While we have grown up listening to stories about men and women travelling on horseback to get from one place to another, it is a completely different thing to see it happening even today, especially for the urban folk.
In a time when horse carts are a rarity, hearing about the fact that a doctor uses a horse as his mode of transportation even today shocks us!
A doctor in Italy visits his patients by riding on horseback even today. 63-year-old Roberto Anfosso has been doing this for a decade now. His horse has a name – Ambra.
In a village called La Morra in Italy, vineyards are abundant. It is also a hilly terrain. Doctor Anfosso, has been attending to his patients in a village with a very high life expectancy rate. He began riding when he was 14 after he was forced to give up football due to asthma.
“Every week, I ride 80 to 100 kilometres (50 to 62 miles) on horseback. In the first three years, I made 1,000 visits, now I’ve stopped counting,” he told Agence France Press (AFP).
So how did he get the idea of commuting to work on horseback?
He was once out on a ride when he got a call to attend to a patient. He decided to visit the patient on horseback on a whim. And has not stopped ever since. Describing the incident to AFP, Anfosso said, “When I arrived, the patient looked at me strangely, he was so surprised, he didn’t let me in at first.”
The doctor feels that for patients, who are often ailing in pain, seeing a doctor on horseback brings in a break from the monotony of everyday routine. He also thinks that it sends out a good message to a patient that the doctor attending to him or her, have time for them.
While it might be very unusual to even hear of such a thing, for the people who the doctor attends to, it is a usual sight. Ah! Imagine if you had a doctor attending after commuting on a horseback instead of the usual bee-lines that patients are stuck in at doctors’ clinics and hospitals. Wouldn’t it be better instead of feeling worse to sit amidst a worried crowd of sick people who are waiting for the doctor to respect their time?
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