An innovative drug and alcohol programme using horses is being trialled at a hospital in the Borders.
Patients learn how to communicate with the horses
Recovering addicts at the Castle Craig Hospital are taking part in treatment known as equine-assisted psychotherapy.
Patients are encouraged to carry out simple tasks, which require them to successfully communicate with a horse.
The programme is said to help drug addicts and alcoholics understand there are no instant solutions to their problems.
The horse work complements a 12-step recovery programme, based on total abstinence.
Hospital chairman Peter McCann claimed that while it was more expensive in the short term, the programme had a 50% success rate.