New arrivals

Peggy & Suzie

We were alerted to this case by concerned members of the public who had seen a mare hit by a motorbike. Upon arrival we could see the mare looked in extremely poor condition and to our shock had a foal at foot appearing less then a day old! The mare was not producing any milk due to her own bad health and the foal was very weak and very likely not in receipt of mum’s vital colostrum.

We managed to get these two back to our sanctuary where we managed to get some colostrum into the foal and started vital care for the mare to try and increase her chances of survival.

They both survived the first night and were then seen by our equine vet, mum needed lots of treatment and also started a course of domperidone to increase her milk production.

As we were unsure of the exact age of the foal our vet took a blood sample to test how much colostrum she had received , a day later the results came back that the foal had received very little colostrum .

The vet suggested taking blood plasma from another gelding and doing a blood transfusion to the foal.

Our very own Middy ( who loves foals) stepped up and donated his own blood to help this foal, the transfusion was successful and within 24 hours the foal started to show signs of better health.

They are now recovering and appear to be doing well, the foal is bottle fed along side having her mum’s milk to make sure she gets enough.

We decided to call the mum Peggy and the foal Susie after our very close friend.

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Orphan Lambs 2018

Spring this year has seen many orphan lambs brought into the sanctuary. The majority of these are only minutes old and have required a process called ‘Tubing’ which involves passing a tube through the mouth into the stomach to ensure the lamb has colostrum as soon as possible. When they come though our door they cannot stand, we keep them warm, tube them and within hours they are taking their first steps right here at woodfield.

We have a total of 16 Lambs this year all requiring bottle feeding every two hours through the day and night!

Spring this year has seen many orphan lambs brought into the sanctuary. The majority of these are only minutes old and have required a process called ‘Tubing’ which involves passing a tube through the mouth into the stomach to ensure the lamb has colostrum as soon as possible. When they come though our door they cannot stand, we keep them warm, tube them and within hours they are taking their first steps right here at woodfield.

We have a total of 16 Lambs this year all requiring bottle feeding every two hours through the day and night!

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Wendy

Recently we took in a very neglected pony, from Bridgend. Her feet were so long she had great difficulty walking down the low ramp of our trailer. It was apparent that this little elderly mare had suffered years of agony with Laminitis, resulting in her walking on the back of her heels. She had gone without a farrier to trim her feet, they were allowed to curl up. Our Farrier, Chris Needs, came out immediately and did a fantastic job , taking his time , very gently trimming back years of growth. Despite coming from far away that day, he would not take a penny for doing her feet. Since moving to Wales, we have been really lucky in finding a marvelous farrier, and fantastic vets. We have named this little pony Wendy after the incredible lady who has helped us so much with our rescue work.

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Since founding Redwings Horse Sanctuary in 1984, Wendy Valentine went on to open the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in 1995 , this Sanctuary is home to thousands of animals, in particular several hundreds from the Swansea area. This little pony pictured here , had the saddest expression when she first arrived. Seen here after munching on a rather messy, but delicious lick!

Since founding Redwings Horse Sanctuary in 1984, Wendy Valentine went on to open the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in 1995 , this Sanctuary is home to thousands of animals, in particular several hundreds from the Swansea area. This little pony pictured here , had the saddest expression when she first arrived. Seen here after munching on a rather messy, but delicious lick!

She has settled in very quickly, and has made friends already. The day after her feet were trimmed, we were all very nervous , and not at all sure if she would be able to walk at all? And to our delight she walked out totally sound. Seeing things like this , makes everything worth while. If we had not taken her in when we did, she would not have been able to walk , or graze in her field for much longer. Without your help , we cannot continue to help ponies like Wendy.

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