Redwings’ Behaviour Manager Sarah Hallsworth reflected:
“It was astonishing how far Spirit was able to overcome his fears during his time with us. Horses have very long memories but although he would never forget his past experiences, with a lot of patience and understanding we managed to get him to trust us enough to tolerate basic handling, wear a headcollar and receive routine treatments without causing him stress or anxiety.
“I was so proud of him every time he took a step forward in his recovery, it took such bravery. I will never forget the day his handler first managed to touch him!”
Arriving in 2006, Spirit spent ten years living happily at one of Redwings’ Norfolk sanctuary farms. Very sadly, on the morning of Friday 17th June this year Spirit started to colic. His large intestine had twisted and he wasn’t responding to treatment; therefore the devastating decision was made to put him to sleep to ensure he did not suffer. Redwings CEO Lynn Cutress commented:
“The loss of Spirit has been greatly felt by everyone at that Sanctuary. His story touched so many people and his recovery embodied what is so special about Redwings and our work. It is important we remember him.
“We exist as a charity for horses like Spirit and we never give up on a horse, no matter their needs or how deep the scars of their past run. We were able to offer a place of safety to Spirit for ten years, and we extend our sympathies and thanks to his owner for her love and care for this very special chap. I’m so proud of our Behaviour and Care teams for enabling Spirit to live such a peaceful life with us after such a terrible ordeal.”