At Redwings we believe firmly in second chances for all equines. Particularly when we know that a horse with behavioural problems has not been born like that, but has learned to act that way through necessity. Horses are naturally peaceful, sociable, uncomplicated creatures that want a quiet life. Nine times out of ten, if they’re behaving strangely it’s because a human or two has muddled them up somewhere along the way.
We understand that the animals who come into our care have sometimes received no human care or handling, or they may have been through unimaginable cruelty or hardship, which can lead to all sorts of psychological problems. They require patient, skilled handling and plenty of time – sometimes it can take months or even years of work to get them to a point where we can deal with them safely without causing them stress or anxiety. A recent example can be found in the case of Spirit.
Redwings equine care staff are used to handling sometimes difficult or nervous animals as part of their day-to-day work at the Sanctuary. However, for those equines with the most profound problems, we have a specialist Rehabilitation Team with training and experience in kind but effective handling techniques which can enable horses to learn to trust humans again.
Spirit was originally rescued by a kind lady from being shot by police...