Some of you recall I posted a thread back in October about my mare Belle. She was going through a episode of colic. We'll since then, she never really bounced back. She colicked on again and off for over a month. About 7 or 8 times. I have heard of chronic colic, but not to this extent. We ruled out a stone as when she would come around after an episode, she would return to almost normal attitude and appetite as well as manure production. But every time she coliced, it was becoming harder for her to come around, it would take several days.
The week before thanksgiving, Belle became lethargic and lost her appetite. My vet came out and drew some blood to see what could be causing her to be so sick. The results came back with elevated BUN, which indicated she need IV fluids to flush her kidneys out. At that point my vet felt we were dealing with colitis. We hospitalized her and began the IV fluids and antibiotics. She stayed in the clinic for over a week and she seemed to come around fairly well and was responding to treatment. Yesterday was her best day ever, Belle's appetite was normal, her energy up, and acting very alert. My vet cleared her to come home yesterday, I was so happy to see her come off that trailer. She whinnied for all her horse friends, they all whinnied back. She even pulled me around by the lead rope to eat some grass. That was my Belle.
But then this morning, as I went out to go feed and check on her, she was gone. Just like that, my angel Belle has gone on to be a true angel in the heavens above. I am completely at a loss for words. I can't believe she is gone. Belle was my heart horse. My puppy dog of a horse. She did everything I asked her. Never gave me one bit of trouble. What more could I ask for?
My vet believes she had a bowel rupture. He said it honestly was a very quick and painless way for her to go. We did everything we could. I have to admit, I have no regrets. We fought long and hard for over 2 months. It just goes to show you that even with the best care and you do everything you should to keep these animals healthy and happy, sometimes things like this happen. Even though horses are big animals, they are very delicate. And the time we have with them is very precious. Maybe that's why people who don't have the horse bug don't understand why we have such a strong bond with our horses?
With this, I say goodbye Belle. I will forever miss you. May you live on in freedom and peace. May you no longer suffer. This goodbye for now, but not forever. Until we meet again, I will always hold a place for you in my heart.