A team of eight Redwings staff including welfare veterinary surgeon Nicola Berryman attended to offer their expertise in both assessing the condition of the horses and rounding up the horses. Nicola commented:
“The 3,500 acre common meant the operation did indeed prove quite a challenge, but it is a real testament to our senior field officer Julie Harding and her team that we were able to round up and load the horses in a calm and controlled manner – especially when considering the horses’ condition and that they were largely unhanded.”
Concerns for the welfare of the group had been raised previously following which Redwings’ senior veterinary surgeon and Head of Welfare and Behaviour Nic de Brauwere together with RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil attended the site prior to the rescue operation to assess the group.
During the rescue and following clinical assessment by Redwings’ vet and an external vet, three horses were subject to welfare concerns and the RSPCA are subsequently appealing for information to find their owner. All horses were removed on authority of the Powys County Council using the Control of Horses (Wales) Act.