So sorry to hear about your dad Standards E, my heart goes out to you.
Chief is a cutie for sure! Good for you for taking him out and about. I am sure he is LOVING it
Stormy has visited nursing homes too. The places around here don’t require a certificate or any special training. They just have to be a really special horse. Not all horses have the personality to be a therapy horse, take Thunder for example, he is my tiniest but his is a one woman type horse meaning he isn’t a big fan of people
Stormy on the other hand will fall asleep in the peoples lap.
For training I take them inside as many stores I can: Petco, Target, Tractor Supply, Kohl’s, Home Depot, Lowes… anywhere I possibly can, we haven’t got kicked out yet
I probably won’t start taking my new baby Nova out and about until she is 6-8 months old, if she is ready and I am thinking she will be. I’ll start her going out with another horse friend at first then eventually I will take her out alone.
ETA: I started by calling up my local nursing home and told them what I wanted to do. They were excited to have us!