Seeing Eye Horses [WTF Friday]

I have always been a huge admirer of service dogs. Whenever I see a sweet pup helping out his disabled owner, my heart melts a little. It makes me so happy to know that there are ways for the disabled to still go about their day and lead a normal life with a little guidance from a dog! Service dogs take their jobs very seriously and are completely dedicated to their owners. Canines provide comfort to humans in ways that some can’t comprehend. When I was in the hospital after a major surgery, different therapy dogs and puppies would come into my room everyday to help cheer me up and help my recovery along. I am convinced it helped. Now, I could go on about how wonderful dogs are forever, but what if there was another type of service animal in the works? What about seeing eye horses?

Yup, that’s right, seeing eye horses.

The state of Illinois is on their way to approving mini seeing eye horses as a legit service animal. Seriously? I mean, I think it’s great that other animals are capable of doing this job, but I don’t know what I would do if I was shopping at the mall and all of a sudden a horse just came clip-clopping by me. According to The Guide Horse Foundation, guide horses have several characteristics that make them a great alternative when service dogs are not suitable. Guide horses can be useful for people with severe allergies or phobias to dogs, or people who want an animal likely to live longer than a dog.

This may be a huge “WTF?!” moment for some of you, but after a little further research, this might be the next best thing for people with seeing disabilities! I’m reverting back to my six-year-old self now, because I want a pony, too!

What do you guys think of this new innovation in service animals? Is this way too weird or kind of cool? Let us know in the comments!

Katie is finishing up her undergrad at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She enjoys wasting hours on Facebook and tweeting things no one cares about. When asked the question, “Do you do marathons?” She promptly responds, “Of course! Which show?” Follow her @KatieGarrity! Or read her personal blog where she talks about Ryan Gosling and hummus a lot here

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