Residents of Downham Market’s Diamond House care home welcomed an adorable visitor.

Daisy, a miniature Shetland pony, brought joy and smiles to residents as she trotted through the halls of the care home.

Daisy’s handlers, from the company called Miniature Dreams, specialise in providing pet therapy services for care facilities.

Past therapy visitors have ranged from insects to lizards and rabbits, but never a pony.

Eastern Daily Press: Daisy is said to have a calm and friendly temperament Daisy is said to have a calm and friendly temperament (Image: Sauvage Photography)


Daisy was able to visit less mobile residents upstairs for some attention and carrots after spending time in communal areas with other residents.

Interaction with animals is known for its therapeutic benefits, particularly for older individuals.

The multisensory experience of feeling an animal, hearing its soothing noises, and even smelling it, can stimulate all the human senses, contributing to overall wellness.

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These interactions can also trigger cherished memories.

Pam Haylett, a resident at Diamond House, said: "It's wonderful to have Daisy visit us.

"She is so cute and lovely.

Eastern Daily Press: Residents enjoyed the multi-sensory experience of meeting Daisy Residents enjoyed the multi-sensory experience of meeting Daisy (Image: Sauvage Photography)


"I always loved riding and caring for horses when I was younger, and it’s amazing to be able to spend some time with one again."

Allison Webster, Diamond House care home activities coordinator, said: "All of our residents have had a wonderful day with Daisy. She’s really put a smile on everyone’s face.

“We try to have really diverse and engaging experiences for our residents, and do lots of different things like entertainers, visits out into the community, sitting exercises, and arts and crafts.

"Our aim is to bring new experiences and something out of the ordinary that our residents will enjoy and will enhance their quality of life.

"I think a visit from a mini pony absolutely meets those criteria!

“Daisy is well-trained and has a calm temperament, she’s an ideal visitor for our residents. I’m sure she will be back soon.”