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August 22, 2017


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials may allow miniature horses to be used as service animals for students in the classroom.

(Thanks to Le Petomane)


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I like the idea of a service anaconda -- but they have to be released into the Everglades when the snake reaches 8 feet long

Great idea, and if the child (size-wise) isn't too big, maybe he or she can ride the horse home, too.

I would draw a line at service gators, hippos and lions, however. The animals might eat someone....

Service antelope, service elephants, service tarantulas... if the kids are smart they'll play can-you-top-this and miss the whole year.

As long as they don't take all those pretty horses to Mexico.

This would give a new meaning to the teachers warning: "watch your step around here."

@Le Petomane, that reminds me of the M*A*S*H episode where Radar gives Col. Potter the horse for his anniversary, and the horse, uh, makes itself at home in his office:

FRANK BURNS: That's disgusting!
POTTER: Son, where I come from, that's a tiptoe through the tulips!

The only classroom where "horsesh...crap" isn't an epithet for saying something stupid.

It made the children laugh and play to see a horse at school.

If I may be permitted to inject a note of seriousness amongst the levity..

There are actually very good reasons to use a miniature horse as a service animal. They can be trained to do virtually anything that a dog can do (including act as a lead animal for the blind). Also, they have a service life expectancy in excess of thirty years--three times that of a dog. The owner doesn't have to have the animal replaced nearly as often.

And, yes, miniature horses can be easily housebroken. However, they do need a large sized yard to run in, unlike most dog breeds.

Forget the horses. Isn't Scott Wickersham dreamy? I watch him on the news every night.

This is a serious comment now.
North Carolina teachers are among the worst paid in the country. The classrooms are small and overcrowded already so I'm not sure where they're going to put these miniature horses. I have several friends who are teachers and at one of their schools they've lost 20 teachers in the past year. Most of them are going to South Carolina because the pay is so much better. If they start introducing horses to classrooms there's a good chance they will lose a lot more teachers so I think this is a stupid idea. Just my opinion.

Whatever the merits or problems with this, the ADA is federal law; local policy is irrelevant. Schools and other public facilities cannot prevent the use of legitimate service animals any more than they can exclude sign language interpreters. In the case of miniature horses, this applies if the facility "...can accommodate the miniature horse’s type, size, and weight...." – if a school can accommodate children, there's not much difference.

Snakes, cats, ferrets, goats, dire wolves, dragons, etc. no longer qualify as service animals under the ADA./service_animals_2010.pdf

Laws may differ in Westeros.

The Service Horse issue visited Anchorage a year or so back. A student at one of our elementary schools has one. I remember watching the news. The students, teacher, principal, and even the cafeteria workers all seemed to have a positive attitude toward the horse. Only the custodian seemed to show any reservation.

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