Horse play at home

Blondie meets residents and their relatives at Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington.
Blondie meets residents and their relatives at Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington.

There’s been plenty of horsing around at a Cramlington care home as part of a unique therapy scheme.

Residents of Northlea Court Care Home, at the Brockwell Centre, were delighted to receive a visit from miniature pony Blondie, courtesy of K&L Pony Therapy.

The little horse was stroked and petted as she met residents and their relatives in the lounge.

But those who are confined to bed, or prefer to stay in their rooms, did not miss out as Blondie also made her way through the home, going room to room to meet people by their bedside.

The scheme aims to provide therapy and stimulation, as well as evoke memories of times gone by as residents, relatives and staff interact with the pony.

Home administrator Yvonne Pearson said: “It is a delight to witness the smiles and emotions such visits induce.”

It was a return visit to the care home for K&L Pony Therapy, which is based in Darlington, County Durham.