When 10-year-old Mamo came to the SPANA clinic in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia, he was in serious pain. The hardworking horse was malnourished, lethargic and suffering from severe harness wounds.
Mamo’s owner, Ayelech, collects rubbish in the town, but lost her income when COVID-19 restrictions affected her work. Consequently, she wasn’t able to feed her beloved horse and, like many other locals, let Mamo out to graze in the hope he could find enough food for himself. With very little to eat, Mamo soon began to lose weight.
To make matters worse, Mamo had painful wounds on his chest and neck where his makeshift harness was rubbing against his skin. Due to his lack of nutritious feed, these wounds weren’t able to heal, leaving Mamo in severe pain and at risk of infection.
Fortunately, Ayelech had heard about the SPANA clinic in the closest town. The worried owner walked ten miles with Mamo to ensure he could get the treatment he desperately needed.
Our dedicated vets carefully cleaned Mamo’s wounds and applied treatment to help them heal. They also provided harness padding that would stop Mamo from developing future injuries.
Ayelech was given emergency feed to ensure Mamo recovered his strength and could heal properly.
Ayelech said, ‘Thank you SPANA for helping my horse free of charge. Without my horse I cannot support my family or afford our rent.’