Residents at Ferrars Hall Care Home in Huntingdon had a very special visit from two miniature ponies, Tinkerbella and Trinity, from Keysoe Cuddle Therapy Ponies. The ponies provide therapeutic visits for people of all ages in a variety of different settings such as care homes, hospitals, and schools. This visit was specifically arranged for Ann, who told staff that her wish was to meet some horses.
Senior Customer Relations Manager Katie Peters commented ‘Ann and other residents enjoyed the experience of meeting the wonderful horses. Ann loves animals and was amazed that the ponies had taken the lift to see her in our home.’ Home Manager Susan Dunnell also said ‘Keysoe Cuddle Therapy Ponies were excellent at accommodating all our lovely residents and they made sure no one missed out on their visit to Ferrars Hall.’
Animal-assisted equine therapy is a well-established therapeutic practice, which can be traced back to Ancient Greek times. The gentle and calm nature of horses, allows them to be ideal partners to help children and adults better deal with mental, emotional, and even physical health issues. Evidence suggests that people living with dementia can benefit from animal-assisted therapies.
Activity Coordinator Pat commented ‘Our residents thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the miniature ponies’ visit. Especially Freda and Jim, who were delighted to see the ponies in their room. It was great to see them interacting with the animals and feeling positive and warm.’
Senior Customer Relations Manager Katie Peters said that the horses were very gentle and allowed the residents to stroke them and make a fuss of them. She also commented that it wasn’t every day that you see ponies inside or taking the lift!
Home Manager Susan Dunnell said: ‘We aim to fulfil as many of our residents’ wishes as possible to create lasting memories for them and their loved ones to cherish. We always strive to provide our residents with the best experience in their next chapter in life with us here at Ferrars Hall Care Home.