Seeing-Eye Ponies

Seeing-eye dogs are great, but why should one animal have a monopoly on helping the blind? Given the existence of hearing-ear cats, seizure-assist pigs and monkey helpers for quadriplegics, it should come as no surprise that miniature horses are being trained to guide the blind. Lilliputian creatures, roughly 2 ft. tall at the shoulder, they come equipped with a good memory, excellent night vision and absurdly cute sneakers to provide traction indoors. But perhaps the greatest advantage is the ponies' 25- to 35-year life span. Says Dan Shaw, 44, of Ellsworth, Maine, who will receive the world's first guide horse, Cuddles,...

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