10-year-old Raza is a Marwari horse, a breed native to the Jodhpur region of India. Raza works on a farm in the eastern state of Odisha, India, helping his owners, Ali and Sita, harvest just enough crops to feed their family of four.
With only a make-do harness at Ali’s disposal, each time he halted Raza, the cart would collide into the horse’s tail end. When hauling hay one afternoon, Raza stumbled on the uneven path causing the cart to crash into his rear where an open sore was already festering. Overloaded and unable to keep his balance, he fell hard onto his frail front legs and wounded both knees.
Fortunately, SPANA’s mobile clinic was there to help. The vet carefully cut away hair and dirt that had become matted in his tail wound, and thoroughly cleaned and sterilised Raza’s injuries. He then gently applied antibiotic ointment to fend off infection, and instructed Ali to clean the wounds twice a day while his horse was recovering.
The vet stressed that Raza’s injuries could have easily been prevented with improved harnessing. He replaced the broken breeching strap and showed Ali how to modify the harness, adding soft padding to protect sensitive areas of the horse’s body.
Raza is just one out of tens of thousands of animals our vets treat for agonising harness wounds every year.