Guide horse instead of dog for Blind Muslim student
September 7, 2011
Animals are wonderful, they have many potential traits and abilities to be explore. Now not only dogs can be blind guide companion, horses also playing the role in helping the blinds.
Mona Ramouni, lost her sight shortly after birth, and had to rely on her family members to guide her around the Detroit suburb where they live. She was not allow to keep a guide dog due to her parents strictly religious practice.
In year 2008, Ms.Ramouni stumbled across a website article about miniature guide horses.
‘It was something that I never thought about for myself,’ she said.
The psychology student used three years of savings from her job at a Braille proofreading company to pay for a horse to be trained to act as her guide.
Cali, the miniature horse, measures about 2ft 6in tall and has been taught to stand still indoors. She also helps Ms.Ramouni get out of vehicles and move through crowds.
Before Cali arrived, “I had basically given up. I mean, I had been to the point where I thought, ‘I’m going to get nothing out of my life,”‘ Miss Ramouni told the Associated Press. “And having Cali … showed me that I had forgotten about all the optimism I had as a kid. When I was a kid, I thought I could do anything. I thought everything was possible.”
While many Muslims believe dogs can violate ritual purity, horses are seen as “regal animals,” Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relation’s Michigan chapter, told the news agency.
Still, “there would be concerns about bringing a horse into certain establishments and areas of worship as well,” he said.
Ms.Ramouni faced many challenges, her friends warned her it would be a difficult thing to do.
But she said: ‘The more everybody told me “No, don’t do it,” the more I wanted to do it,’ she said. ‘I got to a point in my life where I thought… “Why should I settle for something less than I can have?”
‘There have been so many obstacles. People said ‘You’ll never find a vet. You’ll never find a farrier.” But I found them all.’
She added: ‘More than even the independence, I found that Cali showed me that there are possibilities.’
Hopefully Ms.Ramouni and Cali had a successful collaboration, their successful experience will give a new hope for the blinds who are not allowed to have keep dog.
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