Groups Fuss Over Woman Training Shetland Pony
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 31, 2003
BERLIN, GERMANY--Evelyn Allhoff-Menke is training a Shetland pony to be a service animal.
The former veterinarian, who lives on an eastern Germany farm, plans to have the 2 foot 10 inch tall pony help her with her daily chores.
"I could take the little horse everywhere," Allhoff-Menke told Reuters news service. "He could fetch things for me, and someday pull me in my wheelchair around the farm."
Shetland ponies have been trained as guide animals for blind people, but Allhoff-Menke's may be the first pony in the country to be trained as a service animal, local vets say.
Animal rights groups are questioning whether it is right for a pony weighing just 154 pounds to pull a grown woman in her wheelchair.