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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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Blind Woman Uses Miniature Horse As Guide

Guide Horse Travels With Companion

POSTED: 3:27 pm CDT September 14, 2004
UPDATED: 11:21 am CDT September 15, 2004
When juvenile diabetes stole a Magnolia woman's eyesight, she chose the species she knows best instead of the more-common dog as her guide animal, Local 2 reported Tuesday.
Guide Horse Shudders At Being Called 'Donkey'

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Donna Grahmann takes her guide horse everywhere.

"I can hear people whisper, 'Look, what is in the store?'" she said. "People have never seen a horse guiding before. They are used to dogs, so it is a new thing for everybody."

Grahmann received Pal, her miniature guide horse, last December.

"He's 151 pounds and he's 29 1/2 inches tall. That is without his tennis shoes. Those are high-rise," she said.

Specially fit tennis shoes keep Pal from slipping on certain surfaces.

Before Grahmann lost her sight, she made a name for herself showing horses, receiving several awards.

Miniature Guide Horse

Her history with horses made her the perfect match for Pal. The Guide Horse Foundation gave her Pal for free, making Grahmann the second person in the world to have a miniature horse as a guide.

"Thank God that I was chosen to receive Pal. It's been an uplifting event in my life to have a horse back in my life again," she said.

Pal lives in a barn with a companion horse named Breezy and spends a few hours each day playing in the pasture.

When "on duty," two things are sure to get Pal's attention -- being called a donkey and the sound of a mint being unwrapped.

"He is the only horse we know of that will actually suck on a mint," Grahmann said.

For Grahmann, she said she once again has the taste of freedom.

"It is a sense of being out on your own again," she said.

Grahmann also gets to travel with Pal. With help from Continental Airlines, she and Pal have flown on two flights east.

Miniature horse guide animals work well for people who have a fear of dogs or allergies.

They also live longer. The typical dog's lifespan is 10 to 15 years, while a miniature horse can live 30 to 40 years.

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  • Janet Burleson is one of the world's pioneering horse trainers – Practical Horseman Magazine

  • Seeing is believing – USA Today

  • Janet and Don Burleson are  . . . Angels – People Magazine

  • How wonderful that Janet and Don Burleson have initiated this valuable experimental program teaming miniature horses with blind people – Newsweek

  • Miniature ponies are leading the way for the blind – ABC News

  • Guide Horses  . . . are as small and disciplined as Guide Dogs – TIME Magazine

  • Extraordinary ABC 20/20

  • It is often the little things that win our hearts and minds – ABC News

  • The Burleson’s are . . . using horse sense to Guide Boston Globe

  • Twinkie proved that miniature horses could fill the role, and fill it well – VetCentric Magazine

  • An Intriguing Program - Discovery Channel






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