Service mini-horse keeps man with diabetes alive

“You’ve probably heard of a service dog, but have you ever heard of a service mini-horse?”

Benjamin Powell, WCSH

GRAHAM, North Carolina (WFMY) — You’ve probably heard of a service dog, but have you ever heard of a service mini-horse?

One man in Alamance County, North Carolina said his service mini-horse is not only his best friend, but it also keeps him alive.

The mini-horse’s name is Annabelle.

She belongs to Braeburn Hilliard, who lives in Graham.

Hilliard has had diabetes since he was 11 years old.

Since he’s been diabetic so long, Hilliard said his body doesn’t recognize when his blood sugar gets too low.

That’s where Annabelle steps in!

On most nights, you’ll find Hilliard walking through his neighborhood with his best friend, Annabelle.

Annabelle was trained by Hilliard to be his service animal!

“The training isn’t always easy,” said Hilliard. “Maintaining it sometimes is quite difficult. But it’s something I love.”

They go everywhere together!

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