After hearing about the very successful visit to Eildon’s Riverside House last year, the ‘Friends of Dovecot ‘ volunteers decided to pull out all the stops by organising an extra special visit for the tenants at Dovecot Court, Peebles.
Two Shetland ponies, Edwardo and Wilson from ‘Therapy Ponies Scotland’ (accompanied by their owners Elaine and John Sangster) had travelled all the way from West Lothian to pay an eagerly awaited visit.
Bunty Brodie, Chairperson for the ‘Friends of Dovecot’ group said, “Just by seeing the smiles on everybody’s faces today shows how valuable this visit has been. The gentle calming nature of the ponies is infectious. At Dovecot Court many of the tenants have a great love of animals and were delighted to be able to cuddle and stroke the ponies, and their visit prompted lots of memories and discussion.”
Elaine Sangster explained “Our miniature ponies offer great therapeutic benefits to people of all ages, especially for those with poor mobility, or co-ordination, partially sighted or suffering from depression, anxiety or have learning disabilities. They are intuitive animals who respond to the emotions of people around them. The opportunity to touch, or stroke or just be in their presence can evoke a truly positive response.”
There was even the double bonus of meeting Elaine and John’s two other pets who joined in later – their Newfoundland dogs called Arthur and Winston who were almost the same size as the ponies and proved to be just as popular!