[nfbwatlk] Blind student saves for three years to buy a guideHORSE because her strict Muslim parents consider dogs unclean, Daily Mail, November 14 2010

Albert Sanchez albertsanchez at suddenlink.net
Wed Nov 17 06:28:09 CST 2010


How many canes could she have bought in that three years of saving?
A.S.
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>From: "Mike Freeman" <k7uij at panix.com
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>Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Blind student saves for three years to buy a guideHORSE because her strict Muslim parents consider dogs unclean,Daily Mail, November 14 2010

>I can't say I greet this with unbridled enthusiasm!

>Mike

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>From: "Nightingale, Noel" <Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
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>Subject: [nfbwatlk] Blind student saves for three years to buy a guide HORSE
>because her strict Muslim parents consider dogs unclean, Daily Mail,
>November 14 2010


>> Thought this article might be of interest to the list.

>> Link:
>> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1329398/Blind-woman-buys-guide-HORSE-strict-Muslim-parents-consider-dogs-unclean.html#ixzz15FmZlVWq

>> Text:
>> Blind student saves for three years to buy a guide HORSE because her
>> strict Muslim parents consider dogs unclean
>> By Daily Mail Reporter
>> November 14, 2010

>> The 28-year-old's strictly religious parents would not allow a dog in the
>> house, considering the animal unclean.

>> But then Miss Ramouni stumbled across a website article about miniature
>> guide horses in April 2008.

>> 'It was something that I never thought about for myself,' she said.

>> Photo:  Leading the blind: Mona Ramouni has bought and trained a miniature
>> horse, Cali, to be her guide

>> 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.

>> Photo:  Refreshment break: Miss Ramouni treats Cali to some water

>> Since welcoming three-year-old guide horse Cali into her Dearborn,
>> Michigan, home last year, Miss Ramouni has seen her life turned around.

>> Cali measures about 2ft 6in tall and has been taught to stand still
>> indoors. She also helps Miss Ramouni get out of vehicles and move through
>> crowds.

>> Her proud mistress said: 'She is an awesome little horse. What I really
>> want is to be able to take her places neither of us would have been able
>> to go without each other.

>> 'Before Cali, I had given up. I got to the point where I thought, 'I'm
>> going to get nothing out of my life'. Cali has given me the confidence
>> back I used to have as a kid.'

>> Born three months premature, Miss Ramouni lost her sight shortly after
>> birth.

>> Among the challenges she had to overcome in order for Cali to stay at her
>> home were getting a permit to place a large shed in her family's garden
>> and to find a farrier to look after the horse's hooves.

>> Her friends warned her it would be a difficult thing to do.

>> But Miss Ramouni 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." I found them all.'

>> She added: 'More than even the independence, I found that Cali showed me
>> that there are possibilities.'

>> Photo:  Horses for courses: Miss Ramouni and Cali attend a seminar at
>> Michigan State University

>> Photo:  Cali helps his proud mistress cross the road. Miss Ramouni spent
>> three years saving to buy the 2ft 6in tall horse


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