Isabell Werth’s Olympic Mount Bella Rose Undergoes Colic Surgery, Reported Doing Fine
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Sept. 9, 2021
Bella Rose, Isabell Werth’s Olympic mount, underwent colic surgery, a week before the horse was to have officially retired.
The Bellissimo M daughter was found to have an intestinal twist but after the operation was reported doing well.
On Wednesday, the day on which the German team that include Isabell on Weihegold OLD, won gold at the European Dressage Championships, Bella Rose showed symptoms of colic at the home stable. The 17-year-old Westfalen mare was taken to a clinic. Surgery was required.
The German Equestrian federation reported: “Bella Rose’s case was a particularly severe and painful form of colic, a so-called foramen epicloicum, which no conventional medication would have helped. An operation was therefore urgently necessary and there was no alternative. Fortunately, Bella Rose got up quickly after the operation. In the meantime she has eaten and the bowel is working normally again.”
“We are all very happy that Bella Rose made it through the operation so well. I visited her this morning and she was allowed to eat her first grass again,” she said.
Bella Rose was to have been retired at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany next week.