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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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Miniature Horse foal saved 4 weeks premature
Mississippi State University

A conscientious miniature horse owner sent her ailing pregnant miniature horse mare for colic treatment.

Sadly, the mare's intestines were beyond repair, but the month-early foal was saved by a team of medical specialists.  Click here for the full story:

According to this heartwarming story, the preemie horse foal was delivered by Ceasarian-section and had seriously underdeveloped features:

"Among his immaturities, Miracle's eyes were not open, he could not regulate his own body temperature, his suckle reflex was weak, and he was unresponsive to stimuli as if he were still in the uterus. His flexor tendons were lax, so he could not stand and could barely move."

Due to a round-the-clock Veterinary effort that included intravenous feedings , physical therapy and special medications, "Miracle" thrived:

"There was no expectation that he would survive when he was delivered," McGahee said. "But he beat the odds. This foal is a rare success for one delivered so prematurely."

This premature miniature horse foal is alive today because of his concerned owners commitment to hospitalization and the ability of Equine Veterinarians to provide save-saving medical treatment. 

This underscores the importance of having miniature horses foal in a equine hospital where life-saving treatment is close at-hand.

"Our hope is that when a veterinarian must advise an owner about survival odds, we can provide some concrete data for decision-making, and they can feel confident they are giving their patients the best possible care," Tucker said.


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

Janet Burleson
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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.