Horsepower Sanctuaries

Rating: 4.5 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 58 Lockwood CA 93932 USA

Mission: The mission of Redwings Horse Sanctuary is to eliminate the causes of equine suffering through education and community outreach programs, rescue abused and neglected equines, and provide permanent sanctuary or selected foster homes for those equines.
Programs: Equine Sanctuary: provides permanent shelter for horses and burros in need of a protective and loving home  Redwings realized that placing some abused equines in adoptive homes was not a solution. A number of the rescued animals had experienced such serious physical and psychological damage that complete rehabilitation was not possible. In the fall of 1992, Redwings broadened its scope to include permanent shelter for those equines, ensuring them a secure and life-long home at the Sanctuary. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is phenomenal in what it does, rescue abandoned, neglected and abused horses while also providing sanctuary and foster homes for those that need that peace.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Redwings volunteer since about 03/2009. I started out as an extern fulfilling requirements for the vet tech program in which I was enrolled (& completed). In fact one of my fields of interests is equine care & medicine. I became a Redwings member, & a regular volunteer. I fell absolutely in love with the equines at the facility. They are wonderful & very special. I have seen that Redwings provides a great permanent & safe home for these lovely creatures, & whatever need that each one has, whether it be special diet, or meds, or special shoes, etc., that need is fulfilled. I have noticed that nice new additions have been made to the ranch by new management, & this benefits the horses, not the property owners. As an avid animal rights activist, I would be the first to notice any misdoings by anyone at Redwings, be it staff or other volunteers. What I really like is that if I have a suggestion to make in behalf of the horses, I'm listened to. I love to go down to the ranch on weekends (or whenever I can get down there) & work with the horses. I also help with events & enjoy doing that, & it's wonderful to have visitors come to Redwings & hang out with the horses, & staff & volunteers. It 's a great educational experience for all, & kids esp. have fun seeing the horses & doing various activities that are provided for them. I have witness horses in very bad shape arrive at the ranch, & in a few weeks time undergo such a transformation that they're hard to recognize. I've seen them go from skin & bones & fearful, to healthy & happy. Horses with long-term chronic med. conditions receive excellent med. care & they are very comfortable. The horses & burros receive much attention & love. The atmosphere of peace & contentment that prevails over the ranch is a sure sign that what takes place at Redwings is much healing & happiness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

positive results of medical problems in horses; improvements & additions to facilities at the ranch (i.e. new horse shelters, new fencing to replace old worn-out fencing, painting, organization, etc.); more rules established to ensure the safety & protection of the equines at the ranch & the safety of staff members, volunteers & visitors; additions to the touring aspect of the ranch (bio boards, etc.)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add a restroom facility for visitors (one for women, one for men, with 2-4 stalls in ea.) - provided there would be sufficient funds for such. purchase additional horse blankets/halters add 2 more golf carts get a cow(dairey) &/or a goat put some simple online activities about horses & other Redwings inhabitants (birds, etc.) for kids (& parents) to do

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Rating: 5 stars  

After reading the reviews, I feel that the people and the staff of Redwings Sanctuary are performing a much needed service. Any negative comments should be kept to ones self. It takes a lot of hard work money and heart to run a sanctuary and I applaud those who do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I feel the staff and board of directors need a huge pat on the backs for a job well done

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hopefully have more volunteers

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

It is a great place for horses to finish out their amazing lives. I have been visiting Red Wings for nearly 2 years now and every time I visit, improvement have been made to the housing and nutrition of the animals. We all should be so lucky to get the care we deserve at a place like Red Wings.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own personal growth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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26 people found this review helpful

