“I just think everybody needs to help and this was the best way that I could.” Charmian Wright

 When Wright, a veterinarian with 30 years of experience, heard reports of horses getting hurt during protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, heading out to help was the obvious choice for her.

The Standing Rock Sioux and their allies are fighting the construction of the pipeline, saying that it would intrude on Native American land and that a leak would contaminate local sources of fresh water.

“I am passionate about the issues that are being addressed at Standing Rock,” Wright told The Huffington Post. “But when I saw videos of horses being injured, I knew I had to go there.”

Upon her arrival in North Dakota, she found that the horses at camp were “very well cared for,” but she was unaware of any other professional veterinarians there.

She treated some horses for injuries they received in “the rough and tumble of the protests,” but her primary goal was to teach horse owners and riders how to treat emergency injuries, or assess potential illness.

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."

Ṡuƞka Wak̇an Woyuonihaƞ (Honoring the Horse Nation) For Native Americans today, horses endure as an emblem of tradition and a source of pride, pageantry, and healing.

 Photo Source Charmian Wright

  Photo Source Charmian Wright

Responses to "Veterinarian Drives 900 Miles To Help Horses Injured At Standing Rock"

  1. Unknown says:

    Sent a few winter blankets, hope it helps. Thank you for your dedication and support!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you!

  3. Anonymous says:

    first of all why do they bring their horses into a dangerous situation, if they love their horses like they say they do leave them out of it keep them away from there, but i do hope they win this battle for clean water.

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