26 Dec Miniature horse delivers smiles to patients at Southend Hospital
Dogs and even cats have been known to deliver smiles and therapy to patients at Southend Hospital but, for the very first time, the hospital has welcomed a miniature horse.
Standing just 28 inches (or seven hands high) Applause, a tiny white American miniature horse aged14,trotted to Windsor and Princess Anne wards at Southend Hospital.
Elderly patients from both wards took the opportunity to meet and stroke Applause as he greeted them in day rooms and by their beds on side wards. Thrilled to meet the equine visitor it evoked memories of miniature horses at the fair for one, whilst another was overcome with emotion at how lovely this unique experience had been.
No stranger to the limelight Applause has also appeared in Prima magazine and alongside that other white haired star, Phillip Schofield on This Morning.