Redwings team welcomed to Writtle University College

February 2022

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

On February 1st, Writtle University College welcomed two staff members from Redwings Horse Sanctuary to campus.  

Nic De Brauwere is Head of Behaviour and Welfare and a part of Redwings' Veterinary Team, in addition to being Chairperson of the National Equine Welfare Council. Guilly Rident is a member of the Education and Campaigns Team.

The sanctuary rescues abandoned, mistreated and neglected horses and donkeys from across the UK, giving them a safe place to live and providing essential veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and lifelong care. Writtle University College has previously offered a home to some of the charity's rescued animals.

Nic spent the morning meeting second year Equine Performance Science students studying the Young Horse Production module. They discussed training project horses, taking a particular interest in Ora who was born at Redwings after Nic led the rescue of Ora's mother 'Frances'. Ora is now being backed and trained by students.

Nic treated second and third year Equine and Veterinary Physiotherapy students to a guest lecture, highlighting everyday activities that promote good welfare.

Guilly worked with Level 3 Equine Diploma students, teaching them about Strangles and the importance of biosecurity for stopping the spread of infectious disease. University College students will be working as social media ambassadors for Redwings' multi-organisation campaign, which raises an understanding of Strangles and features an annual Strangles Awareness Week.

Nic and Guilly also offered final year students advice on welfare-related career paths.

Lecturer in Equine Science, Susan Mooney, said: "We were delighted to welcome Nic and Guilly from Redwings to our specialist equine campus. Their visit was a true inspiration for the next generation of Equine Welfare officers!"