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Sep 25, 2007

This way, Dude

Caption option #1: It's nice to see Delta Airlines updatng their flight attendants 
Caption option #2:
OMGGUIDEPON1ES!!1!!!


Guide horse, originally uploaded by DanDee Shots.

Nice find, Sender-Inner Michelle S. ;)

OK, OK, the People demand it! Xtreme close up:

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its a bleening pony OMG

metsakins
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 06:55 AM

i can't make sense of this picture.

is a pony considered carry-on?

jen
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:00 AM

He's a guide horse. with sneakers.

http://www.guidehorse.org/

BB/VA
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:01 AM

I. Want. A. Guide. Horse. Does acute need qualify me? NO? Then maybe I could train them. That'd be the best of all worlds- lots of time with them, plus that has to be one of the most rewarding jobs EVAR.

Jessarakitty
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:03 AM

Did anyone notice he's missing a shoe? Where does one purchase mini-horse shoes? OMG, hilarious.

cooper1178
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:06 AM

eee! I love this pony. I've seen TV specials about him.

...Did anyone else notice that he's only wearing 3 shoes?

JediPirate
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:08 AM

OMG, indeed. I love the shoes. Wish we could get a closeup.

My sister's cat is a blob
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:09 AM

hold yer horses!!

is the pony wearing flip-flops?

jen
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:09 AM

hee... apparently someone else did notice. =P

JediPirate
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:09 AM

Not flip-flops, Jen - clip-clops!

SarahP
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:14 AM

Shoes for your guide horse (even cowboy boots!):

http://www.guidehorse.org/sneakers_horses.htm

BB/VA
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:15 AM

His little red blanket thing says "Do Not Touch." I wonder how hard that is to enforce? Little kids must mob him when he's out in public.

poyo
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:16 AM

Does this mean that they let GUIDE HORSES on commercial flights?!?

acelightning
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:22 AM

Do you think he has a mini poop bag? Or are they trained to hold it like a guide dog would be?

He is the cutest thing possible, and I love his tiny shoes too!!!

Honeypants
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:23 AM

Oh my lording lord.

I've considered getting a seizure dog, but I wonder if they make seizure horses ...

Kara
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:24 AM

He's missing a pony sneaker.

Oooooh to be the lucky individual who found a round pony sneaker. (I hope this lucky individual turns in said pony sneaker, but still... what luck!?!?)

JazzKate
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:27 AM

I take that back

its a horsey OMG!!!1!!!horsies!!!!YaY

metsakins
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:28 AM

Also, the day I am seated beside a guide horse while on a flight may just be the happiest day of my life.

I'd only stare at it the WHOLE time. Nuts to the window seat! I've got a pony at my elbow! ... Wonder if he's like to eat my little bag of pretzels... I'd offer, but I'm sure he'd politely decline - I assume that guide ponies are polite to the nth degree. He'd just sip his tea, adjust his reading glasses at the end of his nose, and continue reading his newspaper.

JazzKate
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:30 AM

Jessarakitty,

I'm not sure that acute need would get you a pony, but you could claim to need an "emotional support pony"! Just pretend you're really sad until dey gives you a pony......Imma try it too.

Nelle
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:34 AM

I hope this person asked permission to snap this photo. It's pretty rude to take an unauthorized picture of someone who's visually impaired.

Erin
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:34 AM

The photographer did request permission, yes:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/18309730@N00/295965213/

JazzKate
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:37 AM

PPL ! DIS IS NOT A PONY ! DIS IZ A HORSE ! A TINY, PERFECT TOTALLY CUTE MINIATURE HORSIE !

MELODY
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:39 AM

PLEEEEEASSE COXCU THE PONY SHOES

nna
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:41 AM

OMG PONIES!!!
I so want one of these!
Did you see he has little flip flops on??

Cheryl
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:44 AM

That is so adorable!!! How cruel of that sign to say "do not touch." I could ignore a guide dog but a guide pony?

Cozytailmom
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:46 AM

He obviously forgot to put one of his widdle shoes back on after having to take them all off to get through SECURITY !!!

I think they raise and train these little sweeties right here in NC -- woo-hoo!

littledogrescue
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:59 AM

I used to train TSA screeners and met one who had to pat down a pony. We also had to learn procedure to pat down a service dog.

