Don't be surprised if you look up and see a mini horse inside a school, store, restaurant or other public place in the weeks ahead: According to a new law, they just might have every right to be there.
On Tuesday, a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn that qualified trained miniature horses as service animals, the Associated Press reports. The law is effective immediately.
Per the new law, HB 3826, the horses may be trained to aid its user for any sort of disability, whether it be physical, mental or intellectual, and will be able to go anywhere a service dog is allowed.
In May, the bill was approved by the Illinois Senate amid the concern of some legislators that miniature horses could prove distracting in schools. In early June, the bill was almost unanimously approved by the state House.
Miniature horses were already approved for service use by federal law, but state law did not specifically grant them access to schools and businesses.
A miniature horse walks through a pasture filled with buttercups near Zanesville, Ohio Friday, May 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
John Martinez, left, and Barbara Gray sit on a bench as a miniature horse grazes at the Silverado Senior Living Center Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Encinitas, Calif. At the senior center, residents are encouraged to bring their pets. Everything from miniature horses to chinchillas can be found on the grounds, and residents benefit from frequent contact with the pets. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Doris Knopp feeds a carrot to a miniature horse at the Silverado Senior Living Center Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Encinitas, Calif. At the senior center, residents are encouraged to bring their pets. Everything from miniature horses to chinchillas can be found on the grounds, and residents benefit from frequent contact with the pets. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
World's Smallest Horse Visits New York City
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 30: Thumbelina, billed as the Worlds Smallest Horse by the Guinness Book of World Records, stands back stage at the Big Apple Circus where she is making a brief appearance November 30, 2006 in New York City. Thumbelina, who weighs just 58 pounds and stands at 17.5 inches tall, is officially described as a dwarf horse. She is making a brief appearance at the circus before heading back to a farm in New York State. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)