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The Guide Horse Foundation
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A non-profit charity dedicated to providing free guides for visually impaired individuals.


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Training Guide Horses for the Blind

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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

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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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Horse Training Seminars and Clinics
for professional associations and horse conventions

Janet Burleson, acknowledged as one of the world's pioneering horse trainers, provides a variety of free horse training classes, seminars and clinics. Whenever feasible, a working Guide Horse team can attend these free seminars, share their experiences and demonstrate a Guide Horse in-action. 

This presentation is geared toward working animal research psychologists and college professors who want to understand the underlying theory behind Guide Horse training. This seminar makes a highly informative keynote for a professional convention.

  • Principles of equine intelligence (cognitive reasoning, long-term memory)

  • Horse perception and equine psychology (long-term memory)

  • Training a prey animal vs. a predatory animal

  • Conducting a field intelligence test on a horse

  • Imprinting and Handler bonding (having a companion animal)

  • Overcoming flight instincts (Cavalry horse techniques)

  • Umveg training

  • Operant conditioning and reinforcers

  • Using "release of pressure" as a reinforcer

  • Using food rewards with horses

  • Systematic desensitization (spooking in-place)

  • Extinguishing sub-optimal learned behaviors

  • Symbiosis with trainer and handler

To request a free Guide Horse professional clinic or seminar for your conference or convention, just e-mail  Click below for different guide horse seminars:

Please note that the Guide Horse Foundation is a 501(c) charity with a primary goal of working with the visually disabled. Free horse training seminar availability is subject to funding availability, scope of media exposure and personal tine constraints.

We receive thousands of appearance requests each year and it is impossible to accommodate every request for a horse training seminar. If your schedule is flexible, we can place your organization on a wait list and perform your Guide Horse seminar when we are in your area.



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Training Miniature Horses as Guide Animals for the Blind

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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. Even though the press often calls our horses "seeing eye horses", 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.