WEL­FARE AWARD FOR REDWINGS

EDP Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

The British Horse So­ci­ety has hon­oured Nor­folk­based Redwings Horse Sanc­tu­ary with its Wel­fare Award for its in­no­va­tive ap­proach to pro­mot­ing horse health at Ap­pleby Horse Fair.

Redwings has been at­tend­ing the his­toric Ap­pleby Horse Fair in Cum­bria, which at­tracts thou­sands of Gyp­sies and trav­ellers with their horses, for trade and for leisure, ev­ery year for over a decade.

The char­ity, and other equine wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions, pro­vides a vi­tal ser­vice to fair-go­ers, in­clud­ing vet­eri­nary care and ad­vice.

Andie Vilela, ed­u­ca­tion and cam­paigns man­ager, said: “We know some horse own­ers are ap­pre­hen­sive about turn­ing to wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions for ad­vice through fear of be­ing judged.

“By em­brac­ing a pos­i­tive ap­proach through our awards, we’re start­ing to see this change. For ex­am­ple, our vets are able to pro­vide more pre­ven­ta­tive health care ad­vice be­cause fair-go­ers are not as wor­ried about speak­ing to them.” redwings.org.uk bhs.org.uk

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