Whilst doing some research today I stumbled across an article where a miniature pony was being used as a guide for a blind lady.
I’d never heard of an equine being used in this way before, and, being interested to learn more, found a website called the Guide Horse Foundation . One of the benefits of using miniature ponies over the more traditional guide dogs is a longer lifespan, an average of 30-40 years. Other benefits, apparently, of using these ponies as guides include their wider range of vision, calm nature, excellent memory and a natural instinct to avoid danger. It make’s interesting reading and there’s some great photo’s on their website of these ponies in action!