Staying safe in the river at Appleby - A Redwings film
Martina shares her experience with Redwings Horse Sanctuary on how to keep your horse safe in the River Eden at Appleby Fair (when it next happens!)
The picturesque River Eden is a highlight at Appleby Horse Fair. Fairgoers love the chance to bathe horses, as is traditional after the long drive, and to cool down after all that driving about.
Experienced Fairgoer Martina contacted Redwings to make a film to get the message ‘out there’ about safety in the river. Her top tips have the support of the vets at Appleby Horse Fair:
- Take it easy and look out for footing
- Find out the water levels and know your horse’s size and experience
- Boots can help protect against rocks and stumbling
- Be aware the horse needs to ‘take it all in’ - let it have its head, drink, take in his surroundings
Have you got experience of taking horses into the river? Perhaps you were a young boy or girl and you felt nervous or excited about what it might be like? Was your horse happy to go in? Share your memories, tips and thoughts with Redwings on social media: @RedwingsHS (Twitter) and @RedwingsHorseSanctuary (Facebook) redwingsuk (Instagram).
Find out more about Redwings Horse Sanctuary and their work at Appleby Horse Fair
The Travellers' Times are publishing a series of eight horse welfare films made by Redwings featuring Gypsies, Travellers and Appleby fairgoers talking about their horses.
So far we have published two others.