them and nip at their heels. They are his size and have just as much energy as he does.

On the other hand, Rascal had a long talk/stare with a snake in one of the cages. That could be why he was wiggly...he was mimicking the snake!

Even though Rascal acted like a toddler that can't sit still he was still a good boy. He stood for photos and was happy to be scratched and petted by everyone. As a reward for the scratching Rascal showed off his best trick to the crowd. His favorite trick is to hop up on his back legs. He taught himself this "rearing" trick. I think it was to reach cookies on the counter.

Overall, Rascal was a good boy. He has mastered potty training! He is funny, every time I brought him outside to go he tried. He would stretch his legs and look at me as if saying, "where's my cookie? I did it." even though he hadn't. He did once and got his cookie for it.

Good boy, Rascal!

head, said, "yes," and slowly got up from the chair.  With her and her grandmother on one side of Rommy and me on the other we went for a walk in the mall.  I asked her if she wanted to walk all the way to the end 

 of the mall because Rommy would want to keep walking everywhere.  Rommy is a good sport like that.  We walked at least three or four stores away from where we started.  After walking back to her chair the girl seemed a little tired, but there was a huge smile on her face.  Her Mom said to me that was the farthest she has ever walked without her wheelchair.

Rommy, you are truly a magical horse.

Good boy, Rommy

P.S.  Rommy will be meeting that young lady again soon.

August 27, 2016

August 6, 2016

September 4, 2016

Guess who is doing so well with his training? Yep, Bandit! He is a very smart, little horse. I'm not sure at this point if I was training him or he was training me though.

Bandit figured out if he took a step up the ramp on the truck he would receive a treat. After only a few moments he realized that baby steps brought more treats! Once I caught on to his brilliant little scheme I could see he was contemplating a new plan. His next manipulation was to not get in the truck unless I did too.

I allowed him to win this one because my goal was to get him inside the truck. The first time Bandit got in he looked at the view out the window and I could tell by the look on his face that he enjoyed being so big all of a sudden.

Leaving the truck was easy. Bandit walked down the ramp, paused to see if treats were available for this task too, and eventually meandered down to the bottom.

Rommy is not a trick pony nor is he a riding horse, but on Saturday he performed magic.  I trained Rommy to be an emotional support animal.  His job is to stand quietly while people are soothed by petting him, hugging him, and even just watching him.  He did his job perfectly on Saturday.

We went to the West Oaks Mall in Ocoee, FL to help our good friend Thom out with his celebration of Sydney's life and the Read to Sydney​ nonprofit organization.  Rommy had never been in a shopping mall before.  I admit I was a little nervous about how he would react.  We entered from a back hallway so I had time to stand with him quietly while he listened to the echoing sounds, smelled the new food court smells, and saw the busy activity of people walking in and out of brightly colored stores.  He finally looked at me as if saying, "what are you waiting for, come on let's go."

We were surrounded as soon as we were noticed.  I wasn't surprised by that, Rommy does attract attention.  Rommy worked the crowd as if they were all old friends.  He really enjoyed himself.

The magic came a little later when Rommy met a young lady using a wheelchair.  She fell in love with Rommy immediately.  She petted him, talked to him, and gave him hugs and kisses.  Then she asked me if she could hold his lead rope to which I, of course, said, "yes."  I held one end while she held the other and she pushed herself forward with her foot.  We took Rommy for a short walk until the girl's grandmother asked her if she'd like to get out of the chair and walk Rommy down the hall.  The girl enthusiastically nodded her 

September 4, 2016

Rommy has been trying to decide what to wear when he goes on his first visit into Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children! He was just recently approved to help cheer up the children. Rommy is so excited because he loves children most of all and loves to make them giggle when they aren't feeling well. He knows he has to be extra careful on this visit and on his best behavior.

We're so proud of Rommy for being accepted to his newest job. Share the great news! Rommy is headed downtown soon to help heal and share the smiles from little horses with big hearts!

Good boy, Rommy!

P.S. Please don't tell Rommy that he's only wearing his vest and shoes for this visit.

Saturday was a beautiful day to go visiting.  Rommy outdid himself in the nursing home, I had no worries about him.  He greeted each resident and then proceeded to fall asleep while they petted him.  I guess Rommy and his buddies stayed up too late on Friday night.

