A SPECIAL visit from Shire horses lifted the spirits of residents at a care home in Colchester.
Alderwood Care Home, which is in Essex Hall Road, introduced Cerys and Belle to residents last week.
This has allowed many nursing home residents to relive some very fond memories of yesteryear, Frances Bates, 79, having had a long association with horses throughout her life.
Ms Bates started riding when she was 12 and later owned horses herself.
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Even now, she still enjoys talking to caregivers about the riding lessons she received as a child, and she was understandably delighted to interact with the Shire horses in the care home garden.
She said, “I [used to volunteer] with Riding for the Disabled – I would ride the horses for people with learning disabilities and other disabilities.
“Horses are so therapeutic – they really help people, both physically and mentally.
“Seeing the horses here was wonderful and brings back memories.”
Alderwood Care Home manager Nikki Leaney added: “I think everyone will be talking about her visit for a long time.”
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