This sanctuary is staffed with loving people dedicated to helping equines. My experience was both rewarding and educational. Helping with the grooming of about 15 horses as well as preparing food supplements under the guidance of the veterinary staff person was a first for me, a city slicker with no prior equine experience. I was left with a sense of the spiritual sensitivity of the equines and felt comfortable in their presence. All involved in welcoming and encouraging my volunteering were helpful in answering questions and conveying the love and respect they have for the mission of the sanctuary. It is my hope to return as often as possible from our Pennsylvania home to learn more about caring for horses and to support the mission of Redwings.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

caring for and rehabilitating injured/abandoned/adopted horses, burros, ponies, and mustangs. The love and dedication of the staff and board members I met helped me put Redwings at the top of my "places to go for vacation" list.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

having the opportunity to get closer to the amazing equines and learn both respect for and admiration of them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very loving, informative, and dedicated to the mission of the sanctuary.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its facilities to provide more capacity for saving equines. Investing the principal to provide operating expenses from the earnings would allow for hiring more dedicated staff to accommodate additional salvage.

Ways to make it better...

The weather had been warmer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

ignorance among the public at large as to the maltreatment of equines in the racing industry.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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34 people found this review helpful

I have been with Redwings since 2007 as the Equine Care Provider and had so many life changing experiences. I moved to Monterey county in 2001 and heard about Redwings when they were in Carmel. Unfortunatly I was never able to make it out there. In 2007 I was working for State Line Tack when my father called me and told me a horse facility was looking for someone to care for their horses. I made the phone call and sent my resume never expecting anything to come of it as most of my education was in horse training but did have some equine medicine classes involved. I remember the day I first came to Redwings to interview for the position the staff greeted me with open arms and after talking to who would later become my boss I was taken on a brief tour and then met some of the most amazing people in the burro pen caring for these wild animals. I later learned that the burros were part of a BLM round up and Redwings has done everything in their power to provide them with a facility as close to their natural environment as possible. As I groomed, the ladies I was working with asked me some questions and were suprised with my knowledge and the compassion I had for these animals. I would later come to find out one of them has been a volunteer here for several years and the other 2 were board members. These were the most loving, compassionate, and dedicated people I have ever met. One afternoon I got an email from the Equine Care Cordinator telling me I got the job I remember telling my parents as we started jumping up and down crying and hugging out of so much happiness. I was back in the field I went to school to be in. This is where my story begins. As a horse owner I was blind to the life of abuse that some of these horses have experienced in their past and I feel so honored every time one of them allows me to work with them and care for them. On an average day horses are groomed or bathed in the summer, hooves trimmed every 6 weeks but cleaned every other day, given daily supplements and medications that would not be able to be given with out the kind donations of the community. Redwings recives donations from all over the country, and 90 horses who have at one point had a horrible abusive past now live in peace and harmony with the love they deserve. With out donations farrier visits would not be on a weekly basis, the vet would not be able to attend to a horse in their times of need, or the feed barn would be empty. With the true dedication of the Redwings staff these animals are being well taken care of and teaching the public more about the pain and suffering they should not have experienced. I have grown so much working for Redwings and my education and knowlege grows everyday as I am reminded that not all horses act the same and need attention in different ways. My fellow employees are the most wonderful and knowledgeable people if know they are still in very capable hands. Redwings always keeps the safety of its staff and visitors in mind and has classes to help teach new visitors safety and how to work with abused horses. My time at Redwings has really inspired me to be a better horse owner and horse lover and now i devote alot of time to the rescue and aid of these horses.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Daily handling of the horses and working with my fellow employees. The staff and board members are all involved in the care of the horses and that is the motto we live by " what is best for the horse"

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

say learn from our past and grow more as a company and family. If i could I would save every horse. This is a tight family of employees and horses and we support each other every day. There does not need to be any changes made.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The daily interaction with the horses and seeing the people who come out to visit them or volunteer be suprised when they hear the horrific stories some of these animals have experieced. It changes their views on animal ownership for the better.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and truely wonderful people. The ranch hands are the most compassionate and loving people and every horse is important to them in so many ways. The office staff works hard to make sure everything is in place for the betterment of the horses.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The list is endless. buy some new vehicles for feeding, secure its feed and home for 90+animals, continue the education, provide more homes for more horses in need. The list goes on and on

Ways to make it better...

