Gambia Horse And Donkey Trust
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Ailments range from severe traumas like land mine injuries and road traffic accidents to less severe but chronic and debilitating rub sores from badly fitting tack. In addition to treating animals at the clinic, field trips to surrounding villages were organised. The call-outs usually started with a small number of animals, but the news of a veterinary visit spread like a bush fire and very quickly more and more owners showed up with their donkeys in tow to get teeth checked and rasped if needed, small wounds looked after, badly misshaped feet trimmed, or suspected trypanosomiasis treated.
What was very encouraging was that several owners showed up with no concerns about their animals but just wanting a check over.
This showed the charity has good relationships with the animal owners and the education message about the importance of regular checks is slowly getting through. Whereas most minor ailments were treated on the spot, for some animals it was decided to transport them to the hospital for more intensive and longer care treatment or a more detailed work-up. With the discovery of a brand new digital radiography system which was successfully assembled, from now on particularly orthopaedic conditions can be diagnosed more accurately and much more specific treatments initiated.
Training was given to two of the staff in radiography — both in how to set up the machine, take and develop radiographs but also the health and safety side to ensure correct protocols are followed. Though being less well equipped this more remote outpost is the seeding point for The Gambian Horse and Donkey Trust and remains to be an important local base to support donkey owners.
While Karen and Markus concentrated on both stationary treatments and field visits this camp has also been repeatedly the base for field-based research into vector-transmitted infectious diseases like trypanosomiasis. There were not as many field trips needed here compared to Makasutu, due to the timing of the trip, so time was spent with the staff teaching and discussing subjects as wide ranging as drug administration, wound care, parturition and dystocia and farriery.
A long list of visiting veterinarians — many of them supported by the BEVA Trust - have helped to train the local para-veterinary staff to a level that they are proficient to cope with day-to day problems.
The long-term goal remains to build a broad base of local knowledge that will render the staff more and more independent from expat veterinary support — until then it will not be the last time that we or other colleagues will make their way into The Gambia.
The first day consisted of lectures focused primarily on wound assessment, healing and management. The lectures were intended to provide practical tips and be useful in the field. They were attended by lecturers at the Estonia University of Life Sciences, veterinary surgeons practicing in Estonia and Finland, and veterinary students from Estonia and Finland.
Topics covered included wound assessment and management, dealing with synovial sepsis, dealing with wound complications, assessment and management of the lame horse and then in the afternoon sessions on field anaestheisia, castration complications, eneucleation, surgery of the foot and sinus surgery. This was followed by two days of practical sessions; the first for veterinary surgeons and the second for veterinary students.
This format allowed the delegates to practice the techniques discussed within the lectures, ask further questions, and consolidate their knowledge. The practical topics covered included diagnostic analgesia, synoviocentesis, suturing techniques, skin grafting techniques, bandaging, splinting and casting techniques, sinus trephination and eneucelation.
The practical sessions were well organised, with small enough group sizes, sufficient equipment and cadaver specimens to allow the participants to gain practical, hands on experience. The involvement of the University Lecturers, and the new skills they obtained, will benefit the veterinary students they teach.
Both the lectures and practical sessions were well received and the whole experience was a positive one for both the participants and us the lecturers. The workshop will be to veterinary students that currently have little or no equine-specific practical training within their curriculum. These students currently lack the confidence and competence needed to diagnose, treat and prevent illness, injury and disease amongst equines and require training that encompasses theory, practical and structured hands-on experience with equines.
This workshop is one of a series that make up the training scheme of work. Our volunteers need to have good veterinary knowledge and skills, as well as experience with equine dentistry theory and practical skills using manual tools. The ability to effectively train others village veterinarianscommunicate effectively with students, assess student progress, offer support to lecturers and work effectively as part of a team would also be beneficial. They have 35 stables, full laboratory and imaging diagnostic equipment and a staff of 4 senior veterinarians all of whom have completed 12 months Fondouk funded internships in either Glasgow or Lyons plus 3 interns, 3 technicians and a farrier.
They receive around 20 outpatients each day and usually have around 40 equids hospitalised at any one time. The equids are made up of approx. The Fondouk are looking to improve the level of technical capacity.
Click here to take a look at Lynn's report. Stella gave the owners advice on how to keep him as comfortable as possible and purchased some food for him, then she went in search of a vet to put him down.
It took her five days to find the vet and upon her return she was astonished to find that with just a small amount of nourishment he had managed to stand and he was tottering around trying to graze. It was clear that his recovery would take some time and he was purchased by Stella. Later he became the co-founder and mascot of the Trust. He is now fully recovered and is a gentle, affectionate horse. Although we are not a sanctuary as such, we do feel that Lazarus has earned his place in our 'team'.
