Rest-home residents enjoy horsing around

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It is not often a pony is seen wandering through a rest-home, but that is what happened earlier this week.

Riding for Developing Abilities volunteers and three ponies, plus carts, turned up at Bupa Windsor Park Care Home on Monday, to the delight of residents.

Volunteers gave residents rides in the carts around the grounds of the rest-home.

One of the ponies also visited residents in the home.

The equine visitor was well mannered, although a deposit of manure was left in its wake.

Volunteer Matthew Lucassen said the rides day came about after a “great friend” of his, who is a rest-home resident and shares a love of horses, thought the chance to have a ride in a cart would bring joy to all residents.

Resident Dorothea Young was delighted to be taken for a ride around the complex in a cart pulled by Lily the pony.

She said it was the first time she had ridden in a cart and she was 91.

“It’s just absolutely gorgeous,” Mrs Young said.

“It made my day.”

Clippity-clop . . .Bupa Windsor Park Care Home resident Jean King takes control during a pony and cart outing on Monday. PHOTOS: MARGARET PHILLIPS

Fellow resident Jean King not only was delighted to be taken for an outing by horse and cart, she was keen to take the reins.

Bupa Windsor Park Care Home manager Michelle Christensen said the offering of rides in a cart was just fantastic.

“All the residents enjoyed it – everyone got involved,” she said.

Mrs Christensen said it was wonderful of the volunteers to give up their time and give joy to the residents.

The specially made cart that allowed wheelchairs to be wheeled on to it was excellent, as it allowed chair-bound people to take part, she said.