You can fly with your mini now

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  1. endurgirl

    endurgirl Senior Member

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    JetBlue: The Law Says We Have To Let Mini Horses On The Plane

    JetBlue is tightening its emotional support animal allowances for flights next month, limiting the critters allowed on its planes to just dogs, cats and miniature horses. To be clear, full-size horses are no longer allowed
    JetBlue spokesperson Morgan Johnston says the species list is based on new guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Transportation in May. Horses were officially recognized as service and support animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act after a 2010 court ruling.

    “The new requirements follow a dramatic increase in industry incidents involving emotional support animals that haven’t been adequately trained to behave in a busy airport or the confined space of an aircraft, which creates health and safety risks for customers, crew members and other service or support animals,” a statement from JetBlue reads.

    Mini horses are kind of like large dogs, when you think about it. Travelers with these emotional support animals will have to provide vet recommendations and vaccination records 48 hours before the flight, as well as assume all liability for the animal’s actions, should their horse throw a fit, etc.

    Typical pet fees are waived for support animals, so the horse gets to fly free.

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    My first thought was, who is going to clean up the poop. We all know horses just go whenever they have the urge. Have we gone too far with emotional support animals? Peacocks.... mini horses.. hedgehogs...

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Ms_Pigeon

    Ms_Pigeon Senior Member

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    Um, wait: were full-size horses ever allowed?!?

    Agree on the poop!
     
  3. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    I've no problem with it. Beats traveling with obnoxious kids behind me.
     
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    endurgirl Senior Member

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    I bet after the peacock fiasco, they had to crack down on their list of what is allowed. I just can't imagine being on a plane and here comes a mini support horse.
     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    The support minis I've seen are fantastic. I'd be tickled as all get out to see one tbh!!
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    There are specially equipped transport planes for full sized horses to travel. They have to have a groom with them 24/7.

    I think people need way too much “support“. If you have an issue travelling, I doubt your mini horse is really going to help you through it better than any other support animal of the smaller, doesn't :poop: all over, kind.
     
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    Ms_Pigeon Senior Member

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    Sure, but the way the release was worded seemed to imply that full-size horses were, at some point, allowed on flights in an emotional support capacity. I'm sure it was just poorly worded, but, LOL!

    Am imagining an entire plane-full of passengers clucking encouragingly while a horse refuses to "load" on a flight. And a co-pilot with a lunge line around the horse's butt. :D
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    Can you just imagine the other passenger's faces when the mini poops~!! I'm sure they have to have a tailbag on to catch it, but, non-horsey folks REALLY notice the smell of horse poop~!!

    :rofl:
     
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    DelP Senior Member

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    It’s probably like the seeing eye mini’s. They genycan hold it for six hours and for longer they use under tail poop bag.

    The Guide Horse Foundation
     
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    I never doubted this was coming, the limitations on the types of "support" animals permitted. Some sort of national licensing will be next and is much needed.
    There are already seeing eye mini horses that have the same access as dogs. They are not too difficult to potty train and can be taught to eliminate on command, just like a dog.
    I agree too, I'd rather have a horse or dog on board with me than an obnoxious kid.
     
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