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Estero’s one-of-a-kind service horse and owner spread smiles

ESTERO, Fla.–It’s not too unusual to see a service dog on the street but seeing a service horse might be a reason to do a double take. 

That’s what people along 5th avenue in Naples had to do recently when Ron Chaney and his service pet took a stroll. 

“Oh my gosh,” one woman exclaimed as Ron and his horse, Sassy Mae, took a morning walk. 

Ron, a purple heart Vietnam veteran, needed a service pet to help him walk. He tried getting a dog, but when that didn’t work out he went with something bigger.

“When she came into my life… it was a blessing,” he said. 

Ron said Sassy Mae is the only certified service horse of her kind in Southwest Florida. He’s owned her for three years and the two coincidentally share the same birthday. 

If you’d like to follow Sassy Mae and Ron’s journey on Facebook, you can do so here.

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