SOME unusual guests paid a visit to residents and staff at a Corbridge nursing home.

Therapy ponies Poppet and Taz, famous for being some of the first “guide horses” trained to help the partially sighted, trotted into Charlotte Straker House to interact with residents.

The miniature horses, from KL Pony Therapy, make visits to hospitals and care homes across the region.

Registered manager Marilyn Hunter said: “Our residents love patting and stroking the tiny ponies, and Katy, their handler, took them up in our lift and made sure that the ponies saw every resident, even those who preferred to stay in their own bedrooms.

“We adore seeing the tiny horses, and we can’t wait for the next visit – thank you to Katy for taking the time to allow all our residents to stroke and talk to her ponies.”