Rommy was exhausted!  One woman petted his face, his eyes, his ears, his chin, his neck, and his mane for five minutes straight.  When she had stopped I started to pull Rommy away to go visit another resident.  He was sound asleep and wouldn't budge.  We had to wake him up!

Rommy wore his best back to school outfit to show that he too needs to learn.  He wore Fuzzy Therapy Miniature Horse pencils in his mane, a little chalkboard around his neck stating, "back to school,"  and he even had his lunch bag attached to his "backpack/vest."  He also had his mane and tail braided because he had to look his best on the first day of school.   The residents were curious as to why Rommy would have to go to school.  My response was that Rommy kept eating the apple he was supposed to give the teacher so he had to learn not to do that.  They loved it!

As a reward after his "hard" work in the nursing home Rommy did receive an apple from Marnie.  He really enjoyed his treat and showed it by slobbering all over Marnie's hand.  That's another reason we wait until Rommy is done working before he gets treats!


After a quick stop at Winter Garden Feed to get more shavings for the horses' stalls and to have Rommy completely spoiled by Charlene we decided to take a walk around town.  I gave Marnie the chance to be the handler for the first time.  Initially, Rommy was confused that I wasn't leading him, but Marnie comforted him and he was good after that.  One

Saturday was a beautiful day to go visiting.  Rommy outdid himself in the nursing home, I had no worries about him.  He greeted each resident and then proceeded to fall asleep while they petted him.  I guess Rommy and his buddies stayed up too late on Friday night.

Rommy was exhausted!  One woman petted his face, his eyes, his ears, his chin, his neck, and his mane for five minutes straight.  When she had stopped I started to pull Rommy away to go visit another resident.  He was sound asleep and wouldn't budge.  We had to wake him up!

Rommy wore his best back to school outfit to show that he too needs to learn.  He wore Fuzzy Therapy Miniature Horse pencils in his mane, a little chalkboard around his neck stating, "back to school,"  and he even had his lunch bag attached to his "backpack/vest."  He also had his mane and tail braided because he had to look his best on the first day of school.   The residents were curious as to why Rommy would have to go to school.  My response was that Rommy kept eating the apple he was supposed to give the teacher so he had to learn not to do that.  They loved it!

As a reward after his "hard" work in the nursing home Rommy did receive an apple from Marnie.  He really enjoyed his treat and showed it by slobbering all over Marnie's hand.  That's another reason we wait until Rommy is done working before he gets treats!


After a quick stop at Winter Garden Feed to get more shavings for the horses' stalls and to have Rommy completely spoiled by Charlene we decided to take a walk around town.  I gave Marnie the chance to be the handler for the first time.  Initially, Rommy was confused that I wasn't leading him, but Marnie comforted him and he was good after that.  One

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August 24, 2016

Rommy had a wonderful time at Lakefront Farmer's Market at Summerport on Sunday!  He met so many people that needed kisses from him!  


Although it was his first time in the kissing booth Rommy did quite well.  He stood there for as long as he could which was only a few minutes each time.  He needed breaks, but he also was happy to provide nuzzles on hands and cheeks.


Rommy enjoys money.  He thought people were handing him treats when they went to put dollars in his tip jar.  There were a few nibbled dollars in the tip jar at the end of the day!


Overall, Rommy was a good sport for the kissing booth event.  He received a fresh apple I bought him for his positive behavior.  He did tell us when he was ready to go home, it was getting really hot outside!


Good boy, Rommy!


P.S.  Please donate so Rommy can give more people kisses! 

September 11, 2016

August 27, 2016

Training was the focus this past weekend. Rascal and I went to PetSmart to do some shopping and continue his learning to be comfortable with crowds. 

He was a little wiggly, but it was from excitement of seeing dogs everywhere instead of being afraid. Rascal loves dogs! He loves to chase them and nip at their heels. They are his size and have just as much energy as he does.

On the other hand, Rascal had a long talk/stare with a snake in one of the cages. That could be why he was wiggly...he was mimicking the snake!

Even though Rascal acted like a toddler that can't sit still he was still a good boy. He stood for photos and was happy to be scratched and petted by everyone. As a reward for the scratching Rascal showed off his best trick to the crowd. His favorite trick is to hop up on his back legs. He taught himself this "rearing" trick. I think it was to reach cookies on the counter.

Overall, Rascal was a good boy. He has mastered potty training! He is funny, every time I brought him outside to go he tried. He would stretch his legs and look at me as if saying, "where's my cookie? I did it." even though he hadn't. He did once and got his cookie for it.

