No rest for the weary

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!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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5 Responses to No rest for the weary

  1. laurie says:

    dang…long night indeed.

  2. Toni says:

    Way to hang in there Heather and not over react! You’ve come a long way! 🙂 I’m so glad Kobi seems to be feeling better!

  3. Julia says:

    HI Heather! Those horses are sure lucky to have such a good mom! (Seriously, I know the feeling from when Charlotte was little). You just do what you have to do and never think about yourself for a second. So glad you had a good outcome!
    Julia

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