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Patricia Cornwell with Trip, one of the horses she donated to the guide Horse Foundation

Patricia Cornwell with Trip

Don and Janet Burleson - Copyright 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Copyright © 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Dan with Cuddles - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald
Copyright © 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Cuddles in Harness - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Copyright © 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Don and Janet with Trip and Ras

Copyright © 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Cuddles on the first flight of a horse on a commercial flight

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser
The worlds first horse to fly in the passenger cabin

Cuddles guiding Dan Shaw

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Cuddles at Lunch

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Copyright © 2001 by Wiley Miller

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Public Education Aids for Guide Horse Users

To protect a Guide Animals handler from challenges and harassment, Federal law makes it a crime to interfere with the Civil Rights of your Guide Horse.  This interference includes asking for any type of certification, asking the disabled person to prove that their animal performs a service, or publishing false or defamatory information about your Guide Horse. 

The ADA was written to vigorously protect the Civil Rights of Service Animals and the Department of Justice provides for a $50,000 fine for the first offense to anyone who interferes with a Service Horse's right to public access.

Sometimes it is necessary to remind the public about the your Civil Right to use your Service Horse.  When we first began testing Twinkie with Karen Clark, she told us many stories about being challenged when using her guide dog.  Confident in her dog's rights, Karen responds to the challenge “You can’t bring an animal in here!” with the calm reply “Yes, I can”, and she continues to go-about her business.

To help, the SARA organization has a shop where you can purchase reminders for the public.

SARA offers T-shirts, teddy bears, coffee mugs, baby bibs, bags and even lunchboxes, printed with slogans to remind the public about your access rights.

Here are some of our favorites.  These T-shirts may help to remind the public about your Guide Horse's right to public access.

This one has a picture of a Service Horse:

White T-Shirt    

Service Horse

My Independence

This T-shirt reminds the public about the Federal Laws protecting all Service Animals:

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Service Animal Civil Right

Any animal trained to assist the disabled must be permitted access anywhere customers are allowed to go. 

Here is one with pictures of a Service Dog, a Service Horse, A Service Cat and a Service Pig.

White T-Shirt     Discrimination of a Service Animal is discrimination of the disabled.

This one has a cute picture of a Guide Dog wearing glasses:

White T-Shirt    

Americans with Disabilities Act

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I an not a pet!



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The Guide Horse Foundation has the utmost respect for The Seeing Eye® and their seventy-two years of outstanding work with assistance animals for the blind. Even though the press often calls our horses "seeing eye horses", please note that The Guide Horse Foundation is not affiliated with or sanctioned by the Seeing-Eye® or any of the Guide Dog training organizations. Seeing-Eye® is a registered trademark of the Seeing-Eye, Inc.