Search

Visitors get glimpse behind the scenes at Redwings horse sanctuary

PUBLISHED: 10:44 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:52 18 July 2018

Visitors to Redwings Horse Sanctuary enjoy meeting the rescued residents. Picture: Redwings

Visitors to Redwings Horse Sanctuary enjoy meeting the rescued residents. Picture: Redwings

Archant

More than 1,000 visitors got to see the vital work being done behind-the-scenes at the UK’s largest horse sanctuary at a once-a-year public opening.

Horses at the Rehoming Centre showcase their handling and riding skills during a demonstration. Picture: RedwingsHorses at the Rehoming Centre showcase their handling and riding skills during a demonstration. Picture: Redwings

Redwings Horse Sanctuary opened the doors to its Norfolk base, in Hapton near Long Stratton, on Sunday and the event proved as popular as ever.

The special open day offered many behind-the-scene glimpses into the charity’s work, including tours of its Horse Hospital taking in its operating theatre, intensive care stables and special care paddocks, as well as the four-legged patients currently receiving treatment from the veterinary team.

There was even a special tour for children where budding vets of the future had the chance to test “itchy” Redwings mascot Red for pesky leg mites and have a go at looking through microscopes.

Donkey Esther and her mum Martha enjoy a groom during the Redwings Open Day. Picture: RedwingsDonkey Esther and her mum Martha enjoy a groom during the Redwings Open Day. Picture: Redwings

The open day also included the Rehoming Centre where trainers showcased the handling and riding skills they have been teaching a number of rescued horses and ponies who will soon be looking for new homes through the charity’s Guardianship Scheme.

There was also an opportunity to enjoy cuddles with donkey Esther and her mum Martha, who had travelled from their usual home at Redwings’ Caldecott visitor centre near Great Yarmouth, to be guests of honour for the day.

Their special appearance was in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of their rescue from the horrors of Spindle Farm, Amersham – a landmark rescue Redwings has been marking this year with a series of fundraising initiatives to help care for its survivors for the next decade.

Crowds enjoy a talk in the Redwings Horse Hospital. Picture: RedwingsCrowds enjoy a talk in the Redwings Horse Hospital. Picture: Redwings

More than 350 rescued horses call Redwings Hapton home. The open day helped raised proceeds going towards the 1,500 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in Redwings’ care nationwide.

Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ chief executive, said: “We were thrilled to see so many people return for this year’s open day. It’s always an honour to be able to give our visitors this special glimpse into what we do because, as a charity funded completely by donations of the public, none of it would be possible without their support.”

While Redwings Hapton opens its doors once per year, Redwings has five visitor centres nationwide open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm. For information, visit redwings.org.uk/visiting

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press