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Mercedes Schueler, 10, removes braids from her horse's mane recently at her family's farm in rural Willmar. The 23-year-old show horse registered as Positive Vibes lost his sight in May, but his young owner has never given up on him. Ron Adams / Forum Communications

Girl keeps blind show horse in competitions

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WILLMAR, Minn. - From a distance, the beautiful gray Arabian nuzzling his young owner looks just like any other horse - and he is, except he's completely blind.

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The 23-year-old show horse registered as Positive Vibes lost his sight in May, but his owner, Mercedes Schueler, 10, of Willmar, has never given up on him.

Steering and leading him with her body and voice, Schueler maintained Vibe's trust and quickly became his eyes.

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