At first glance, Daisy and Angel seem like your average horses. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa has put them up for adoption, and they seem like good buddies. But the truth is, Daisy and Angel are actually a very special pair of horses.
That's because Daisy is blind. She relies on Angel to be her eyes, and Angel helps to guide Daisy around the pasture and keep her oriented. Angel allows Daisy to follow her around carefully, and doesn't protest if Daisy accidentally bumps into her. Angel will even whinny for Daisy if they get separated - it seems that Angel knows she needs to look out for her friend.
According to BlindHorses.org, blind horses can absolutely enjoy quality lives. A blind horse's ability to live life to the fullest will partially depend on the special care that you can provide, but many blind horses get around far more easily than you would imagine.
BlindHorses.org recommends that blind horses not be turned out in larger herds, since a fully sighted horse can quickly become a bully. However, turning a blind horse out with a single quiet pasture buddy, such as in the case of Daisy and Angel, can provide the blind horse with companionship. The "seeing eye horse" can help the blind horse to safely navigate the pasture and to feel more secure.
The site also notes that blind horses can bond incredibly strongly to their pasture buddies. Their herd instinct and desire to stay with their buddy is exaggerated, and you may find that the pair starts to exhibit herd bound behavior if you try to separate them. It's important to take this into account when you're planning to ride the blind horse's buddy or if you need to take one of the horses to the vet, a show, or to another area where they have to be separated.
With good care and safe facilities, blind horses can have comfortable, quality lives. If you're planning to adopt a blind horse, then do some research and familiarize yourself with the many ways that you can make life safer and easier for the horse. Your next best friend may be lacking his sight, but that isn't necessarily a reason not to adopt him.