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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

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Cuddles at Lunch

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Copyright © 2001 by Wiley Miller

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The concept of using Guide Horses for the blind is not a new idea and has been featured in several motion pictures. Below is a synopsis of some of the best Hollywood portrayals of Guide Horses.

The Blocked Trail (1943)

The plot of the Blocked Trail introduces an educated dwarfed horse who holds the secret of a missing mine.

Brilliant, the miniature horse, proves key member of cast, displaying educational stunts that are a cinch for the kids. The little horse has been the constant companion of an eccentric miner whose murder gets the plot underway, Immediately, everyone tries to gain possession of the horse for reasons later revealed. It turns out that the miner has been afflicted with blindness and has used the pony in the manner of a seeing-eye dog. The horse, therefore, knows the location of the hidden mine.


The Fighting Stallion (1950)

The Fighting Stallion (1950) stars Bill Edwards as Lon Evans, an ex-GI who is slowly losing his eyesight. Lacking a seeing-eye dog, Lon opts for a seeing-eye horse, training one of his father's stallions for that purpose. Unfortunately, the horse is slated to be destroyed because of its alleged wildness. Lon thinks otherwise, and sets about to prove it--though he hasn't much time. Overall, The Fighting Stallion is a film in which the title character has all the best scenes.


The Blindman (1971)

with Ringo Starr

This is very cool spaghetti western reworking of Zato Ichi starring Tony Anthony and Ringo Starr. Using his horse like a seeing-eye dog, the blind man doggedly engages in a battle of wills with Domingo, a ruthless soul who sells the women to ebullient Mexican army general Raf Baldassare (a co-star in all of Anthony's westerns), then massacres his soldiers, keeps the cash and holds the officer captive.  

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