28/04/2014 07:06 BST | Updated 28/04/2014 07:59 BST

Woman Exercises Miniature Horse With Mobility Scooter (PICTURES)

A woman whose riding career was cut short by weight issues is continuing to exercise her horses – via the power of a mobility scooter.

Elizabeth Curran and her miniature horses Tinkerbell and Jezabell are a familiar sight on the streets of Wythenshawe.

While the former long-distance rider is no longer able to ride them or walk them, she is determined that they can still enjoy themselves.

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Clippety clop: Elizabeth Curran and her miniature horses are a familiar sight on the streets of Wythenshawe

The mother-of-two told the Manchester Evening News: “It might be unusual for a woman with a mobility scooter to walk a horse, but Tinkerbell is only tiny and I can’t ride her.

“I used to be able to ride but I can’t now. Tinkerbell and Jezabell like to go out and meet people so I thought ‘well, my scooter can be my legs’.

The horses have become so popular they are often photographed on their rounds and have began visiting care homes and charities.

And they’ve even doubled as donkeys in local nativity plays.

Curran added: “My animals give me a reason to get out of bed in the morning.”

Miniature horses typically grow to around 34 inches in height at the withers and can live up to 35 years.

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