VIDEO: Ponies trot into Hartlepool care home

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THESE four-legged friends were the mane attraction when they visited the residents at a town care home.

It wasn’t a typical morning for the residents at Manor Park Care Home, in Hartlepool.

They were joined by the ponies from K&L Pony Therapy - a visit designed to bring a smile to the faces of the care home’s residents and to help them relax. And they “absolutely loved it”.

The activity was organised to mark the start of national Dementia Awareness Week, which ran throughout last week. K&L Pony Therapy, based in Darlington, visits various care homes in the region as the founder Katy Smith believes the positive reactions the animals bring helps elderly residents who suffer from depression, anxiety, learning difficulties and dementia.

Jamie Burnett, personal activities leader at the care home, in Greenock Road, said: “You can see from the photographs just how much our residents enjoyed having the ponies at the care home.

“The idea of having the ponies here was to make our residents smile, to lighten their mood and it did exactly that.

“For those suffering with dementia, being in a good mood can really help. It’s definitely something we will do again here in the future.”




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