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Redwings Top Story
24 September 2014 by Redwings Press Office
We have some very sad news to share with you. At the grand age of 36 years old, Redwings’ oldest horse resident, Laddy, passed away on Thursday 18th September.
The beautiful palomino Thoroughbred had been suffering from a heart condition that had become progressively worse, so the very difficult decision was made to put him to sleep to ensure that he did not suffer.
As you may remember, Laddy arrived at Redwings in July 2010 with his companion Ermine and was extremely underweight. He was suffering from severe dental problems caused by poor diet and a lack of regular dental treatment, and as a result he was unable to graze properly. Laddy’s owner had put his emaciated state down to old age rather than as a result of neglected health issues and insufficient care; she was subsequently found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and given a 12-month community order and a ban from keeping horses for ten years.
This all-too-common misconception about the ‘normal’ state of a geriatric horse inspired us to embark on an education programme to help owners understand how to care for equines in their later years. Following Laddy’s rescue and rehabilitation under the Sanctuary’s care, Head of Welfare Nicolas De Brauwere commented: “Just because a horse is old, does not mean it is ‘normal’ to be underweight. The fantastic recovery that Laddy has made since he has been in our care is proof of that. With good dental care and the right nutrition an elderly horse can still have an excellent quality of life. There is no excuse for allowing your horse to get into such a state and the severity of the sentence in this case reflects this”.
At Redwings HQ in Norfolk, Laddy soon made an amazing recovery and became a firm favourite among the Sanctuary’s staff and residents alike. In particular, when he wasn’t charming his two favourite ladies Bonnie and Kes, Laddy spent most of his days playing with his best friend Lester.
Redwings in Action
05 September 2014 by Redwings Press Office
Within the space of two days last week we welcomed two sets of very rare breed equines into the Sanctuary. We are thrilled to announce that two extremely rare Suffolk Punches have arrived at one of our centres in Norfolk, while Redwings Oxhill in Warwickshire has just greeted four French Poitou donkeys, including two foals.
Wilf and Stanley (pictured above), two Suffolk Punch geldings, were rescued by our Field Officer Julie Harding and World Horse Welfare’s Jacko Jackson from a site in Norfolk after they had been found being kept in a tiny barn. Wilf was suffering from severe sweet itch that had caused the majority of his mane to fall out, while both had very poor feet that had not been trimmed in some time.
The two horses, both 16hh and seven years old, have been together since birth and are firm friends. Their owner agreed to sign them over to us so they could receive all the treatment they needed.
15 September 2014 by Redwings Press Office
We have a pair of tickets to this year’s event up for grabs.
Held on 8th and 9th November at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, Your Horse Live promises to deliver an amazing weekend of demonstrations, learning, shopping and much more.
Olympic dressage superstar Carl Hester MBE and former Badminton winner Paul Tapner are just a couple of the headliners in the Main Arena, while horse trainer Jason Webb will provide a fascinating insight into his techniques in Arena Two, so you can be sure to experience a range of brilliant masterclasses at the two-day event.
01 September 2014 by Redwings Press Office
Rural and welfare organisations demand action to tackle England’s ‘fly-grazing’ horses and their irresponsible owners.
Redwings and other welfare charities have worked together to launch a new report into fly-grazing as Government committee debates crisis and problem spreads to Environment Secretary’s constituency.
We are delighted (and so proud!) to announce that we have won the Judges' Choice for Best use of Social Media in the UK and Ireland at the Equestrian Social Media Awards!!
Thank you to everyone who contributes photos, videos and stories of our residents which we can share through social media.
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Gorgeous Friesian Maya has just joined the scheme!