Jolene looked for answers online. Was this a common thing when it came to horses and pregnant women? She read some articles and was quite astonished by what she found out. She couldn’t believe this could actually be the answer to her horse’s behavior.
According to some websites, Keola was trying to tell her that there was something wrong with her unborn baby. Jolene hit the panic button. She didn’t know how to handle this new situation. She didn’t want to involve Rick in her fears which had no base at this point, so she turned to the closest person to her — her mother.
Everyone But the Horse
Everyone was happy for Jolene and Rick's new addition except for Keola the horse. She wasn't so keen on expanding the family, and she didn't hide her restless thoughts and feelings. Keola was a significant part of their family, and Jolene was concerned. She wished for a child and for a big family and prayed that her beloved Keola would embrace the new addition with grace and love.
At one point, Keola's behavior was too much for Jolene to handle. She became aggressive and almost injured Jolene when leaning on her heavily. Keola was behaving like this whenever Jolene was around. Jolene was now thinking that maybe this behavior had got nothing to do with the pregnancy and that Keola herself might have been injured. Maybe she was in pain and needed medical care and was trying to get Jolene's attention.
Jolene and Rick called the veterinarian to examine Keola. This was the best vet in town and they had received so many recommendations, they felt they were in good hands. They knew that if anyone could solve this mysterious behavior, it would be the vet. After several checkups, tests, and examinations, the vet brought no salvation.
Keola was perfectly healthy, all test results were as expected, she was strong, and she was fit. Keola's behavior continued to be unexplained, and whenever Jolene was nearby, she would lean against her, lick her continuously, and try to warn her of something.
Keep Your Feet on the Ground
Jolene's mother was determined not to let her daughter get carried away with the information she picked up online. It was misleading, it was inaccurate, and it was making Jolene more anxious than she already was. Jolene and Rick decided to go back to their doctor. By now she was heavily pregnant, and if there was something wrong, the doctor could identify it by now. The results of the next set of tests Jolene had to go through were going to be life-changing.
After the results came through, the doctor assured Jolene and Rick that everything was ok with the baby and that there was nothing to worry about. This assured Jolene, however, Keola's behavior was not getting any better. The bad news was just around the corner. The doctor asked Jolene to return to his clinic for an additional test just to make sure nothing has changed, but Jolene felt there was something beyond her understanding. Someone was keeping something from her.
The Pain Was Getting Worse
As the days went by, the back pain Jolene suffered from was getting more unbearable. It got to a point that she couldn't handle it anymore, and asked Rick to take her to the emergency unit. Instead of driving to the nearby hospital, Rick called 911 and asked for an ambulance.
The ambulance paved its way through the heavy traffic, and Jolene and Rick had nothing to do but pray. They prayed for the health of their baby, they prayed for their own health, and most of all, they prayed for this episode to be over. But there was more to come.