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post #1 of 9 Old 06-28-2007, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

My mare came in as normal for the night, was eating her hay net as normal, then had her dinner as normal and all of a sudden looked to be struggling with a blockage. Dont ask me how i knew it was a blockage as all she was doing was not eating and staring, but i just new!!

I waited a while and then she was trying to cough and her chest was tightening. Foam and throff was dripping out from her mouth and nose (at this point i called the vet) and she began to gurgle. She did not panic once but stood there, still alert to the people around her and things happening, pricking her ears etc.

The vet said that they usually clear the blockage themselves and it would be a waste of money for me to have her out.....she talked me through it all and even though i was very worried i did exactly what she said and waited.

She then started to gurgle louder and louder. I just stood with her and stroked her softly. The vet was very shocked that she wasnt panicking and thrashing around but as long as im there she never seems to panic about anything! Her whole neck had filled with fluid and i was really worried. Thinking why o why cant they throw up!

Anyway all of a sudden she wiped the white foam from her nose on the stable door and walked over to her hay net- of course i ran over and said no silly you cant eat that and took it off her and gave the vet a call. She said if she was trying to eat that the blockage had gone and to let her eat as normal.

I could not believe it- from caos to quiet in the most terrible half hour of my life (regarding horses). She didnt bat an eye lid and looked at me like id gone mad when i took her net off her! hehe

Just wondering if anybody has had experience with it at all???? SCARY AS HELL!!

Elz x
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-28-2007, 07:22 PM
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Wow! Glad she is ok. Glad you're ok too!

Christy choked once, but no where near as bad. I just rubbed her neck for a while and kept her calm. After about 15 minutes, she relaxed, and in another 10 minutes, she went back to her feed.

I have make sure I feed from the floor level. Buckets, or hay goes at floor level. So does water. I make sure her apple and carrot are cut up into bite sizes for easier chewing. Christy is young, so I don't have to worry about teeth, (just had them floated anyway.) But when I had an older horse, I soaked his food, prevented him from choking.

Sure hope your baby doesn't do that again!
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-29-2007, 05:41 AM
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If a Horse chokes on hay.. Get a Hose immedietly and put it on hard and stick it down there mouth!!!!!!!!!

Trust me! it works everytime
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-30-2007, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Well im affraid i dont have a hose pipe. All water comes from a big tank and it has no pressure for a hose attachment. To be honest im not convinced that a horse suffering from choke would allow a cold hose pipe thrown down their throats- do they? Maybe thats just my lot! hehe

I dont think it was her hay? She is just 6, has had her teeth done every 6months since i had her- so its not that! And she has always had her hay in a net otherwise she mixes it in with her bed by walking round and round and then wont eat it! Hehe She has water from a huge trug on the floor- always clean! And always has her dinner wet so its not bitty and dusty!

So its out of the blue! Its mad! I hadnt changed anything what-so-ever!

The vet said that sometimes they just think that they are hungrier than normal or rush their dinner for no reason at all and have it only once! I sure hope that is the case!

Elz x
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-30-2007, 10:52 AM
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dosnt matter how old they are, when they get there teeth done ect ect.

If you have your horses living on grass and then you give them some hay as a treat they will Scoff it down!!

And it can cause them to choke.
If you dont have a hoes simply put your arms down there throat and clear the blockage.

My mate has used her arm before. Dont worry she didnt get it eaten off
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-30-2007, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by *ArabianPrincess*
If you dont have a hoes simply put your arms down there throat and clear the blockage.
I'm sorry but I dont agree with that. Not unless you have had proper training, or know fully what you are doing. You could do more harm than good.

Gosh Elz, that must have been awful. Glad you are both ok now though.
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-30-2007, 05:39 PM
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Ok if your horse is choking NEVER stick a hose down their throat, in their mouth is ok but it won't help much. The reason for this is you may accidentally stick it down their trachea and how would you feel if you drowned your horse. Also NEVER stick your hand down their throat either. You can get bitten and horses who have rabies sometimes look like they're choking.

The best thing to do it try to prevent choking in the first place. Make sure treats are bite sized, put hay on the ground if bedding is safe to eat off of. If she gets grain put several large rocks in her feed tub or bucket so she has to eat around them, this will slow her down.

If she does choke again keep her quiet and relaxed and call the vet. Choking in horses is different from choking in people, in people it's a blockage of the trachea so you can't breathe. In horses it's a blockage of the esophagus so it isn't deadly but can cause scar tissue or aspiration. The vet will tube your horse to remove the blockage and everything should be ok.

I'm glad your horse is ok though!
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-30-2007, 06:02 PM
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It's quite common and heard of. I'm glad you're alright though. A horse can choke for no apparent reason.

I'll bite my tongue and just say I would never stick a hose down a horse's throat.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-02-2007, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Yeh the vet said to let her have 40minutes to get it out herself before she comes out as tubing isnt always effective anyway and they are best left to themselfs with a little comforting from a well known person.

Flo never scoffs her food and i have changed nothing at all, thats why i was so shocked. She was a little sore after and coughed twice the next day but hasnt since and seems fine now. Poor baby.

Thanks for everybodies imput!

Elz x
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