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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

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser

Cuddles at Lunch

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser

Court finds that Guide Animal users must obey safety rules

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In this article we see that a court has ruled that guide animal users cannot violate safety regulations and are not immune from cleaning-up after their guides:
The Plaintiffs filed a suit against a homeowners association because they would not allow them to use a street to allow their guide dogs to poop:
"Dennis and Shirley Bartlett, both blind, filed the suit Aug. 23 against Pierce for alleged harassment and for prohibiting their guide dogs from defecating in the street -- the method in which they were trained to relieve themselves so their owners could clean up after them more easily."
Evidently, the issue was not solely safety, but that the blind people  left dog dropping in the streets:
"Some Desert Grove residents had complained to the HOA about dog droppings in the street belonging to the Bartletts' guide dogs."

This clean-up problem is especially evident in "walking defecator" guide animals who are not trained to stop and signal their handler when defecating:

"They were not picking up in a timely manner and when they did pick up they are unable to get it all," Pierce said.  The Bartletts said they try to pick up the droppings as best they can, but sometimes miss because they can't see."

To prevent this issue with Guide Horses, the Guide Horse foundation requires all Guide Horses to stand still when defecating and to train the handler to notice their spreading of their back legs and raising of their tails.  I have been successful in training several Guide Horses to relieve on-cue, using the command "bombs away" to induce relief at the appropriate time and location.



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  • Janet Burleson is one of the world's pioneering horse trainers – Practical Horseman Magazine

  • Seeing is believing – USA Today

  • Janet and Don Burleson are  . . . Angels – People Magazine

  • How wonderful that Janet and Don Burleson have initiated this valuable experimental program teaming miniature horses with blind people – Newsweek

  • Miniature ponies are leading the way for the blind – ABC News

  • Guide Horses  . . . are as small and disciplined as Guide Dogs – TIME Magazine

  • Extraordinary ABC 20/20

  • It is often the little things that win our hearts and minds – ABC News

  • The Burleson’s are . . . using horse sense to Guide Boston Globe

  • Twinkie proved that miniature horses could fill the role, and fill it well – VetCentric Magazine

  • An Intriguing Program - Discovery Channel






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