AN animal welfare activist has called for a strong equine veterinary service after a horse suffered horrific burn injuries.
Bahrain-resident Jerri Taylor took in the 18-year-old horse named Twister from a stable in Shakura following the accident, in which the horse sustained second-degree burns.
“We got to know about Twister’s condition last month and decided to treat him because he had suffered burns to 65 per cent of his body,” Ms Taylor told the GDN.
“Somehow he had got away and ended up on a pile of burning manure.”
The American woman got in touch with the Bahraini owner and bought Twister from him for BD1,000.
“I contributed BD500 with another lady donating a similar amount.
“We are spending daily between BD60 to BD100 on Twister and this includes a daily visit by a vet.
“I am using lots of aloe vera on his body which is doing wonders because his skin is recovering.
“He is doing much better now.”
Ms Taylor said she now plans to organise a fundraiser in the coming weeks. “I want to raise at least BD1,500 that will cover our medical costs and in future we would like to hand over Twister to someone who can look after him responsibly.”
Ms Taylor recalled another incident where she rescued a horse that was found starving to death two years ago.
“What we are lacking in the country is a strong equine veterinary service and a team of highly trained vets who can provide assistance to stable owners and in emergency cases,” she said.