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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

Putt-putt back with owner in residential area

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

 

Ever since Putt-putt lost his bid to stay inside the city of Nevada Iowa, he has been at a boarding stable.  However, in recent news, Putt-putt has been moved back into the town in direct violation of the order:

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=11105607&BRD=2033&PAG=461&dept_id=238871&rfi=6

According to the story, Rhonda Applegate said that "when she and her two children went to visit Putt Putt yesterday she found her pet to be "stressed and colicky."

Applegate says "We have a problem with these officials. If we don't get rid of them and change power and get consistency and fairness in here, we are all going to suffer."

Appelgate is more worried now than ever about the fate of herself and her miniature horse, adding that her children are having trouble sleeping because they're worried about their pet being taken away and dying or that their mother is going to go to jail. "I feel very alone, very scared and very mad."

PETA has become involved because of the possibility of the unwarranted death of the miniature horse:

"According to Mayor Patrick Sheets, the animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), has called the city concerning the miniature horse. A spokesperson for the organization left a voice message for the mayor Monday morning after the Good Morning America show ran telling Putt Putt's situation to the nation.


In the voice message, the spokesperson told Sheets that PETA had three million members who would all be watching the situation. The spokesperson told the mayor that the organization believed that Putt Putt should be able to remain in town."

Clearly the controversy is not over, and Applegate now faces Contempt-of-Court charges.


For details on a successful challenge for a miniature horse to live in a residential neighborhood, see this story:

http://www.guidehorse.com/law_mini_ri.htm

 

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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.