A miniature horse in training to be a blind man scared of dogs could be Britain’s smartest steed – as he can already cross roads, find post boxes and activate traffic lights.
Two-year-old Digby, a two foot tall American miniature horse from Northallerton, Yorks, has spent the last year training to become the UK’s first guide horse.
Once fully trained, he will begin living with dog-phobic Mohammed Salim Patel, from Blackburn, Lancs, and assisting him with day-to-day tasks just like a guide dog would.
He is even learning to unload the washing machine and mop the floor – as well as take him to the train station for his daily commute.
Two years have been set aside for his training, but Mohammed said it is going so well he could be finished much earlier than that.
"The moment I met Digby was a surreal experience. I’d never thought it would actually happen, but here I was.. I was quite nervous. It was liberating because I’d finally met the being who would potentially change my whole life. I was so surprised by his temperament. He was only a baby but he was so calm and patient and willing to please. We’re quite close. He recognises me and I feel like we already have a bond."