Cheikh works tirelessly for his owner, Mahmoud, transporting construction materials around Douboungué, a region of Mauritania.
Every day, the six-year-old horse hauls a heavy cart in intense 40°C heat. Without the faithful horse’s help, Mahmoud would have no way of making an income and supporting his family. Life is extremely tough for both Cheikh and Mahmoud.
One day, Mahmoud noticed Cheikh was having trouble walking more than even a few steps and showed significant discomfort when pulling his cart. After inspecting his horse’s legs and finding a wound on Cheikh’s right front limb, the concerned owner went to SPANA for help.
At our centre in Boghé, our expert vets gave Cheikh a full examination, first checking the leg wound and then feeling his joints for any abnormalities.
As they gently examined Cheikh’s legs and flexed the fetlock joints, the horse visibly flinched and tried to pull his front right leg away in discomfort.
The affected joint was swollen and tender, so Cheikh was given an anti-inflammatory injection to relieve soreness and reduce inflammation. They treated the leg wound by gently removing the dead tissue and cleaning the area with antiseptic solution to prevent infection.