Pony trots in to nursing home to celebrate Chinese year of the horse

Iffley resident Winifred Cooke, 87, makes friends with Sweetie the minature Shetland pony watched by Hollie Ireland from Farms 2 Ewe. Picture: OX4906 Mark Hemsworth

Iffley resident Winifred Cooke, 87, makes friends with Sweetie the minature Shetland pony watched by Hollie Ireland from Farms 2 Ewe. Picture: OX4906 Mark Hemsworth Buy this photo

First published in News

CHINESE New Year was celebrated all across Oxford, but the residents of the Iffley Residential and Nursing Home had a special guest for their party.

To celebrate the year of the horse, miniature Shetland pony Sweetie visited residents in Anne Greenwood Close on Friday.

Sweetie, who stands a tiny two and a half feet tall, is a regular visitor to care homes and schools. Resident Winifred Cooke, 87, said: “How lovely to see the pony.

“It was such a nice change to see a pony close up.

“I love animals and I hope she will come and visit us again.”

The care home’s manager Pam Harper said: “Our residents were all so excited to be celebrating Chinese New Year with the arrival of such a special visitor. Sweetie was a huge hit.”

The four-year-old chestnut-coloured pony belongs to mobile farm Farms2ewe.

Farm manager Hollie Ireland said: “Sweetie, like her name, is very sweet – and occasionally cheeky in nature.

“Her favourite foods are carrots and sugar cubes.”

Related links

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree