Redwings Horse Sanctuary believes that every horse, pony, donkey and mule has the right to a happy and healthy life, free of fear and neglect, and provides daily care to more than 1,500 rescued residents – the majority of whom are unlikely to be rehomed. The charity therefore ensures that every horse – no matter how complex their needs – has the opportunity to live out their days in a loving and safe environment.

A new lease of life

For those that are able to have a fulfilling life outside the Sanctuary, Redwings also provides a rehoming programme. Redwings currently has approximately 500 horses living out in ‘guardian’ homes, and the charity’s commitment to lifelong care extends to its rehomed horses and ponies as each and every resident under the Guardianship Scheme will have a place at the Sanctuary should they need to return.

Support Redwings!

Last year, Redwings pledged homes to over 150 rescued equines from their largest ever rescue operation. Although the Sanctuary was at its full capacity, the charity managed to secure the future of these survivors, many of whom were mares in foal meaning there are many more mouths to feed in 2015. As a 100% publicly funded charity, every donation – no matter how big or small – helps Redwings help horses in need. Here’s how you can get involved:

Visit Redwings

Redwings has four visitor centres all of which are free to visit. Redwings Ada Cole in Nazeing, Essex, is home to over 70 horses and donkeys, where visitors can see how their kind donations can make a real difference. Visitors can enjoy horse care demonstrations and guided tours where you can get up close and cuddly with the friendly residents, including the charity’s smallest pony Teeny Tucker!

Sponsor a resident

Redwings’ Adoption Club is a fun way to support the charity by sponsoring one of its residents and making a new friend at the same time! A year's adoption of a Redwings horse or donkey costs just £12.50, which goes directly towards their care.

Adopters receive a certificate, plus twice yearly updates and photographs from their new friend, not forgetting an invitation to their adopted horse or donkey’s birthday party. You can also visit them for free whenever you like at our visitor centres. Redwings Ada Cole is home to five Adoption Stars: rock ‘n’ roll pony Elvis; adorable Shetland pony Tinkerbell; donkey Del Boy; magnificent Gelderlander Zippy; and pretty pony Dolly.

Donate your unwanted items

Don’t throw away your unwanted items, donate them to Redwings! The Sanctuary always welcomes rugs, tack and other horsey items to help care for its residents, but they also welcome donations of just about anything as this can be sold via their eBay shop!

Leave a legacy

Gifts in wills make up the largest proportion of Redwings’ income and the charity simply wouldn’t be able to function without them. Remembering Redwings in your will is a wonderful way to leave a lasting legacy that will help them to help horses and donkeys for generations to come.


Redwings Ada Cole 

Epping Road, Essex EN9 2DH                                                   

Tel: 01508 481000