Balhousie Dalnaglar welcomed Therapy Ponies Scotland.

Balhousie Dalnaglar welcomed some unusual visitors to spread cheer to the residents: two ponies!

The team from Therapy Ponies Scotland paid a visit to the Crieff home, and brought two four-legged friends with them.

The animals went down a treat with the residents, who loved petting them and finding out about them.

All residents who wanted to see the ponies were able to do so, including those who were not able to get down to the activities room for the visit.

Julie Davies, Activities Coordinator, said: “We had a fabulous day with Therapy Ponies Scotland, who spent the morning with us.

“The residents loved having them to visit and really enjoyed spending time with the ponies.

“We are so grateful to John and Elaine for going the extra mile.”

Multiple studies have shown that interacting with animals can improve moods and reduce the risk of developing depression, decreasing feelings of anxiety.

It triggers the release of endorphins, a neurotransmitter which gives a calming effect and boosts the level of serotonin – a chemical linked with happiness and wellbeing.