Standing with the Horses

The protests in Standing Rock are bringing out the best in us.


Charmain Wright, an experienced equine vet, dispatched from Park City Utah to North Dakota in early November to help treat horses injured in efforts to protect sacred grounds and waters of the Standing Rock Sioux from the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Horses play an important role in Sioux life and have been part of the protests since the earliest days. Wright says the horses at Standing Rock are well-cared for, though there seems to be a lack of professional vets on hand. Her primary goal was to teach horse owners how to care for their animals should they sustain a significant injury of fall ill.

Owners are being taught to uses a stethoscope, how to assess lameness, suture and bandage wounds and use antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.


With the help of donated funds, Wright also assembled and distributed emergency medical kits.


Though Wright has returned home, the campaign is still live and she is doing long-distance consultations.

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