Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia, Canada
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.