Little horse has a big impact at Ramsay

Edenfield Ramsay resident Emilia Cleland, miniature pony Misty and Equine Therapist Angela Stewart-Mair share a laugh and a cuddle.
Edenfield Ramsay resident Emilia Cleland, miniature pony Misty and Equine Therapist Angela Stewart-Mair share a laugh and a cuddle.

Misty is a mini horse, with a major impact.

This week she lifted the spirits of residents at Edenfield Family Care Ramsay.

Equine Therapist Angela Stewart-Mair said Misty has been trained to interact with people to assist in alleviating both mental and physical issues.

"I truly believe that animals can make a tremendous difference to a persons life with the likes of children and the elderly," she said,

"The touching and feeling makes a big difference. It brings back recognition, it bringing back memories ... it's bringing back the ability to stretch and move to pat her, so it alsp helps with mobility."

Ms Stewart-Mair has been using equine therapy to work with autism diagnosed children for close to 10-years.

She is a founding member of a riding disabled group in Scotland and upon moving to Australia two years ago, trained with Riding for the Disabled in Adelaide.

"It helps with issues like dementia and it helps halt things for a little while and bring back memories they had as a child or an adult," Ms Stewart-Mair said.

"It makes them feel comforted, better about themselves and they are just a fun little creature."

The residents aren't the only benefits of the day, Misty enjoyed plenty of pats and "sweeties" from the hands of many.

Ms Stewart-Mair has only been in Port Augusta for a 18 months, but is providing the nursing home service for just a small donation.

She also runs kid's parties and pony rides to help facilitate the needs of her animals.

"If you are taking something out of the community its nice to find a way to give something back," she said.

"When I see the reactions of the elderly people, I just think 'What else can you do', it's amazing."