The Pony Club Certification
Owning a miniature horse does not make someone a good pet owner. It is important to know details on feeding, grooming, shelter and the fundamentals of training. We teach the owner what they need to know in order to have a happy, healthy and well behaved horse. This is more about training humans than animals.
Working with children, veterans and the elderly can be extremely rewarding. The therapeutic benefits of this therapy are documented in countless studies. We continue training of humans and animals to very specific therapeutic goals. We test both animal and human before granting TPC certification.
The Pony Club’s service training is similar to that of the more established system used for dogs except for the special differences (both advantages and disadvantages) that come from using a miniature horse. One of the major advantages of using a miniature horse for service is its extremely long lifespan of over 35 years.
A Global Problem
Fake Service Animals
Over the last 10 years, the amount of animals with therapy and service vests, badges and paperwork has skyrocketed. Unfortunately the overwhelming majority of these animals are just pets that people would like to accompany them into hotels, restaurants and airplanes.
It is so easy to fake
There are several websites where anyone can order therapy or service vests, badges and other ID with no proof of certification required. They abuse the American with Disabilities Act, which forbids store owners to ask for validation of certification. A law designed to protect the needed is being abused to protect fake certifications.
The Pony Club’s new registration system requires a vest to be worn showing an ID number for each animal and the website to look it up for verification. It is fast and simple for anyone to verify an animal and its trainer. Best of all there is no effort needed by the handler to prove the validity of certification. We want this format to become law.