Redwings Horse Sanctuary has lifted its final quarantine zone after battling strangles for the past eight months.

In the clear: horses at Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

Following an outbreak of the contagious respiratory disease in February this year, Redwings has announced the final area of quarantine has been lifted from its largest farm in Norfolk.

Restrictions lifted

Movement restrictions between and within Redwings sites have also been lifted, and all movements around the horse hospital at the charity’s Norfolk headquarters have returned to normal.

At the height of the outbreak, 24 horses tested positive for strangles, many more required testing and nine quarantine zones were in operation, resulting in an expenditure of more than £4,000 a week on feed, test results and equipment to contain the disease.

The charity was also forced to cease rehoming operations and temporarily close its Ada Cole Rescue Centre in Essex due to suspected contact with a strangles case.

Biggest challenge

Redwings chief executive Lynn Cutress said: “The strangles outbreak has been one of the biggest challenges we have faced in our 30-year history.

“I’d like to thank our supporters – new and longstanding – for their support and understanding during this extraordinary time. Sincere thanks also go to everyone who has already donated to help us deal with our outbreak and ensure our horses got the best possible care.”

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