A youngster who suffered a severe wire injury and a tiny Shetland who was seeking a new home have both found sanctuary with Redwings.

Three year-old skewbald Maddison came into the charity’s care at the end of last summer. She had been at the RSPCA since November 2022 after being found with a serious injury to a hindleg, along with a number of other horses who required help and intervention.

“It was decided that sanctuary life would be the best option for Maddison as she may only ever be suitable as a companion pony, as a result of her previous injury, and there were concerns that there could be a temptation to ride her given her age and breed,” said Rachel Angell, Head of Norfolk Equine Operations.

“Thanks to our wonderful supporters, here at Redwings we’re able to offer a secure forever home for our horses with access to everything they could possibly need to ensure their welfare.

“Maddison is nicely settled into a small herd of six at Redwings Aylsham, where her favourite new friends are Kirby, Rudolph and Hattie who are all older but don’t mind her young and playful character.”

Joining the Gangsters

Shetland Poppy arrived at Redwings in September after another animal welfare organisation approached Redwings for help. They had been forced to move to another site and were struggling to find somewhere suited to 16-year-old Poppy’s needs.

“We set about finding a suitable herd for Poppy to join and based on her small stature, and her care needs, Adoption Stars the Gangsters were the obvious candidates,” said Rachel. “As well as these cheeky boys she also joins Aleia, Aurora and Mariah – who people may remember was named after the police officer who came to her aid after a road accident in Suffolk.”

Visitors will be able to see the equine residents, enjoy food and drink at Gulliver’s Café and browse the gift shop at Redwings Aylsham Visitor Centre, Spa Lane, Aylsham, NR11 6UE on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am-4pm (paddock walks close at 3.30pm). Entry is free but donations are welcomed. All Redwings’ centres are dog friendly.

For more information visit redwings.org.uk

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