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Redwings Top Story
20th May 2013 by Redwings Press Office
Wow! We had an incredible turnout for this year's Show at Topthorn in Suffolk - thank you so much to everyone who came along to support us! It was fantastic to see such a range of classes being supported so strongly and we were thrilled to see seasoned competitors and showing novices alike all getting spruced up and stuck in!
All the competitors were at such a high standard but our Supreme Champion this year was the stunning gelding Dark Sky ridden by Charlotte Morrall. This incredible combination took the Ridden Hunter, In-Hand Hunter, Working Hunter and both the Ring One and Ring Four Championships in their first ever Show! Dark Sky is only six years old and was bred and raised by Charlotte herself - what a story. Watch this space as they are certainly destined for greatness!
Meanwhile there was an incredible showing from the much loved Redwings Pongo, better known as Redwings Master Blaster and his guardian Rosie Wilson. They basically swept the board with wins in the Ridden Coloured, Ridden Best Rescue and the In Hand Coloured before taking both the Ring Two and Ring Three Championships! Great to see you Rosie!
Despite an incredible day, however, Rosie and Pongo were pipped to the post for the overall Reserve spot by Diana Dunstan and her gorgeous donkey Avoncroft Comanche who had won the Donkey Youngstock class and the Donkey Championship. It was quite a sight to see this stunning donkey lining up next to Dark Sky, Redwings Master Blaster and Ellie Metcalfe's Herbalicious in the ring at the end and we were all delighted for Diana when she took the Reserve spot.
Redwings in Action
24 May 2013 by Redwings Press Office
So many myths surround laminitis, a condition that affects the sensitive laminae in a horse's feet. In fact, contrary to popular opinion, we believe around 90% of laminitis cases are actually caused by one of two underlying conditions; and now the Redwings Education team has produced a new set of laminitis leaflets to try and bust the myths surrounding this often-misunderstood and painful disease.
Research has shown that over 90% of cases of laminitis are actually caused by an already-present condition; either Equine Cushing’s Disease or Equine Metabolic Syndrome. Spring grass is simply one trigger for laminitis in horses that already have one of these conditions. While Equine Cushing’s Disease is sadly neither preventable nor curable, affected horses can be carefully managed to prevent episodes of laminitis. However good weight management can help to prevent Equine Metabolic Syndrome as it is directly linked with obesity.
14 May 2013 by Redwings Press Office
Did anyone see Redwings on TV last week? We appeared on an episode of BBC Watchdog on Wednesday 8th May - but don't worry we weren't being investigated! We helped out their Rogue Traders team with an investigation into a horse trader.
The programme involved an undercover team going in and buying two horses, neither of whom turned out to be what they were advertised as. Loppy is a lovely elderly mare who was being sold as a 16 year old, while Queenie was being sold as capable of jumping and suitable for a novice rider, despite having some serious behavioural problems and major injuries to her back legs.
16 Oct 2012 by Redwings Press Office
Redwings is working alongside other welfare charities to call for government and public help in a landmark report that warns of an impending crisis in England and Wales which could leave the welfare of many thousands of horses at risk. The report, ‘On the Verge: the approaching Equine Crisis in England and Wales’, predicts that another harsh winter will leave animal charities physically unable to cope and asks what will happen to the increasing numbers of horses being abandoned or suffering from welfare concerns.
Look out for Sampson, Oliver, Rusty, Icky, Prince, Muffin, Denise, Esther and friends!
A bird's eye view of the horses in vet care stables
Stunning Major is the newest adoption at Redwings Oxhill