Fear in a Fly Sheet

About a month ago, I left Les at home with the horses when I went to a writer’s conference in St. Pete for the weekend.  We were still in the throes of battling Kobi’s allergies in full force and I had him dressed head to hoof in protective mesh.

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I called Les the first evening out just to check in on the ‘kids’.  He told me everything was fine, but he wasn’t putting Kobi back in his fly sheet since he almost broke a leg.  All I could understand at the time, was somehow the sheet twisted and wrapped around his legs.  Being a flight animal, Kobi ran like the wild mustang he is, until Les could get him to stop and remove the sheet.

Two weeks later I saw it for myself – I apologize there aren’t any pictures of what he did, I was too concerned with rescuing him.

I was sitting on the front porch enjoying my morning and watching the horses graze.  I went in for just a second.  When I came out Kobi was in the front pasture with the ENTIRE fly sheet (neck cover and all) was over his head, blocking his vision.  I’m not sure how he did it, there are leg straps and a belly band to keep everything in place.

It must have just happened as he was standing perfectly still in the front field.  I started talking to him, letting him know I was coming and ran off the porch (without shoes, mind you) to save him before he panicked.  He remained still until I got there and even when I was removing all of his coverings.  I’m so thankful Kobi trusts me enough to not move until I could get there.

The leg straps were still clipped, and should have kept this from happening, but the belly band had a habit of unclipping and was unclipped again.  I’m not sure what happened, but Kobi will never wear his full sheet again outside of his stall.  I can’t trust it anymore.


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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1 Response to Fear in a Fly Sheet

  1. Mom says:

    Good thing you now have that super dooper stuff from the UK and dont have to rely on the sheet!

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