By Minh Vu
Seyfarth Synopsis: Miniature horses trained to perform work or tasks for a person with a disability must be allowed in public accommodations in most instances.
The news is not particularly uplifting these days, so we thought our readers would enjoy seeing clips of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s miniature horse, Whisky (the clips also features Lulu, his mini-donkey) (see here and here). Under the ADA regulations, miniature horses that are individually trained to perform work or tasks for a person with a disability must be allowed in public accommodations just like a service animal as long as they are housebroken, not too large, under the owner’s control, and would not compromise legitimate safety requirements. We have no idea whether Whisky is trained to perform any work or tasks for anyone, but (s)he is awfully cute.
For more information about service animals, which the ADA defines to only include dogs, check out this very helpful FAQ from the Department of Justice.