So the old guy had a bout of "choke" this weekend...I totally blame myself for..I had to just dump feed and run on Sat, came out late on Sunday and poor Rocky had been blowing food out of his nose the whole day, and was dehydrated and stressed (BAD MOM!) My husband and I hosed out the blockage and he started drinking again and other than being hungry and tired, he was fine.
On Monday, I noticed a couple of lumps on either side of his face, just in front of his jaw. They are VERY hard, seemingly not painful, and I hadn't noticed them Sunday. I thought at first a bad tooth issue( ,like an abscess but there's no heat or tenderdness) and perhaps the reason for the choke, or a bug sting/bite, but it's on both sides. I have a speculum and (I'm admittedly NOT a tooth expert for horses!!!) a flashlight and was able to look in his mouth and his teeth were fine, nothing broken off, not even any ridges or hooks that need floated by the vet that I could see. Didn't see any cuts in the cheeks, but that I'm not entirely sure of, again, I'm used to working with feet, not mouths.
He's eating fine, grass and his normal rations. He DID lay down in the front yard for a nap-but I think maybe he's just worn out from the weekends' stress. He's not acting colicky, his gut noises are normal and he's pooping, etc. And he's not dehydrated anymore.
Here's a pic of one of the lumps..they are on both sides, though. A horse buddy of mine thinks that maybe it's he's just so tense from the stress of the choke. Like I said, he's acting fine and normal now. The lumps were still there this morning. They don't affect his eating one bit.
Please pardon the background. The guy that owns the place had taken out a swimming pool this spring and there's a big "pond" there now. That is NOT my horse's drinking water, Rocky was just grazing near it when I snapped pics. I let them out in the yard to "mow" for the owner.