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28 September 2018

Autumn Holiday Activities in Scotland

Hello friends, it’s Red again.

We’ve only just finished updating you on the summer holidays and now we’re already talking about autumn!

Redwings Mountains in Scotland is the first Visitor Centre to kick off the autumn holiday fun with a series of activity weekends celebrating everything we love about horses and donkeys.

Don’t miss out on the chance to meet my buddies, adoption stars Gibson and Minnie. Listen to fascinating talks about our residents and their care from our hard-working, dedicated farm team, even have a go at pony grooming! Activities begin TODAY!! How exciting!

Redwings Mountains is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays). Entry is free so come on down and enjoy the holidays with my friends. 

For the full list of dates and activities follow this link:


27 September 2018

Summer Club - Mini Farm Team Members

Hello, Red Here.
Time for the final Summer Club update!! Let’s find out what our mini farm team members got up to…
…Our farm teams have the wonderful job of looking after us amazing equines every day and our attendees got the chance to see the work involved.
Our farm teams explained how we have designated team members, called ‘checkers’, to keep an eye on our residents three times a day, including in the night, to make sure they are all happy and safe. They also look around the paddocks they live in to make sure they are safe and secure too. Our mini farm team members got the chance to be checkers for the session and learn what to observe when checking a horse, its paddock and how to report a problem.
Our mini farm team members acted out a scenario alongside our big versions, by using the radios, to report how they noticed a horse was injured on their morning rounds. They had to describe where they were, the resident they were with and the urgency of the situation. Then the farm teams demonstrated how they would bandage a wound and a few willing volunteers helped and had a go themselves. Some of my friends peering over the fence said you were all very good actors and actresses!
Well that wraps up Summer Club 2018! Thank you so much to everyone who attended, we have had a great summer and my friends’ loved taking part and having fun with you. Also a massive thank you to our farm teams for running the sessions.  
If you went to Summer Club this year tell us about it, we’d love to hear what you got up to. If you have any photos, drawings or stories you’d like to share then send an email to [email protected] or in the post to Young Reds Editor, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Hapton, Norwich, NR15 1SP. You could be featured on the website or in the spring issues of Young Reds or Mini Reds. 
Will we be seeing you next year…? 


24 September 2018

Summer Club - Mini Donkey Experts

Hi, Red again!
We’re getting close to the end of all the Summer Club updates, can you believe it?! Time for the penultimate one – mini donkey expert.
For this session our attendees had to identify how donkeys are different to horses and ponies, both physically and in terms of their behaviour and care needs. My donkey friends loved that a session revolved around them – they were very spoilt by you lovely lot!  
First, a spot the difference between horses and donkeys. Here is some of the answers they came up with:
- Donkeys’ coats feel drier compared to a horse’s because donkeys do not have as much oil in their coats. This also means they are not as waterproof so need help to stay dry in the rain. Donkeys originate from Africa, therefore have adapted to a warmer and drier climate.
- Donkeys’ tails are a lot thinner than horses’ because in the wild they do not need to protect their back end from the pouring rain and in the desert a big, thick tail would be too hot! 
- Donkeys’ coat colours are lighter than horses’. Their light tan and grey colours help them stay camouflaged in the desert. 
In the donkeys’ paddocks our mini experts also noticed there were more toys, compared to some of the other paddocks. This is because donkeys are naturally inquisitive and love to explore and play. By providing toys we are encouraging their natural behaviour and are keeping them happy and entertained, this is called providing enrichment for them. 
Our farm team at Redwings are very creative with how they make our toys; we can have treats hidden in objects such as balls and boxes, even welly boots! We can have carrots or salt licks hanging from ropes on fences for us to try and grab. Even the company of our friends counts as enrichment as it makes time fly because we’re having fun. 
Our mini donkey experts got the chance to make some toys with the farm teams and watch my friends enjoy a treat. They got to make carrot ropes and treat boxes using horse handling equipment and recycling cardboard boxes. My donkey buddies told me it was great fun trying to find their food hidden in straw-filled boxes and up on the ropes. Although once they found their food I hear it didn’t last long! Hehe they must have been hungry! Although all this talk of food is making me hungry now!
Thanks for brightening my friends’ day mini donkey experts! We’ll catch up soon to hear about the final Summer Club Session - Mini Farm Team Member. 
If you want to see some of my friends having a good time click on this link to see donkeys Harry and Wiggins playing around with an enrichment toy: 


19 September 2018

Summer Club - Mini Field Officers

Hey, it’s your pal Red.
Here to update you on Summer Club session 4…Mini Field Officer. To be a field officer you need to know all about horse care to determine whether you think a horse like me is happy, healthy and safe. 
If a member of the public is concerned about a horse they can get in contact with us, via phone or email, and one of our staff will visit the horse to check on it. These members of staff are our ‘Field Officers’. They will look at the horse as well as its field or stables and, if they are worried, they will try locate the owner to discuss how to improve the horse’s health and home. If no owner can be found and we are worried about a horse’s health we will try and get some help for it or bring it in to Redwings so we can make it better. 
When checking a horse out in the field there are many attributes to look out for such as:
- Can you see any immediate signs of a horse in pain, such as any wounds or          walking difficulties?
- Do they have food and water? If so, is it fresh and a sufficient amount?
- Do they have any shelter such as trees and hedges or manmade shelters?
- Do they have any boundaries or fencing? If so, are they safe and secure?
- Are the alone or in a group? 
As you can see there’s a lot to think about when checking and judging an equine’s health and safety and this list is only the start! Let’s see what our mini field officers had to do when they were confronted with a hazardous paddock….
….Our mini field officers at Summer Club had to help the farm team decide whether a horse would need to be rescued or would be safe enough to carry on living where they are, perhaps giving the owner some help, advice and guidance, to avoid such circumstances happening again. Some paddocks had been set up with open gates, rope and haynets over the floor, mucking out tools lying around; all sorts of problematic areas. My buddies were peering over the fence to see how they all got on and I have been told they did a great job in identifying all the hazards in the paddocks and recognising if all the horse’s needs had been met. As you can imagine a field officers job is very hard and demanding so we are very lucky to have them and are thankful for everyone they have helped rescue so far.
If you would like more information on horses’ needs and to see some good and bad examples of this then follow this link:  
I’ll be back to update you on the Mini Donkey Expert session soon.