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Redwings Top Story
11 Dec 2013 by Redwings Press Office
A rare breed horse rescued as part of the well-known Amersham rescue in January 2008 has gone on to not only find a loving home through the Redwings Guardianship Scheme, but to also achieve success in the showring.
Gorgeous 16hh horse Bungle, now aged seven, was rescued from Spindle Farm alongside over 100 horses including two other Gelderlanders, named Zippy and George. George has remained here at Redwings due to his cataracts, and Zippy joined our Adoption Club down at Redwings Ada Cole in Essex. Meanwhile Bungle was rehomed with one of our very own vets, Eve France, through our rehoming scheme as Gelderlanders are not straightforward, and Eve could provide an expert home for Bungle as he matured as well as manage his separation anxiety.
In a twist of fate, Eve and Bungle’s relationship began before both of them came to Redwings. Before Eve joined our veterinary team, she worked for the RSPCA and was the practice vet when Bungle went from Spindle Farm to an RSPCA boarding yard before we were able to take him in. Eve saw the potential in Bungle but never imagined she would end up as his Guardian; she feels the bond they have was destined to happen!
Bungle's competition career started in April this year; at his first outing he got a 1st and 2nd competing in Preliminary classes. With Eve on board, he has had a busy summer competing in an unaffliliated dressage league with Harmony Dressage group at Preliminary level and has not been unplaced in any outing with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th placings, generally scoring 58-69%.“Bungle is such a gentle horse and has been quick to learn and taken everything in his stride,” explains Eve. “He came third in the league without even competing at every event and he was one point off second place and three points behind the winner’s position. I was so, so proud of him!”
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