Oh, Kobi…

A few times a year, I think Kobi tries to see just how much I care about him by getting sick. Yesterday was one of those days. I went out to ride Midnight since Kobi’s allergies are still so bad, and realized Kobi wasn’t ‘right’.

He was drooling this disgusting thick slobber and wouldn’t or couldn’t eat. Every time he tried he would make these bizarre faces, sticking his tongue out and seemed generally miserable. After several attempts to look at his tongue, Les noticed a dark pink spot on Kobi’s tongue – right in the middle- about the size of my thumb.

They say horses are always looking for ways to hurt themselves – Kobi’s no exception. Somehow he scraped his tongue and it was making it painful for him to eat. Having no idea what to do, I consulted Google and about the only thing I could find is that tongue issues aren’t that big of a deal – unless they won’t eat…

I stalked him all afternoon and when he came in to eat his super squishy dinner of soaked beet pulp and pellets, he tried to eat. Broke my heart watching him…


after two hours he ate his dinner and was eating hay! Not sure what triggered his eating response to override his sore tongue, but I’m glad it did. I’m back to having a normal horse. Or at least normal where Kobi is involved!

Since we are still celebrating our 10 years together….I have to plug his book. If you haven’t picked up Kobi: Memoirs of a Mustang yet – please do…many more of our adventures await you there!


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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