Nine-year-old Daisy Pritchard looks great in the saddle after a bracing trot in the winter sunshine, but after she suffered a stroke during a heart operation at 21 months, doctors warned Daisy would never walk or talk again. Alison Smith-squire at the Daily Mail tells us how a remarkable pony called Dollar is helping her make an extraordinary recovery.
It began when Dollar, who belongs to her mother, sauntered over to the little girl, who was in her wheelchair on a trip to the stables when she was nearly three.
Daisy’s mother Eileen, 44, said: ‘There was a flicker of recognition between the two of them. Then Daisy turned her head towards his and Dollar put his ears back as if to say, “I’m here”.
Daisy’s mother Eileen took her daughter when she was still in her wheelchair to the stables with her and that’s when she struck up a bond with the horse
‘It was the first time since the stroke Daisy had moved her head and in that moment I saw a spark of the child I’d lost.’
After eight months Mrs Pritchard began holding Daisy up on Dollar’s saddle as she’d sometimes done on visits to the stable before she became ill.