I don't think it could be. Where can a girl be at a young age working with horses every day and fullfilling her lifelong dream. Every interaction at Redwings and every day is a wonderful day. Check your stresses at the gate and enjoy the day.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

incorectly made claims.Thumper from the movie Bambie said,"If you can't say something nice..dont say nothing at all." get your information from a reputable source and dont listen to those with hostile feelings about a company improving animals lives.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Come out to Redwings or call for more information and form your own opionions about us. Dont make your opinion only from some web postings. I promise when you come out here and meet the residence of this heaven on earth you will never forget them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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39 people found this review helpful

A positively changing organization with new management. Redwings Horse Sanctuary is rising to huge challenges and will be making positive changes in the near future. We are excited about the new footing program that our staff and the supply company created with the help from the Hind Foundation. We will also be creating some fantastic educational "stations" for public benefit this year. We can't wait until our 2010 Open House Season.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Person

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do, along with a fantastic board of directors. I am still very proud of what we have done, and what we are doing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The horses. They are all truth.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Just amazing and honest and I would trust my life to them if I ever needed help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Explore all the avenues of rescuing and helping horses in a further reach. I could see us looking like the wild animal park in Escondido, CA and helping horses through helping other organizations, and so much more.

Ways to make it better...

Again..I mention, if I didn't have to deal with people who do not look at all the facts from all sides BEFORE causing problems for our rescued horses who deserve nothing but good.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Ignorant people

One thing I'd also say is that...

We are a respectable and honest organization. Please feel free to contact us at any time! Come see the nice green pastures, first stages of irrigation, footing project, educational stations (coming in the next month or two)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was preparing to donate again, but decided to do some checking around the local community. However, over grazing and disheartened neighbors convinced me to put my money where there is better accountability. Poor management and financial hemorrhage suggest to me that there is something very wrong here.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

facility tours.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the Hispanic ranch hands, who probably lack proper worker documents, seem to manage the horse care, cleanliness, feed and care most competently – the sanctuary would fail without their dedication.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

probably lose most of it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

30 people found this review helpful

I absolutely love spending time at Redwings! My mother has been a volunteer there for a couple years now and I have volunteered there a couple times with her. I look forward to volunteering. It is so much fun to spend quality time outside with the horses. The staff at Redwings works so hard to make sure all the horses are well taken care of and happy! The staff is also very good at following safety procedures. I have enjoyed every experience at Redwings and I can't wait til I get to go volunteer again!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They have changed the lives of so many horses!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoy the open houses that this organization has every month. The last one I went to was amazing. A catholic priest came out and blessed all the animals on the ranch. It was such a fun and unique thing to experience!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very kind and truly concerned about the well-being of the horses.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Redwings would definitly use this money to help as many horses as possible!

Ways to make it better...

I had more past experience and knowledge about horses. The Redwings staff did a great job educating me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting enough volunteers. Redwings is in a remote location but it is well-worth the drive!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have enjoyed the time that I have volunteered there!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

Redwings is a wonderful facility. The staff there are amazingly patient and generous with their time and knowledge. As someone who has a moderate phobia of horses, I can see what special people they are out there! I am so thankful for Redwings. It is unfortunate that so many people are unable to care for their animals. If Redwings wasn't able to provide care for these horses, I shudder to think what would happen to them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the quality of life that the animals have that are there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get the current staff in there as fast as possible! I would not kid ,yself that I would have the skills to do as good a job as they do!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the results of the dedication of peoples' lives to benefit animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very knowledgable and patient. And appreciative!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

perhaps expand to accomodate even more horses...and have a larger staff to keep up, I'm sure.

Ways to make it better...

I could beam myself there lol- it is a long drive from San Jose, but well worth it!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the growing number of animals that need their help. One day people will be better educated, and start to believe that their role with animals should be an endeavor which should last the lifetime of that animal

One thing I'd also say is that...

We NEED Redwings. The animals NEED them. Facilities like Redwings exist because people put these animals in these situations. The horses didn't have any say in the matter. It is our duty to be sure to try to make things right by them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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