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16 November 2017

Back to School with Red's Shed: what is the Redwings Adoption Scheme?

Hi, Red here!

Remember last week when I was talking about what’s involved in owning a horse? It’s really rewarding but definitely not easy, and you need to be really dedicated to our care as we take up a lot of time, space and money.

If you think that you’re not quite ready for a horse or pony, but you reeeeally want one for Christmas, my pals at Redwings have come up with something very clever!

You can sponsor one of our horses in the Redwings Adoption Scheme for just £15 for a whole year. We’ll look after your four-legged friend, and you get to come and say ‘hi’ to them as much as you like during our visitor centre opening times – so need to worry about checking in on them very early in the morning and after school every day (phew)!

You also get lots of goodies when you sponsor a Redwings Adoption Star, including a special Friendship Card, and an adoption pack with a photo and swanky certificate that you can put up at home! You also get updates through the post on what’s going on with your friend and a special invitation to your Adoption Star’s birthday party!

Plus, you get special access online to your pal’s online diary – with loads of photos, videos and blogs about their life at Redwings! How cool is that?! And what a great idea for a Christmas present!

If you click here you can meet our special Adoption Stars – including Rumpel here, who’s always pleased to see you when you come to our visitor centre at Oxhill! Of course, whoever you choose, you can come to visit them for free whenever we’re open. We can’t wait to see you soon!


06 November 2017

Back to School with Red's Shed: what's involved in owning a horse?

Hi, Red here!

When you come and visit me and my friends at Redwings, have you ever thought that you’d quite like to own your very own horse or pony? Or perhaps, you’ve decided that you want one for Christmas?!

Well, woah there… stop a minute! Before you can even think about owning a four-legged friend there is an awful lot to think about – we are very hard work and can take up a lot of time that, when it’s cold, you might want to spend indoors, or when it’s sunny you might want to spend with your friends!

You really need to love horses like me an awful lot to own one. We aren’t creatures that can be forgotten about at Christmas – we like getting presents too! Also, if you don’t like early mornings owning a horse probably isn’t for you. Every day of the year, in the very early morning and after school we will need attention, so it really is a big time commitment!

You’ll also need to enjoy getting your hands a bit dirty! You’ll probably have noticed that horses poo a lot when you come to see us at Redwings – and it doesn’t clear itself! Ewwww! You’ll need to make sure that you clear up the poo and also muck out their stables every day, which isn’t always fun, especially when it’s cold and raining!

Do you have much space for a horse at home? We like to roam about and so we need plenty of it! Did you know that horses, on average, need at least an acre of land to live in? If you don’t know how big an acre is, imagine putting a massive 150 cars together in one space. That’s a pretty big area!

I reckon you’ve probably already guessed that it costs a lot of money to own a horse. You might think that buying a horse might be the most expensive thing, but actually normally it isn’t – there’s the other equipment that you might need, like tacks and rugs, and then there’s the ongoing costs, like feeding, worming, a farrier (to look after the horse’s feet), a horse dentist, vaccinations, and more. It costs thousands of pounds a year to own a horse, and that’s without any emergency fees if your pal needs a horsey doctor!  

As you can see there is a LOT involved in looking after a horse so you really do have to think very carefully about whether owning a horse is right for you. It’s a really big responsibility and you need to be prepared to really commit to it! 

If you want to find out more about what it’s really like to own a horse, come and ask one of the lovely Redwings people next time you’re here. They will be really happy to tell you lots more!

Decided you’re not yet ready for a horse but still wish you could own one? Join the Redwings Adoption Scheme! You can get your cuddle fix and come and visit them – and it’s a great way to make a furry new best friend, and help us look after horses and donkeys too! For a donation of £15 a year, your pal will send you an adoption certificate, and regular photos and updates of what they’ve been up to, as well as an invite to their birthday party! Find out more at www.redwings.org.uk/adopt.


30 October 2017

Back to School with Red's Shed: Creepy Critters!

Hello, Red here, with a spooky Back To School lesson today as it’s Halloween! Mwah-ha-ha-ha…
Do you like spiders? Are you a fan of creepy critters? I don’t know about you, but I get scared quite easily by those sorts of things and if I could, I’d hide behind the nearest hay stack! 
Unfortunately, there are some things that we horses sometimes have to live with that will really make you go “ewwww!”... and it wouldn’t be Halloween if I didn’t tell you what some of them were! 
These aren’t very nice! Horses usually pick these up while grazing in long grass, and they aren’t a lot of fun, because they can spread some nasty diseases. They’re better known as bloodsuckers (yuck!) and it’s really important that we are checked for these regularly as they could be anywhere on the body!
These are really tiny – in fact, they’re so small that it’s really difficult to see them. They normally affect horses who have lots of ‘feather’ on their legs, like cobs, and it can really cause lots of irritation and soreness. Because they are so difficult to see and they hang around for a long time, it’s really important that a vet is seen to treat these!
We all know about midges – those buzzy, bity flies that annoy everyone that they come into contact with, two-legged or four! Have you ever heard them, especially in the summer? If they bite us, they can cause lots of problems, including something called ‘sweet itch’ which is an allergic reaction to biting midges. Ouch!
All horses (including me) can have worms, and they live in our intestines. They don’t cause any problems if there aren’t many of them, but if they are allowed to build up, they can be really bad for us and make us very ill.
We also get affected by things like lice, horseflies and bots, ew! Find out much more about them – if you dare – by clicking and downloading our fact sheet here!
And however you’re celebrating, have a happy and safe Halloween!


27 October 2017

Hazel and Anna 'trot' for Redwings!

We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Hazel and Anna, and their mum and dad, for being such brilliant Young Reds by fundraising to help us look after our horses and donkeys at the Sanctuary.

They decided to put on their walking boots and doing a 12 mile sponsored walk – that’s a really long way. It makes us tired just thinking about it – but they did it, and in the photo you can see the family after they completed their journey!

Their friends and family donated really generously and they raised a HUGE £162.66 for Redwings, which will pay for a whole month of rehabilitation for one of our four-legged friends, with some left over! Thank you so much!

Have you raised money for Redwings? If you’ve been a fab fundraiser we’d love to hear all about it! Write to us at Young Reds, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Hapton, Norwich, NR15 1SP or email [email protected].