Rescue horses become best friends

A horse living at Redwings headquarters in Hapton, Norfolk has come to the rescue of another horse who was grieving the loss of his long-term companion. 

Wood Green Field Animal Rehomers Sarah Spolton and Emily Price with Bilbo and Fleetwood (Pic: Redwings)

Wood Green Field Animal Rehomers Sarah Spolton and Emily Price with Bilbo and Fleetwood (Pic: Redwings)

Fleetwood, a five-year old black cob, was chosen by Redwings as a new friend for Bilbo, a horse based at Wood Green, The Animal Charity at their Godmanchester site.  Bilbo had been grieving ever since his best friend of 10 years, Cherokee, passed away. 

After being based at Redwings since 2012, Fleetwood arrived at Wood Green in November to meet Bilbo. The pair instantly struck up a close bond and Fleetwood will now join Bilbo to help Wood Green educate its visitors about horse welfare.

Rachel Angell, Redwings Operations and Rehoming Manager, said: “It can be incredibly heart-breaking for a horse when they lose a long-term companion so we were more than happy to help Wood Green find a new friend to lift Bilbo’s spirits. 

“With his fun and friendly character, Fleetwood deserved to find a loving new forever home and we’re thrilled that he has found that with Wood Green, especially as he and Bilbo will be teaming up to help spread the word about the importance of horse welfare, which is central to everything we do here at Redwings. We hope they’ll be really happy together and enjoy many new adventures!”

Charlotte Ford, Wood Green’s Section Manager for Field Rehoming, added: “After meeting Fleetwood I was amazed at how similar he looked to Bilbo – they look like twins! His demeanour and character is very similar to Bilbo too, and although Fleetwood is a lot younger, Bilbo is very much young at heart and needed someone to play with.

Bilbo and Fleetwood in the field (Pic: Redwings)

Bilbo and Fleetwood in the field (Pic: Redwings)

“Seeing Bilbo’s face when Fleetwood turned up was priceless and I can happily say that they have bonded very quickly. Bilbo’s spirit has lifted and Fleetwood has been very accepting of his new home and family. Thank you so much Redwings!”

Redwings currently has 500 rescue horses living in Guardian homes across the country with many going on to successfully enjoy all kinds of disciplines from cross country to showing, as well as serve as treasured companions to other horses. 

For more information about the Redwings Rehoming Scheme, how to apply and details on the latest horses looking for a new Guardian home, visit

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