Police horse Shaktiman, who lost its left hind limb after an attack alleged by BJP legislator Ganesh Joshi, has begun responding to its prosthetic leg, attached after the injured leg was amputated on March 17.
Veterinarians looking after the horse said on Sunday, Shaktiman stood on his feet without any support, the first time since the accident. It has lost some weight and is missing its usual appetite but the horse will gain weight once its wound is completely healed, said Dr Rakesh Nautiyal, who is in charge of the Dehradun police stable.
“The last 20 days had been challenging for Shaktiman. He is getting regular medication after he got injured and was operated upon. Finally he has gained noticeable strength to stand on his feet,” Dr Nautiyal told HT .
“Shaktiman will get permanent prosthetic limb but only when his wound heals. This might take 2-3 months depending on factors” he added.
A team of the four veterinarians is taking round the clock care of Shaktiman. With the rising temperature in Doon valley, the police have installed a cooler and have also provided a mosquito net for the horse.
Orthopedic consultant VK Nautiyal, who designed the prosthetic limb, told HT that Shaktiman has undergone amputation beyond its ankle and needs a joint to move its limb.
“Earlier, there was swelling near his wound. Now the horse is showing signs of improvement and with this, I have taken new cast that will help the prosthetic limb to fit perfectly,” he said.
According to experts, it is very crucial for the horse to stand on its feet. They said a horse stands for nearly 23 hours in a day and even sleeps while standing.