Adorable Video and Photos: Miniature Horse Takes Airline Flight

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September 03, 2019 - 7:35 am

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It was a miniature horse named Flirty who also happen to be on an American Airlines flight from Chicago to Omaha over the long weekend, according to a story from Business Insider.

She was accompanied by her owner, Abrea Hensley, who is allergic to dogs and suffers from depression and PTSD. The miniature horse helps Hensley by helping with her anxiety.

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Here are some pictures from our trip, yesterday! The plans ended up changing a bit and we flew to Chicago instead of NYC. This enabled me to see an aunt whom I haven't seen for a few years, so that was lovely! I have to say how impressed I am with how Flirty did on this trip. She took it all in stride like a pro. Once we achieved cruising altitude, she stood quietly and even took a nap! She managed the takeoff and landing pretty well, though she did have to work hard to keep her balance. She stood patiently as we waited for flights, and put up with lots of people crowding around to ask us questions. I learned a lot from this trip. I found out that it's important to make sure that I board early so I have maneuvering space to back Flirty in - she prefers standing with her butt against the side of the plane. I think she felt a bit claustrophobic when lack of maneuvering space forced me to lead her into our seats on the first flight. For the second flight, we boarded first so I had room to maneuver her and back her into our seats. I learned that she trusts me a lot and followed me up and down the ramps, and stepped up into the plane without hesitating at all. I also learned that I'm going to continue traveling by car and save flying for emergency situations. The airport here is smaller, so the planes are also smaller and don't have fixed bulkheads, they just have curtains for the "bulkheads" that separate first class from coach. As a result, Flirty was basically bumping the back of the last first class seats throughout the taxiing and takeoff, until we reached cruising altitude and she could settle in and take a nap. I know that annoyed the passengers sitting in those seats (my apologies to you folks, I didn't realize this would be an issue). It's also easier on Flirty to be able to stop and walk at various points during the road trip, versus standing around and airport and then standing in somewhat cramped space on the plane. All in all, it was a great experience, though. The people we met at the airport were all very kind and most people thought it was neat that service horses existed and could fly. The staff in particular at both airports was phenomenal.

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It was the first time Flirty had flown in an airplane.