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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

Ten Percent of Guide Dogs may have vision problems

For the latest in miniature horse headlines visit: http://www.guidehorse.com/law_n_news.htm

According to an article titled "Guide dogs fail eye tests", scientists Auckland University made an "alarming discovery":

"many seeing-eye dogs had such poor vision that they would need glasses if they were human:"

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2980115a11,00.html

Animal researchers John Phillips and Andrew Collins developed a perception test where the dogs attention was focused on an image while special computerized instruments tracked the dogs acuity of vision.  The researchers tested 61 dogs and concluded that about 11% were seriously nearsighted.

"Once the dog was staring at the right place, a moving target was added to the image and a video camera linked to a computer tracked the dog's eyes as they followed it, recording the point at which the dog could no longer see the target."

Traditional guide animal schools infer the visual acuity of the animal by it's response to changes in elevation and ability to detect stationary and moving obstacles.  This research suggests that both guide dogs and Guide Horses might benefit from an inspection by a Veterinary Ophthalmologist and a similar vision testing procedure.

It is also well-know that the vision of all mammals decreases as they age with most visual problems occurring in middle-age.  Visual acuity generally decreases for humans at about age 50, large dogs at age about 10 years old and miniature horses at about age 25.  This research may indicate that aging guide animals undergo periodic vision check-ups in order to ensure that they can continue to keep their handlers safe.


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Quotes:

 

  • 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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