Bella was left behind with three other horses when their owner passed away. The horses had been surviving neglect before that (starvation and/or injuries/illness). Without the compassion and hay given by a neighbor, these horses could easily have died as two other horses and a mule had at some point.
It’s likely Bella had been an Amish cart/driving horse before being sold to the former owner. It’s certain she had been starving over the past few years. A hind leg had sustained a wire injury at some point in her life. In the fall or early winter of 2020, another horse had lunged at her and in trying to escape, Bella jumped over a metal hay rack, catching her hind legs in it. She was badly injured as she spent a great deal of time laying down. No veterinary care was provided as the horses lived on a remote farm outside of a small Wisconsin town and the owner was in declining health. Bella eventually got up more often, but was permanently lame.
The person listed in the former owner’s trust to take the horses had predeceased the owner. As a last resort, Front Range Equine Rescue was contacted. It took months to get the horses to Colorado as winter weather, veterinary and farrier care, and arranging safe transport all took time to coordinate. Two of the horses also were not capable of immediate transport even if it had been available which it was not. In May 2021, Bella and her three companions traveled safely to CO. Bella is living out her life with the rescue.
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