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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

New Texas Legislation Protects Guide Horses
Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities


To supplement existing Federal protection for assistance animals, Texas has passed a new law protecting assistance animals and their owners. Effective September 1, 2003, House Bill number 2881 provides severe criminal penalties if a person or a person's dog attacks an assistance animal..

www.capitol.state.tx.us

From Texas HB 2881: (a violation) is a state jail felony, except that the offense is a felony of the third degree if the person has previously been convicted two times under this section.

Additionally, the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities has prepared a summary of HB 2881:

New Texas Law

Many Texans with disabilities depend on individually trained assistance
animals to help in daily tasks. These animals guide people who are
blind, alert individuals who are deaf, or pull people in wheelchairs.
When an assistance animal is injured or killed, the person with a disability not only loses the benefits of the animal's assistance but experiences an economic loss. A new law on assistance animals provides specific penalties if a person or a person's dog attacks an assistance animal, and requires restitution for any veterinary or medical bills and the cost of replacing or retraining an assistance animal.

The cost of an assistance animal and services from an organization that
trains assistance animals can range from $10,000 to $60,000.

New Protections for Assistance Animals

An assistance animal is protected from assault, harassment, interference,
death, or injury in any way from a person or an animal. A person is responsible if the person or an animal owned by the person intentionally, knowingly, or  recklessly attacks, injures, or kills an assistance animal.

Penalty for Harm of Assistance Animals

If you or your animal harms an assistance animal, the penalties are:

  • Attacks (Class A Misdemeanor:  Fine up to $4,000).
  • Injures (State Jail Felony:  180 days and a fine up to $10,000).
  • Kills (Third Degree Felony:  2 to 10 years and a fine up to
    $10,000).



     
 

 

 

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Now you can read the book that tells the story of the development of the Guide Horse training program! Learn the techniques used to train a reliable, safe service horse.

 

Helping Hooves

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

Janet Burleson
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Read the compelling story of the first miniature horse trained to work as a guide horse. Learn the exciting methods used to prepare the tiny horses to perform these amazing services.

 

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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

 

 

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.