Three years ago I went out and located the perfect miniature horse to work with to become a registered “Pet Partner” team with the Delta Society. I went to select from several month old minis and ended up being selected by a two week old newborn. How I knew I was being chosen was after playing with the older foals the breeder invited me to look in on her newbie. This ultra cute weensy chestnut and white foal left his little gray mother and walked directly up to the fence where I was standing and looked me in the eye.
Now you horse lovers will know this is strange behavior for such a young foal. They don’t usually leave their mothers so freely nor do they tend to look people in the eye. As I had stated my intentions clearly to come up with the perfect mini to accompany me through the Delta Society training I knew who my partner was as soon as he identified himself in this way! Plus I was smitten. Well, here see for yourself how cute the little bugger was:
He was way too young to come home with me so I put a cash deposit down on him and drove away with the promise of getting progress reports from the breeder in the ensuing months up until he would be ready to be weaned.
The Delta Society
In the meantime I started looking further into what the training would entail for becoming a registered “pet partner” team with the Delta Society. They are an organization that has identified the clear benefits of the presence of animals in what are usually stressful places, especially medical facilities. If you have ever been in a hospital and saw a dog with a handler ‘making the rounds’ visiting patients and their families then you have probably seen or met a Pet Partner team.
I should mention that usually these Pet Partner teams are with a dog, but I had caught wind of their also being Pet Partner llamas, cats, birds, bunnies and perhaps even a miniature horse or two elsewhere in the United States. Being that I like near Lexington, Kentucky a city that proclaims itself to be the “Horse Capitol of the World” I figured someone better form a Pet Partner team with a horse. Who better than me? Besides I had done some advanced level trainings with EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Organization) and was well aware of the therapeutic inroads being made with human/equine interactions. I felt uniquely drawn to and qualified for putting this team together.
I waited patiently for the little guy to grow.
Part 2 coming soon!