SAFE News & Events

Delilah Update from Sept 6 2010

Sampson was weaned today! It was the most low-drama weaning ever, we put him in with Lola and Bubbles and he was so busy running around and playing with them he didn’t even notice Delilah leaving. I think he called once and it was over. Delilah was more than happy to leave him and is now off on her own adventure, on a foster-to-adopt situation!

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Delilah Update from June 25 2010

It’s been a while since I have given a Delilah and Sampson update! I will work on getting new pictures this weekend, he is GINORMOUS! He’s a little monster but a cutie…and he is TURNING GRAY!!! Lots of white hairs all over his face and ears where he has shedded out. He is now just over 3 months old, can you believe it? I have decided that he will be weaned at 4 months, a bit earlier than I like to do it but he is really...

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Delilah Update from May 25, 2010

Delilah did end up getting her teeth done today, and we figured out a way to do it with Sampson by doing it just outside the fence where he could still see and touch her and he was perfectly fine with that. She had quite a few sharp points and also one small wolf tooth which was removed.

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Delilah Update from May 8 2010

Sampson is hilarious! He has decided he wants to be a racehorse when he grows up, and practices in his field as often as he can. He *loves* his ball and every time he notices it he races over to it to give it a bite or a kick or a shove. He is a big boy, even next to his mama, who’s not exactly...

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Delilah Update from Apr 8 2010 and April 19 2010

Sampson got his own photo essay this morning. He’s strong in mind and body – and there is not a shy bone in there – he takes after Delilah in that respect. Jet and I tag teamed on the attention, or all the pictures would have been closeups. http://blog.seattlepi.com/horsebytes/archives/201071.asp I wish the sun had been shining like it is this morning (in Seattle, anyway), because he did some amazing sprints but it was hard to...

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Delilah Updates from Mar 27 2010

7:23 am: Unfortunately, Delilah is not taking to motherhood as well as we had hoped. I have been up every two hours all night because she will not stand to let him nurse without being held and forced to. Dr. Evergreen was just here to do the iGg test and he looks healthy, but we are concerned. Delilah gets agitated when he starts chasing her around trying to nurse and has swung her butt at him and acted alternately protective and aggressive....

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Birth

Here you go…many more pictures to come but I need to feed horses, myself, take a shower, eat, and maybe take a nap first. But mom and baby are doing great and he’s a healthy, strapping big solid dark bay colt. He’s been up, nursed, and all the things he’s supposed to do. Vet will be by at 5am (yes, you read that right! Has to be between 8-12 hours after birth) to do the iGg test and check them out. Hello baby! The new...

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Foal Watch 2010

March 24 Nope…no foal…! But man, that is one big mare and she can make one HUGE mess! Have I mentioned how much I hate cleaning a stall bedded with straw? UGH! And she is drinking about 6 full 5-gallon buckets of water every day and then peeing it all back out about every 20 minutes. I have pelleted bedding underneath the straw to help absorb all the urine but its ridiculous how wet and disgusting her stall is by morning, and I...

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Delilah Update from Mar 20–21 2010

Hoping to get some updated photos of Delilah today. She’s bagging up and getting close I think. She’s huge and uncomfortable and has lots of edema under her belly and between her front legs. Yesterday she got a little excited and tried to do a little head flip/mini rear and her hind end went out from under her and she fell down…poor girl just has no coordination right now. I’m not technically on foal watch yet, but I...

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Delilah Update from Feb 10, 2010

She’s doing great! She’s such a sweet girl. When we groomed her last weekend the baby was all on one side and she looked huge on that side, flat on the other. I wish we had some idea of when the baby might be due, but we’ll just have to keep watching her udder for changes and hope she waits until spring and warmer weather.

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Observations on Delilah

Excerpt from “Hoofbeats Across My Heart” by Jeannette Parrett “All of the mares are getting noticed on the SAFE message board but Delilah seems to be stealing hearts left & right. I’m not sure if it’s her maternal status or the fact that she looks like a giant teddy bear. Her photos don’t necessarily show her ravaged body. The pregnant body and long winter fur (or long parasitical evidence?) disguise her neglect at first...

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Delilah Update from Jan 28 2010

Delilah got her feet trimmed today and those long, flared feet trimmed up. Here’s the summary I sent to AC: Delilah was showing lameness in her left hind right after having her hoof flexed for trim and then set back down for a few steps and then got better. Seemed to be originating in fetlock or stifle area but not sure – not sensitive to hoof testers. Delilah had several older abcess tracks in her heels and pus pockets in her frogs...

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Delilah Background and History

Delilah is a 4 1/2 -5 year old dark bay/black Percheron or Percheron X draft mare seized by King County Animal Control on January 19th, 2010 and currently residing at the main SAFE facility. She has a BCS of 3 and is at least 7 months pregnant. She is approx. 16.2-17h, very sweet and easy to handle. She was living with 3 other mares and several other farm animals (live and dead) in a small area with about a foot of mud and feces. Her feet are...

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