Guide horse travels on cruise ship
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Chris Spencer, husband of Cheryl Spencer, an owner-trained guide horse has reported that they completed a sea voyage with Confetti, the world's first owner-trained miniature horse guide. Here are excerpts from his report:
Saturday evening, May 7, 2005, JBR Princess Confetti made Guide Horse History by being the first to go to sea on a commercial passenger vessel, SunCruz IV. At first the captain said no, she could not sail on his ship.
We were very reluctantly allowed to board. We went immediately to the third deck where the band and buffet were. We were greeted with "Look at the little horse!" What happened next really blew our minds! A young man came over to us and said "Were you the ones who spoke with three State Troopers in the St. Johns County Rest area on I-95 about 2 years ago?"
I replied in the affirmative and he
said "I was one of those Troopers, and the other two are here also!
I thought it was the same horse, but I wasn't sure so I had to ask.
What a coincidence!" We chatted for a few minutes about the changes
that have happened since then and he mentioned having seen the
Public Service Announcement on TV, and about all the signs in the
state being changed because of Confetti.
I don't know whether he went in to
check it out or if he really needed to use it himself, but whatever
the case, he found no mess from our girl! Shortly after that one of
the girl hands came over and asked if we would like a "Players Club"
card with Confetti's name on it as a souvenir of her voyage, and of
course we said yes! She asked what name to put on it and I gave her
both of Confetti's names, JBR Princess Confetti and Confetti
Spencer. She asked if she could have a picture of Confetti, and I
suggested I take the picture and she be in it with her. She was
We hung out in the V.I.P. lounge while waiting to dock and we were told that this was one of the most enjoyable cruises in a really long time, probably due to Confetti's presence on board. She put everyone she came in contact with in a really good mood. What a compliment! Shortly before we docked, a hand came to us and escorted us to the exit so we would be the first passengers to disembark. What treatment! They made us feel very, very special. Seems our little Princess got the "Royal" treatment that night!
She is an excellent guide even in tight places and large crowds. The slot machines gave her a bit of a start at first, but we gave her some carrots and let her look at them and she was fine after that. There were about 600 people on that boat, and I'm fairly certain that every one of them at least saw her, and a lot of them asked if they could touch her. She tolerated all of the oohing and ahhing and the touching very well. She amazes me at how well she deals with crowds. "No big deal!"
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