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Mercedes Schueler tends to Positive Vibes, her 23-year-old Arabian show horse. Vibes suffered an eye injury 10 years ago and completely lost his sight in May, by that hasn't kept Schueler from the show arena. The 10-year-old girl from Willmar has learned to communicate with Vibes by steering and leading him with her body and voice. Tribune photos by Ron Adams

Patience and compassion has enable 10-year-old Willmar, Minn., girl to keep her blind Arabian horse in competitions


WILLMAR -- 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.

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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