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    11-16-2010, 11:31 PM

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, 11:35 PM
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, 11:41 PM
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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, 01:54 AM
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, 02:33 AM
That must have been as scary as all heck, glad he is doing better now.
    11-17-2010, 10:13 AM
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, 10:15 AM
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, 10:28 AM
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, 10:34 AM
^^ I tried that....didn't do diddly squat for Nelson. :/
    11-17-2010, 03:18 PM
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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