Four-year-old Zaiden was born with ataxia-telangiectasia, a rare disorder that affects the nervous system, and wreaks havoc with coordination until the patient has to live with a wheelchair. When Zaiden’s mother found out her son was going to need help, she decided to take her love of horses to the next logical step, and they adopted Zoe, a miniature horse who has been trained as a service animal.
Zoe follows Zaiden to preschool, helps him walk and stand, and is even learning how to pick things up and turn on the lights. Zaiden’s mom hopes that if and when Zaiden needs a wheelchair, Zoe will be there to guide him.
This is such a sweet story, and it goes to show that dogs aren’t the only animals smart and caring enough to take care of children in need!