We are on a big mission this year; to help overweight horses get slimmer while adding weight to Redwings Horse Sanctuary's funds. We've pledged to convert equine weight loss kilos into £££s, to raise £5,000 for the charity.
We are inviting horse owners to join the SPILLERS Slimmers' Club, with the goal of members' horses collectively losing 100,000kg. As the weight loss accumulates it will be converted to a financial donation of £5k to support Redwings' vital equine welfare work, which includes rescuing horses from the risks of obesity.
Being overweight can pose as much of a welfare risk as being underweight for horses, not only because of the direct weight-associated effects, but also due to the increased risks posed for certain clinical conditions, especially laminitis. Other health and welfare implications include increased joint strain, respiratory stress, heat intolerance, an increase in chronic low-grade inflammation in senior horses and reduced fertility.
The SPILLERS Slimmers’ Club was launched last summer to help address the problem of equine obesity in a positive way. Now, with more than 2,500 members, the motivating and friendly club provides practical support and camaraderie for owners of overweight horses and ponies, to aid them on their weight loss journey. It provides information and advice including weight loss tips, details of how to body condition score and use a weigh tape, diet plans and weight loss records. Club members also receive access to a dedicated Facebook group where they can share their horse’s progress and tips with other owners, get inspired with success stories and post questions for SPILLERS nutritionists to answer.
When you join the club, we want you to keep track of your horse or pony's weight loss. Below you can update us with the kilos that they have shed and their amount will be added to our totaliser. Once we collectively get to 100,000kg lost, we will donate £5,000 to Redwings Horse Sanctury. So join now to make a positive change for your horse or pony and also benefit all the horses and ponies at Redwings too.