They’re not a one trip pony!

Whittington House in Cheltenham welcomed the return of the Lollipop Ponies. They are gorgeous Shetland Ponies, who are friendly, well trained and even travel in the lift.

For this visit we were introduced to Elsa, who is 17 years old and has recently been rescued and has just joined the “Lollipop family”. Elsa is still learning and is a little frightened of the lift, so she visited the residents on the ground floor, going room to room. She proved to be very popular and was thoroughly spoilt, with cuddles and plenty of treats, which the chef provided.

Our other visiting pony Lollipop did not miss out on this fuss; she visited the other two floors and enjoyed a large group session. Having the ponies in the home brought a lot of joy to the residents, their families and the staff.

Animal Therapy activities are beneficial to the residents as it is good for reminiscence and it also stimulates the brain as well as giving them a sense of well-being.

Whittington House Nursing Home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire is a modern, purpose-built home and provides residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 66 people.

If you would like to find out more about life at Whittington House, or would like to speak to a member of our team, please contact us on 0808 223 5396 or

Whittington House Nursing Home

Home Manager

Lyndsey Dixon


58 Whittington Road,
GL51 6BL

0808 223 5396
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