Samson and Delilah
September 27th, 2010
Two new horses arrived at the rescue centre last week - both had been abandoned.
The first was a tiny miniature, our smallest rescue horse so far. Abandoned in Callosa found wandering the streets, he was taken to a local cat and dog rescue centre, APADAC, which called us for help.
It was immediately clear that this little horse, not much bigger than a German Shepherd, had huge problems. Deciding this meant he would need a big, strong name, Sue called him Samson. His mane of beautiful long, dark hair fitted the name well, too.
Samson has a genetic deformity, having been born with an extra bone and joint in his back legs. This has left his back end wasted and his back legs splayed out.
Although rare, such genetic deformities are known to occur in miniature horses. An operation should be performed in the first four months of life to correct it. Sadly, Samson, who is thought to be around one year old, has been left untreated. We are now talking with top horse vet and specialist in leg and hoof problems, Gaspar Castelijns, about Samson's case. We are hoping Samson will be able to travel to Gaspar's Barcelona clinic for treatment.
This little horse aged around 1½ had big problems, he was only very tiny and very thin and Sue decided that he needed a big name to help him overcome his problems and named him Samson. His mane of beautiful long dark hair fit the name very well. Samson also had a genetic deformity which means his back end is deformed and his back legs splayed out. An operation could have been carried out in the first four months of his life which would have corrected this but unfortunately it was too late now as Samson. Since arriving at the rescue centre Samson has become a big personality - he has filled out and become much stronger with the correct nutrition and copes very well with his deformity. He has even competed in the mini horse show where he galloped away with lots of prizes but really stole the show with his huge personality!
Of course, when the next horse arrived just three days later, she had to be called Delilah.
Delilah was found wandering the streets of Almoradi. She was taken in by the local police, who called us to collect her from the police station.
Delilah has clearly suffered serious neglect. She is very malnourished and has bad infections in her eyes and mouth. Her eyes were so inflamed when she arrived that she looked like a boxer after a fight. She is likely to have been in considerable pain. She seems to be allergic to fly bites and may be suffering other allergies or problems from being fed inappropriate food.
After intensive care, Delilah lived happily at our centre until her death on November 4, 2012.
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