Christmas ‘kicked off’ early at Pelsall care home, a West Midlands care home for older people living with dementia and physical disabilities, were resident enjoyed a pre-Christmas visit from a very special ‘four-legged’ guest called Rupert.
Rupert the horse trotted into the living room of Pelsall Hall, a care home based in the West Midlands, to help bring the festive cheer to the residents with many ‘party tricks’ he learned over the years including playing football with care home residents.
The 16-year-old rescued horse is part of the Equine Interactive team at Be-Equine, which is based in Shropshire and run by Elaine Whalley. Animal therapy has been acknowledged to have a positive effect on people and the elderly can benefit from the feelings of calm and relaxation that animals can bring.
Resident Iris Ordidge said “Rupert was so gentle and stood with his eyes closed while I combed him. I couldn’t believe it when he walked into the lounge, his kicking skills were better than some who play for England!” commented resident Bill Hill.