A Maryland school district approved guidelines Tuesday allowing students to use miniature horses as service animals.
The Baltimore City Public Schools’ board vote aligns the District with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Service animals receive training to give the disabled greater independence.
In order to meet the necessary requirements, service horses must be potty trained and easily managed by their handler.
Experts state training time and care costs are similar between miniature horses and dogs as service animals. Consequently, the economics start to look different when analyzing the animals’ lifespans. A miniature horse has up to four times the working life expectancy of a service dog.
Furthermore, mini horses have a calm demeanor, excellent memories, and stay focused when working. They also have excellent eyesight.
The ADA recognized miniature horses as service animals in March 2011.
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