Reba, the horse attacked by dogs, faces 8-week recovery process


As Julie Larish opened the back of her horse trailer, Reba the white mare jumped out, clearly glad to be back in Belmont County.

She was attacked by two dogs last Thursday in her owner’s field in Holloway. Since then, she’s been hospitalized at Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center in Columbus, where she has had two surgeries and intensive treatment.

The 20-year-old horse had suffered huge bites, gashes and tears in her face, neck and chest. Now, Reba will recuperate at the farm of Julie Larish of Jacobsburg before going home.

Larish rescues horses, does rescue transporting and also operates a therapeutic riding program. She says Reba was sent home with a lot of medications to take, plus she must have her face washed twice a day.

She will require an eight-week recovery, and the open sores on her face and neck will seep a lot, and require care and cleaning. She may also need a skin graft.

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