We had a great afternoon yesterday. Carol came by for a lesson and Kobi did great! She oversaw the vaccinations and they also went well.
Calling the horses in for bedtime was a different story all together.
Sugar came in right away, but Kobi didn’t. After what seemed like 15 minutes (but was probably only 2 minutes), Kobi came sauntering up. Not his normal “Here I am!” gait, but at least he was up at the barn. But he wouldn’t eat his bedtime snack.
His jaws were smacking like he was chewing something, but he wouldn’t (or couldn’t) bend over to eat his grain. Knowing something was definitely wrong, I called Carol at 10:00. (Thanks, Carol!)
Talking with her put me in ‘doctor’ mode again, treating what was hopefully only going to be a mild form of colic. He had a low-grade fever (100.8). I gave Kobi 5cc of banamine and waited. While we were waiting for it to kick in, Kobi laid down and tried to roll. Definitely colic! Thankfully within 20 minutes, he was half-heartedly eating his warm bran mash and staying warm in his sheet.
My orders were to check on him at midnight and again at 2. If he didn’t seem ‘right’ at either of those, give him another 5cc of banamine.
Not one to wait until the last-minute, I checked on him at 11:45 and he seemed okay; he finished his mash but that was about it. Next bed check was at 1:45. As soon as I was outside, Kobi was nickering to me – what a happy sound! He ate his second mash, but at this point, nothing had moved through his system. I was still worried.
At 4:45, I peaked out the window and saw he was still standing – good enough for me to go back to bed! At his 6 am breakfast, things had moved through his system and he has a glimpse of his feistiness back. Hopefully after this L-O-N-G night, he’s on the mend!
So if you see me today and I seem out of sorts – now you know why!