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Redwings Top Story
27 Nov 2013 by Redwings Press Office
The weekend of our annual Hapton Christmas Open Weekend is nearly here. On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December, our headquarters at Hapton in Norfolk will be open to the public (free entry) to give you, our lovely supporters, the chance to meet some of our special care residents.
Our centre at Hapton, near Long Stratton, will be open to visitors from 10am to 3pm each day. The site is home to our Horse Hospital, Rehoming Centre and administration offices as well as more than 300 horses, ponies and donkeys. During the weekend, you can enjoy rehoming and handling displays, a donated tack sale and Christmas gift shopping, a cafe with delicious snacks and hot drinks, pony grooming sessions, fascinating farm tours and Young Redwings fun for young supporters.
You will also be able to meet lovely Lottie, the ‘Parasol Pony’, who was found roaming the streets of Diss earlier in the year and on her arrival weighed just 49kgs, she is now doing fantastically well and is looking forward to meeting all her fans. Redwings has also recently become home to two abandoned foals, one called Derek and the other Matty. Matty was particularly poorly on his arrival, he had a maggot infested foot, was severely underweight and had very little fight left in him. Matty is now picking up thanks to round-the-clock care, and visitors to the weekend will get the chance to see him being given one of his milk feeds – a lovely sight not be missed.
Redwings in Action
19 Nov 2013 by Redwings Press Office
Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the RSPCA have spent over a week working to safeguard the future welfare of more than 400 horses at a location between Bridgend and Llantwit Major in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Following a report to the Vale of Glamorgan Trading Standards team, welfare officers and vets moved quickly to assess the horses and provide treatment for those needing it. Over six days (12-17 November), more than 300 horses were removed from the site to places of safety by the organisations involved, with assistance from South Wales police and Bristol-based charity HorseWorld who provided vital support.
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22 Nov 2013
We are in the middle of an equine crisis situation in the UK. Redwings has just helped rescue 300 horses from a site in South Wales, a few weeks ago we helped move 46 seemingly abandoned horses from a site in Hampshire, and we are already operating at capacity, with over 200 horses having coming into our care this year already. Fly grazing and abandonment are two of the major issues contributing to this crisis. We recently welcomed plans by the Welsh Government to introduce legislation to tackle fly grazing of horses and ponies in Wales and are urgently asking the UK Government to follow suit in England to help stem the tide of unwanted horses across the country.
01 Nov 2013 by Redwings Press Office
Two special Redwings residents are heading up our 2013 Christmas campaign. Both ponies were rescued by Redwings last Winter, and this season their respective bright futures are cause for celebration thanks to our kind supporters and dedicated staff. Holly was rescued on Christmas Eve 2012 by RSPCA Inspector Lewis Taylor at a site near Orsett in Essex. She was part of a larger group of horses, all in poor condition, but Holly was in the worst state by far. The two-year-old skewbald cob was so emaciated she could barely stand unaided, with a body condition score of just 0.5. Horrifyingly, her hips were covered in large and extremely painful sores - likened to ‘bedsores’ – caused because she had no muscle to protect her joints from rubbing against the hard floor when she lay down.
Look out for Sampson, Oliver, Icky, Victoria, Muffin, Denise, Esther and friends!
A bird's eye view of the horses in vet care stables
Handsome Icky was once unwanted and alone