Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
Mr. Big Stuff choked once and it got our attention bigtime. One morning I found him in the pasture, head down with mucus streaming. We took him to the vet and it took ALL DAY to clear his throat. Because we were headed to relatives 10 hrs. Away for Thanksgiving, he stayed at the vets for a week on a soft diet.
What our vet told us was that choke could easily happen again if any strictures formed while the throat was healing. Because Big was blocked for so long, with so many attempts to unblock him, strictures were a real possibility.
Eventually, the vet resorted to oil, even though he warned us that it could possibly get into his lungs and cause MAJOR problems. Thankfully, Big came through with flying colors and never choked again. (Even though he continued to insist on scarping up every available acorn he could find after he was back on pasture!!!)
Because of what our vet told us, I really believe that the first few weeks are crucial. You want to keep your mare on soft, soft feed. Soaking wet if possible for the first few days. I believe Big recuperated on gruel for a few days. After that, it's treat the cause. A lot of people have offered suggestions. If you take precautions, and slow her down if she's a fast eating horse, then you may get by with never another case. Let's hope so. Choke is frightening!!!
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Last edited by HagonNag; 11-06-2012 at 10:04 AM.
Reason: spelling and adding details.