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Aspiring vets meet the neigh-bours at horse hospital

Published on 26/03/19

Students from Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form’s veterinary society made some four-legged friends and saw equine care in action at a special ‘horse hospital’.

The sixth formers found out how over 2,000 rescued horses, donkeys, and mules are cared for at Redwings, the country’s biggest horse sanctuary, in a visit to its headquarters at Hapton in south Norfolk.

Redwings education officer Charlotte McMorran led the group on a behind-the-scenes tour of the site’s purpose-built vet unit, which has its own X-ray facilities and an operating table big enough to take Shire horses weighing up to a tonne.

At the behaviour unit students learned how horses who have suffered neglect or abuse in the past are put through a gentle rehabilitation programme so they can learn to trust their human carers.

Deputy principal Rachel Jarrold said: “It was a real privilege to spend time at Redwings and we all left astounded by the work that they do.”