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  Helping Hooves
Training Miniature Horses as Guide Animals for the Blind

Janet Burleson

Retail Price $27.95 / £20.75 


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Only $19.95

ISBN: 0-9744486-0-5
ISBN 13:  978-0974448602
Library of Congress Number: 2004098385
250 pages
Perfect bind - 9x7
PD 106
Shelving: Non Fiction/Animals  

Helping Hooves is a triumph of American creativity and innovation and a compelling story that you don't want to miss.

In a world where size and power is respected, it’s the little things that capture your hearts and mind. After a century of neglect, horses are now being re-introduced into our society in a remarkable and creative way.

Filled with humor and drama, Janet Burleson shares her remarkable story of training midget ponies to guide the blind.

Both entertaining and educational, Janet Burleson tells how she overcame ridicule and prejudice, using her decades of professional horse training to prove that the intelligence of horses could be harnessed for the benefit of mankind.

For the first-time ever, after great demand, noted horse whisperer Janet Burleson shares the amazing Guide Horse training story. With many lives depending on her work, learn how and why Janet developed the training program to prepare the horses for the important task of keeping their blind companions safe. Follow the intricate steps required to train tiny ponies to ride escalators and safely guide the blind through crowded urban traffic. Study the detailed photographs illustrating the milestones of the Guide Horse training process.

Burleson explains how to overcome the challenges of taking a horse on a flight in the passenger cabin of a commercial airliner including how to reliably housebreak a horse.

This is an entertaining and informative book that will leave the reader with a greater understanding of the working bond between horse and human.

The remarkable story has captured the hearts and minds of people everywhere and has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, 20/20 and People Magazine.

Key Features

* Learn how to housebreak a horse!

* Hear the amazing story of how tiny ponies guide the blind.

* See horses at-work, wearing sneakers.

* Understand how a blind guide works.

* View detailed photos of the Guide Horse training process.

* Learn secrets from a respected horse whisperer.



  • Janet Burleson is one of the world's pioneering horse trainers – Practical Horseman Magazine
  • Seeing is believing – USA Today
  • Janet and Don Burleson are . . . Angels – People Magazine
  • How wonderful that Janet and Don Burleson have initiated this valuable experimental program teaming miniature horses with blind people – Newsweek
  • Miniature ponies are leading the way for the blind – ABC News
  • Guide Horses . . . are as small and disciplined as Guide Dogs – TIME Magazine
  • Extraordinary – ABC 20/20
  • It is often the little things that win our hearts and minds – ABC News
  • The Burleson’s are . . . using horse sense to Guide – Boston Globe
  • Twinkie proved that miniature horses could fill the role, and fill it well – VetCentric Magazine
  • An Intriguing Program - Discovery Channel


About the Author:

 As a lifelong horse training enthusiast, Janet Burleson has experimented with hundreds of horse behavior challenges.  With four decades of horse teaching experience, she is the pioneering horse trainer that developed the Guide horse training program.

Read about the development of the training program used to train Twinkie, the prototype first experimental Guide horse for the blind and Cuddles  the first Guide horse to enter full time service as a guide animal for Dan Shaw.

Janet Burleson is also a noted Information Technology expert and author of several books on IT management. 

Please note that the Janet Burleson, Rampant TechPress or the Guide Horse Foundation are not affiliated in any way with The Seeing Eye, a registered trademark.  We have great respect for the Seeing Eye and its half-century of service to the visually disabled community.


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