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No long faces when therapy ponies pay a visit

Solihull Editorial 12th Apr, 2024   0

THERE were no long faces when two ponies visited a mental health inpatient unit.

Lollipop and Moomin from Lollipop Pony Parties paid a visit to Reservoir Court, which is run by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) to help boost confidence and lower anxiety and stress levels.

Patients who are ordinarily reserved ventured outside to meet Lolly and Moomin to pet them, give them a few treats and have a walk around in the Spring sunshine.

The four-legged pair, owned by Lollipop Pony Parties are regular visitors to elderly patients across the West Midlands and they are hoping to make a return to BSMHFT later this year to meet more people.

Pony therapy, or equine-assisted therapy, can bring various benefits to people of all ages, including those with disabilities, illness, elderly people, and children.

Reservoir Court is an 18 bedded unit for those who have severe and enduring mental illnesses, often with co-morbidities, which require them to have a further period of stabilisation within an inpatient setting, to help them achieve their personal recovery goals, and re-integrate into the community.



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