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Real Ability project empowers blind barrel racer Megan McLoughlin to tell story of disability, success

Megan McLoughlin is not guided by what she can see, but by what she can hear as she takes off in the saddle and charges towards her first barrel.

The legally blind barrel racer relies on the sounds of cowbells and whistles emitted by her friends placed near the barrels, which signify the required turning points in the speed sport.

Ms McLoughlin, who lost her eyesight at the age of 26 and now has just 7 per cent vision, is determined to continue competing in the sport she has loved since she was a child.

She uses echolocation to determine where to guide her trusty horse, Biscuit, in the arena.

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Article written by: Isabella Carbone

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