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On April 2014 ANZAC Day*, Felix the horse was discovered to have a horrific leg injury – the result of being tangled up in electric fencing tape.

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Felix’s wound

Since it was a public holiday, Bianca (the owner) could only Face-Time** the vet and then treat Felix as instructed. Fortunately Bianca’s Vet was able to come out the next day and treat Felix. On assessment by the Vet, Felix was given 12 days to prove if he could conquer the injury, or the prognosis for him was not good.

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Comparison of Felix’s wound after a few days of feeding Turmeric

Bianca began a regime of feeding Turmeric Golden Paste to Felix, and also followed the Vet’s instructions to the letter for his wound.

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Felix’s wound on Day 4

After 12 days, the Vet was so impressed by Felix’s healing that she asked Bianca for the Turmeric Golden Paste recipe to pass on to her other clients.

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Before the Turmeric Paste was applied to the wound (May)

Bianca was incredibly tenacious and dedicated in tending to Felix twice daily and doing everything that had to be done – as well as juggling her own life and her young family.

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Felix’s wound in June 2015 – Applying Turmeric to the wound as well as feeding Turmeric Golden Paste

Felix was ready to have turmeric applied to his wound after a few weeks, and was still receiving twice daily turmeric feeds, PLUS Vet treatment. Bianca used a simple mix of Turmeric and Coconut Oil as a wound application.

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Felix’s wound in October 2015

One year has passed and Felix is not lame and everyone is very pleased with his progress.

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One year later and Felix’s recovery

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Felix a year later

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Felix is still an important part of the family

(Jill Moore transcribed this story on behalf of Bianca and Felix)

Images by Bianca

*ANZAC Day – an important Public Holiday in Australia

**FaceTime – similar to Skype

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Written by Doug English BVSc

From a pioneering farming family in Malanda, Atherton Tableland, North Queensland, Australia. After high school in Cairns I attended Gatton Agricultural College to study agriculture and after graduation went on to the University of Queensland Veterinary Science faculty where I graduated in 1974 and went into rural practice at Moree NSW. Then I did a few years with the South Australian Department of Agriculture as a livestock advisor mainly involved in the eradication of Brucellosis and tuberculosis in the cattle herds. This was followed by about 20 years in mixed farm/equine/pets at Wyong, NSW Central Coast, then managed a large thoroughbred stud at Scone (Kia-Ora) before returning back to Cairns, North Queensland to have my own mixed practice on the Northern Beaches for around 15 years. Now living on the Gold Coast in a farm/equine practice and researching turmeric growing and manufacturing health products from this wonderful plant.