It’s not every day you see a horse on a plane, let alone in first class. But Fred the Mini Service Horse went wheels up with a purpose. Fred’s handler said, “Fred has traveled several thousands of miles in my vehicle but this was the first time in the air.” Ronica Froese has trained Fred to be a therapy and a service horse. Fred, who lives in Western Michigan, is housebroken and is more well-trained than most dogs. Froese put months of work preparing for Fred’s trip, which included two flights each way. They flew from Grand Rapids, connected in Dallas, and we went to Ontario, California. Froese purchased two first-class seats in bulkhead seating because it was Fred’s first time and Froese wanted him to be comfortable. Other than the expected gawking, the trip went without a hitch.