Last week, after months of deliberation, the US Department of Transportation released formal guidance regarding animals on planes. The 28-page document makes it clear that three types of service animals should be prioritised for travel: cats, dogs and miniature horses.

Yes, miniature horses. The document repeatedly includes mini horses among the three "most commonly recognised service animals" and the "most commonly used service animals."

Shortly after the guidelines were released, a photo of a small ginger horse, squeezed in front of a woman's knees, circulated on the internet. It appeared atop numerous articles, without any sort of caption, only adding

So, is that picture real?

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Why a mini horse?

How do you get a horse to the airport?

How do you get the horse on the plane?

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How do you fit a horse in front of your seat?