Earlier this year, Khadija the carthorse was spotted wandering around unattended near our SPANA centre in Marrakech, Morocco. The grey mare was struggling with lameness and unhealed wounds, and was visibly emaciated from lack of food in the empty streets.
Fortunately, SPANA’s mobile clinic was able to come to her aid.
On seeing Khadija, our veterinary staff were immediately concerned that she had been abandoned. The SPANA team immediately came to her aid, carefully helping her into their truck to take her to the Marrakech centre for treatment. Once she arrived, the frail animal was gently coaxed out of the vehicle by the vet team. Khadija had a fresh, deep cut on her thigh, likely caused by a collision with a moving vehicle or cart. To make things worse, her shoulders and chest were covered with painful sores – a sign that the cart harness used by her previous owner wasn’t adequately padded.
Our expert vets got straight to work, cleaning her delicate skin and disinfecting the wounds to minimise any chance of infection. After fully assessing the situation, the vets decided that the mare would need stitches on her thigh. To calm Khadija, the vets administered a sedative and general anaesthetic so they could carefully suture the painful wound. Khadija was lucky to have escaped the ordeal without any broken bones or more long-term issues.
During her recovery, Khadija was given nutritious feed to help rebuild her strength, as well as antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to soothe her discomfort. She will now recuperate at the centre until she is rehomed with a responsible and compassionate owner chosen by a SPANA vet.