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meh.... ESAs aren't guaranteed transport and some mini horses are as small as some very large dogs.

The 'don't pet them' comment shows the real intention of the author who clearly doesn't understand the law. The purpose is to not keep the animal from doing their job. If the owner agrees, it's not a problem at all. MOST service animals (not ESAs, but service animals) provide a physical service. SOme of them even help physically support their owners. A mini-horse or very large dog is much more able to assist a 150-250 lb person than a 50 lb dog is.... though it doesn't appear this animal is a service animal, much less a physical assistance animal, despite the claim that the animal can help (of course it can... it can also help carry groceries).

People (not you but the author) should learn the differences between an ESA and a service animal, and the various services that these animals can provide before trying to cast shade. It may play well to others who don't know, but it's arguably a violation of the ADA to try and turn public opinion and regulations against someone based on a disability.
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(10-07-2019 06:13 PM)Hambone10 Wrote:  meh.... ESAs aren't guaranteed transport and some mini horses are as small as some very large dogs.

The 'don't pet them' comment shows the real intention of the author who clearly doesn't understand the law. The purpose is to not keep the animal from doing their job. If the owner agrees, it's not a problem at all. MOST service animals (not ESAs, but service animals) provide a physical service. SOme of them even help physically support their owners. A mini-horse or very large dog is much more able to assist a 150-250 lb person than a 50 lb dog is.... though it doesn't appear this animal is a service animal, much less a physical assistance animal, despite the claim that the animal can help (of course it can... it can also help carry groceries).

People (not you but the author) should learn the differences between an ESA and a service animal, and the various services that these animals can provide before trying to cast shade. It may play well to others who don't know, but it's arguably a violation of the ADA to try and turn public opinion and regulations against someone based on a disability.

We used to deal with this crap when I worked in restaurants. ADA protections are only extended to dogs and miniature horses under 100lbs. The key is they must be trained to perform a specific task. That is the difference between a service animal and a ESA. Generally service animals were never, ever a problem. Most of the time you do not even notice they are there they are so well trained.

The only time we would have issues were with the little old ladies that would have their toy dogs in their little carrying bags with those gaudy vests you can buy on the internet. As soon as you start letting your "service animal" start eating off your plate you are going to get some extra attention.
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RE: Emotional Support Horses Allowed On Flights
The Americans with Disabilities Act specifies that, "organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go." (source: https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm)

The ADA law grants these legal protections to properly trained service animals of only two species: dogs and miniature horses.

However, the law does specify that restrictions can be placed against miniature horses if the facility can not "accommodate the miniature horse's type, size, and weight" or if "the miniature horse's presence will compromise legitimate safety requirements."
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(10-08-2019 09:08 AM)bobdizole Wrote:  The key is they must be trained to perform a specific task. That is the difference between a service animal and a ESA. Generally service animals were never, ever a problem. Most of the time you do not even notice they are there they are so well trained.

True, though the specific service isn't always evident. Seeing eye dogs are obvious, but dogs that say sense changes in body chemistry that could portend a seizure or other issue would not be obvious. Absolutely, you can tell by their behavior.
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