Saturday 18th of March 2023

Moving story of the rescue of almost 100 horses and donkeys

Redwings Horse Sanctuary has released a moving film depicting the inspiring story of the Amersham rescue survivors. 

In January 2008, Redwings helped to rescue almost 100 horses, ponies and donkeys found living in horrific conditions at Spindle Farm, in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

The animals were discovered in varying states of emaciation, covered in lice and suffering from overgrown feet. The carcasses of over 30 horses and donkeys, who had sadly succumbed to illness or injury before their plight was uncovered, laid around them.

In the months and years that followed Redwings offered a safe forever home to 60 horses and donkeys from Spindle Farm, as well as six foals born to rescued mares. Today, an incredible 58 are still enjoying their new lives at the Sanctuary or in loving Guardian homes as part of the charity’s rehoming programme.

To mark 10 years since the momentous rescue, Redwings has released a short film telling the story of the Amersham survivors and sharing memories from staff who were there on the day.

Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ Chief Executive, said:

“It was very moving to think back to the rescue, to recall the sight of these terribly ill and sad animals arriving at Redwings, and then to reflect on today when so many of them are enjoying wonderfully happy and healthy lives here at the Sanctuary or in Guardian homes.

“I’m always amazed by the efforts Redwings’ staff put into caring for our residents every day, but they deserve special thanks for how they managed to turn around the lives of our Amersham survivors and I hope this short film goes some way to show the incredible care and love they’ve given these horses and donkeys over the last decade.”

Redwings, which is a charity 100% funded by donations from the public, has launched an Amersham 10 fund to raise money towards the care of the Amersham survivors for the next 10 years.

To contribute to the Amersham 10 fund, text ‘AMSH10 £10’ to 70070 to donate £10, call 01508 481000 or visit

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