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Miniature Horses as Emotional Support Animal
Recent court rulings have extended the rights of the disabled to
employ emotional support animals (ESA). To qualify, the disabled person
must have a Psychological Neurosis (as delineated by the American
Psychological Association diagnostic guidelines), and the animals must
provide a legitimate service. Here are the official
regulations for Emotional Support Animals.
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.
Comedian Dave Barry notes a potential issue when traveling with a emotional support horse and the TSA issues with emotional support animals:
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