Therapy Horse Needs Prosthetic Leg!

$13,150 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 300 people in 5 months
Created July 13, 2018
Hurricane Irma Rescue Horse turned Therapy Horse URGENTLY needs prosthetic leg or faces euthanasia. It's a misconception that horses with leg issues need to be put to sleep. With the prosthetic device, horses can live on with a wonderful quality of life. 

3 year old Bet On A Star, fondly known as 81 was taken in by Hopes, Dreams and Horses (a non-profit equine assisted therapy and rescue center in Jupiter, Florida)  after his ranch in Clewiston, Fl was destroyed in Hurricane Irma. He had been stranded, in standing water for days with his owner desperate to get him the medical care needed. 81 had contracted an often fatal, waterborne disease called Pythiosis.

Four surgeries and more than 9 months later, the unthinkable happened. All was going well, the disease was gone but a cast complication resulted in the loss of his hoof. 81 was by now a very important team member of Hopes, Dreams and Horses.

Sometimes a hoof can grow back but in 81’s case that was not to be. Realizing there were only two options, euthanasia or a limb replacement we immediately set out to see if this would be possible. The answer is not only Yes! but that these horses go on to live almost normal lives, they are able to run and play and go out just like any other horse! The only difference is their leg has to be cleaned and powdered daily just like anyone with a prosthetic. 81 has been approved as a great candidate for the surgery by Dr. Ted Vlahos, the world expert on this procedure with 60 successful surgeries to date. Many of his patients have been living with a prosthetic for 15 years!

The cost for this surgery, including two months in the hospital while he heals and the prosthetic itself is estimated to cost at least $25,000.00.  Other costs that the non profit did not budget for due to unforeseen complications such as bedding, medication, daily bandages and outstanding vet bills will all go toward the amount we are raising. 

It is URGENT we raise the funds now... Bet On A Star can’t go much longer without having the surgery. All donations are tax deductible, you will receive a receipt when you contribute and we'll keep you posted on his progress. 

To read about the charity that rescued 81 visit www.hopesdreamsandhorses.org

Why I'm Doing This: 

I’ve been there every step of the way for 81’s journey. I’ve met countless horses in my life and while volunteering with HDH over the last 20 years. It is rare to come across a horse that stands out like our Bet On A Star…81’s AQHA registered name, “Bet on A Star” says it all….he IS a Star! 

At such a young age he has mastered life, teaching us about resilience, gratitude, compassion, acceptance and love. His will to live has inspired others to not give up. His genuine friendship toward everyone he meets, spreads love. With each person he impacts, they leave the farm stronger, happier and at peace. The ripple effect of positivity he has had in our community is priceless. The world cannot afford to lose this gift, 81 deserves to live on. With your help he will soon be an ambassador to a whole new demographic: those in our community with limb replacements. I am imagining a child with a new limb, looking up and hugging 81 or a veteran struggling with PTSD receiving the gift of love and hope.

This GoFundMe is more than just about a limb replacement for a horse, it is about all the lives he will impact for years to come.

I cannot express the gratitude Hopes, Dreams and Horses and myself will feel if you will join our campaign, share and contribute to saving Bet On A Star (81) and through him, countless others.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,  Brittany Brett
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It’s been a little over 2 months since we started this journey and it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride at times but all is on schedule and our sweet Bet On A Star (81) is healing nicely! He has had six cast changes so far and the vets are very pleased with his progress Thank you so much to all our amazing Donors who have helped him get this far! We are a little over a quarter of the way to raising all the funds needed and have faith we will get there! Here are pictures of two of the cast changes and his friend Rosie visiting from home.
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We are finally allowed to share the exciting news! The vets asked us to wait two weeks to post our update. Thanks to our generous donors, Bet on a Star was able to receive surgery from the worlds leading equine amputee surgeon! We are happy to report that both surgeons (one of whom is the equine clinic owner) are thrilled with his progress. He is on track to heal in a cast with a temporary prosthetic over the next 3 months and then will be ready to wear his custom prosthetic. Over the upcoming weeks, our goal is to continue to raise funds which will go towards his hospital stay over the last couple weeks, continued cast changes, which include anesthesia and transport back and forth to the hospital with overnight stays and the work of making the prosthetic device by Hanger Institute. This will include 2 molds and the manufacturing of the device. Hanger is extremely excited about this upcoming case as they are innovators for both human and animal cases; including the prosthetic tail for Winter the dolphin! We are all extremely excited that The Hanger Institute will be referring patients that come from around the world for help from the Paley Institute to our center for therapeutic sessions once Bet on a Star is healed. This could be as early as early winter. We cannot thank you all enough for saving the life of this special soul. He is thriving and thanks to you all, he will be able to share is strength with many people for years to come. We will be posting video very soon. The picture posted is of his very first steps after waking up from surgery. He is very steady and walking on it confidently now!
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I cannot thank you all enough for being our first donors. Sending love to each and every one of you. We will keep everyone posted here on updates and his progress.
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$13,150 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 300 people in 5 months
Created July 13, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Hopes, Dreams and Horses, Inc
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Jupiter, FL
EIN: 650877996
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