Due to the embargo with India, drop in tourism and higher fuel costs a tourist venture that uses horses for trekking has hit hard times and can no longer afford to feed and look after their horses. AAA has stepped in to help, with Animal Nepal coordinating logistics on the ground.
A field visit was recently conducted by the Animal Nepal vets who went to Meghauli near Chitwan National Park funded by AAA. The report is as follows
- No proper history of deworming records.
- Lack of Farrier tools.
- All the horses had over grown hooves.
- Some of them had cracked hooves.
- No regular treatments and vaccinations.
- We found serious problems of balance ration.
- Lack of food supply.
- Two horses were very week even BCS is 1.5 -2, tooth problems.
- Lack of food storage room.
- Lack of regular exercise.
AN team intervention:-
- Animal Nepal team dewormed all the horses.
- Over grown hooves were trimmed.
- Tetanus vaccine was given and suggestion to repeat the these vaccines after one month.
- Prophylactic medicine for trypanosomasis given for two weak horses.
- Suggest to do regular exercise of all the horses.
- 150 kg. Bran, 150 kg. rice husk, mineral mixture powder and some medicine was given
- Hoof trimming should be repeated after a month.
- Continuity of feed supply.
- Proper record of individual animals should be maintained i.e. vaccination, deworming, health related medicine etc.
- Cultivate seasonal green grass to decrease feed cost.
- Enlarge the area of exercise ring.
- Vet team should visit this place once in a month.
AAA will fund a local vet who will be accompanied by the President of Animal Rights Club, Surajan, a volunteer from Animal Nepal to check and treat the horses once a month and extra concentrate feed will be bought and given to the horses on these visits. A Nepalese caretaker at the Resort will administer food for the horses and exercise the animals. Other recommendations by the Animal Nepal team will be followed up by the vet, Animal Nepal volunteer, and President of Animal Rights Club - Surajan. Thanks to Uttam at Animal Nepal and Surajan for helping to save these horses that were being left to starve and not get the treatment and care they need.
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