At Redwings, we love our "Golden Oldies" and especially enjoy celebrating those residents who have been with us through so much of our history as a charity.
Visitors to Redwings Ada Cole in Essex may be familiar with Hackney Native cross, Amadeus, but did you know that he has been a resident since before Ada Cole Memorial Stables merged with Redwings in 2005?!
Amadeus first arrived in 1991 when his previous owner, who had purchased Amadeus and another horse in a poor state to save them from an uncertain fate, struggled to care for them and handed them to Ada Cole Memorial Stables. After receiving lots of love and care, Amadeus was soon able to be rehomed!
After many years in a loving Guardian home, Amadeus was returned to the Stables in 2013, now named Redwings Ada Cole, to enjoy a well-earned retirement.
Amadeus grazing in his paddock at Redwings Ada Cole.
Now, a decade later at the grand age of 32, he is one of the few residents who has been cared for by Redwings Ada Cole since before the charities merged… and is, quite rightly, treated like Redwings royalty!
Unfortunately, in his older age Amadeus has begun to suffer laminitis, a painful hoof condition, so needs special care to keep him comfortable. Luckily for him, Redwings Ada Cole has the facilities to allow him to continue living a healthy, happy life while protecting him against laminitis flare ups.
Amadeus is checked twice daily by his carers and is on restricted grazing to prevent him from eating too much grass, which is linked to the condition.
If you'd like to give Amadeus and his pals a cuddle, Redwings Ada Cole is now open on selected weekends throughout the year, plus offers private visits.
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