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Nov 11, 2006




These Guide Ponies are TOO MUCH, Julie M.

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First!! Can't you hear the little snore-ies from here?

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:08 PM

the one one the right looks like she'll find a big patch of drool on her pillow in the morning.

cute little curled up hockses!

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:11 PM

OOOh!! They look all curly and floofy! I wanna snuggle too!

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:15 PM

OH! I love the little sneakers they wear on their website!

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:18 PM

The website makes me sad

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:22 PM


seriously, you guys, seriously.

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:23 PM

I want a pony.

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:25 PM

Awwww, little ponies tucked into bed. Who's gonna read them a bedtime story? *melts*

little miao
 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:26 PM

OMG! tiny sneakers!!!! On teh tiny ponehs!!!!!!! EEEeeeeeeeeeEEE!!!!

i had no idea they made ponies that small nowadays. and with extra functions too. sorta like an advanced technology pony.

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:26 PM

Unequine-omously cute! When cuddle-up is better than giddyap...

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:27 PM

Pon1e #1 is all "No, *you* turn out the light..."

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:30 PM



 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:33 PM

jaypo - Flicka off the light?

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:33 PM

I totally wantto nap with them!

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:36 PM

little miao - I see that too.

Horace - Read me Black Beauty one more time, pleeease?

Winnefred - No, it's way past time to hit the hay.

Horace - Neigh, then sing 'Wildfire' for me.

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:37 PM

No more horseplay.. time for bed!

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:42 PM

Theo - Ow. That hurts my brain.

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:43 PM

Oh. My. Goodness.

As a certified horse geek, this makes my brain implode. It's magical horsies.

And not to be a stupid and useless pedant, but for anybody who's interested, they're actually mini horses not ponies...yes, there is a difference, which probably means less than nothing to most of the average Real World.

Nevermind...enjoy the Cute.

A thinker
 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:45 PM

OK I simply must know, what is the difference between a pony and a horse?

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:46 PM

Just when you think you've seen it all! SWOON!

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:48 PM

A thinker - Aw don't say 'nevermind'. Peeps are interested.

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 06:51 PM

OK, fer interested peeps:

(GAH, I cannot seem to find a suitable link.)

Basically the difference is proportions: besides size, ponies have different body proportions to a full-size horse. The goal of miniature horse breeding is to create a horse that has as much as possible the body style of a large horse, but in a small size. When judging them, minis which look most like a fullsize horse (to simplify a lot) will do the best.

(I'm a fullsize, not mini, horse geek, so any mini peeps out there who care to add or correct are welcome).

A thinker
 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 07:06 PM

Teh ky00t notwithstanding, I never knew that there were miniature horse guides. Its certainly an interesting concept.

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 07:07 PM

OK, fer REALLY interested peeps:


(second para. under "The skinny on minis" gives some info on the difference).

A thinker
 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 07:09 PM

Ohhhh! It's Trip and Cuddles! I found the best picture ever of Cuddles on the job, with her guide harness and her little sneakers and everything. There's a small dog looking on like "darn horses, stealing our jobs..."

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 07:22 PM

Oooooooh! They are all shetl-ed down for a nap! =)

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 07:26 PM

i love these sleepy horseys! meanwhile, speaking of OMG! Ponies! Has anyone seen the new Fur Real Butterscotch the Pony? I couldn't stop petting it at Target the other night. I think I may have actually elbowed a toddler out of the way. (kidding). Anyway, here's a clip i found on YouTube. if this thing wasn't $299, i would SO want one, especially at work!


 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 07:27 PM

A thinker - Thank-you. Great website too.

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 07:47 PM

Chocolate ponies, dusted with cocoa.

Laurie C
 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 07:50 PM

I'm stunned...I had no idea that they could be trained as guides for the blind. A_thinker, how long do these horses live? I'd think that that would be an asset, as a guide dog usually only has a 7-8 career.

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 07:54 PM

oh my god, I sent this in over a year ago! hahah! still cute as hell.

julie m
 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 08:04 PM

A thinker.... I believe the PC term is "little horses" [kidding]

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 08:16 PM

SO CUTE! I want one!

