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Redwings Top Story
24 April 2013 by Redwings Press Office
A tiny foal rescued from a river in East London on Friday has arrived at Redwings HQ in Norfolk.
The foal was found by a member of the public on Friday (19th April) in a stretch of the River Lea in Essex. They alerted the RSPCA who attended immediately along with three appliances and 14 firefighters and officers from the London Fire Brigade who carried out a delicate operation to rescue him from the river.
They named him Steve, but he was shivering so much that he has since become known as ‘Shaking Stephen’. The fire officers wrapped him in blankets to warm him up and he was then taken to the Galley Hill Equine Surgery in Waltham Abbey where the vets treated him for hypothermia and gave him the vital colostrum (early stage milk) that he may not have received from his mother.
Resident Vet Andrea Smith, said: “The river ran by a waterworks. We have no idea how he ended up there, but there was no sign of a broodmare, so we suspect that, sadly, he may have been put there.He is doing very well, considering. He’s a really sweet, healthy foal and we hope he’ll be able to go on and have a lovely happy life. He certainly deserves it, he’s an absolute delight.”
The surgery tried him with a surrogate mare, but when Stephen showed no real interest, they approached Redwings Horse Sanctuary to offer Stephen a home and continue with his hand rearing. He has now arrived at the charity’s specialist horse hospital in Norfolk.
Redwings in Action
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.
09 April 2013 by Redwings Press Office
We are delighted to announce that the Redwings Show will be held on Sunday 19th May at Topthorn Equestrian Centre (Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, Suffolk) with high hopes for it being the biggest one yet!
After a successful show last year, which saw over 320 entries in over 60 classes, we are hoping for even more excitement this time around, and as well as all the usual fun classes, we will also have qualifiers for TARRA, Veteran Horse Society and the Royal London Show as well as Donkey Breed Society affiliated classes. There is something for novices on their first time out, oldies on their hundredth and of course several classes dedicated to all the lovely rescue horses and ponies for whom things could have been very different.
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.
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A bird's eye view of the horses in vet care stables
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