Foal and horse at feeding trough
Foal and horse at feeding trough

Helping a bitten working horse

Working horse, front right leg bandaged, and its owner in Botswana

When she’s healthy, six year-old working horse Vicks is used for riding and cattle mustering in North West Ngamiland, Botswana.

 

Sadly, while having a well-deserved drink at the local river, Vicks was attacked by a crocodile who bit her leg, leaving her with a large wound on her front left leg.

Luckily for Vicks, SPANA’s new centre had just opened in Botswana and her owner Molefabangwe Elliot Phalane, along with his nephew K.B., took her to see if we could help.

The new SPANA team cleaned the wound thoroughly with an antiseptic spray, before applying honey dressings and a special pressure bandage, which was designed and made locally.

Working horses eating in blue SPANA bowls

She has also been given regular anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce the swelling and pain. The vets are treating the wound twice weekly with fresh dressings and once it has healed enough, Molefabangwe will be given zinc oxide cream to apply regularly. He was grateful for SPANA’s help saying:

‘SPANA has helped us a lot with our injured horse. I am very thankful for SPANA. Horses are important to us for transport and gathering our cattle. SPANA has also helped us with providing food and water for our horses and giving us free treatment.’

During her treatment, Vicks had a colt foal named Tootswa, which means giraffe in Setswana. The SPANA team have been providing Vicks and Tootswa with regular food and water and he is growing at a healthy rate.

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