I’ve been watching this tragic story of Betsy Rose for a month now…
I didn’t want to ask you to give …and then lose her.
I know that happens… but this time, it looked more likely.
So, I waited.
Today it has been a month and this tiny but formidable mare keeps fighting. She keeps improving.
Meet Betsy Rose. She is approximately 20 years old. Welsh Pony. Left to starve and die in her own home.
I’ll keep this short because the photos tell the story.
BHFER was alerted to a ‘down mare’. BHFER sent a small team to see her – the report back was almost more than any horse owner could bear.
Against veterinarian suggestions, BHFER decided to help her live instead of help her die. The mare had light in her eyes. They took bloodwork to see if her vital organs were compromised and then proceeded to create a plan to transport her back to the Rescue. If she needed to die, she would die with dignity.
Volunteers helped manage this tiny mare into a trailer and bring her to BHFER where they immediately started IV fluids, ran the appropriate blood tests and started her on a safe re-feeding program.
She couldn’t stand without help. She couldn’t roll over or change her weight without help. She could barely lay sternum.
But, she tried – a lot.
The next day, her bloodwork came back… her organs were good, but she had tremendous infections.
Each day, the little mare, now named Betsy Rose, rallied.
Each day, the staff at BHFER stood with her, around the clock, tending to her many needs.
Betsy could not stand. She had sores on her body from laying down. BHFER padded her sore spots and cleaned/treated her wounds. They rolled her outside every day.
After three weeks (4th of July), BR’s attendants carried her out on a patriotic sling to let her hand walk. And she did. Two steps!
In the last week, she has been able to stand on her own for a short amount of time! Her bloodwork remains cautiously good.
CAN WE HELP THOSE WHO STEPPED UP TO HELP THIS VERY NEAR DEATH AND HOPELESS MARE?
Can you imagine the uphill battle that BHFER, their vets and all of the volunteers took upon themselves to commit to this mare whose only thing going for her, literally, was the ‘light in her eyes’?
Can we help those who defied the easy way and have spent so much time, effort, love, money and care to help this mare – whose care is intense and ongoing…? They had to help her… She still had hope in her heart.