A group of care home residents, staff and family members recently got to meet some friendly ponies and enjoy homemade cakes. 

Milford House Care Home in Salisbury enjoyed a great afternoon at the Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Pembroke Centre in Wilton.

They got to see all the facilities, meet the super-friendly ponies and enjoy a fabulous tea with homemade cakes all hosted by the volunteers at the centre. 

Residents loved petting, grooming and feeding the ponies as well as getting a tour of the tack rooms and other facilities. 

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For some residents, the trip triggered memories. One of the residents had previously volunteered at the stables for around 16 years and reunited with a former colleague. 

Others had worked with horses during their careers or been involved with them at various times in their lives.

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Gemma Hicks, general manager at Milford House, said: “The residents had such a great afternoon and to see the interaction between them and the gentle ponies is very special and for many of our residents the visit brought back some very special memories. 

"This is such a great initiative put on by the centre and we are taking another group along later in the summer. 

"On behalf of our residents I would like to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone who made the visit possible – you made this a very special and unforgettable afternoon.”