Acts of Kindness
Chained horse gives rescuers kisses after being freed
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Rachel Shapiro
09.20.21

In the Delta Danube in Ukraine, a group of wild horses roams free. They’re one of the last groups of wild horses remaining in Europe. Sadly, though, they aren’t always treated well by the locals. They’re targeted as a meat source, and some of the horses are even forced into chains.

This is what happened to one poor wild horse.

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Hugo Ramos on Unsplash

This horse was spotted with a rather cruel restraint. Ovidiu Rosu, veterinarian for the Four Paws team spotted a wild horse with a cruel, yet sadly common restraint for the area. The horse’s front legs were chained together, a way that these wild horses are often stopped from being able to run away.

Of course, this creates huge discomfort and restrictions for the horses.

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Four Paws International on YouTube

To stay safe, the horse is tranquilized. Ovidiu shoots the horse with a tranquilizer gun in order to put it to sleep. This is firstly for the horse’s safety so that it doesn’t attempt to thrash or run and hurt itself while Ovidiu is at work, and of course, it’s also to protect Ovidiu.

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Four Paws International on YouTube

When the horse is down, they cover its eyes. This is to keep the horse calm while Ovidiu is doing what he has to. Like many other animals, covering a horse’s eyes stop them from panicking and keep them restful.

This horse has a good friend, who watches over it while Ovidiu gets to work.

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Four Paws International on YouTube

The horse had chains around both of its front hooves.

This prevents the horses from running away easily, forcing them to do a sort of hop, which slows them down drastically. Having the horses much slower means that they’re easier to catch and hunt for their meat. As you can imagine, this it very painful for the horses and the chains can not only prevent them from usual movement, but cut into their skin and hurt their joints.

This dutiful vet sets his mind to the task. With a pair of pliers, the Four Paws vet begins working on the wires that attach the chains around the horse’s ankles.

As you can see, the horse was severely restricted by these chains, and it’s a good thing that it was subdued, or Ovidiu would have one heck of a time removing these chains.

Four Paws International on YouTube
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Four Paws International on YouTube

The horse’s friends tentatively seem to thank Ovidiu. It’s clear that the horse with the chains has a few good friends out on the delta, as these horses remain close the whole time Four Paws is at work.

They stand by protectively, and watch on, inspecting Ovidiu as he works on their friend. It even seems as if they’re thanking him.

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Four Paws International on YouTube

When the horse comes to, the cloth is removed. Slowly but surely this horse becomes conscious again, and when the cloth is removed, it stirs and wakes up.

Still drowsy, it will take a bit of time for this horse to shake off the sedative, but now will be able to run free.

They even stick around to make sure the horse can get up. The job isn’t done until they know that this horse is going to be fine, and that means even helping it up to its hooves.

Four Paws International on YouTube
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Four Paws International on YouTube

The vet also tagged the horse so they’ll be able to track him. That way, the vet will be able to make sure the horse is happy and free. We’re so glad these compassionate vets helped these horses, and it’s incredible to see how the horse thanked the kind vet who helped him.

Check out the full rescue in the video below!

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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