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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

India's First Guide Animal School

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In this article we see that the extreme shortage of guide animals in India has causes a crisis:
According to Nitin Sule, most Indians have very few mobility options as guide animals are very scarce:
As part of a project for his family trust, 37-year-old Sule was
investigating how to make visually impaired people more mobile.

His research revealed that most blind people in India are forced to rely on
the red-and-white stick, not always the most reliable of companions,
especially while traveling alone.

That's when Sule hit upon the novel idea - setting up a school for breeding
and training guide dogs for the blind.

"I'm calling it Drushti Dog Guide School For Blind," explains the resident
of Swastik Residency, Ghodbunder Road. Sule, who works full time for his
family trust Late Vasantrao Sule Medical and Charitable Trust, Thane, which does research in HIV-AIDS and other medical ailments, says the school will be the first of its kind in the country.
The article notes that they SDule has done independent research on guide animal training techniques:
"I already have some basic knowledge of how to train guide dogs, culled from local military people in Raigad," says Sule, who will be doing a specialized K-9 guide dog training course in the US in the next five months, after which he'll come back and train his dogs.
"The dogs that will be trained to guide the blind are white Labradors as
they are very intelligent and alert. The pups will undergo basic training in
the first year, when their potential will be monitored. If a dog is hyperactive, the dog cannot be used as a guide 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






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