Pony Power! Residents at Care Home are Visited by Rescue Ponies

Longueville Court Care Home was full of animal mischief on Friday 26th August, 2022 when a pair of Shetland ponies came to visit the home. Lindsey and her team from ‘Pixie & Pickles Adventures’ brought two of their rescue Shetland ponies; ‘Charlie & Pickles’ to meet our residents. These two beautiful therapy ponies were an absolute delight, allowing us all to give them both lots of cuddles; they even came into the residents’ bedrooms!

Knowing the positive power animals can have on peoples’ wellbeing, our Head of Activities; Michaella reached out to the local Facebook group ‘Horsepoo – Cambridgeshire’ to ask if anyone would like to bring their horse or pony to visit our residents. Amazingly we had numerous offers and have had a regular hack of equestrian visitors ever since. Our residents absolutely adore their new four-legged friends roaming the grounds, and trotting through the home.

Not only did we have the ponies come to visit us, but we also had a guest from BBC’s ‘Look East’ reporter; Katherine who recorded their visit to showcase our unusual activities, and wanted to learn more about the benefits of therapy ponies on our residents.

We all look forward to seeing the interview aired in the coming weeks!

General Manager Constantin Ulian said:
“Our residents have really enjoyed their visitors today. We knew that having the ponies here would be a bit of fun for all, and the BBC Look East recording was a bonus. We are always looking for new activities for the residents and today we have seen the enjoyment and therapeutic influence animals can have on people. We highly recommend the positive effects of ‘Pony Power!’”

 

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