The SPCA team rescued me when I was on the verge of death. They took care of me with much dedication and now, very gradually, I am getting stronger. I am fed special, nutritious food that helps me to gain weight, but my rehabilitation process is expected to take a very long time
The horse Hamsa (7 years old) was found in the Taibe area, wounded and very underweight. She had collapsed from exhaustion and could not get back up on her feet. With much effort, the team managed to lift her on to a trailer and take her to the Society’s stables.
According to the veterinarian who examined her, she was on the verge of death and, had she not been rescued, it is likely that she would have died within a few days. The examination also revealed that she was dehydrated, malnourished, in need of hoof trimming after a long period of neglect, and needed to have her teeth filed. She was also put on an intensive course of antibiotics to treat a serious open wound on her back, apparently caused by misuse of her saddle.
In addition to antibiotics, Hamsa was given analgesics and now her wounds are healing. The main challenge was to help her gain weight and in order to achieve this, she was put on a diet of highly nutritious food and expensive dietary supplements but, due to the condition of her teeth, she had difficulty eating. After a few weeks, during which time Hamsa got a little stronger, her teeth were filed and now it is easier for her to eat. She has become more vivacious but still suffers from exhaustion, spends a lot of time lying down, and the weight-gaining process is expected to be prolonged.
Update: In the end of the rehabilitation process Hamsa was adopted by a private horse farm near Ashkelon.