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08:35  20 april  2019
08:35  20 april  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The UK ' s first guide horse is almost ready to start his first job in London where he will help a partially-sighted woman who lives and works in the city. Digby the miniature horse was allowed on to the Tyne and Wear Metro system in Newcastle, giving him the chance to experience the sights and sounds of

The UK ' s first guide horse was introduced to the sights, sounds and smells of a bustling railway carriage as he took a ride on a train. Digby, a two year old guide horse in training, stepped off the platform and joined commuters on Newcastle city centre's Metro system in preparation for life in the

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The UK's first guide horse is almost ready to start his first job in London where he will help a partially-sighted woman who lives and works in the city.

Digby the miniature horse was allowed on to the Tyne and Wear Metro system in Newcastle, giving him the chance to experience the sights and sounds of trains, stations, ticket gates and lifts.

Digby's training was carefully co-ordinated by Metro staff, he wore a harness, his "thunderpants" in case of accidents and booties to protect his hooves.

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UK's first guide horse prepares for job by taking the Metro © PA Digby, Britain's first ever guide horse, during a special training day on Tyne and Wear Metro When the 20-month-old's training is finished he will be given to Helena Hird.

Ms Hird wanted a horse to help her with a genetic sight condition, rather than a guide dog, because horses live for as long as 45 years.

UK's first guide horse prepares for job by taking the Metro © PA Digby will be given to a partially-sighted woman Digby is being trained by Katy Smith, who runs KL Pony Therapy in North Yorkshire.

She said: "I wanted him to experience being in bustling underground stations and get him used to that rush of cold air when trains approach.

"Digby certainly caught a few of the Metro passengers by surprise on the journey, but he always gets a great response from people wherever he goes.

"He's such a lovely little horse.

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UK's first guide horse prepares for job by taking the Metro © PA Digby has been getting used to the sights and sounds of trains "When I first got him I knew that he had something special and that he had what it took to be a guide horse.

"He's brilliant at following all of the commands, just like a guide dog can.

"He has the intelligence, the ability, and the personality."

Metro services director Chris Carson said: "We were thrilled to help out Digby the guide horse with his training.

"We've loved being involved in such a wonderful and heart-warming story, and our customers have loved it too.

"We do a lot of guide dog training on Metro, but a guide horse isn't a sight that we've ever seen. It's brightened up everyone's day.

"Digby took all the sights and sounds of the Metro system in his stride. I hope that the training has been of great benefit to Digby and his owner ahead of his big move to London."

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