Amadi was limping and unable put weight on his back leg. Birhan noticed blood pooling around the horse’s foot coming from a three-inch–deep wound just above his fetlock. An excitable mare nearby had delivered the blow, possibly after Amadi had got too close for comfort.
Birhan slowly led the horse to the nearby SPANA clinic, which continues to serve as a lifeline to working animals in need despite Covid-19 restrictions. The vet team cleaned and disinfected Amadi’s wounds before assessing the damage to his leg. They used the centre’s X–ray machine to ensure that there were no fractures or breaks to his bones, which, luckily, there weren’t.
However, in addition to the painful wound, the farrier spotted damage to Amadi’s hoof, which would need to be treated to prevent lameness. Once Amadi’s wounds had been treated, he used specialist tools to gently reshape the damaged foot. Amadi’s hoof was then wrapped in protective bandaging, allowing the injury time to heal.