it would have been cool to have this running a while ago... but better late then never
little background on Belladonte:
I was flipping though photos of a group of horses (on Facebook) that were going to be shipped for horses if not "bailed out"
I've check pages like this many times before.
i clicked next and up pops this little tri color filly. As soon as she came up I had this feeling inside me. "There is something about that horse" feeling. Pretty much the same feeling as I got with Arizona. Todate I've never gotton that feeling over any other horse by just taking a quick glance at their photo.
It was on a Saturday so banks were closed.
But where I really wanted to buy her, the rescue who posted the photos told the broker I wanted to do so and he held her for another week. After a stress fulled week, The rescue picked up the money on thursday night. Friday night she would have been shipped to slaughter. The money was picked up and she was officaly mine on Nov 11th 2010.
Not being able to find a shipper (Shipping fell through many times) I was able to email a vet tech in Birdsboro PA and she was able to pick up the filly on Monday (the only day the broker could let people on his farm) And take the filly back to her place. The Filly turned out to have Trailer Fever, She ran a temp and had snot coming from her nose.
So the Vet tech called me and told me as I gave them the go ahead to put the filly on meds
the Filly has the nickname of Blue eyes. as she has two blue eyes.
Photo I bought her from
Then threw a good friend I was able to contact a vet clinic in Batavia NY.
Where she was hauled to by a very very nice lady on Nov 18th.
my Boss let me borrow one of her trucks and let me take it accross the boarder (we are just outside Toronto ontaro)
to Batavia to see this little filly come in. the plan was to meet at the vet's at 4-5 PM. 11PM the horse trailer finally pulls in.
if Id known it was going to be so late I would have worked that day then went down and spent the night with her. as I still had a 3 hour trip home and had to cross back into Canada. I ended up pulling into the driveway at 3 in the morning. needing to be AT work for 7am up at 6 am.
She stayed there only for a few days then my new friend (the owner of the vet farm) set it up with a guy to haul Belladonte to just outside Brantford ontario. for free.
she stayed at this boarding farm while I went to Florida. I was able to go see her once or twice the entire time she was there. We then learnt that she was full of Strangles. it was a hard winter. being a country away from a horse that was very very sick. not only did she have strangles but she was not at a good weight and just scared to death.
in spring we had a very scary experience and thought she was coming down with the deathly strain of Strangles. and for half a day I had to go through work Wondering if that night I was still going to have her. in the afternoon the BO emailed to say Belladonte was still alive and waiting on more vet info.
three weeks later everything checked out clean! and just for good measure she got some Vaccs.
I came home from Florida early April.
April 25 my boss let me borrow another truck and her two horse trailer and I went to pick up Belladonte and brought her home!
I was happy to fine her in better health when she came home
In the Summer i started to lunge her and she met my Gelding Arizona as i had him shipped up from NB.
She can be very hardheaded and has a huge diva side to her. she thinks she is the best thing made.
she will show off
june 17th I put the saddle on her for the first time and went for a walk around the front of the farm
for the next two months I'd saddle her up and just sit in the saddle. or get up on the left and then off on the right and vice versa
She then moved to the barn right behind my house in August
and on Aug 29th I sat up on her bareback and rode around. got off and started "freak out" that I just rode Belladonte for the first offical time. took a few breaths then went and remounted her for a few minutes and rode around. then jumped off for a few minutes then remounted. it was alot of fun for both of us.
since then she has been rode 4 more times. and I plan to go get on her again here shortly!
She stands at 14.2 hands
I call her my little Mustang. we have no idea what her breeding is, so where no one knows for sure I will just lead myself to believe she does have a bit of mustang in her.
(mustangs are my light horse breed of choice.)