The tenants of Eildon Housing’s Riverside House development in Peebles were visited by some unusual and extra-special guests this week – two miniature Shetland ponies called Wilson and Eduardo from Therapy Ponies Scotland.

The ponies, accompanied by their owners John and Elaine Sangster, had travelled all the way to Peebles from West Lothian.

Elaine said: “Our miniature ponies offer great therapeutic benefits to people of all ages, especially for those with poor mobility, or co-ordination, partially sighted or suffering from depression, anxiety or have learning disabilities. They are intuitive animals who respond to the emotions of people around them. The opportunity to touch, or stroke or just be in their presence can evoke a truly positive response.”

This was certainly the case at Riverside House as many of the tenants have a great love of animals and were delighted to cuddle and stroke the ponies, and their visit prompted lots of memories and discussion.

One tenant, Barbara Graham, said: “Many years ago, I was a judge of long-haired cats when I lived in Zimbabwe but I love all kinds of animals. When I was living in Africa I owned a variety of pets including cats, rabbits, fowl and even a monkey called Pepo which I inherited from a friend!”


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