Passengers stunned as miniature horse travels in first class cabin

If you thought flying stallions were purely the stuff of Greek myths and legends, then it’s time to think again.

Like the divine winged steed Pegasus, a miniature service and support horse named Fred has taken to the skies.

Fred was specially trained by his handler Ronia Froese to join her aboard an American Airlines flight from Michigan, dressed in an outfit befitting of budget superhero film and with a travel bag strapped to his body.

Ronica and Fred the horse had a great time on their flights. Pic: Facebook
Image:Ronica and Fred the horse had a great time on their flight. Pic: Facebook
Fred wore a special outfit. Pic: Facebook
Image:‘Does the outfit make me look silly?’ Pic: Facebook

The pair flew from Grand Rapids to Dallas, Texas, from where they grabbed a connecting flight to Ontario, California.

While others have struggled to convince US airlines to allow them to board with peacocks and hamsters, Ms Froese said staff were all too happy to have Fred on board – and he even got to travel in first class.

In a gushing Facebook post, Ms Froese thanked the pilots, co-pilots and crew on all four outbound and return flights, saying their excitement to have a “legit service horse on board” was a “breath of fresh air”.

She added: “Their kindness and comments about how well behaved Fred was made me the proudest mommy, handler, and trainer EVER. They were all super respectful.”

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Pic: Sherri Ross

Dexter the peacock was turned away from a flight in 2018

Fred, who has his own Facebook page, was apparently the subject of a few bemused glances from fellow passengers, but he proved the neigh-sayers wrong and provided the in-flight entertainment.

One man asked for a selfie with Fred, according to Ms Froese, who was then told that Fred was “the most well behaved animal he has ever seen on a plane”.

“For me as a handler I had few tears of utter joy and proudness,” she said.

“That truly meant so much to me and I really needed to hear it.”

Fred was asked for a selfie by a fellow passenger. Pic: Facebook
Image:Fred was asked for a selfie by a fellow passenger. Pic: Facebook
Fred visited Donald Trump's Hollywood star during his travels. Pic: Facebook
Image:Fred visited Donald Trump’s Hollywood star during his travels. Pic: Facebook

Now that Fred is back on solid ground, he has returned to his usual routine as a completely house-trained horse.

He even has a supersized litter tray at his owner’s home in Newaygo County, Michigan.

But it remains to be seen whether Fred will be able to fly again, as the US Department of Transportation considers enforcing tougher rules on animals allowed on planes.

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Image:American Airlines was very welcoming of Fred

Some airlines have already taken matters into their own hands, with Delta having banned emotional support animals aboard flights longer than eight hours after an 84% increase in animal incidents.

They included a passenger being attacked by a dog, and animals urinating and defecating while on-board.

Fred did not get into any such trouble.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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