A THERAPY pony has been helping residents at a Ludlow care home.

The therapy pony went around to everyone’s room at Hagley Place saying hello!

Also included were pony rides as part of a special day along with a knit and natter, and a sing along.

“To see a pony in my room was amazing, it was a dream come true,” said Julie Raye, one of the residents.

“I love animals and in particular donkeys and ponies are my favourite. It really made my day.”

Claire Harris, General Manager at the home, said the visit by the therapy pony was all part of working with the community.

“The power of animals is a proven therapy tool with not just the elderly but with all generations and we are delighted to be able to bring animals in to the home to give people their wish,” said Michelle Jones, head of activities at Hagley Place.

Animals are often used as part of the caring process in places such as care homes.

They have been shown to help people to engage with the outside community and to build up their confidence.

Bringing animals into a caring environment can also provide a point of interest and encourage people to get to know each other and to share experiences of pets and other animals in their lives.

Some people also believe that the simple process of stroking an animal can have direct benefits such as reducing stress and lowering blood pressure.

Visits are also made to places such as animal centres and farms.