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    Default Miniature 'guide pony' who helps her blind owner trot to the shops

    She may be just 2ft high, but Panda the miniature pony is fulfilling a tall order as a "guide horse" for the blind.

    The two-year-old was taught by her trainers to help blind people in the same way as conventional guide dogs. Scroll down for more...
    Here to help: Owner Ann Edie enjoys a meal with her loyal guide horse Panda

    She stops at kerbs, spots uneven pavements and crosses busy roads. She can get in and out of a car, go up and down stairs and is completely house trained.
    And as a guide animal, Panda is allowed to accompany her owner Ann Edie in shopping centres, supermarkets and even on planes.
    Mrs Edie, 52, said: "I've had three guide dogs - but none have been anywhere near as good as Panda." Scroll down for more...
    Shopping: Panda is happy to trot to the shops with her owner

    She is one of just two miniature horses in the world to be trained for the job.
    Her American trainers at The Guide Horse Foundation in North Carolina, say miniature horses often make better guides than dogs because they are not as easily distracted.
    They recommend horses for people who grew up with the animals, are allergic to dogs or who want a companion that will live longer than a dog. Scroll down for more...
    Saddle up: Panda takes a spin in a car

    Mrs Edie, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who has been blind since birth, added: "Panda could live for 30 years. "She's become like a dance partner. She moves with me and can communicate with me through the harness."

    Meet the miniature 'guide pony' who helps her blind owner trot to the shops | the Daily Mail

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    must be hell to clean up the shit.
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    Aww, what a lovely thing

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    Cute!! What a sweet looking baby.

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    It's adorable. How do you house train a horse?
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    Yeah, I'm not sure bopping it on the nose with a rolled up newspaper would do any good. Pony plops on the rug would suck.

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