Baltimore City Public Schools recently approved the use of miniature horses as service animals for students.
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Ashley May, USA TODAY
4 weeks ago
Students in need of a service animal at Baltimore schools may now rely on miniature horses, according to guidelines approved Tuesday.
The Baltimore City Public Schools’ board of commissioners said miniature horses, horses smaller than 34-inches-tall, are allowed on school grounds as service animals to students, staff and visitors if they are potty trained and obey their handler, The Baltimore Sun reports.
The horses can be used as an alternate to service dogs, also allowed on school property, the Sun reports.
According to the American with Disabilities Act, miniature horses should be permitted as service animals "where reasonable." That means in addition to only allowing trained horses, the facility must also be able to accommodate the animal's size. Plus, the horse's presence can't be a safety concern. (So, no horse parking by the emergency exit.)
Adult miniature horses can weigh up to 250 pounds, according to the American Miniature Horse Association.
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