A blind woman helped for years by her mini guide horse is now returning the favour by nursing the sick animal back to health.

Retired teacher Ann Edie and her husband drained their retirement nest egg to get the hip-high horse named Panda a life-saving operation after she suffered a serious intestinal blockage.

Horse lovers who follow a blog about Panda’s training have also been donating money to help Panda.

Now, Edie and her fuzzy black-and-white companion are back on the streets of their Albany, New York, suburb as Panda trots down the road to recovery.

Edie got Panda from a breeder in 2001. A trainer taught her such tasks as fetching house keys and walking safely along busy streets.