Residents at a specialist dementia care home in Oxfordshire were treated to a Downton Abbey style horse and carriage ride around Bampton village.
Two black Fresian horses led Rosebank Care Home residents on a scenic tour around the charming village where popular TV show, Downton Abbey, was filmed, taking in sights such as St Mary’s Church.
The idea for the horse and carriage came after a Rosebank resident expressed an interest in visiting horses, having been a keen rider during her younger years. After forging links with a local riding school, the resident now takes weekly trips to the school to groom a horse called ‘Roo’ and her confidence levels have increased significantly.
Mandie Acock and Gemma Foster, lifestyle support co-ordinators at Rosebank Care Home, added: “One of our residents loves horses and has really come out of her shell since taking trips to a local riding school. We decided to give all of our residents the opportunity to get up close to the beautiful animals and when they did their faces absolutely lit up. We had a fantastic day and one that we’ll remember for a long time.”
Rosebank care home owner, Jane Roberts, commented: “We’re delighted that we could give our residents such a wonderful experience within the community. A huge thank you to Kevin Merry Horse Drawn Carriages for allowing this to happen.”
Studies have found animals to be therapeutic and many have shown that interaction with our furry friends improves social interaction and communication and has many benefits for health.