A woman recently travelled with her cute miniature horse; surprising everyone at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.
— Las Vegas Locally 🌴 (@LasVegasLocally) August 31, 2019
According to Today, the friendly horse is owned by a woman named Abrea Hensley. The 135-pound horse is actually her service animal, Flirty.
Abrea, who is allergic to dogs and has post-traumatic stress disorder, takes the seven-year-old mare everywhere she goes; as it reminds her to take her medication and provides support when she becomes overwhelmed.
“I don’t know what I would do without her, even if I was cured today,” she said. “She’s my constant companion.”
— Amberley Babbage (@AmberleyBabbage) August 30, 2019
The airline understands Abrea’s situation, saying that it “recognize the important role trained service dogs, cats, and miniature horses can play in lives of those with disabilities, including, but not limited to visual impairments, deafness, seizures, and mobility impairments.”
With this, these animals are welcome in the cabin, at no charge–for as long as they meet the requirements.
Moreover, miniature horses are allowed to fly in commercial cabins as service animals, per the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Abrea, on the other hand, said she won’t be flying with Flirty anytime soon as she found the experience to be nerve-wracking.
“It’s just too difficult to make sure Flirty doesn’t inconvenience other passengers,” Abrea tweeted.
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Here’s a video of Flirty taking a nap on the first flight! She was so relaxed, once we got up in the air, and stood very quietly. You can see that she’s dozing, here. I fed her a lot of treats while we were ascending and descending to keep her swallowing and allow her ears to adjust to the pressure. She did show some discomfort by shaking her head once or twice, but the treats mostly did the trick to keep her comfortable.