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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

Horses in residential neighborhoods

As more miniature horses overcome the livestock designation and start living in suburban neighborhoods, new issues have surfaced.  With mini horse now accepted a service animals, therapy animals and emotional support horses, we are seeing a flood of tiny horses into urban and suburban areas.

A recent article in theHorse.com discusses the issues involved with having a miniature horse in a residential area:

http://www.thehorse.com/news.asp?fid=5045

According to Malcolm Commer, PhD, Equine Economist at the University of Maryland, many people have incorrect assumptions about the impact of having a horse in a residential neighborhood:

"Some folks may think their area is having a higher incidence of Lyme disease, West Nile virus, or rabies because of horses."

The article also discusses neighborhood covenants that often prohibit barns or turn-outs for horses.  We also have State laws like Maryland that require a permanent barns for horses, and not just a shelter.  There are other State regulations, intended for large horses, that are problematic:

"Robert A. Mowrey, PhD, Extension Horse Commodity Coordinator at North Carolina State University, says that in his state, regulations were introduced in the late 1990s that might eventually require owners to maintain green vegetation on their land at all times"

There is also a section of this article dealing with waster management and being a nice neighbor and notes a large increase in urban horses.  According to Dr. Pete Gibbs:

"Probably 10-11% of horses in this country are in boarding facilities, but of the horse-owning households, most of those horses are on small acreages, and most of them are close to town. People want to keep their horses where they can get to them easily and enjoy them."

 

 

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The Guide Horse Foundation Training Program to Train  Miniature Horses  as Guide Animals for the Blind

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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

 

 

About the Author:

Janet Burleson

Don and Janet Burleson - Copyright 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

  Janet Burleson is the pioneering horse trainer that developed the Guide horse training program. As a lifelong horse training enthusiast, Janet Burleson has experimented with hundreds of horse behavior challenges.  With four decades of horse teaching experience, read how she trained Twinkie, the prototype first experimental Guide horse for the blind and Cuddles  the first Guide horse to enter full time service as a guide animal for Dan Shaw.

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. 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.