(The harness will set off the metal detectors, so unless they have very short fur you have to pat them down just like a person.)

There is also a rather complex procedure to screen a service monkey, because they wear diapers!

wendy
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 07:59 AM

awww my prettee pony ^^

don't any of u start any crap about the evils of inbreeding ponies to get lil mini ponies either *evil eye*

this fella is waaay cute (see how he's been carefully dipped in chocolate to create his wonderful coat? ^^) and deserves nothing but lovin'

NYgirly
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 08:02 AM

oh yeah, wonder if TSA will make lil pony put his sneaks in a bin and get xrayed? he'd be all cute walking through the detector wearing those blue paper booties ^^

NYgirly
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 08:03 AM

Meg, no need to put a line through the first sentence. It's not a bad thing to say. :-)

Cauliflower
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 08:05 AM

okays, service dog? totally prosh. service horsie? even prosher. diaper wearing service monkey? priceless.

ps. JazzKate: if his hoomin took his work harness off i bet he'd play with you on the plane :) or at least you'd get to snuggle hims.

rabble
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 08:08 AM

It's a seeing eye pony!

I've heard tell that there exists a seeing eye iguana somewhere in Chicago, but a pony is pretty cool, too.

Jen
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 08:18 AM

I'd like to be in a gate area when these two walked by. All the little girls nearby would simply be vibrating in their seats with their moms holding on for dear life.

aw choo
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 08:32 AM

The horsie has some kind of wrap on under it's blanket. Maybe a horsie diaper?

Shannon M
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 08:35 AM

First time I'd ever heard about this .....

http://www.guidehorse.org/

Rayhne
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 08:36 AM

Adorable! And, apparently the horse, Scout, is a small-time(heh) celebrity. Check these out:

http://www.guidehorse.org/monkey.htm

http://www.guidehorse.org/art_guidehorse_comedy_club.htm

Tara
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 08:42 AM

Seeing Eye ponehs -- is this something new? He is so very sweet and adorable, it would be hard to restrain from petting him, but if he's a "working animal", they have to focus on the job at hand (or hoof).

ThreeCatNight
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 08:45 AM

People, this horse's name is CUDDLES!! Nyyaarrhhh!

http://www.unb.ca/bruns/0001/issue19/nuts/horse.html

(there are other stories out there about Dan and Cuddles, as well)

Bunnith
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:00 AM

Cozytailmom, Really you can resist guide dogs. How..... I have to make myself walk quickly away.... Cause soft fluffy fur.... Sigh...

I also noticed the missing shoe and laughed at all the comments about it.

Don't they look like princess flipflops. So adorable.

annie
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:04 AM

...


How is it that the very concept of *guide horse* has escaped me all these years?


*blink blink*


Tell me this is something new.

Kristin
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:07 AM

I heard of the seeing eye ponies! hypoallergenic, good thing for peoples.

victorya
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:12 AM

Too cute. Where does the pony sit on the plane?

Cuppy
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:18 AM

FYI people - guide horses are potty trained the same way guide dogs are. No diapers needed.

Great to see more of these guys out and about.

cass
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:20 AM

OMG! his little shoes look like bunny slippers! There is nothing that could be more cute than a mini-horse wearing bunny slippers!

E.J.
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:22 AM

Bunnith - no, I do think Cuddles is another horse, (s)he looks quite different:
http://www.danandcuddles.com/

Love the name tho :)

Tara
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:33 AM

I am trying to work out, what the bleen they wear trainers for. So they don't damage the carpet?

The Hon Gladys Anstruther
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:38 AM

"What do you mean, they gave me a pony? I thought I was getting a guide DOG!"

Sissy
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:40 AM

Why just 3 shoes?!

Tricia Garrett
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:42 AM

Hon. Gladys:
I'm not positive if this is true for these horses, but having grown up around the regular kind I know that they're hooves can be quite sharp, possibly damaging hard floors. It would also be very easy for them to get things lodged in the depression on the underside of the hoof, and a visually impaired person might not be able to notice if the horse would be walking over something dangerous to his hooves.

IHaveFurryChildren
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:47 AM

If I ever go blind I waaaaant one!

Beth
 |  Sep 25, 2007 at 09:56 AM

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