After my visit to Romania and after a couple visits thereafter, it became obvious that horses still played an integral part in the daily lives of Romanians and they were heavily relied on for many and varied day to day tasks.
After an interesting interview with one of the very few equine vets in Chernavoda, Romania, it was clear to see that although horses were relied on day to day, they were not afforded the courtesy or care that would be required for horses working so hard and that were so heavily relied on.
In one particular area of Romania there is an estimated 20,000 horses in a 10-mile radius, yet there is only one known equine vet for that radius and further. I think this stat itself explains that these horses’ needs are not met or considered.
Horses here in the UK see a vet regularly, whether that’s for their boosters, general health check-ups, worming. They also see physios twice a year, dentists once a year and farriers every 6 weeks. They are fed daily, provided shelter yet this is totally unheard of for the working horses of Romania.
You could argue their needs are in fact greater as they work for hours and hours every day. They are generally is a terrible condition with a low body score, malnourished with poor feet and teeth meaning these animals are working flat out in pain, excruciating pain.
Cherry Horse Welfare International see these horses we know they are there and we want to offer help to the people who simply do not understand or know they are not machines they are living feeling beings who need care and respect for the incredible jobs they do.
We have been involved with many cases already.
We have teamed up with Save the Dogs (and other animals) in Romania and we have helped fund the very successful outreach programme.
There have been 3 very prominent cases which are very important to us.
One being Emma…
Dumped from a car
She was found at the side of a road, dumped from a car along with 2 dogs because of her deformed mouth which would not allow her to pull a cart, therefore she was of no use.
This being the case she was simply thrown out like a piece of rubbish.
Thankfully, a local person found her. He contacted Save the Dogs and they travelled the 100km there and then back to rescue Emma.
The dogs she was dumped with ran away in search of food, so she was all alone in the world, confused, cold, and far young to cope without her mother.
A new born baby who needs her mum and like human babies they are born without teeth so the only form of sustenance she could receive is her mother’s milk.
The hero’s at Save the Dogs got to her and after working out with the locals who found her, what had happened, they put her in the van and set off on the long journey back home.
It is so unnatural and scary for a foal at this age not to have their mother.
She was petrified. After all that has happened to her, she got to the paradise that is the Footprints of Joy.
When she arrived, she heard the much-needed voice of fellow horses and one in particular; another foal called Gregor, who also had been abandoned in a ditch a few months earlier.
This is now her home; she knows she is safe.
Her future is still unknown because of her deformity, but what we do know is with your help we can fund her to stay at the Footprints of Joy so she is safe and loved and we can pay for all the medical fees which are required to try and correct her mouth.
At the moment, whilst she is being bottle fed milk, she is ok but, in a few months, she will require the fibre and the ability to eat grass and hay.
Some form of corrective surgery will have to be administered and this all comes at a cost.
Emma needs your on-going support.
Together we can give her the chance she so bravely hoped for whilst standing cold and alone on the roadside.