HORSING AROUND: Akooramak residents have fun petting shetland pony Cheeky.
HORSING AROUND: Akooramak residents have fun petting shetland pony Cheeky. Tessa Flemming

Daughter's touching way of bringing special memories back

A DAUGHTER'S love led to Akooramak residents getting a call in from some rather unusual visitors on Thursday morning.

After Jennifer Perrin's mother, Nancy, suffered a stroke that left her in the care of the aged home, there was no way for her to continue seeing her granddaughter Sarah Millard perform in dressage.

Ms Perrin and Mrs Millard decided if they couldn't take Nancy to the horses, they would take the horses to Nancy.

"Until the stroke, she used to come to every performance,” Mrs Millard said.

"Nanna was my biggest fan.”

Mrs Millard's show filled out Akooramak's courtyard as residents got the chance relive their own farming and show days with horse, Hagar, and Shetland pony, Cheeky.

For Barb Woods, who was married to a seven times national rodeo champion and herself a junior showjumping winner, petting Hagar was something she never thought she'd get the chance to do again.

"I was married on the Saturday and at the rodeo by Wednesday,” Mrs Woods said.

"I spent so much of my life around horses and I never thought I'd get to touch one again.”

Ms Perrin said she noticed that those with dementia were pacified by the sight of the horses.

"There's a few residents who are very stressed, who are always moving,” she said.

"And today, it's amazing, they're actually sitting.”

While the home hopes to hold these events again in the future, for Ms Perrin, it was already a success in her books.

"I feel like crying,” she said.

"It's so beautiful that we were able to make mum happy.

" I would do anything for her.”



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