Therapy ponies nuzzle up

Wilson and Edwardo bring delight to care home residents

Residents at Crookston Care Home in Tranent were delighted to meet Wilson and Edwardo, two of Therapy Ponies Scotland’s 14 specially trained therapy ponies.

These two miniature Shetland ponies offer therapeutic benefits to those with poor mobility or co-ordination, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties or dementia and encourage people to reminisce.

Pauline Skead, Manager at Crookston Care Home said: “These lovely little ponies made the residents smile and reminisce. The visit allowed many of them to talk about their past, as many of our residents remember working with horses when they were young.

“One person recollected his father going to war with horses but unfortunately not returning. You would think this would have been a sad recollection when in fact it had a positive effect on him and obviously unlocked happy memories from a time gone by.”