Guide horse


Guide horse

A guide horse is an experimental mobility option for blind people who do not wish to or cannot use a guide dog. [cite web
title = The Guide Horse Program:
work =
publisher = The Guide Horse Foundation
date = Copyright © 1998 - 2005
url = http://guidehorse.org/
format = Web
doi =
accessdate = 2007-01-29
] They are provided by The Guide Horse Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide miniature horses as assistance animals to blind users living in rural environments.

There are several perceived advantages to using a horse rather than a dog. Miniature horses, with an average lifespan of thirty years, live much longer than dogs, and for those allergic or frightened of dogs, a horse could make a good alternative. However, while a dog can adapt to many different home situations, a horse will still require a barn and pasture when not on duty. Also, though they can be trained to relieve themselves on command, the period of time a horse can actually wait is significantly shorter than a dog's. Guide horse users may also find difficulty in transporting a miniature horse on limited-spaced public transportation, such as on buses or taxis.

References

External links

* [http://guidehorse.org The Guide Horse Foundation]
* [http://www.nfb.org/Images/nfb/Publications/bm/bm01/bm0104/bm010404.htm "The Guide Horse Foundation: Joke or Jeopardy?"]
* [http://www.guidehorseno.com "The Guide Horse NO web site.]

In the News

* cite news
last = The Associated Press
first =
coauthors =
title = Miniature horse a big help to woman needing a guide
work = on "Panda and Edie, 58, a special-education teacher in Bethlehem, N.Y.
pages =
language = English
publisher = Seattle Times
date = January 29, 2007
url = http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003545890_horse29.html
accessdate = 2007-01-29


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