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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

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser

Cuddles at Lunch

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser

Airline policy on traveling with emotional support horses

For the latest in miniature horse headlines visit: http://www.guidehorse.com/law_n_news.htm

As you may know, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been interpreted to allow those with anxiety disorders to travel with an emotional support pony on the airlines.

 

http://www.guidehorse.org/news_emot_supt.htm

 

There is a fundamental difference between a Service Horse and a Emotional Support Horse (ESH). It is a Federal offense for anyone to require documentation from anyone using a Service Horse, but people with an ESH are required to provide a doctors note, confirming a mental health diagnosis.

 

American Airlines has issues their rules for traveling with emotional support horses in the passenger cabins of commercial airliners. 

 

http://www.aa.com/content/travelInformation/specialAssistance/serviceAnimals.jhtml

 

Emotional support service animals are service animals that provide emotional support to an individual with a mental health-related disability. Per the Department of transportation, we require appropriate documentation to permit emotional support animals to travel in the passenger cabin.

 

Specifically, we require a letter on letterhead from a mental health care professional (physician or psychologist) stating the following:

 

·        that the passenger has a mental health-related disability

 

·        a mental health-related disability (any individual who has a mental impairment that, on a permanent or temporary basis, substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment)

 

·        major life activities (functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and walking)

 

·        that the person providing the documentation is a licensed mental health care professional or physician

 

·        that the passenger is under his or her professional care for the mental health related disability for which the passenger needs an emotional support animal

 

·        and that having the animal travel with the passenger is necessary to the passenger's mental health and/or treatment or to assist the passenger with his or her mental health-related disability

 

All of the above specific criteria must be provided to accept your emotional support animal for travel in the passenger cabin.


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Quotes:

 

  • 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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