Miniature horses are a viable alternative to guide dogs

Guide dogs are a pivotal part of allowing those with visual impairments to lead as close to a normal life as possible. However, guide horses are already a popular alternative in the US after an experimental programme to access the abilities of miniature horses as assistance animals was launched in 1999.

The Guide Horse Foundation’s website explains: ‘There is a critical shortage of guide animals for the blind and guide horses are an appropriate assistance animal for thousands of visually impaired people in the USA.’

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