Good boy, Rascal!

After a few times of going in and out of the truck and my moving the ramp from one side of the truck to the other so Bandit could get in and out, Bandit turned around inside the truck. Sigh. Well, he would only turn around once so I was back to my exercise.

One cute thing he showed me was that he could back down the ramp. I never ask the horses to back down the ramp because they could miss a step and fall off. Bandit proved to me that he was very skilled at ramps and backed down without a problem while he watched his rear end to make sure it was still on the ramp.

I believe I have a lot to learn from Bandit. He has a subtle sense of humor that truly appeared in our truck training session. He also proved to me that he's not afraid of trying something new. Bandit is on the road to becoming a great miniature therapy horse!

Good boy, Bandit!

August 20, 2016

It was all business this weekend...well, almost. Rascal had the opportunity to meet a larger crowd in downtown Winter Garden, FL. Even though I was fully prepared in case he got scared, he didn't! It took us a while to get to a table as we were greeted by family after family, but that's why we were there. Rascal was polite and even let people pet his nose without him petting back.

I wasn't expecting it so I was amazed when it happened. Rascal signaled me when he needed breaks. He'd paw (just like a dog they reach out with their front leg) or rub his head against me to say, "hey Ma, let's take a walk." I took him out

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thing I hadn't realized is that I'm so used to leading Rommy and talking to people that it may not be easy for someone new to do it.  Marnie did a great job though and no one was hurt or left out of visiting with Rommy!

I thought Rommy would be so tired when we got home, but he wasn't.  He even helped clean the truck out by munching on the hay he had dropped on the floor.  He stood there for quite a while cleaning even though there was really green grass behind him.

Good boy, Rommy!

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August 6, 2016

Rascal, oh Rascal, he is a ladies man.  He had the women at Dover Saddlery - Winter Park, FL​ catering to his every need.  They even provided wonderful customer service by scratching his belly which he absolutely loves.  He laid down so they could reach his belly easier.  There was training happening too.  Rascal has caught on about potty training.  He went before he got in the truck, he went outside when we arrived at Dover Saddlery - Winter Park, FL and alerted me that he needed to step outside while we were in the store.  He went as soon as we were in a semi-private outside spot.  I'm so proud of him!

August 24, 2016

It was all business this weekend...well, almost. Rascal had the opportunity to meet a larger crowd in downtown Winter Garden, FL. Even though I was fully prepared in case he got scared, he didn't! It took us a while to get to a table as we were greeted by family after family, but that's why we were there. Rascal was polite and even let people pet his nose without him petting back.

I wasn't expecting it so I was amazed when it happened. Rascal signaled me when he needed breaks. He'd paw (just like a dog they reach out with their front leg) or rub his head against me to say, "hey Ma, let's take a walk." I took him out

The horses had a wonderful visit from a couple of families this weekend.  They were petted, given treats, and even got kisses!  Bandit once again surprised me with his sudden outgoing personality.  He's on the road to a great career!  Rommy, of course, had to show off his driving skills and took almost everyone for a ride in his cart.  He even listened to commands from the children!  Rascal showed off his expert skills at pushing the big yoga ball across the field.  That certainly did bring a lot of giggles!

Moe was his stoic, gentle giant self during all the shenanigans of the miniature therapy horses.  He does deserve mention since he was the first to learn how to smile.

Good boys, Rascal, Rommy, Bandit and Moe!

head, said, "yes," and slowly got up from the chair.  With her and her grandmother on one side of Rommy and me on the other we went for a walk in the mall.  I asked her if she wanted to walk all the way to the end 

 of the mall because Rommy would want to keep walking everywhere.  Rommy is a good sport like that.  We walked at least three or four stores away from where we started.  After walking back to her chair the girl seemed a little tired, but there was a huge smile on her face.  Her Mom said to me that was the farthest she has ever walked without her wheelchair.

Rommy, you are truly a magical horse.

Good boy, Rommy

P.S.  Rommy will be meeting that young lady again soon.

thing I hadn't realized is that I'm so used to leading Rommy and talking to people that it may not be easy for someone new to do it.  Marnie did a great job though and no one was hurt or left out of visiting with Rommy!

I thought Rommy would be so tired when we got home, but he wasn't.  He even helped clean the truck out by munching on the hay he had dropped on the floor.  He stood there for quite a while cleaning even though there was really green grass behind him.

