Bahira helps her owner, Rachid, earn a modest income transporting goods in Morocco. Six days a week, the hardworking horse navigates her cart through bustling, uneven streets that are densely packed with traffic.
Rachid and Bahira were on their way home one evening when another cart travelling at high speed collided with Bahira, badly wounding her leg.
Shocked, distressed, and in severe pain, Bahira limped to the side of the road, blood pooling around her feet from the deep gash across her thigh. Rachid feared the worst, believing his horse had broken her leg. Bahira was losing blood and needed help fast.
Thanks to a kind onlooker with a truck, Bahira was rushed to SPANA’s Marrakech centre. Our team immediately staunched the flow of blood and gave the poor horse a thorough examination. Luckily, Bahira escaped without any bone damage, but due to the size and severity of the wound, the vets needed to operate immediately.
Without surgery, Bahira’s wound would not have been able to heal properly, and the long and painful process could have led to chronic damage, or worse – an agonising death.
When the surgery was complete, Bahira was put on a course of antibiotics and painkillers to soothe her discomfort. After two weeks of observation and attentive aftercare at our stables, Bahira’s stitches were removed and she was ready to go home.
Rachid was deeply grateful for the vet team’s intervention and said: ‘Bahira is important to my family, it scared me to see her so badly injured after the accident. I am relieved that the vets could help. Without them, I could have lost her.’
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