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Mónica Pineda and equine reproduction: “I’m not a bully, I make horses happy”

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Monica Pineda He lives in Extremadura and is in charge, among many other veterinary tasks, of equine reproduction, his favorite job. Loaded with all the necessary tools, she travels field by field and crosses the pasture until she reaches the farms to extract semen from a stallion.

And although it may seem like a lie, the passion for horses does not run in the family: “I am the first and only veterinarian in my house, where everyone is a businessman. There has been no farm or I won“Never,” she says. She trained at the Jerez de la Frontera stud farm, where she learned the trade from great professionals. People know part of her work under the name mamporrera. However, she hates it. : “I make straws for horses, I make them happy, but I’m not a bully, it’s a term I don’t like at all.”

With a glibness and an accent that characterizes him, he puts his hair up to explain how his job works: “When you have to remove the semen from a horse, someone has to hold the mare, another has to enter with the male and I use the artificial vagina”. He remembers how on a farm in his region, once, he had to order the owner’s children to help him: “They were 20-year-old kids who had never seen a horse in their lives and They were scared when they saw the stallion appear“.

Mónica Pineda talks about her job.

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Few women are dedicated to this veterinary branch, remember that in Extremadura before 2010 there were not many, so I was practically alone. It is a job in which, as she assures, “more skill is needed than strength.” Her physical condition has not been a limit to being able to direct the horse: “I have absolutely nothing to do with those animals based on force. Everything has always been strategy“Based on his experience, he says that a horse is easy to deceive when an extraction is going to be performed.

He has sent semen throughout Europe, Mexico, Costa Rica and the United States, as many ranchers he worked with had great success in competition with some horses. So that everything arrives safely, he tells of the meticulous work he does: “Semen has to travel with food and cold, so that they fall asleep, but not freeze. You give them glucose and skimmed milk. There they live asleep and when they warm up again inside the mare, they go to their objective.”

There was a time when Spain began to make a lot of money with equine reproduction: “It was very exciting to have a mare, something very chicka posh thing, but also an idiocy.” He assures that many bought the animal to exhibit it, just as a showcase: “You can’t have horses like someone who has dogs to look at, it doesn’t make any sense.”

Mónica Pineda reuniting with a horse she gelded years ago.

This is one of the most negative parts of his job, which is why he likes ranchers with clear ideas and objectives. He does not welcome the fact that many value the quality of animals based on their hair. And he clarifies: “There are things that you have to suck“For this reason, she does not work with the brave bull, she does not believe she is qualified to make the decisions of a veterinarian in that area.

Many do not listen to it

She does not feel discriminated against as a woman at work, but she did feel discriminated against at times because of her age. Most of his clients are male ranchers and what annoys Pineda the most is that they ignore him: “I have seen tumors in mares that can only be removed with surgery and after telling the owner, I found out that he called a colleague veterinarian because he didn’t believe what I told him.

Mónica Pineda with a sheep.

Furthermore, a large part of the foremen are men and “they are the ones who rule the farm,” he explains. Although there are many women who accompany in this work, there are few who are at the head of the profession.

The hardest days for veterinary medicine happen when an animal dies. He has seen them die because the owner did not want to apply the appropriate solution. “I have witnessed situations of horses that are dying, sweating and suffering from pain. I have asked the owner to take him to the hospital or to let him sleep so that he does not suffer,” he details. However, many do not want to follow their guidelines and think that “cutting the horse’s ear or drawing blood from its neck will cure it.” No further from the truth, they end up dying in great pain.

The worst moments

His brother insists that he set up a clinic, but Pineda is clear: “Always the countryside, it’s what I want, I have been working in the pasture with pigs all my life. “I love small animals, but I don’t have a clinic because I get bored.”

He has met magnificent people and got one of his clients to sell a purebred Spanish black cape horse to Miguel Ángel Gil. However, not everything has been positive, and although he has fought against some misfortunes He has never thought about leaving his job because, as he emphasizes: “I love breeding and bringing bugs into the world.”

Worried, she approaches with her cell phone to show us the image of her arm infected by anthrax (also known as anthrax). This bacterial infection, from which many scavengers and farm animals die, it almost made him lose his hand. It took them 10 days to give him a diagnosis. She was hospitalized for 20 days and penicillin every 4 hours to finally eliminate the bacteria that, fortunately, did not manage to sneak into her bloodstream.

Mónica Pineda performing an ultrasound on a mare.

On another occasion, while performing an ultrasound on a mare, one of his clients accidentally scared the animal, which tripped and fell with Pineda’s arm inside: “500 kg fell on me. Then they took me to the hospital with internal bleeding and I broke all of my lower back. “He thought she was bleeding to death on the way to the hospital, but she managed to get out of this accident after a tough recovery.

Pineda not only cares for horses and livestock animals, he is also passionate about hunting dogs. Sometimes, he goes to hunts in case an emergency arises with the dogs: “I accompany several rehalas because the pigs can beat the dogs several times and if we don’t act there they will die directly.” Afterwards, the animal is transferred to the clinic where it is operated on if necessary.

He is passionate about his land and everything related to the countryside, he enjoys observing and helping all the animals he works with. Now, above all, he vaccinates sheep and cows. He wants to continue doing his work and visiting each farm for many more years because as he highlights: “I have a vocation and I am passionate about medicine and animals at a sick level“.

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