Okay, so we've done public access training twice now, and she nailed it both times!
The first time we went to dollar general for a quick shopping trip at dollar general after a visit to country max. She did amazing, even though someone brought in a pet dog after us. This was November 21st.
We practiced 'Front', Touch, Positioning cues, and leave-it, along with a few scratch interruptions. She did amazing, and showed zero nervousness!
After she did so well at Dollar General, we decided to try out Walmart in her new-to-her Harness (it used to belong to my service dog before he got his new vest!), which helped a lot in teaching her to walk slightly ahead of me instead of directly next to me. We did Walmart on the 23rd.
It shocked me, their staff are trained on service horses! So we had no access issues at all, just asked the legal questions and that was it.
I am so proud of her, we practiced her tasks, and she caught a fainting spell and made me sit down, then continued to rub her face on me until it was over, even with people trying to distract her. She made me so proud!
I will say thought that it was slightly unnerving to be ALL over Facebook after our trip (and many people weren't kind).
But it's to be expected until people in the area get more used to her. And at least people sent me photos of us together!
After Walmart we returned to Country max for more bedding for her litter box, where she was a complete doll and loved getting attention, then we went to the local gas station.
It shocked me how many people know about service horses, or about Sodapop in particular!
Her newest thing is that she interrupts me from shaking my leg, something I do that precedes having a meltdown, so I know to stop and find a way to calm down.