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Miniature Horse

By definition, a miniature horse is not a service animal.  But, ADA regulations contain a specific provision which covers miniature horses.  A public entity or private business must allow a person with a disability to bring a miniature horse on the premises as long as the horse has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability. However, an organization can consider whether the facility can accommodate the miniature based on the horse’s type, size, and weight. The rules that apply to service dogs also apply to miniature horses.

To determine whether a business can accommodate a miniature horse, the following must be true:

  • The miniature horse is housebroken.
  • The miniature horse is under the owner’s control.
  • The facility can accommodate the miniature horse’s type, size, and weight.
  • The miniature horse’s presence will not compromise legitimate safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the facility.
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