Mr Cheddar, the Miniature Shetland pony, visits residents
Last week, Hamble Heights invited Pony Pals, the miniature Shetland ‘therapy pony’ company, to bring Mr Cheddar to visit its residents and provide an opportunity to interact and pet the pint-sized pony.
Pony Pals provide therapeutic sessions with the residents and help to unlock memories for those living with dementia. Trotting along to Hamble Heights for the first time, Mr Cheddar and his owners spent quality time with residents in the lounge and even offered ‘room service’ to those who were unable to make it to the lounge! Delighting residents and staff alike, this special visit was deemed a fantastic success and it is hoped that Mr Cheddar shall become a regular guest to Hamble Heights.
Pony Pals has been providing its pony petting services to care homes for 5 years. Home Manager, Rosemarie Kuah said, “It was wonderful to see residents visibly light up when Mr Cheddar entered. It has made a real difference to their day and seeing them smile and interact with the pony has been truly heart-warming.”