27 January 2015 by Redwings Press Office
Sad loss of Millie
We are absolutely devastated to announce the sad loss of Millie the Poitou donkey who came to us in September last year.
Millie has had ongoing lameness issues since she arrived and over the last few months the vets have been working tirelessly to try and make her comfortable, including giving her different kinds of supportive shoes and varying her medication to try and find the best solution for her.
Poitous as a breed are quite prone to issues with conformation and sadly it had become clear that the problems could not be rectified. Over the weekend they became worse, to the point where she was not comfortable standing up for any length of time. The sad decision had to be made yesterday to put Millie to sleep to ensure this lovely girl did not suffer.
Millie leaves behind her daughter Arya and the rest of her family group. Arya is a very independent little foal - however we will be monitoring her closely, along with Millie’s best friend Adel as they were extremely close.
Our staff had fallen in love with this gorgeous gang, particularly those at Redwings Oxhill who first cared for the donkeys on their arrival, and the teams at Redwings HQ in Norfolk who have cared for them more recently.
Please note: Our playground is currently out of action while we make some repairs, we are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and hope it will be open again very soon!
Oxhill Visitor Centre, Warwickshire
Donkeys and Dinkys!
This lovely visitor centre has been granted VAQAS status (Quality Assured Visitor Attraction) and is home to adoption equines Major, Rumpel, Dylan, The Oxhill Donkeys and dinky pony Wensley along with more than 50 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys who would just love to make your acquaintance!
What to do
There are regular guided tours of the centre and demonstrations of horse care given by the equine centre staff as well as the chance to cuddle the residents of course!
The centre also has a gift shop, information centre and café on site, serving sandwiches, toasties and delicious cake. We also have picnic areas for visitors to bring their own food if they so choose (please be aware we do not have an undercover area for picnics). Our children's play area is currently undergoing some repairs, but we hope it will be up and running soon.
What you think
Some feedback from our visitors … “So glad there are people in the world like you, that care”… “A great day out. Well done!”… “Lovely family day out, fantastic work you do. Loved it!!!”
The centre is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with a concrete pathway through the middle of the site. There is a wheelchair available for loan. The site has an accessible WC and plenty of parking. Some of our picnic tables are suitable for wheelchairs too. We suggest that visitors wear sturdy shoes!
We welcome groups at our centres! To find out more about making a group booking to Redwings Oxhill Visitor Centre, please click here.
How to find us
On the A422 in Warwickshire CV35 0RP, 10 miles south of Stratford upon Avon.
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am to 4pm during winter months. Entry is free!
Closed Friday 26th December for Boxing Day.
For visitors with a disability
Download our access statement here.
Keep Dogs on Lead
If you have a question or special requirement please telephone our Visitor Helpline on 0870 040 0033.