An Indian-origin man based in north-west England, who suffers from a degenerative eye condition, is set to become the first person in the UK to get a guide horse to assist him with daily tasks once he loses his vision completely.
Mohammed Salim Patel, 24, a journalist based in Blackburn at Lancashire, suffers from a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, due to which he is left with a very small amount of sight in his right eye and will eventually become totally blind. After spending some time with his companion-to-be, Patel believes a guide horse has many added benefits over guide dogs, including a much longer working life and ability to see in the dark.
"Guide horses can work for a lot longer, therefore even if his training takes longer than two years, it doesn't matter. I'll have decades with him as my assistant animal," Patel explained.