A Better Life for Bella

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Bella was abandoned by her owner about 4 years ago at a cattle farm. She was turned out with a stud and has had numerous foals, 2 of which were still with her and still nursing at approximately 1 and 2 years of age when we found them. The 2 fillies are in better condition (still not good), but at the mothers expense. Feeding her 2 foals has depleted her body of important nutrients to be able to support herself. She has not had vet or farrier work since arriving on the property nor have her foals since they were born. The foals have had little contact with people. Although they are very friendly and inquisitive, they were not even halter broke.

I met her on 4/26 and nearly cried at her condition. Her feet will take 8-12 months to correct  and she was a walking skeleton under all the winter hair. The vet came on 4/27 to draw blood for coggins test (highly contagious equine disease) and full blood analysis to check kidneys, liver and other functions. Bella and her foals were successfully removed from the property once clean test results came back on 4/30.

The vet had given her a body condition of 3. She is severely malnourished and in a significant amount of pain due to her feet.  She is anemic, has low liver enzymes and has melanoma under her tail, and behind and under her jawbone. The vet does not believe they are cancerous and there are treatments that can be done to reduce them but they are not always effective.

During the initial vet exam, a lip tattoo was also discovered.  After some research, we've found that she is a 16 year old registered Thoroughbred named Sweet Pocket.  The records prove that she foaled in Ohio, never raced, and was sold at the Texas Fasig-Tipton sale in 2001.  

Due to the confirmation (general body structure) of her backside, Bella defecates on her vuvla resulting in a constant infection.  This is not uncommon in Thoroughbred horses.  There is a procedure that can be done that would extend the opening of her anus past the vulva to prevent these infections from occuring.  

Bella has a long road to recovery but we are confident she can make a full recovery.

We are asking for assistance in her care and treatment to get her back to being a happy, healthy horse.  Anything you can offer would be a tremendous help to this poor girl!   Below is a list of medical treatment she has received and upcoming appointments as well as recurring costs in her care. 

We are happy to accept any of the following non-cash donations as well!  The following items have been approved and/or recommended by the vet:

     -Nutrena SafeChoice Senior Feed
     -Manna Pro Rice Bran
     -Red Cell Supplement (to help the anemia)
     - ProBios (powder form) to assist her digestive system

Bella's Bills thus far:

     -4/27: Initial vet exam including blood draw for      
       coggins and full blood analysis..................................$209
     -4/27: General care supplies including brushes, halter,       fly spray, medicated shampoo.......................................$90
     -5/7: First farrier visit.........................................................$30
     -5/13: Fecal Examination to check for internal  
       parasites   (came back clean).........................................$25
     -5/14: (1) Bag Nutrena SafeChoice Senior Feed..$20
     -5/15: Vet appointment to have teeth floated and                 ultrasound to ensure she is not pregnant.............$225
     -5/17: (1) Bag Manna Pro Pelleted Rice Bran to aid in         her weight gain and (1) powder form ProBios to aid    
      digestive system...................................................................$60

Upcoming Appointments:

     5/28: Vet appointment for annual vaccinations,        
     estimated to be between $250 - $300

     ***We hope to schedule an appointment for X-rays      
           within the next month to check for ringbone or
           founder.  It is approximately $40 per shot and 2-4
           shots needed per foot.  This will determine the  
           existance of ringbone (osteoarthritis) and/or if she
           has foundered in the past.***

Recurring Expenses (not including the cost of board which we are not asking for assistance on)

     -Nutrena SafeChoice Senior feed: Senior feed is    
       recommend for rehabilitating starved horses as it      
       provides higher amounts of protein with controlled    
       startches and carbs.  As her daily ration increases, it
       is expected she will need (1) bag a week, $20

     -MannaPro Pelleted Rice Bran: This aids in her weight        gain and is easy on the stomach with controlled      
       startches and carbs.  (1) 40lb bag every 20 days $36

     -Farrier (Trim hooves): Every 4-6 weeks $30



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With deep sorrow I am informing you that Bella had to be euthanized tonight. The abcess caused the hoof to detach from the soft tissue on nearly half her foot. With every step the loose hoof was cutting into the soft tissue like a knife. Under normal circumstances, this can be corrected. However after blocking the nerves in both front feet she still would not pick the foot up. The vet did x-rays which showed chronic founder that had been ongoing for years. The vet said it was the worst case she'd seen and was shocked she was so happy and wasn't showing more pain. She said Bella could have spent months at an equine hospital running over $10,000 total but she likely would still not have made it. This was the hardest decision I've ever had to make and I don't think she was ready to say goodbye but there wasn't anything else we could do. Thank you everyone for your support. I will leave this update up for a few days so everyone can see it before I end the fundraiser.
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Another bath today! It looks like the rain rot is about gone. There's still some puss oozing out of the abcess so she is still a little sore. And look at those ribs filling in!
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Bella ate her dinner and got to go out onto the big pasture today with her buddy Sedona (the other horse pictured). The purple boots are fly boots. The flies pick at her so bad she'll have blood running down her legs . She still has a sore on her front left and the fly boot irritates it so we can't put one on that leg yet.
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Under all that hair is not dirt. It was actually the start of rainrot! Last night after stopping out to check on her I noticed a few spots on her spine where the hair is now missing. Good thing her baths have already been with medicated shampoo however we'll have to step up a notch using Shapely's MTG which is a sulfur based topical oil that works great for skin fungal and bacterial infections.
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$295 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 13 people in 43 months
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42 months ago
Craig L
42 months ago

Hope things work out.

43 months ago
Jeanine Helin
43 months ago

Good luck, Anna!

Mary Hill
43 months ago

Good luck with Bella and God bless you for finding and caring for her!!

Burnett Vicki
43 months ago

I hope things turn out well for Bella.

tricia damico
43 months ago

good luck!

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