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    11-16-2010, 10:31 PM
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Choke?

This evening while eating his beet pulp, my gelding suddenly stopped eating and rolled his top lip up (flehman's response, or however you spell it..) he struck out a couple of times with his front hoof and then just stood there with his head down. My immediate thought was that it could be choke, so I gently massaged his oesophagus and kept a close eye on him. After a couple of minutes he perked back up and went back to eating his dinner as if nothing had happened.

While this was happening, I looked up "signs of choke" on my phone but they didn't really seem to match. However, I have no clue what else it would have been. Has anyone seen these symptoms in a horse with choke, or have any ideas what else it could have been?

I should probably mention that his beet pulp had been soaked for nearly two hours. I normally soak it for longer, but it seemed nice and mushy by the time I fed it.
     
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    11-16-2010, 10:35 PM
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Yearling
He could have just swallowed to big a ball of food that made him uncomfortable. I would keep an eye on him though.
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    11-16-2010, 10:41 PM
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Green Broke
Sounds like he just tried to swallow too much, as Grey mentioned. Since it's soaked, it will pass easier and won't likely lead to a true choking response. I have two horses that are prone to choke. I add just enough water to their feet to help lubricate the throat as they swallow it. Works like a charm!
     
    11-17-2010, 12:54 AM
  #4
Started
Thanks guys! It does sound like it was probably just that. He's doing fine now, but I will make sure to watch him the next few times I give him his feed.
     
    11-17-2010, 01:33 AM
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Banned
That must have been as scary as all heck, glad he is doing better now.
     
    11-17-2010, 09:13 AM
  #6
Trained
What the heck?! I have never seen that before - wholly schmolly! Nelson is a choker - yay me *rolls eyes* - and the beginning signs of his episodes are coughing and a grumbling noise he'll make, then comes the goop coming out of his nostrils. "Great times"

I am glad it is not as serious as a choke!
     
    11-17-2010, 09:15 AM
  #7
Banned
It could have simply been he smelled something near by that he did not like or was trying to figure out what it was. That coincidentally happened while he was eating.

I see nothing wrong with keeping an eye on him for a while to make sure he is eating fine but that does not truly sound like a case of choke to me.
     
    11-17-2010, 09:28 AM
  #8
Yearling
We had a gelding choke at the farm and the vet said to put a few larger rocks in his bucket to slow him down, you might keep that in mind.
     
    11-17-2010, 09:34 AM
  #9
Trained
^^ I tried that....didn't do diddly squat for Nelson. :/
     
    11-17-2010, 02:18 PM
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I was hoping you'd reply MIE, being that you've got a choker.

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the replies, if it continues to happen I might try the rock idea.
     

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