A 92-year-old care home resident has had her wish to ride a horse for the first time fulfilled.
Staff at Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court in Stistead, Essex, arranged for Dot Bayley to visit nearby Rayne Riding Centre where her wish was granted with a ride on pony TJ.
The home’s activities co-ordinator Dani Lane said Dot first told staff about her desire to ride after the residents had been visited by some therapy ponies.
“We had ponies come into the home and the residents were able to meet them and stroke them,” Dani explained. “Later, when we were going round asking residents if there were any activities they would like to try, Dot surprised us all by saying she wanted to ride. I asked my manager if it was possible and she said it was something we could do.”
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Article written by: Sarah Radford