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  •  a pony? in a convention centre? a store? (0+ / 0-)

    you're jiving, right?


    why? just kos..... *just cause*

    by melo on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 10:00:04 AM PDT

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    •  If they're a certified service animal, (3+ / 0-)
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      fuzzyguy, Noddy, second alto

      why not? The standard height for a Shetland pony is approximately 10 hands (a "hand" being 4 inches, so approximately 3-1/2 feet) which is only about a foot taller than the average German shepherd or Golden retriever, and with proper training, they're quite docile and intelligent. I could easily imagine one being trained to either carry packages (for someone who has limited strength, for example, or even pulling a wheelchair or cart for someone who can't drive or use a motorized chair. The one problem would be waste disposal, but service dogs can offer similar challenges.

    •  Actually miniature horses (3+ / 0-)
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      Flying Goat, second alto, ladybug53

      are trained for many of the same services that service dogs are including mobility assistance and most commonly as a guide for the visually impaired. The increased longevity of the horse vs a dog alone makes miniature horse guides to be financially better suited for the visually impaired. They are also excellent service animals for those with dog allergies, and are "house broken" like dogs and will tell you when they need to go out to use the restroom.

      Different animals make better companions for some folks and their situations than others. Miniature horses are growing more common as guide animals and mobility assistance animals.

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