Last week was the first Sunday in ages that we had free, so I was determined that we’d get out and about for a walk. N wanted to go out on the farm with his dad, so I agreed that we wouldn’t go far and would be back before lunch.
Ten minutes drive away we have a Redwings Horse Sanctuary and I’d been meaning to take N for a while and not got there. So we bundled into the car and headed over there.
Redwings is a charity, so although they don’t charge, we could give a donation or sponsor a horse (or donkey). I gave N the choice but he wasn’t bothered, so we just put some money in an envelope and he posted it into the donations box.
Despite the bitterly cold wind, the horses and donkeys were outside, mostly in their fields, being fed or tended to. N quite likes horses (at least he always says he’s going to go to his aunt’s house so he can ride his cousins’ ponies), so I wondered what he’d chatter on about. Mostly we talked about the types of fields – grass or chipping, the sort of fences, the tractors that were around, and the different names of the horses. And not forgetting explaining the measurement in hands…
We walked around the stable area, then up the long path down the middle of the fields. Some of the horses came over the see us, although it seemed that the poitous donkeys weren’t too keen on us and disappeared back into their stable.
Braving the chill (note to self, remember a hat for myself next time we go out in winter), we did venture down to the end of the walkway to see the big horses. They really are magnificent, and obviously the sanctuary do great work in bringing broken horses back to health.
By that time, N was a little bored of horses, and wanted to head back to the farm. So a quick walk back to the cafe for a warm up hot chocolate for me, and drink and biscuit for N. The cafe was basic, just a hatch really. I wasn’t sure what they serve, although it was pre-lunch so it was only really snacks (crisps, cake, biscuits) on offer at that point. When we sat down I noticed the menu which had jackets and sandwiches, but I’d probably not go there aiming to have lunch.
There’s also a children’s play area which looked quite good, but it’s closed for renovation at the moment. I’m not sure for how long though, because it’s already been closed for some time.
Having an hour to kill, it was a nice enough walk and look at the horses. They do have talks and tours, and you can go when vets are there to find out what they do, so it’s a case of check the webpage out for details before you go. I might take N back if there was a special day or event happening, but unless you’re a real horse fan, it’s more like a drop in place on your way elsewhere..
Have you ever been to an animal sanctuary?