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Guide Animals Going to Prison
For the latest in miniature horse headlines visit: http://www.guidehorse.com/law_n_news.htm
In this web site we see a promising program where puppies are undergoing basic manners and socialization in prison by convicted felons:
While convicted felons may not be known for their social skills, they are serving the blind population by teaching basic manners and socialization skills to puppies.
This program promises to get more Guide animals for the blind, but at a significant cost:
"But raising a puppy in prison isn't cheap. It costs the privately funded program about $12,000 to raise each pooch. That pays for vet bills, food, supplies and inmate training."
One of the benefits of Guide Horses is that they do not have to undergo this time-consuming socialization process, thereby presenting an economic benefit to training costs. In my experience, basic manners can be taught at any horse, regardless of age, in just a few weeks and guide training can begin.
Cuddles, the first Guide Horse placed was less then 2 years old when she began training and Traveller, my latest Guide Horse in-training was a 13 stallion when he was rescued from an abusive miniature horse breeder.
By the way, Traveller was one of four rescued horses and despite immediate hospitalization, one of the rescued ponies died from the miniature horse breeders neglect. Despite his limited means, Dan Shaw adopted Comanche, one of the starving ponies, and I'm helping the other two survivors adjust to a healthy environment. Traveller is thrilled to be in a happy environment and he has fully recovered from his physical problems.
At an age when most Guide Dogs are deceased, 14-year-old Traveller is doing a wonderful job in his preliminary training and promises to make a wonderful Guide Horse for a blind horse lover.
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