By Jessica Pineda
"Moved to help the Sioux and their horses, Charmian Wright, DVM, raised funds for medical supplies before driving out to Standing Rock.
As the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline continues, it has drawn nationwide attention. It also drew the attention of Charmian wright, DVM, owner and operator of Mountain Horse Medical in Park City, Utah. When she heard about horses getting injured at Standing Rock, she was motivated to reach out to the Sioux on Facebook to see if they needed help.
According to the Huffington Post, after receiving a phone call from a horse caretaker at the Oceti Sakowin Camp, Dr. Wright started raising funds for medical supplies via GoFundMe named "Helping the Horse Nation." Then she packed up her supplies and headed the 900 miles to Standing Rock.
As the Huffington Post reports, horses are an integral part of the Sioux culture. While no horses have died during the protests, they did have some minor injuries, and Wright treated a few of them. Her main goal was to teach the Sioux how to treat their horses during an emergency and how to look for illnesses.
"I taught them how to do an in-depth physical exam, including the use of a stethoscope, how to assess for lameness, how to body-score for weight, and how to examine teeth," she told the Huffington Post. "We discussed how to assess different types of injuries and how they are treated. I showed them the uses of different medications, such as antibiotics for infection and anti-inflammatories for pain and colic."
According to the Huffington Post, she also, "discussed nutrition and bandaging techniques, taught some people how to suture wounds, and put together emergency medical kits for horse owners."
Wright, a graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has since returned home, but she is still raising funds for the Sioux. As of press time, she has currently raised $11,886 of $15,000 goal. She has also made herself available for further consultations and may even return to Standing Rock in the future.
Check out some pictures from Wright's trip below:"
Dr. Wright's Facebook: "First delivery of veterinary medical supplies for the horses of Standing Rock. In two days I will be on my way"
Dr. Wright's Facbook: "This 10 year old mustang mare was on her way to the killer auction when she somehow got diverted to Standing Rock. She was perfectly sound and had no physical problems. Elih had before now been borrowing other horses to go to the front lines in the pipeline protests. Elih knew nothing about the mare. And yet he worked with her a little, then hopped on bareback. She tried to circle back to the others but he turned her again, getting her lined out.
When I last saw them they were moving into the distance, being swallowed up by the lines of flags and tipis in the camp. The afternoon sunlight braided her tail with little spears of light. She was moving out like a seasoned campaigner who fully trusted her rider's hand. Was it my imagination when I sensed her relief at her change of fortune?
Elih calls her Last Chance"
Dr. Wright's Facebook: "Gabi is originally from Czechoslovakia but she had been living in California. Until recently, when she joined the Crow Creek Spirit Riders at Standing Rock. She is fluent in English and extraordinarily keen, observant, and well-educated. She is learning as much as she can about emergency equine care between her other obligations. She plans on staying through the winter. She is living in a tipi. Gabi shared with me some of the challenges she has faced in becoming a Spirit Rider. But she is well on her way. Gabi could give anyone a run for their money."
Dr. Wright's Facebook: "Foretek, a human medic at Standing Rock, learned how to put intravenous catheters in horses today. She was a very willing, quick and proficient learner. If a horse needs intravenous fluid therapy, the medics can help. I am leaving them with 40 liters of fluids, lots of catheters, and multiple IV setups."
Dr. Wright's Facebook: "Practice sutures done by my Crow Creek students at Standing Rock. These guys can throw in sutures like a boss."
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