Guide for All Seasons
by Jim Beasley - Enabled Online
The idea struck Janet Burleson as she was taking a
leisurely horse ride through New York Citys Central Park; why not use
small horses as guides for persons with seeing disabilities? It may
sound a bit unusual, but the idea has become a reality at the Guide
Horse Foundation in Kittrell, N.C.
According to Burleson, the verification came in the
form of a miniature horse named Twinkie. Twinkie was the first miniature
horse trained to prove that it was possible. However, these are still
horses, and certain precautions must be taken. For instance, they must
wear special sneakers to keep them from damaging floors or their feet.
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