Abyad the horse was injured in a road accident. Find out how SPANA vets in Mauritania acted quickly to help him.
For up to 10 hours a day, Abyad the seven-year-old horse pulls a small cart through the bustling streets of Nouakchott, in Mauritania, so that his owner Mohamed can earn a small income offering a taxi service. Abyad works in the market area of El Mina, a suburb of the city where the streets are densely packed with traffic. This makes Abyad’s work all the more difficult, as he must carefully negotiate cars, pedestrians and other road users to safely reach his destination.
One day, Abyad was in the centre of the very busy market when he stumbled on an obstruction in the road. Startled by the unexpected obstacle, he fell, hurting his left front leg and causing an open wound. Shocked and in severe pain, Abyad limped to the side of the road, but was struggling to put any weight on his injured leg. Mohamed was very concerned and took him to SPANA’s centre in Nouakchott for help straight away.
At the centre, SPANA vets gave Abyad a thorough examination to make sure he had not broken any bones in his fall. Luckily, he had not, but he had suffered a severe muscle injury. The vet team administered an anti-inflammatory injection to ease his pain and help reduce swelling, then gently cleaned and dressed his wound. The vets advised Mohamed that Abyad would need to rest for about a month so that his muscle injury could fully recover. He was told to clean the wound regularly, and was advised on the signs to look out for if the wound was becoming infected.
Abyad was then given a full health check to make sure that his teeth and hooves were in good condition. The vets noticed Abyad was wearing a homemade bit, so he was given a new, comfortable metal bit as a replacement.
Mohamed was grateful for the treatment Abyad received. He said: ‘This is my second visit to the SPANA centre. This time the problem is more critical, and I am very pleased that the vets could help my animal.’
Every day, SPANA vets must be ready to treat working animals like Abyad who are at risk of serious injury as a result of road accidents. With your kindness, we can ensure they have everything they need to provide lifesaving emergency care. Thank you for your support in helping us provide this vital veterinary treatment when working animals need us most.