A BISHOPTON care home was paid a visit by two adorable Shetland ponies thanks to Therapy Ponies Scotland.

Residents at Ailsa Lodge Care Home were delighted to meet Apple Jack and Flicker, two specially trained therapy ponies, who were welcomed into the home and were a huge hit for both residents and staff alike.

And they didn’t miss a chance to give their tiny new friends some love and affection, with plenty of cuddles and pats.

The two mini ponies are owned by Elaine and John Sangster, and are of 14 therapy ponies from Therapy Ponies Scotland.

These intuitive and loving animals offer therapeutic benefits to those with poor mobility or co-ordination, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties or dementia.

Due to the kind nature of the ponies, residents were able to stroke and touch the animals, stimulating a positive social response.

Ailsa Lodge Care Home manager Karen McClive said: "We had a fabulous day being entertained by Apple Jack and Flicker, two miniature Shetland ponies from Therapy Ponies Scotland.

"We had a full lounge of families, friends and staff - it was an incredible turnout to see the ponies.

Highland dancer Chelsie Cross was also there to entertain guests.

The elderly home care service Bright Care also brought some of their clients to see the ponies too.

Karen added: "Flicker and Apple Jack had lots of cuddles and we even had our own jockey.

"Our chef Mark made homemade scones with cream and jam for afters.

"It was a great afternoon had by all."