After a day’s work, Mustafa returns El Medina to the family farm where she is unharnessed, brushed and led to a pasture to rest. But upon their return one evening, Mustafa moved El Medina to a new field for better grazing. The flighty mare immediately froze when she saw the neighbour’s horse grazing nearby and in a panic, wheeled around and bolted.
El Medina fell on the rocky ground, landing heavily on her chest and legs. The animal was in shock and although her legs weren’t broken, she was bleeding, bruised and struggling to walk.
Mustafa was distraught – he couldn’t stand seeing his animal in pain and ran to borrow his neighbour’s pickup truck and race El Medina to the SPANA clinic.
At the centre, the dazed horse was gently unloaded from the truck and immediately examined by SPANA vet, Youness, and his team. To manage El Medina’s pain, the vets sedated her and administered a local anaesthetic before applying a tourniquet to the badly cut right leg. They cleaned the wound and injected the area with antibiotics before closing it using button stitches, which relieve tension on the swollen skin around the sutures.
Finally, the vets gave El Medina anti-tetanus injections to prevent future complications and admitted the mare for three days of rest and recovery in the Chemaia stables. There, staff could keep a close eye on her recovery and make sure there were no complications from the procedure. Mustafa was instructed not to work El Medina during the two weeks it would take for the injuries to heal.