THE Mullacott Equine Hospital, near Ilfracombe, has raised more than £2,500 for equine charities through hosting a series of educational talks. The charities which will benefit include The Redwings Horse Sanctuary and the Equine Rescue Fund, which aims

THE Mullacott Equine Hospital, near Ilfracombe, has raised more than £2,500 for equine charities through hosting a series of educational talks. The charities which will benefit include The Redwings Horse Sanctuary and the Equine Rescue Fund, which aims to improve the standard of veterinary care to horses in emergency situations.Topics covered during the talks included the emergence of new diseases such as West Nile Virus and African Horse Sickness and how to care for elderly horses. Record-breaking horse trainer Martin Pipe was also a special guest at one of the talks at the Ilfracombe-based hospital. To support the hospital's fund-raising efforts he invited several of its clients to visit his yard outside Wellington. The final event was a client visit to the Badminton Horse Trials to see cross country experts in action, including local ride Lucy Wiegersma.Commenting on the hospital's fundraising efforts, Partner David Buckley said: "Both Redwings and the Equine Rescue Fund carry out vital work. Redwings is the only rescue charity with the resources to cope with serious cruelty cases involving large numbers of horses. In the current climate , the help it is giving unfortunate animals whose owners can no longer afford to keep them is also essential."The Equine Rescue Fund carries out great work training vets and firefighters in rescue techniques for horses which have become stranded or are in other emergency situations."Feedback from our staff and clients has been that they found the talks very informative and useful. We're also delighted to have raised so much money for two such worthy causes.