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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

Foaling Tests Promise to save the lives of thousands of Miniature Horse Foals
March 10, 2004

With the reported high incidences of foaling death in miniature horses, Vets say that hundreds of miniatures die unnecessarily every year because of the birthing problems associated with un-assisted labor.  Blood, milk and ultrasound tests can provide miniature horse breeders with an opportunity transport their mare to a vet hospital where a medically-trained staff be present to assist in the delivery.

Multiple samples of this predictive blood test combined with a milk test strips can ensure a miniature horse breeders commitment to foaling in a medical facility.  This promises to save the lives of thousands of miniature horses and foals.

According to vets, the blood and mike testing for horse mares that can pinpoint the due date (within 24 hours) when sampled during the last two weeks of pregnancy.  Deep-penetrating abdominal ultrasounds can detect if the foal in in  the proper birthing position (the "diving" position) within 48-hours of birth.  This blood test the relationship between progestogens and total estrogens prior to foaling.

The Betlabs test is based upon the linear changes to levels of Estrogen and Progesterone in the ten days prior to foaling.  Here is data taken from data noted by a miniature horse veterinarian, Dr. Amy O'Malley:

In cases where the ultrasound indicates dystocia (abnormal birth position), the miniature horse mare can be transported to a equine hospital to receive a Caesarian-section delivery.

This technique can greatly reduce the incidence of miniature horse mare and foal death during delivery.

 

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Helping Hooves

The Guide Horse Foundation Training Program to Train  Miniature Horses  as Guide Animals for the Blind

Janet Burleson
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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

 

 

About the Author:

Janet Burleson

Don and Janet Burleson - Copyright 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

  Janet Burleson is the pioneering horse trainer that developed the Guide horse training program. As a lifelong horse training enthusiast, Janet Burleson has experimented with hundreds of horse behavior challenges.  With four decades of horse teaching experience, read how she trained Twinkie, the prototype first experimental Guide horse for the blind and Cuddles  the first Guide horse to enter full time service as a guide animal for Dan Shaw.

The Guide Horse Foundation has the utmost respect for The Seeing Eye® and their seventy-two years of outstanding work with assistance animals for the blind. Please note that The Guide Horse Foundation is not affiliated with or sanctioned by the Seeing-Eye® or any of the Guide Dog training organizations. Seeing-Eye® is a registered trademark of the Seeing-Eye, Inc.