While I was looking for photos of Delia yesterday, I came across a folder called “Delia and Gwendolinda”.
Delia had three foals (six in total) with us and my favourite was Gwendolinda – named after a Muppet character, a princess.
Gwendolinda was our princess.
Except that to us she mostly resembled a wildebeest!
I think it was the large ears that pointed upwards and inwards that did it.
Anyway, it was lovely coming across the photos of Delia and her little princess foalio. Delia was a very good mother and the photos and the memories made me smile during what has been a rather grim time.
(Today it has rained non-stop and there has been barely any daylight either).
Why did we have Delia put to sleep? Apart from her legs – she became so stiff and could barely walk or keep up with the herd; her teeth – she was beginning to have difficulty chewing and would spit out lumps of chewed silage. No, for me, it was when she let Newt have her bucket of food. I knew then it was time. No one was ever allowed to get near her bucket.
But I will remember her in the summer with her foals and her dogged determination. She was always a lady, never complicated and easy to work with. A delightful Grande Dame.