Guide Horses
November 25, 2002 2:56 AM   Subscribe

Guide Horses! Aww...
posted by Pretty_Generic (13 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
whats next? guide goat, they're about the same size, and what would be the point in walking next to them, they're a load bearing beast - ride the dam thing
posted by monkeyJuice at 4:37 AM on November 25, 2002

I like the little horse in the plane. That's made my day that has.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 4:51 AM on November 25, 2002

Matt, I think we've finally found the MeFi pony! :)
posted by jonmc at 5:39 AM on November 25, 2002

why can't you get guide cats?
posted by Spoon at 6:38 AM on November 25, 2002

Cats are too independant and not the most loyal creatures. They are also snobby and wont have it.
posted by Recockulous at 7:11 AM on November 25, 2002

These are all the evils of genetic engineering come true. Such abomniation of nature must be stopped. I call upon all of you to reject these midget horses.

On a more serious note, I wonder if these animals are more robust than their larger cousins. My DVM girlfriend tells me that horses are really fragile animals that are (in her words) "made to die" because there are so many things that can go wrong with them. I think a lot of their problems have to do with their size, though, so these 'lil ones might be better off.

On a more general note: If you are interested in horses, you might find the International Museum of the Horse a good read too.
posted by moonbiter at 7:15 AM on November 25, 2002

I call upon all of you to reject these midget horses

*Ah-em*, I believe they prefer to be called 'little horsies'
posted by CoolHandPuke at 7:43 AM on November 25, 2002

Eohippus, is that you?
posted by dhartung at 8:13 AM on November 25, 2002

Guide cats don't work out too well.
posted by languagehat at 9:00 AM on November 25, 2002

moonbiter: size is only really relevant to horse health when taking about those very much outside the "default size" (the size the vast majority of wild horses are) of about 14 hands (a hand is four inches). Health problems (aside from intestinal ones, horses really do have terribly-designed intestines) are often related to conformation (the way the horse is put together, more or less), it's basic physics: horses with short backs are better at weight-bearing than those with long backs, that sort of thing. Miniature horses actually have more health problems than normal horses (especially related to pregnancy and foaling), and the smaller they are, the more likely they are to have congenital abnormalities. Most pony breeds, however, do tend to be very robust (miniature horses aren't ponies). Go guide horses!
posted by biscotti at 9:18 AM on November 25, 2002

What is the point in having braille on a webpage?
Am I missing something?
posted by Raichle at 9:58 AM on November 25, 2002

Well you see, all web page templates include braille, even if they're meant to be drive-through web pages ... umm, wait, let me try that again ...
posted by maudlin at 1:22 PM on November 25, 2002

What no helper monkey links yet?--man, those 9622'ers really have left the building...
posted by y2karl at 7:47 PM on November 26, 2002

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