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Redwings Horse Sanctuary begins their move to Paso Robles 

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This week’s equine moving team: Redwings Equine Care Manager Sara Ruggerone, Ranch Foreman Jorge Padilla, and Trainer Melissa Clay.

–Redwings Horse Sanctuary, a nonprofit horse rescue founded in Carmel in 1991, began the long-anticipated move of their 70+ equine residents from Lockwood to their new permanent home in Paso Robles this week. This journey started in 2015, with a generous trust bequest making the purchase of 141 acres at 6875 Union Road a reality.

The property at Union Road was formerly Thompson Ranch, a pistachio grove and farm established in 1971. The purchase of the property necessitated the removal of all the remaining trees, as pistachio leaves, nuts and seedlings can be toxic to horses. During the intervening years, work has been devoted to safely fencing the property, creating 18 pasture areas, digging additional wells, adding electricity, and building structures such as an office, a hay barn, 2 mare motels, and a medical barn, which are necessary for the health and overall well being of the horses.

Over the next few weeks, Redwings will be engaged in the process of moving staff, and all the equines, from the mustang herd to the ponies and burros, to the new forever home. The sanctuary will be operating out of two locations for a while and Redwings says it will be allowing ample time for all the horses, especially the senior and the blind horses, to settle in, explore, and adjust to their new surroundings. For some of the equine residents, this will be their first experience in over 20 years of being in a horse trailer and being moved from familiar territory.

Public guided tours, volunteer training, and the Foster To Adopt Program will be on hold until all the equine residents are fully settled in. Check the Redwings website for updates on the sanctuary’s opening status. Stay informed on Facebook at redwingshorsesanctuary-california and on Instagram @redwingshorses.

The Redwings Capital Fundraising Campaign, “Paso Here We Come” is ongoing. Donations to the fundraising campaign help to pay for all the construction and building costs associated with the horse’s forever home. As well as general fundraising campaign donations, there are also 7 special donor levels, which can be found on the website. Donors can purchase an engraved brick displayed on Redwings beautiful patio, an engraved metal horse grazing or galloping on the 6’x16’ outdoor donor wall, as well as name a pasture, put a banner on the arena, or even sponsor a building. All contributions help this 30-years-strong nonprofit continue to provide the best care possible to abused, abandoned, and neglected equines.

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