Rescue horses in Scotland will benefit from extra care as Redwings Horse Sanctuary has merged with Scottish horse rescue charity Mountains Animal Sanctuary.

The charity, based near Forfar in Angus, has been renamed Redwings Mountains. It is currently home to 98 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys on 220 acres, with 53 out on loan.

Residents include donkeys Minnie and Mouse, tiny falabella Dayzee, two sheep called Toffee and Treacle and orphaned foal Gibson Fraser, who was rescued in July after his mother died.

The merger, which was finalised yesterday (27 January), is the first of its kind under new charity legislation covering mergers between English and Scottish charities, and has taken more than two and half years to complete.

“I am so thrilled that the merger with Mountains is complete,” said Redwings chief executive Lynn Cutress.

“This really is a meeting of minds for two dedicated horse welfare charities and it ensures a secure future for Mountains as well as allowing Redwings to expand our work across the border into Scotland.

“Both charities celebrated their 30th anniversaries last year and so it’s a very appropriate and exciting time to begin this wonderful new chapter in our history.”

Redwings is the largest horse sanctuary in the UK, and is now responsible for over 2000 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules at ten sites across England and Scotland.

The Scottish centre will continue to operate as an active rescue and rehoming centre.

The visitor centre at Redwings Mountains, near Forfar in Scotland, will open to visitors later in the year.

For more information visit: www.redwings.org.uk.