Next time you see a horse riding the bus, don’t be surprised. It’s probably just a seeing-eye animal for a blind woman who belongs to an ancient sect that believes that dogs are ritually unclean and whose parents won’t allow her to bring a seeing-eye dog in the house at the risk of angering their god:
While most Muslims believe dogs can violate ritual purity, horses are seen as “regal animals,” says Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter.
Still, “there would be concerns about bringing a horse into certain establishments and areas of worship as well,” he said.
So when someone wants to bring her horse into a restaurant, into a dentist’s office, into a mall, or into the hospital, be welcoming! She’s probably just a blind person with 8th-century superstitions, or maybe an equiphile. Either way, who are you to judge?