Therapy horse delights residents of Grantham care home
Residents at a care home in Grantham were surprised when a miniature horse trotted in to greet them.
Alfie the therapy horse visited Newton House Care Home last week to provide comfort and joy to the elderly residents.
The miniature horse, from family-run business ‘Alfie The Therapy Horse’, based in Leicestershire, did the rounds with his owner Sarah.
Pupils from Poplar Farm Primary School, in Grantham, were also at the home to meet Alfie. It was the second time the children had visited residents at the care home as part of a series of visits to bring different generations together.
Alfie delighted both young and old by showing off a variety of tricks including waving and spinning around, and even nodded and shook his head to answer questions.
As Alfie trotted off to meet other residents around the care home, the Reception and Year 1 pupils sat down for a biscuit and some juice before playing a game of animal bingo with the residents.
Activities co-ordinator Jodie Stafford helped to organise the visit.
She said: “They were so shocked to see Alfie arrive around the home and in their bedrooms. One lady said it was simply amazing.
“Alfie is able to touch lives in a way that we as people cannot, by simply being there. His visits provide physical, mental and emotional healing.
“They can soothe the emotionally distressed, relieve physical pain, reduce heart rate and blood pressure and also help in the development of motor skills. Their personalities are such that they are kind and gentle.”
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