Currently he enjoys a gentle ride out into the bush each morning where he is tethered to enjoy the lush grass that is growing well at the moment. Our Yard Manager, Ebrima, is usually the one to ride Gibby out in the morning, with just a headcollar on his head and a saddle pad on his back - not the way you might expect someone to ride a stallion out back here in the UK!
Gibby is looking very healthy at the moment and certainly seems to be enjoying his retirement at the GHDT centre. Until now Gibby was loaned out to a Gambian family who lived in a very remote area of the country, and required a horse to do the work on their farm. Gibby has not only worked hard as a farm horse, ploughing the fields and sowing seeds, but he has also been invaluable as a form of transport for the family.
Living in a remote area of Gambia can be difficult in many ways, and the lack of any motorised transport is one of the things that adds to this. By having Gibby to pull their cart, the family were able to take their farm produce to markets further afield, and also to provide essential transport to their friends and family when they needed to get to the hospital.
Gibby has spent a number of years working very hard for the family who took care of him, but he is now reaching a mature age for a Gambian horse, and the family felt that they were no longer able to provide him with the care that he would require in his older years. Knowing that Gibby had helped their family so much, they felt it would be kindest for Gibby to spend the rest of his days at our centre, where he can retire gracefully with round the clock care from our team of staff.
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Because of his wonky legs he no longer goes far from the centre, so when the other stallions are ridden out into the bush each day to a new grazing area Tallah remains much closer to the centre in his own separate area, to avoid him having to walk too far. His mane is beautiful and long which is a great help for keeping the many flies off of him and as always his coat has a beautiful shine.
Without any training, Tallah was put into a harness and cart and his owner expected him to be able to pull the cart without any problem. Sadly, Tallah panicked at the monster which seemed to have been attached to him and immediately began galloping out of control.
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Fortunately for Tallah he was not far from the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust, so we were able to take him in for treatment. After a period of time with his leg in a cast, and endless hours of expert care by our staff, Tallah made a recovery against all the odds. Due to the extent of his injuries he is not able to undertake a normal workload and because of this Tallah will always live at our centre. Due to his traumatic experience in a cart we would never ask Tallah to pull a cart, but he has been trained to do farming work and is well known in our local area for being the best horse for ploughing during the rainy season, due to his exuberant manner and endless energy!
His aversion to water means that his furrows are not always as straight as they should be as he circumnavigates puddles.
He is full of character and loves nothing more than an outing into the bush with one of our staff. NEIL January 10th,Update - Neil is currently being tethered during the day in different places around our centre to allow him graze on fresh grass. As per usual, he is full of noise and energy when he is brought out of his stable each morning and he leaves a loud trail of hee-haws behind him as he is led to his tethering area for the day.
He continues to be a perfect picture of health, with his excellent bodyweight and gleaming, shiny brown coat. He was rescued as a foal by a volunteer who was visiting The Gambia, so he has spent most of his life with us.
Neil produces very nice foals so he has not been castrated and is used as a stud. He is lively to lead and drags most of his handlers in the direction he would like to go, but he is very soft and loves affection.
He is very lazy when in his cart though! He considers Sambel Kunda as his domain and is always out to keep other male donkeys in their place.
He seemed to be able to escape from every paddock we ever made for him until we imported high quality stock fencing to put against the post and rails, then he escaped through the gate! Neil's claim to fame is that he has walked the entire length of The Gambia and back again on a fundraising expedition with photographer Jason Florio and his wife Helen.
He had the important task of carrying all the camera equipment and luggage on his cart. We were questioning his quality of life, but he suddenly perked up and seems fine at the moment, enjoying long days out grazing and snoozing in the sunshine. He was rescued from the side of the road where he had been abandoned as he had a high fever and a slightly clubbed foot.
He was fostered by a Peace Corps Volunteer who already had our horse "Benson" on loan for one of his projects and thought it would be appropriate to have Benson and Hedges! He was well cared for and with remedial foot trimming his foot did well and he was a useful donkey. When his carer left the country, he was returned to the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust where he was put out on loan as a project donkey.
Sadly as he grew older the foot deformity seemed to get worse so we withdrew him from work and bought him home. Hedges has to receive very regular trimming by one of our trained farriers to ensure that the deformity does not continue getting any worse.
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Although he has been temperamental in the past, he has settled back home well and only now bares his teeth if you stop fussing him. RHONA May 15th,Update - The last few weeks have been sad ones for all of us at Horse and Donkey as we have had to say goodbye to our beautiful donkey, Rhona, who had been with us for the last ten years, She was a wonderful mother and loved interacting with people, which is surprising as she had been very badly treated in her previous life.
She was a very empathetic character and was regarded with great affection by all the volunteers and staff.