The vets took x-rays and examined her posture to try to determine the cause of Yasmina’s lameness. As she entered the centre, the vets noticed her odd gait – she walked while standing on her toes like a ballet dancer, all of her weight bearing down on her hoof tips. The vets finally came to the diagnosis of ‘flexor tendon contracture’, otherwise known as “ballerina syndrome” which causes contracted ligaments and makes horses and donkeys to trip over their own feet. In Yasmina’s case, this was most likely the result of a small injury to her leg that had gone unnoticed.
Unfortunately, this condition has to be corrected with surgical intervention but to Ahemd’s great relief, the staff were ready to operate within the hour. Under general anaesthesia, the vets got to work on the contracted tendon, setting it to heal in a more natural position. Within an hour, Yasmina was recovering in her stall after receiving painkillers and anti-tetanus injections.
The family happily allowed Yasmina to rest and recover in the SPANA centre for two weeks while they walked the nine kilometres every few days to visit her. Yasmina’s limbs were rehabilitated with a combination of regular exercise and correct hoof trimming which should prevent the condition from returning. At the end of two weeks, Yasmina was back to her happy, healthy self and ready to return to the family farm.
Atif and his father were thrilled with the results saying:
‘She is precious to my entire family. I am grateful to SPANA team for having treated Yasmina. Without Chemaia centre, I would have inevitably lost Yasmina.’
They were instructed to continue the corrective hoof trimming and bring Yasmina back within the month for a check-up.