There was plenty of horsing around at a Sanctuary Care home in Stourport-on-Severn, when a four-legged friend called Rupert trotted along for a visit.
Activities leader Carla Siwicki said the gentle horse, who has been specially trained by his owner Elaine Whalley of Be-Equine to visit care homes, was a huge hit with the residents.
“I arranged all the chairs in a large circle and he went around and let every resident stroke him,” she said. “He bent his head down to their cheeks so they could give him a kiss. Rupert was so gentle and our residents absolutely loved him. They said they wished he could come every day.”
One resident in particular who loved the visit was Farmer Jackson, who is 96 years old and was raised on his father’s farm.
Carla added: “Farmer literally followed Rupert wherever he went and it was wonderful to see the pleasure he got from being around him. It was lovely to hear him reminisce about when he looked after horses when he was younger.”
Fellow resident, 85-year-old Les Burford was also impressed with the four-legged visitor.
He said: “It was such a lovely surprise.”
Carla added: “Les has a very cheeky smile and it was wonderful to see him grinning from ear to ear when he saw Rupert.”