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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

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Cuddles at Lunch

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Nutt served eviction notice for Unauthorized Guide Horse

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

Chad Nutt, a self-proclaimed "top horse trainer in the world" has been served an eviction notice for keeping his guide horse in-training in his apartment.

http://www.nbc5i.com/news/5196724/detail.html

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9850799/

Texas law provides criminal penalties for anyone who interferes with, or injures a guide horse, and Federal legislation (The Americans with Disabilities Act) guarantees a blind person the right to keep their Guide Horse anywhere.  However, the laws do not allow guide horse trainers the same rights as the disabled, and Nutt has no legal standing to keep a guide animal in an apartment because he is not visually disabled.

Mr. Nutt is founder of "God's Corral" (http://godscorral.org).  Much of the content on God's Corral is copied verbatim from the Guide Horse Foundation web page www.guidehorse.org, including details about guide horse classroom training:

"Our applicants are screened via home interviews and reference checks, and when in class, our students receive in-depth training in the appropriate care and treatment of their horses. In addition, there is a written agreement in which clients assure they will care for the horses in a kind and humane manner and use them appropriately for guide/ assistance work."

Mr. Nutt also makes ridiculous claims such as the statement that his 10 month old foal is a fully-grown stallion and that many ponies live to be 50 years old, both glaringly incorrect statements that makes the Guide Horse Foundation question Mr. Nutt's basic knowledge of horses:

http://www.geoffandwen.com/blind/newsarticle.asp?u_id=4292

"At 125 pounds, the 10-month-old stallion is fully grown"

Ann Edie, a blind woman with a working Guide Horse, notes her concerns about Nutt's qualifications as a horse trainer in this publication:

http://www.nfbnet.org/pipermail/nagdu/2005-February/009549.html

"It is also not clear that Mr. Nutt has any credentials or experience, either with rehabilitation for persons with disabilities, or with horse training, other than training his own personal horses for riding disciplines, that would qualify him to train and place service animals."

A World's top Horse Trainer, or a Nut?

Nutt runs the God's Corral web site where he claims that his program has been recognized for having the best standards anywhere in the world, a claim without any justification whatsoever:

"God's Corral is internationally recognized for having the best training and the highest standards for ANY service animal school, anywhere in the world!"

Nutt also believes that he is one of the top horse trainers in the world, despite having no online show record, nor any records of professional horse training activities:

"God has blessed me with the knowledge, talent, and ability to be one of the top horse trainers in the world.

He has also given me the ability to be the first person in the worlds history to train not just a horse, but the very first service animal to be both a guide for the blind and a hearing animal for the deaf. That's an awesome ability and gift from God. "Ears to hear and eyes to see - both are gifts from the Lord". (Proverbs 20:12)."

However, in this newspaper report Nutt says that he has no professional horse training experience:

"Nutt said that since he was 14, he has been training his own horses in riding, roping, reining and cutting, but Lightning is his first attempt at training a service horse. He works with the horse twice a day, for up to two hours a session.

"As a teen, I was getting into all sorts of stupid stuff," said Nutt, who calls his guide horse project a ministry. "This is a way to give back."

This statement from God's Corral is simply unbelievable and unsupported by all scientific research in equine learning and memory:

"Rusty is learning to use the toilet. He is learning to lift the seat, use the restroom, put the seat down, and then flush the toilet. The other skill, well the other skill Rusty is learning is how to play the game of Chess. I was going to teach him how to play Poker.

However, I do not think Pastors George and Terri would approve of me teaching a horse to play Poker, so instead, Rusty is going to learn the more challenging game of Chess."

Where are Nutt's seven trained guide horses?

On February 6, 2005, Nutt stated that he was working with his first Guide Horse (named Lightning, blind owner unknown), and by October he told reporters that he has trained seven guide horses, evidently in the period between February 2005 and October 2005:

February 2005:  "Nutt said that since he was 14, he has been training his own horses in riding, roping, reining and cutting, but Lightning is his first attempt at training a service horse."

October 2005: "Chad Nutt says he's trained seven horses to be service animals for people are blind."

Nutt also suggests that "God's Corral" is a large institution for the blind with an admissions department:

"A person who is interested in receiving a guide or assistance horse should contact our Admissions Department for an application packet."

 


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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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