A small group of American Miniature Horses are bringing smiles to disabled children and the elderly in the North East of England.

After a quick roll around in the field every morning, Mr.P, Wish and Monet set off to work visiting nursing homes and disabled children.

Lean on me: Monet makes a new friend in a care home

Lean on me: Monet makes a new friend in a care home

Their owner Katy Smith believes that the ponies, which are roughly the same size as a golden retriever, are a great form of therapy.

Chatterbox: Mr P has a conversation with Max

Chatterbox: Mr P has a conversation with Max

“The horses evoke emotions and help people that are normally very withdrawn and find it difficult to communicate with people,” Katy told H&H.

Pukka up: Annie is regularly visited by the ponies

Kiss me quick: Annie is regularly visited by the ponies

“I have had patients that won’t talk to people either having a silent conversation or talking away to these little horses.”

No one misses out on visits from the ponies as they do bedroom visits and even take the lift see patients.

House trained: Monet helps out in the kitchen

House trained: Monet helps out in the kitchen

In his spare time Mr.P is also a successful show pony and has qualified for the Horse of the Year Show (9-13 October)

The ponies have also been nominated for the Animal Hero Awards.

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