Shetland ponies entertain residents

Residents were delighted when Shetland pony duo Lollipop and Tinkerbell trotted in for an afternoon visit .

The two ponies were introduced to residents across the Home who were invited to stroke them – and they proved a huge hit with everyone, residents and staff alike.

“Lollipop and Tinkerbell were really gentle and being Shetland ponies were at a perfect height for residents to stroke them,” said Fiona Glover, who organised the visit.

“Our residents thoroughly enjoyed meeting them – they find stroking animals both stimulating and calming, and it is something we encourage when animals and other creatures are brought in.

“This was the first visit from Lollipop and Tinkerbell but hopefully not the last!”

We caught up with Petay Wheeler and her daughter Jamie from Lollipop Pony Parties.

“The ponies always get a really good response when we visit care homes,” said Petay. “Residents seem to be able to communicate with them just by stroking them, and that gives them a great deal of pleasure.”