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Dramatic rescue in Romania - FOUR PAWS team treat badly injured horse

Our team has been in Letea Forest in Romania to continue the successful birth control programme, which controls the high population of wild horses in the area in a humane and effective way.


While our team was looking for new horses to treat, they noticed three mares all wearing tight chains or ropes around their necks. The likelihood is that they were roaming around the woods having escaped from a nearby farm. The chains were hindering the horses and causing considerable discomfort, so our team decided to free them from the shackles immediately. 

© FOUR PAWS | Matthias Schickhofer

Just in time …

The chain on one of the three mares had become dangerously embedded into her skin and was pretty close to her eye and lower jaw. The injury was already heavily infected  because the chain had partially grown into the skin. Our team reacted immediately and treated the horses. We can’t say exactly how this accident came to happen, but probably the chain had got stuck as the mare struggled to get free from it. The injury was already at least a month old and as a result the mare’s general health was in a poor condition.


Everything went well

Our vet first of all anesthetised the mare, then removed the chain carefully and cleaned the wound. After a short time the horse woke up and went back to the herd, still quite cautious but determined. Our team watched her for a few days and was relieved that she recovered quickly and was obviously enjoying her life free of the chain.

Watch the whole rescue video below: