Helping Hearts Equine Rescue, Inc

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Bentley's Benefactors


Helping Hearts Equine Rescue, Inc.

PO Box 342, Perrineville, NJ   08535

[email protected]

 

 

We started Bentley's Benefactors in the summer of 2012 when we were becoming financially overwhelmed by Bentley's care costs.  Please scroll down for Bentley's full story. 

By joining Bentley's Benefactors, you are pledging to donate a min. of $5/mo towards Bentley's care and we truly, truly appreciate it.   If you are on Facebook, you are invited to join Bentley's Benefactors Group Page for updates and photos.

 

 How to send your Monthly Contribution for Bentley:
VIA PAYPAL -- Use one of the Paypal buttons below.  

Use the Subscription Button.   Choose your amount and click "subscribe"

Use the regular Make a Donation button if you'd prefer to do it manually each month

OR

VIA MAIL -- Helping Hearts, PO Box 342, Perrineville, NJ 08535

THANK YOU so much!! .

 

 

Payment Options

 

For a One time Donation, click here. 

 

MEET BENTLEY.....READ HIS STORY

 

 “Bentley’s Benefactors" 

Bentley's Story:  Many may remember when Bentley came back to us on November 30m 2011. He was in horrendous condition. He was so emaciated and weak he was falling down on the ramp as I loaded him into the trailer. Three days later he was still emaciated, but happily trotted over for his lunch. Tears of happiness flowed.  Since that first week, we’ve had a lot of ups and downs. With proper feeding and nutrition, he quickly regained over 200 lbs. However, despite the improvements he had a couple of chronic issues we could not resolve --- we couldn’t clear up his ‘scratches’, and despite his slow return to health, he continued to be exercise intolerant and his respiration would ‘wheeze’ with the slightest exertion. We cleaned, scrubbed and debrided the coronary bands, we clipped feathers. Bentley was treated with multiple rounds of antibiotics.

 "He was so emaciated and weak he was falling down on the ramp as I loaded him into the trailer. Three days later he was still emaciated, but happily trotted over for his lunch."

 

Now...   

 (Windswept Bentley, April, 2013)

He plateaued over the summer of 2012– stopped gaining weight, lost a bit, his coronary bands and chestnuts opened up and began weeping serum and sometimes blood. Extremely foul odor came from the coronary bands – again, the vet examined him, we tried more antibiotics, we treated, we scrubbed, we fought the flies, we shooed off the vultures that would circle him. – Bentley decided he didn’t like his feet touched anymore (when an 18.1 hh Clydesdale decides he’s done and leaving – he leaves).

 He had all the symptoms of Pemphigus Coronitis, an autoimmune disease that can be triggered by malnutrition. The biopsy results came back as inconclusive, but we’re treating him as though he has it, (per New Bolton, it could be a “simple contact dermatitis”). The coronary bands of his hooves, which for a while, looked like they would slough off, have mostly cleared up, though some of the foul odor re-occurs here and there. We manipulate his dose of Prednisolone to manage the symptoms. The respiratory wheezing continues, he does not have the symptoms of Heaves, but Ventipulmin Syrup manages those symptoms. He’s regained some of his lost weight, his coat is shiny, he has a glint in his eye.

 

  

             Happy Anniversary Bentley!! ~ It's a year today that Bentley arrived.

 

Why am I posting all this? Because right now, we have a very happy horse, who plays with the others, who baby-sits Chance, who LOVES his stall and his meals and his snackies. He’s not uncomfortable or miserable. He has a high quality of life that we don’t mind maintaining. We don’t know what the future holds for Bentley. Every so often his symptoms break through the meds and we have to change or add something, We have no idea when or if the time will come that we can no longer keep him comfortable, happy and loving life. When that time comes, we’ll make the right decision for him.

 BUT, and it’s a very big BUT --- getting Bentley to this point has been an expensive undertaking, and his monthly costs are very high. HENCE, BENTLEY'S BENEFACTORS.

 

 THANK YOU to everyone who has donated on his behalf and in his honor. TOGETHER we have made a difference for him. We truly appreciate it. 

