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Miniature Shetland pony visits residents at Downham Market’s Diamond House care home





A miniature pony brought joy to residents at a Downham care home when she paid a visit recently.

Daisy, the miniature Shetland pony, saw residents in communal areas of Diamond House before heading upstairs to enjoy some strokes and carrots from those who are less mobile.

Residents had the chance to pet and feed Daisy treats, as well as ask her handler plenty of questions about her diet and care.

Daisy the miniature Shetland pony at Downham Market’s Diamond House care home
Daisy the miniature Shetland pony at Downham Market’s Diamond House care home

Daisy was accompanied by her handlers from Miniature Dreams – which provides animal therapy sessions to care services.

Interaction with animals has long been recognised for its therapeutic benefits, especially for older people. Such interactions can lead to the release of endorphins, commonly referred to as the 'happy hormone'.

Being near animals can also stimulate all five senses, fostering a holistic sense of well-being.

Daisy the miniature Shetland pony at Downham Market’s Diamond House care home
Daisy the miniature Shetland pony at Downham Market’s Diamond House care home

Animals also hold the potential to evoke cherished memories. For many people, the sight, touch, or sound of an animal can serve as a poignant reminder of past experiences, igniting conversations and shared stories.

Pam Haylett, a resident at Diamond House, said: "It's wonderful to have Daisy visit us. She is so cute and lovely. Very gentle.

“I always loved riding and caring for horses when I was younger, and it’s amazing to be able to spend some time with one again."

Allison Webster, Diamond House care home activities coordinator, said: "All of our residents have had a wonderful day with Daisy. She’s really put a smile on everyone’s face.

Daisy the miniature Shetland pony at Downham Market’s Diamond House care home
Daisy the miniature Shetland pony at Downham Market’s Diamond House care home

“We try to have really diverse and engaging experiences for our residents, and do lots of different things like entertainers, visits out into the community, sitting exercises, and arts and crafts.

“Our aim is to bring new experiences and something out of the ordinary that our residents will enjoy and will enhance their quality of life. I think a visit from a mini pony absolutely meets those criteria.

“Daisy is well-trained and has a calm temperament, she’s an ideal visitor for our residents. I’m sure she will be back soon.”

Reporting by Toma Toricina



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