Does this mean we can call them Pegasus?
Come September 17, people will be able to carry miniature horses onboard Southwest flights as trained service animals, according to airline officials.
Officials announced the policy change, via a statement on its website on Tuesday. In the statement, officials name miniature horses, along with dogs and cats, as some of the most common service animals that will be accepted onboard. Passengers, however, will need to be able to provide credible verbal assurance that the animal is a trained service animal.
In addition, the company announced other changes, such as formally accepting Psychiatric Support Animals (PSAs) as trained service animals, after accepting them informally as such in the past, and will also limit each passenger to one Emotional Support Animal.
Passengers with an ESA will, according to the statement, still need to present a complete, current letter from a medical doctor or licensed mental health professional on the day of departure.
Note the distinction between Psychiatric or Emotional Support Animals, which are now restricted to cats and dogs, and “trained service animals”, which can include mini horses. Mini horses apparently – or so I have just learned, having investigated this pressing issue in depth – can be trained as a substitute for a guide dog for the blind or can be used to pull a wheelchair! Not only do they live much longer than dogs, but they can be used by disabled people who have religious objection to dogs, are allergic to them, or have a phobia of dogs. According to a guide horse website, miniature horse have extra pluses such as excellent 350 degree vision, as well as calm nature, good manners and focus on work.
One of my new life goals now is to witness a mini horse crapping in the economy class aisle.