Animals of Bella View Farm Sanctuary are in need of caring people like you to sponsor their monthly feed, shelter and care costs.
When you choose to become a full care monthly sponsor to one of these special needs equines, you will be helping to provide senior feed, pine shaving bedding, hay, salt blocks, wormers, Cosequin, Phenylbutazone (Bute), farrier visits, and dental floats.
With your full $200.00 monthly sponsorship you will receive a beautiful color personal thank you photo-card of your sponsored friend, along with other goodies, and frequent personal updates. You can also schedule visits to the farm to spend some quality time with them.
Whether it be $10, $100 a month or full care sponsorship - every bit helps the horses!
"Sonny Blue Eyes" is our oldest resident, at 29. A Cremello gelding with beautiful blue eyes. Sonny came to us when his former owner no longer wanted him, due to a 'spot' in his eye. Headed for the auction house, where most horses end up going to slaughter, we were able to relocate Sonny to our farm. Since Sonny is a pink skinned horse he is very susceptible to sunburn. With sunburn comes melanoma (a form of cancer). The 'spot' being a sure sign that he had something going on. He was diagnosed with several melanoma growths in 2008, and has since then lost the sight in his left eye from it. You would never know this quiet. well mannered boy has any issues-the sweetest boy ever! We keep a vigilant eye on his tumor progress, and extra gentle care is given with his daily routine and grooming. We know that one day he will have to leave us, but until that time he will know nothing but love and kindness.
Phoenix, previously known as Domino #458 was rescued from an auction feedlot where horses are routinely bought by kill buyers for slaughter. He was in such terrible shape, we weren't sure if he was going to make it, but we sure as hell were going to try. With the help of some compassionate supporters we were able to get immediate transport out of that situation, and into quarantine. Approximately 200+ pounds underweight, in need of dental care, limping in his hind quarters, and no known previous history we didn't know what to expect from his recovery. He could colic, or develop cardiac problems, respiratory, kidney or other long-term health issues from his body being so depleted of nutrition for so long, but his will was strong and we were determined. It was a year long, slow process, but after he made it through the crucial 2 weeks of his re-feeding program, we knew he was going to win this fight. Regular visits from our vet helped keep track of his progress. As weeks of hourly feedings turned in to months, we knew he was going to be able to pull through. Now, a year later, at 16.1 hands he is a beautiful gentle giant that so deserves all the happiness life can offer. He occasionally has a limp that we easily manage with medication, and he is prone to abscesses in his feet, probably from his previous history of being malnourished. We are so very, very thankful to everyone that stepped up and helped in his rescue.
Two Socks was in an extremely bad situation, in need of immediate rescue. He had been tied to a trailer hitch with no shelter that resulted in such severe rain rot that his skin was pealing off of his back in sheets. He was severely emaciated from not having access to pasture or regular feedings. He had dislocated his knee at one point and it fused back into a different position, leaving him with a huge calcified knee. The pain this poor guy must have went through is unimaginable. The owners were arrested on a drug bust, that's how Two Socks was found and rescued. So many things against him and a comprised immune system made recovery even more life threatening for him. All this abuse, mistreatment, and neglect and this guy still had the will to survive. I suppose he knew something better was coming for him. So his will, was our fight. His road to recovery would be long one. He would get regular gentle cleanings to get the rain rot bacteria under control along with antibiotics. Slow and consistent hourly re-feeding program to regain some weight. X-rays of his knee showed a old dislocation that calcified into a different position. One will never know what he ever endured for that to happen and heal the way it did. After a year long process, he's a happy boy! His back still shows the scars of his old life, and he needs regular baths with medicated shampoo help to keep any recurrence away. Any heavy long rains and he comes in to a nice dry stall with cushiony pine shaving bedding. His weight has to be on the light side due to his knee - which will never be normal, but he gets around just fine. Our Farrier takes great care and patience when trimming him due to his limited mobility of his leg. Socks is on the smaller side, so he gets a winter blanket on those cold winter days. He is now 18 years old and has started to get arthritis so he gets an occasional aspirin (Bute) when needed.
Little Harry is just full of personality, and you can't help but fall in love with this little guy, especially when he wiggles those lips to give you some lovin'. At first glance you don't notice his 'forever wink'. Harry had squamous cell carcinoma of the corneal surface of his right eye, (cancer) and his eye needed to be removed. If left untreated, the cancer could spread even more, and possibly to other areas of his body. Surrendered to us by his previous owners that could no longer care for him and his condition. Here with us, Harry was able to receive the treatment that he needed. Treatment was to surgically remove his eye to avoid any new growth or possibly have it metastasize to other parts of his body. The first few weeks, we let Harry get accustomed to his new surroundings, his new pasture mates, a new routine, and us before surgery was scheduled. He seemed to settle in here in no time. Which made his surgery and recovery go much more smoothly. Being a "mini", like most minis, he is also prone to Founder which requires him to be stalled more frequently and to wear a grazing muzzle to limit his grass intake. Foundered horses are unable to break down the high sugar fructans produced by rapidly growing grass that stimulates an overgrowth of bacteria in the horse’s large intestine. The bacteria produce and release toxins (endotoxins) that are carried by the bloodstream to the foot where they cause damage to the laminae and small blood vessels. He has his own little area with limited grass intake. Our goal is to one day enlarge his area to allow him more room for exercise. A little arthritis at 22 years young is managed with horsey aspirin (Bute).
Tonto is such a great horse with a beautiful face! His previous owner thought so too. A perfect gentleman on the trails, he's been all over
Du Pont Ga. trail riding giving his owner the joy of a well behaved horse. A dream horse, but as Tonto aged, and arthritis started taking it's toll on those joints. He was no longer useful for those long trail rides. So, he was tethered to a tree with an old dog cable and ignored. Feedings were not as frequent as they should have been. Several calls were received about a skinny horse tied to the side of a mountain and animal control was dispatched. When Tonto was finally rescued, he was severely underweight, had wounds around all four legs from the weather worn dog cable cutting into the skin. The cable would become tangled around his legs as he paced and stretched to find what little grass he could reach. As the grass became more, and more out of reach, the tighter the cable would get tangled. As he pulled to reach any greens, it would cut into his legs. The will to eat and survive was stronger than the pain he would feel in his legs. He was a mess, neglected and confused. He couldn't understand what he did wrong to be mistreated like that. His whole life he was a faithful friend, only to be broken by someone he trusted most. Today, Tonto is dubbed 'Tubby Tonto'. The wounds on his legs have since healed, and the scars left behind from the cable are now covered with white hairs as a visual "tattoo". However, emotional scars last longer. We are always reassuring him how loved he is, and we will never leave him. Unfortunately, his past took a toll on his health. He is on supplements for IBS that he gets bouts of for unknown reasons, and supplements for his joints. Even though he's an older gentlemen, he still enjoys a light walk around the farm.