Marissa Nowsch is a talented young equestrian from CT, with a passion for developing gaming and barrel horses. She has had an extended string of bad luck with her horses over the past year, that has unfortunately landed her in some considerable veterinary debt. She goes to the ends of the Earth to help her horses, and do right by them. But this sometimes comes at a considerable cost.
She continually gives to other equestrians, and asks for little.
She will move your horse for you and make sure they are taken care of.
She does numerous hay fundraisers for other people.
And is a friend to many.
The decision to pursue treatment on her horses has forced her to drop out of college, so she can work full time to pay off the care they have received, and has affected her mental health tremendously due to the financial stress she is under. The inability to access an education is limiting her ability to move forward in her life, and is making her feel helpless.
Her main gaming and barrel horse, Noodles, with whom she shared extended success with, had to be retired after developing DLSD, a degenerative connective tissue disease.
She began developing a young mare named Ruby, last year, as another gaming and barrel horse, who developed a reaction from the intranasal strangles vaccine. The mare developed Purpura Hemorrhagica, and later an incurable bone infection in her hock, ultimately resulting in euthanasia. The fight to save her mare left her in considerable debt, as she was managed for an extended period of time in a veterinary ICU setting, and through numerous farm calls. Marisa has worked extremely hard to pay down that debt herself.
Determined to try again to follow her passion, after significant heartbreak after losing her mare the year prior, Marissa purchased another mare with a seemingly clean PPE. An OTTB, Foxy, who then developed significant lameness problems shortly after purchase. Marissa has poured all her resources in ensuring the mare is healthy and sound. Despite this, Marissa continues to face setback after setback with her. She was recently kicked by another horse, requiring emergency veterinary care, which is sidelining her for the foreseeable future.
Marissa is losing her desire to continue with horses, despite her clear passion and talent, as she draws bad card after bad card with them. The one thing that used to be her escape from the world, is now one of her biggest sources of stress and heartache.
This kid needs a break, and I am asking anyone who can, assist in helping her climb out of her remaining veterinary debt so she can start to enjoy her time with horses again.
I wouldn't be asking if I didn't think she deserved this.
You all know that.
- Peggy Barstow