Please consider a donation to help us continue our work -- for Bentley and for the countless others who await aid. 

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Become one of Bentley's Benefactors -- Pledge to send a $5 or more a month donation towards Bentley's care 

Bentley has his own Group Page on Facebook!!  --  http://www.facebook.com/groups/402390823150908/

 Many may remember when Bentley came back to us on November 30, 2011.  He was in horrendous condition.  He was so emaciated and weak he was falling down on the ramp as I loaded him into the trailer.   Three days later he was still emaciated, but  happily trotted over for his lunch.   Tears of happiness flowed.

Bentley upon his return...

   

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And NOW . . . . 

 

 

Why am I posting all this?  Because right now, we have a very happy horse, who plays with the others, who baby-sits Chance, who LOVES his stall and his meals and his snackies.  He’s not uncomfortable or miserable.   He has a high quality of life that we don’t mind maintaining.  We don’t know what the future holds for Bentley.    Every so often his symptoms break through the meds and we have to change or add something,   We have no idea when or if the time will come that we can no longer keep him comfortable, happy and loving life.   When that time comes, we’ll make the right decision for him.  

 BUT, and it’s a very big BUT --- getting Bentley to this point has been an expensive undertaking, and his monthly costs are very high.  WE ARE ASKING FOR HELP.  We need to rebuild the bank account.   We’d like a bumper to help cover Bentley’s costs for the next couple of months. 

 Bentley's Pemphigus -- Left - this is one of his often necrotic coronary bands.

  Right.  John Zeiselmeier of Bare Performance Hoof Care comes on a monthly schedule to trim Bentley, and keep ahead of the  unusual hoof growth that Bentley experiences due to the Pemphigus.  

 

 

  Here is the breakdown of Bentley’s basic monthly care costs at this moment in time:

 Feed – Buckeye EQ8. It has prebiotics, probiotics, and is formulated for horses with tricky guts, those who are Insulin Resistant, have ESPM (a muscle disorder common in draft horses), etc.  

 14 lbs a day x 30 days – 8.4 bags x $25 bag. . . . . . $ 210

Bale of hay a day – he gets timothy & Alfalfa . . .. . .$  300

Standlee Compressed Alfalfa Bales - 2/mo @ $19 ea. $38

Purina Amplify Nuggets (2+ lbs/day).......... . . . . . $    60

SmartPak’s Hoof Supplement & Vit. E Pellets. .. .  . . . .$75.75

Prednisolone – Between 10-20 50 mg tablets/Day. . $150

Ventipulmin Syrup  as needed– Averages to $10/day .$150

Lixotinic Iron/Vitamin Supplement ..........................$110/gallon

Glycophagen (which is really helping him gain weight)..$42.95/mo.

Monthly hoof trims . . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. . .... ....... $100.00

                         Monthly Average . . . . . . . . . . . …. . $1,100

 Yes, those funds could be used to care for THREE horses rather than one.  But we treat our rescues as individuals, not numbers, and I don’t want to make decisions on a happy, comfortable horse based on finances. 

 Yes, I know prices vary greatly from region to region, I don’t want to get into a debate over costs of supplies,  this is NJ, and things are PRICEY here.   We’re constantly working on finding reduced costs where we can. Donations of meds would be awesome.  He’s doing well right now, I hate to change anything if we don’t have to. 

 Please consider a one-time donation  or even a monthly sponsorship for Bentley.  

 We have many rescues here, we take on the horses many others wouldn't.  I had someone email me a while back-- why don’t we have any rideable  horses.  Because we take the guys and girls who have no-place else to go.  The extremely old, the extremely young, the projects -- and we work hard to give them what they need.  We try hard not to turn them away and we don’t give up on them.     

 Remember, alone we can help a little, but together we can help A LOT

 Please Donate:

 VIA PAYPAL --  use our email address:   hheartsequine @optonline.net

 VIA MAIL --  Helping Hearts, PO Box 342, Perrineville, NJ   08535

 

THANK YOU. 

  Bentley & BFF Hessel

 

 
 

HHER is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Status Organization – Tin #26-1729584