Anyone know the reason why they wear sneakers? Grip? Noise?

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 08:48 PM

What kind of bedtime story do you read to a pony?

"Once upon a time there was a magical kingdom of humans..."

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 08:53 PM

bats, the little horsies can live up to 35 years or even longer.

anon, they wear the sneakers to protect their feetses from glass and hot pavement, etc., to avoid slipping on slick surfaces, to prevent damage to floors, and for sanitary reasons... but mostly 'cause they're very stylish.

J. Bo
 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 09:04 PM

I sent in a link to the Guide Horse website myself, a few weeks ago. Not only are the little horsies just too adorable for words, they live much longer than guide dogs, and they have much better peripheral vision, for guiding blind people in situations like city pedestrian traffic. They're also strong enough to help a person who has trouble getting up from a chair, or keeping steady for someone with balance problems. They're even "housebroken" - when they're indoors, they go to the door and whinny when they need to go outside. And they make their human partners the envy of every little girl they meet!

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 09:28 PM

Oh, I remember seeing this a couple of years ago one one of those news magazines, like Dateline. The program was just starting and they went and talked with one of the first recipients, some blind guy...The whole thing was awesome, once you got over the fact that it was just too weird to see a miniature horse in sneakers walking down a city sidewalk.

warrior rabbit
 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 09:52 PM

My Little Ponies have come to life!

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 10:54 PM

Seepy widdle guide horsies!

(TK is asleep on my lap right now -- dreaming)

 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 11:01 PM

Does anybody else hear the Godfather theme playing in the background?


 |  Nov 11, 2006 at 11:26 PM

We (my brother, sister and I) were lucky enough one year to get a pony for Christmas. We still lived in the city so we kept it at a friend's farm then we moved to our farm the next summer. We named the pony Jingle Bells (Jingles, for short). She was a very nice pony.
Then we went to a farm auction and bought another pony but we had come in our car so we ended up bringing the new pony home in the backseat of the car, scrunched in with us three kids. We named her Belle Starr cause she had a bell-shaped spot on her side.
No, we didn't live on a farm-we lived in a zoo.

Martha in Washington
 |  Nov 12, 2006 at 12:28 AM

this is actually painful to look at for too long. it's that freaking cute.

 |  Nov 12, 2006 at 12:33 AM

I've seen one of these guide horses around town, in her little pink sneakers. Not only are the horses hintygazillion times cuter in person, (horse-son?), but they seem to do a great job as guide animules.

 |  Nov 12, 2006 at 01:48 AM

I would love to see one acting as a guide horse. I think it would be hilariously cute.

A thinker
 |  Nov 12, 2006 at 05:24 AM

oh. my. god. Guide ponies? That is the most spectacularly awesome concept I have encountered for some time. Oh to tool around town with my own little mini-horse in sneakers. Wow. I think I can die happy, now, just knowing someone gets to live that dream. *sigh*

 |  Nov 12, 2006 at 05:31 AM

If I ever go blind, I want one of THOSE! :-)

Heck, I want one anyways... *LOL*


Denita TwoDragons
 |  Nov 12, 2006 at 07:04 AM

*snarl* Someone needs to edit this biased heap of crud. This was obviously written by someone with no experience in the field:



Denita TwoDragons
 |  Nov 12, 2006 at 07:08 AM

EEEE! Elizabeth has frightened me! Horse head in bed!

Oh, except it's two full ponies. So that's cute. Guide ponies. I'm just imagine, being sight impaired and sending your ponie out to the kitchen to get you a beer, and the joy of hearing its little hoofsies clip-clopping back to you! Er, anyway, that's what I'm imagining.

 |  Nov 12, 2006 at 07:30 AM

See, this is what happens when you get a visit from the *Cuteness* Mafia. Apparently it's the final warning before you, eh, honk-shu wif da feeeeeshies.

 |  Nov 12, 2006 at 07:40 AM

The website says they're minature horses not ponies. >.> I'm pretty sure there's a big difference. Ponies I believe are actually larger.

Absolutely adorable though! ^__^

 |  Nov 12, 2006 at 07:44 AM

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