Residents at a leading group of Devon care homes have been enjoying some equine therapy.
Margot Whittaker, the Director of Nursing at the Southern Healthcare group, runs a miniature horse stud and has been taking some of the cute creatures on tour – starting with the Old Rectory in Exeter.
She said: “It was the first visit to that home, but I have taken them to Sefton Hall in Dawlish, before. We went into the garden, and then walked around the ground floor, visiting people who wanted us to go in. The horses were amazingly good, and the weather was on our side. They managed to walk over slippery floors, decking, grass and carpet, no problem! The residents seemed to love to see them, as well as the team. We were only there for around an hour and a half, then brought them home again. Carrots were aplenty, so they had a great time! “.
Margot added: “I have bred red miniature horses for the around 7 years. They have also been very successfully shown to a high standard, but now will be retired so that I can do more of this sort of thing, all being well. I have a fully adapted van for them, with my logo and pictures of the horses on the side, so people know we are coming!
Home Administrator Rachel Fullard-Bell said: “It was wonderful to see the miniature horses in the home. They are such pretty creatures and the residents immediately responded to their gentle presence.”