Guide horses for the blind

27 01 2007


Guide horses are a great alternative to the traditional guide dogs for the visually impaired. In the photo above, Ann Edie is guided from a bus by her miniature horse, Panda.

More info:

The Guide Horse Foundation was founded in 1999 as an experimental program to access the abilities of miniature horses as assistance animals. There is a critical shortage of guide animals for the blind.

In early experiments, Guide Horses have shown great promise as a mobility option, and people who have tried Guide Horses report that the Guide Horses perform exceptionally well at keeping their person safe. These friendly horses provide an experimental alternative mobility option for blind people. People who have tried Guide Horses report that the horses demonstrate excellent judgment and are not easily distracted by crowds and people.

Guide horses are not for everyone, but there is a strong demand for Guide Horses among blind horse lovers, those who are allergic to dogs, and those who want a guide animal with a longer lifespan.

An international poll by the Discovery Channel showed that 27% of respondents would prefer a Guide Horse if they required a guide animal.

You can make a donation to the Guide Horse Foundation online, or order the book Helping Hooves. Read more about minis in this article, which proves that everything isn’t necessarily bigger in Texas.





5 responses

27 01 2007
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28 01 2007

I love how the one site illustrates how trustworthy its ponies are with pictures of the pony biting, kicking and going all googly-eyed. Very reassuring.

28 01 2007

I just read about this today in the news. How cool! I guess I missed the one site w/ the misbehaving ponies on it lol…guess I shouldnt laugh because these are handicapped people and all.

but I my first equine was a nasty little shetland named Cricket who tormented me mercilessly during 4-H.

4 06 2007
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29 05 2008

I seem to love these little ponies…. god I wish I could try to get one for myself if I was blind! well, my aunt margaret is blind and I wish I can get her one… since I was little I dreamed that she had a female miniture pony. well I need to know if I can learn to train one? can you tell me how to use one for a year? how often do I get the shipping cost for it to be down here in FL? well I need you to let me use a mini horse for a while! thanks, Mariah

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