Nepalgunj, September, 2016– Animal Nepal in 2015-2016 treated more than 42 saddle and harness wounds in working equines of brick factories of Lalitpur. The wounds are often caused by an ill-fitted saddles made out of improper materials. During September, in the off season of brick production, our outreach team went all the way to Nepalgunj where they conducted training on how to make a proper saddle and reduce wounds in their working animals.
On 23rd September our team including Dr. Atish Yadav, Kapil Kafle, Santosh Gautam and Sijan Pokharel conducted two harness making trainings for equine owners at Nepalgunj. The owners were selected on the basis of maximum wound score during their work at brick factories in Lalitpur. During the session they were taught step by step to make a proper harness. During the training we also made them understand the importance of an improved harness. Similar training was provided to other 10 owners on 25th September. On the first day of the training Dr. Atish and Santosh shared insights on the improvement of harness and saddles for equines. Sample harnesses were made from discarded cloths. A canvas cloth was used for making the harness since its soft on back of donkeys and also restricts dust particles to enter in it. The owners were extremely motivated by the making of new harness. They even intend to make more harness and sell them during the off season of brick production.
Along with the harness making training the owners were also trained on simple wound dressing on their equines. The fact that Animal Nepal staff will not always be available in the case of simple wound issues, the aim of our training was to make the owners capable and confident to be able to treat their equines by themselves. Animal Nepal has been distributing basic first aid medicine kit to the equine owners for free of cost. This time we trained them on how to take care of a simple wound as it can be life threatening if not treated on time. During the raning our vet Dr. Atish Yadav focused on 3 major questions. What causes wounds in equines? How to manage a simple wound? and what can we do for the prevention of wound?