In April, we offered a home to a 12-year-old Welsh stallion, known as Champ.
Champ had been abandoned on a large piece of land. He was semi-feral, and not able to be handled – making his rescue especially challenging. Members of the local community kept a watchful eye on Champ and worked with the RSPCA and the landowners to coordinate his rescue.
The RSPCA then approached Redwings and asked if we could offer him a long-term home due to our specialist Behaviour team, and the experience we have working with semi-feral horses.
On arrival at Redwings he was also castrated, and he has healed well from this procedure. He is now happily in a herd at the Behaviour Centre and lives alongside Howell, another former semi-feral stallion who came to Redwings in 2020.
Champ with new friend Howell.
Howell was rescued in a joint operation between Redwings, the RSPCA, the British Horse Society and Caerphilly Council from Gelligaer Common in south Wales after he was discovered with an incredibly painful, untreated hoof abscess and was taken into the care of the RSPCA for immediate attention.
Thanks to your donations, Redwings is able to offer a lifelong home to horses like Champ and Howell who, without the environment of our Behaviour Centre, could have faced a very uncertain future.
In the safety and security of the centre, they receive training in our handling programme so they can learn to trust people and be comfortable with routine horse care procedures – at whatever pace suits them.
Thanks to your kind donations we are able to offer ponies like Champ and Howell a safe home, with all the care they need.
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