Everything started when I met Salambo in 2013.
He was a horse I fell in love with immediately. He is a Westfalian horse and belonged to a French family. At that time, I was in that stable mainly for training some other horses. After watching Salambo get sicker and sicker, to the extend that he couldn’t stand and walk anymore, I took action.
I had never seen his owners before, and now got in contact with them. They then revealed that he has “Motor Neuron Disease”, and that they wanted to sell or give him away. Salambo’s health worsened each day, he couldn’t breathe due to muscle deterioration and he lost a lot of weight. I wanted to help Salambo. Even though I had never ridden him nor dealt with him in any other way, I simply loved him.
Many people suggested I put him to sleep… however, something in Salambo’s eyes told me that he wanted to live and was not ready to go yet.
So against everyone else’s suggestion, I took over the care of Salambo, not thinking yet at that moment how I would sustain him in the future (as I had a very irregular income).
One of my volunteers suggested to give Salambo a treatment from her mother who is a awesome hand / energy healer. Since I wanted Salambo to live, I was ready to try everything.
And so, Mrs. Barbara Jaeckle from Hands in Hope came and treated Salambo, and brought him back on his feet (after many previous biopsies, examinations and hospital treatments).
Salambo got better and better, in total Barbara came 5 times for treatments.
The previous owners of Salambo were very pleased with my care, and one day brought me Salambo’s passport with 500 AED and declared him as my horse.
I was sooo happy… and now started to worry how I would afford him.
People who knew him from before said he had been a successful show jumper, a power machine, but later neglected and that is how he developed the “Motor Neuron Disease”.
I felt that life is so unfair for horses.
People ride them, use them, train them hard mainly for their own
personal gain and for fun.
On a scale from 0 to 100%, how much do we give back to the horse?
Horses give us their 100%, even though we are a predator and they are a prey animal.
I wanted to make a difference.
I wanted to fill the gaps in Salambo’s heart and show him
that I don’t want anything from him!
All I wanted is for him to live, to feel happy and accepted for who he is, not for how he performs.
I took Salambo, thinking that he would never again be used for riding.
I was very scared to hurt him, but Karin said it would help him to build muscles. Since I felt too heavy for him, I put one of my riding students on him, a young, light girl. From the first lesson he was perfect.
From then on, Salambo has become better and better every year, and now at 22 years of age is still the star in our rescue program.