Therapy ponies bring joy to pupils with special needs and disabilities

sensory pony

Pupils at Kingfisher Primary in Oldham, Springwood Primary in Swinton and Inscape House in Cheadle were thrilled to receive a visit from two sensory ponies after winning Vision for Education Manchester SEND team’s creative competition.

Pupils at the SEND schools were excited to meet Poppy and Poppet and get the chance to stroke and groom the ponies, hold their reigns and walk them around the yard.

The KL Pony Therapy ponies, who are a mother and daughter duo, are specially trained to support individuals with special needs and disabilities and are used to working in schools.

The sensory pony competition is just one of a number of ways that Vision for Education give back to schools, to help enhance pupils’ learning environment and experiences.

Gary Thorman, Manchester SEND Branch Manager, said: “We were overwhelmed by the amazing entries we received. It was impossible for us to select one winner!

“It was great to see the big smiles on the pupils’ faces when they got to meet the ponies. We’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who took part in the competition and Katy and Vicky at KL Pony Therapy for helping us make this competition one of our best yet!”