Whilst carrying out a spay, neuter and vaccination drive at a Migrant Camp, we discovered a horse amongst the waste in a disused area of the settlement.
The horse was attempting to find whatever food she could scavenge and was eating plastic and dirt. She was in a seriously bad condition, with severe malnutrition, dehydration and sores all over her body from being worked too hard.
Our team were saddened at the extent of the horse’s treatment and questioned the camp residents about the care of the horse. The horse was only between 5 to 7 years old, but had been overworked to the point of collapse.
Because she was no longer of use, she had been discarded (still tethered) in the ‘waste’ area of the camp, with an old blanket tied to her.
Najwa, our Country Manager, made it her personal mission to rescue the horse.
After much persuasion, she convinced the people in the camp to let us take the horse from them as she was no longer of any use to them.
We checked that there were no other horses or working mules in the camp (there weren’t) and whether they intended to replace her (they weren’t) and arranged collection of her.
Two days later, the horse arrived at the Nowzad clinic. The first thing Najwa did was give her a name, ‘Azad’, which is Dari for ‘free’.
She also received intense medical treatment for her sores and injured leg, her hooves were also treated by a farrier and she has been given lots of fresh, nutritious food and plenty of clean water and vitamins.
Azad is enjoying life at Nowzad, she is still quite fearful of people, but has warmed to Najwa and our muleteer ‘Juma’ and allows him to brush her daily.
We will be sure to keep the Nowzad Family updated on Azad’s progress, but for now, Welcome Azad, the first ever Nowzad Horse.
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