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Redwings is the UK's largest horse sanctuary, caring for over 1,500 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules every day. Our work is funded solely by donations and with your help we can give these animals the best possible care so they can eventually be rehomed or enjoy a home for life at the Sanctuary.

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31 March 2015 by Redwings Press Office

Orphan donkey foal hailed as our newest Adoption Star!

With the ‘Winds of Winter’ blowing, we introduce our very own daughter of Winterfell.

Part-bred Poitou donkey Arya is the newest addition to our Adoption Club and having delighted visitors at our Oxhill Visitor Centre since February with her lively character and irresistible fluffiness, we just could not resist making her an Adoption Star!

Named after Arya Stark of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels by her previous owner, our donkey foal is a true warrior just like her Game of Thrones counterpart – but she still needs you to support her and her friends in their new home. Arya can be sponsored for an annual cost of just £12.50 and every penny goes towards her daily care and that of her friends.

As well as making a lovely (and hairy) new friend, adopters of Arya will receive twice-yearly updates from her together with gorgeous photographs, and at just seven months old, this little foal already has many tales to tell! Here’s her story so far…

Arya arrived at Redwings in August 2014, when she was just one-month-old, together with her mum Millie and their companions, mother and son Adel and Merlin. Sadly, their owner, a long-standing Redwings volunteer, was no longer able to provide the specialised care that a family of Poitou donkeys need, so we were happily able to give them all a new home.

Arya’s mum Millie was a full registered Poitou – a very rare breed of donkey originating from France, of which only 400 remain in the world. As well as sporting the traditional shaggy coat and standing at an impressive 14.2hh (that is, 41cm (16 inches)) taller than the average donkey), Millie unfortunately suffered from ongoing lameness issues (a condition that the Poitou breed is particularly susceptible to) and in January was put to sleep to ensure she did not suffer – leaving little Arya an orphan.

As donkeys form very close bonds, our veterinary team kept a close eye on the Poitou trio, but like a true survivor little Arya coped fantastically well and lived to fight another day.

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Redwings in Action

30 March 2015 by Redwings Press Office

Control of Horses Bill receives royal approval

We are delighted that the Control of Horses Bill for England has received Royal Assent and is now ready to become law. Thank you to everyone who helped by writing to their MPs and spreading the word!

The Private Member’s Bill, introduced by MP for York Outer Julian Sturdy, marks a positive step forward in the fight against fly-grazing and has been supported through every stage of its parliamentary journey by a coalition of animal welfare charities and rural organisations, comprising Blue Cross, British Horse Society, CLA, Countryside Alliance, HorseWorld, Local Government Association, NFU, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, RSPCA and World Horse Welfare.

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30 March 2015 by Redwings Press Office

Stay vigilant: Warning to horse owners over AM

Redwings has teamed up with the Blue Cross and other members of the National Equine Welfare Council to remind owners to stay vigilant against atypical myopathy this spring.

With the Universite de Liege recording 97 known cases of Atypical Myopathy in the UK during 2014 and ongoing concerns from horse owners, welfare charities are working together to make owners aware.

NEWC members have created a new poster to make sure owners know the signs of the highly fatal muscle disease and act early.

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05 March 2015 by Redwings Press Office

Redwings Horse Show, a great day out for everyone

With a new schedule aimed at encouraging more novice riders and horses, we have high hopes for another great year with a super turnout.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s annual show is set to be held on Sunday 17th May at Topthorn Equestrian Centre in Suffolk.

This year’s event will hold more classes aimed at novice riders and horses/ponies, as well as lead rein classes, clear round jumping and, in the spirit of providing something for everyone, there will also be heavy horse classes, a first for the Redwings show! We also hope to see many of its lovely Guardian ponies in attendance, particularly in the ever popular rescued horse/pony classes.

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