Sunday, June 12, 2005

Not a shaggy-horse story, either

In the non-shaggy dog story I discussed a few days back, there was a link to a site I found bizarre but charming. Unless you followed my post to its conclusion, though, and clicked on all the links, you may have missed it. This would break my heart, because I think -well, I just think it's worth looking at. Nothing about politics, by the way, and quite indescribable.

So please, let's all take a moment on this Sunday in June for a leisurely look around. Don't neglect the photos.

As I wrote earlier--no, it's not a spoof, and it's not the Onion, either; it seems to be absolutely for real. Who knew there even were mini-horses, the size of dogs, that people could hold in their laps (if the lap happens to be a strong one)? And who would ever think that these horses could be trained, like dogs, to guide the blind?

First, someone had to have the concept, which is quite a leap--like the first person to eat a lobster. And, once the idea came, it doesn't seem that it could actually be implemented, does it? But apparently these horses do what dogs can do, although the training process is arduous (see this for an explanation). It's a testament to human--and animal--adaptability, creativity, and persistence. Although they are almost unbearably cute, mini-horse guides do have a definite "redeeming social importance" element--they are not just cute, after all; these are highly trained workhorses.

Before you leave the site, please don't forget to note the pieces de resistance, the sneakers.

13 Comments:

At 9:53 PM, June 12, 2005, Anonymous meander said...

I have owned horses for a number of years and I can't begin to express how impressed I am with what must be the dedication and attention to consistency the training process must take. I love horses (although after 25 years, we are selling the last remaining few we still have, but I truly believe horses are not nearly as easy to train as dogs. It amazes me that people are sucessful doing this but I have seen a TV show featuring them and the miniature horses are adorable beyong belief and do seem to get the job done!!!

 
At 6:28 AM, June 13, 2005, Blogger Goesh said...

Who could ever forget Mr. Ed? I'm showing my age here, ain't I ?

 
At 12:17 PM, June 13, 2005, Blogger Bryan said...

The "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" TV show has featured these little guys a couple times now. They are amazing.

 
At 6:56 PM, June 13, 2005, Blogger junebee said...

They are absolutely adorable. Do you need to be visually impaired to get one? All the form of a horse in an easy-to-use housepet size!

 
At 7:31 PM, June 13, 2005, Blogger BeckyJ said...

I heard about this a couple of years ago. They live longer than dogs so it makes sense in many ways.

 
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