Good boy, Rommy!

#FuzzyTherapyMiniatureHorses

Marnie and I also had a chance to get together to get some paperwork done for the nonprofit side of Fuzzy Therapy Miniature Horses. Of course, all members of the nonprofit have a say in what happens. Rascal and Bandit officially signed off on all documents this weekend. Rommy preferred to maintain the grass height in the yard.


Hope you all had a great weekend! On to more smiles!


Good boys, Rascal, Bandit, Rommy (and Moe)!

to a quiet part of the parking lot and used these moments as training opportunities. I asked him to "go potty." Each time he did!

Rascal is such a smart, little horse that he is almost ready to begin visiting. There's a little procedure he needs to have first though. Rascal will be gelded this Fall. Gelding is the same thing as neutering a dog. It also has the same effect, Rascal will be quieter and they say will have a healthier life.

August 2, 2016

Marnie and I also had a chance to get together to get some paperwork done for the nonprofit side of Fuzzy Therapy Miniature Horses. Of course, all members of the nonprofit have a say in what happens. Rascal and Bandit officially signed off on all documents this weekend. Rommy preferred to maintain the grass height in the yard.


Hope you all had a great weekend! On to more smiles!


Good boys, Rascal, Bandit, Rommy (and Moe)!

August 20, 2016

September 11, 2016

Rommy had a wonderful time at Lakefront Farmer's Market at Summerport on Sunday!  He met so many people that needed kisses from him!  


Although it was his first time in the kissing booth Rommy did quite well.  He stood there for as long as he could which was only a few minutes each time.  He needed breaks, but he also was happy to provide nuzzles on hands and cheeks.


Rommy enjoys money.  He thought people were handing him treats when they went to put dollars in his tip jar.  There were a few nibbled dollars in the tip jar at the end of the day!


Overall, Rommy was a good sport for the kissing booth event.  He received a fresh apple I bought him for his positive behavior.  He did tell us when he was ready to go home, it was getting really hot outside!


Good boy, Rommy!


P.S.  Please donate so Rommy can give more people kisses! 

Rommy was playful in the nursing home yesterday. Perhaps it was his outfit that made him feel like he really was going for a day at the beach. The residents loved it! One woman laughed and laughed at Rommy's silly water wings and inner tube. This surprised the staff since she never does.

Rommy reached out and tickled a man's arm. Smiling he reached out and touched Rommy's nose. Rommy nuzzled his arm again and the man reached out again. This game was played for a little while, they both really enjoyed each other.

I never realized Rommy could be such a narcissist. You'll see in a few photos that he's making sure the photographer got his good side!

Rommy's fan club at the nursing home grew tremendously during yesterday's visit. There was a woman on the rehabilitation side of the center who requested a visit from a horse and we just happened to be there at the right time. We don't normally visit on that side of Health Central Park due to time, but we had to fulfill this woman's wishes. She was ecstatic! She loved and doted on Rommy as if he was a young child. Rommy loved the attention she was giving him.

The news spread like wildfire that there was a miniature therapy horse on the rehabilitation side. Rommy handled the extended time of the visit better than I thought he could. Normally, I try to keep indoor visits to an hour to be fair to Rommy. He's a grazing animal and needs to maintain his beautiful round figure. I do offer him a break during our visits and take him outside so he can relieve himself and get a bite of grass.

Rommy has been trying to decide what to wear when he goes on his first visit into Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children! He was just recently approved to help cheer up the children. Rommy is so excited because he loves children most of all and loves to make them giggle when they aren't feeling well. He knows he has to be extra careful on this visit and on his best behavior.

We're so proud of Rommy for being accepted to his newest job. Share the great news! Rommy is headed downtown soon to help heal and share the smiles from little horses with big hearts!

Good boy, Rommy!

P.S. Please don't tell Rommy that he's only wearing his vest and shoes for this visit.


My goal is to be able to take more than one miniature therapy horse on these visits so we can extend the time we are there and reach out to more people who need their emotional support. While one horse takes a longer break the other horse can be visiting.

Hearing giggles, seeing smiles, and listening to words of "I love you, Rommy," may be my selfish way of feeling wonderful. The therapy and joy these little animals give is beyond any words I can describe. The photos don't do it justice though they do give a glimpse of brief moments of pure happiness. I want to make these brief moments longer.

Good boy, Rommy!