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Illinois May Approve Mini Seeing-Eye Horses As Service Animals

Illinois May Approve Mini Seeing-Eye Horses As Service Animals

By Animal Planet

The state Senate voted Tuesday to add miniature horses to the list of service animals, like seeing-eye dogs, that can accompany people with disabilities. The vote sends the measure to the Illinois House.

Already considered service animals by federal regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Miniature horses generally range from 24 inches to 34 inches tall and weigh 70 to 100 pounds. While the mini steeds woudn’t be granted an all-access pass to all public places, as Illinois businesses and schools could take into account the size and weight of the horse and whether the animal is housebroken.

The Guide Horse Foundation says that guide horses have several characteristics that make them a great alternative when service dogs are not suitable, as guide horses can be useful for people with severe allergies or phobias to dogs, or people who want an animal likely to live longer than a dog.  Miniature horses usually have a docile nature but can be strong enough to provide support while their handler gets up from a chair. As well, the foundation says the mini-steeds have shown excellent judgment and are not easily distracted by crowds.

Photo source: Guide Horse Foundation

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6:50AM PDT on May 31, 2013

There is good collection of the articles with informative stuff.
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12:19AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Must be fun training these ponies, thanks for info!

12:23AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thank you for posting!

10:33AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Although I have 20/20 vision (Thank the good Lord) I am a Chicagoan and think this is a wonderful idea!

8:10AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

And then there's all that "good for the roses" :)

8:05AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

The photo of that abominable minuscole horse gives me the creeps. Horses are not supposed to be dog size. Not even ponies.

4:35AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

I hope, for their sake, that those horses don't have to ride the subway.

12:51AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Interesting

8:52PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Horses can live longer than dogs, so a blind person wouldn't have to give up their seeing-eye buddy so often...

8:47PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

That's a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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