The rescue we are planning to work with usually has on hand 75-80 head of horses to choose from. The plan is to choose the horses with the right temperament and only try to train those. I have a series of "personality" and temperament tests I do before considering any horse for a particular job. I am not totally discounting older riding horses, but we are wanting to have as many horses as possible from the rescue included in the program.
I am a little disappointed, I asked two questions, none of you have answered, I have only been criticized for "not knowing what I'm doing"! Because none of you have met me or my backer you immediately assume we are new to horses, I guess. I admit I have very little experience with therapy horses. I trained a mini once to lead, lunge, and do an obstacle course with his handler in a wheel chair(less than two years, and he came from a severely abusive background) but that is the only experience I have had with therapy horses. The lady I will be working with has had over 20 years experience in equine therapy, she has definitely said that personality and temperament are the very first two factors to consider.
As the trainer I was wanting some idea of what specific exercises I need to know to teach a therapy horse. Even elderly "been there done that" riding horses surely need some specialized training for therapy, don't they?
What specific exercises does a horse need to know? Can you point me to some resources for people who train horses for therapy?