|Guide ponies catching on in
Ananova - March 18, 2004
A handful of blind people in the US have opted for a guide pony
instead of a guide dog to help them live their lives.
One of them, Shari Bernstiel, depends on two-feet tall Tonto to
help her get about.
The pony, who guides his owner on shopping trips and even
visits to the cinema, has a life expectancy of 40 years.
Tonto cost £1,000 and took a year to train at the Guide Horse
Foundation in North Carolina.
That means Bernstiel can stick to the one animal for most of
her life instead of changing dogs several times. Tonto even has
his own pair of trainers to give him better grip on shiny floors.
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