[nagdu] Comparison of miniature horses and dogs as guides, was: Re: Dogs, NFB and cane travel
annedie at nycap.rr.com
Sun Aug 14 20:16:30 UTC 2011
Horses do naturally lie down for periods of time to sleep, although they can
also sleep standing up. But some of the guide horses are trained to lie
down on cue so that they can be put in a safe position during take off on a
plane, for example. (I don't know whether lying down is actually a safer
position for a horse to be in for take offs and landings, or whether this is
just another one of those air line myths, like the one that says all service
animals are best placed in the bulkhead row.) I know that when riding in
cars or trailers, horses never lie down, but find their balance on their
I pick up after Panda just as I would after a dog.
The length of the training period for a miniature horse guide depends on the
circumstances of the training. If the animal is being owner-trained or is
being privately trained, the schedule is up to the individuals involved.
When the Guide Horse Foundation was training guide horses, the training
period for the horse was about the same as it is for guide dogs at the
training programs, about 3 or 4 months. And the training period for the
team was about 3 weeks, I think.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Cindy Ray" <cindyray at gmail.com>
To: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users"
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Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2011 3:02 PM
Subject: Re: [nagdu] Comparison of miniature horses and dogs as guides,was:
Re: Dogs, NFB and cane travel
>I think all of this is interesting, Anne. Horses don't lie down. Do they
>train these horses to do that, which would be quite uncharacteristic? How
>long is the training for the horse and then for the person procuring a dog?
>When you relieve the horse, or the horse relieves itself, do you use
>diapers or do you pick up similarly.
> Once after I had a guide dog, I rode someone's horse. It was a very gentle
> one, and I am pretty sure it was following its owner, yet when I gave it
> some direction, it did as I told it to do. Much of that would be very
> similar I would guess.
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