Horses are incredible creatures. They’re intelligent, graceful, and helpful.
Many humans frequently rely on horses for transportation or pulling heavy objects. They are some of humanity’s greatest allies.
Despite this, not everyone treats horses with respect—some intentionally harm these animals. Fortunately, there are people like David Rendle who help horses in need.
Cinders the pony was dumped in Derbyshire after being hit by an acid attack.
In May, Cinders was discovered in Derbyshire, England with severe bruises on her face and legs. The 8-month-old had been dropped off there after somebody had intentionally struck her in an acid attack.
She was soon rushed to Rainbow Equine Hospital for treatment where she met with veterinarian David Rendle. Cinders’ face was completely scorched and she couldn’t even open her eyes anymore.
Rendle had never seen a horse in such bad condition before.
Still, the staff did all that they could to get Cinders feeling better. They dressed and wrapped the burns around her eyes, trimmed her feet, and treated her for lice and worms.
She quickly began to regain strength, and online donations helped the recovery go faster.
Still, since the hospital had never dealt with burns this severe before, Rendle and his fellow vets had their work cut out for them as they tried to figure out how to fully heal Cinders.
The treatment they arrived at was one never done on a horse before.
He used tilapia fish skin to treat the burns—the first time this had ever been done on a horse.
As they were researching different methods, Rendle recalled how doctors in Brazil used tilapia skins to treat burns on humans and how these same tactics have been used to treat animals before.
He called Dr. Jamie Peyton who was the first to apply this treatment to animals. She gave him advice and even flew all the way from California to help administer the treatment.
“We investigated means of shipping the tilapia dressings to the UK for Cinders when Jamie went one better and offered to bring them in person, with the support of University of California Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital,” Rendle told Yorkshire Post.
The three hour surgery proved successful.
A few weeks later, Rainbow Equine posted to Facebook,“Cinders continues to do well. The novel tilapia fish skin treatment worked brilliantly and her deep burns are healing well, almost too well.”
As of today, Cinders hasn’t made a full recovery yet but she’s getting better every day, and the burns on her face don’t seem to have effected her eyesight at all.