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        07-05-2010, 01:12 PM
    She isn't pawing or biting at herself or trying to lay down, so he is just standing with her.
    We only feed safe-choice, and I'm sure it is fresh.

    No soap in the watering bucket when it is cleaned.

    She isn't getting any hay since she has 15 acres of pasture and hill.

    Can't believe I haven't heard from the vet.
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        07-05-2010, 01:26 PM
    Ok, well how does she look now? Does she still look stressed. Hows the gagging?
        07-05-2010, 01:50 PM
    After calling a vet this is quite a distance away, since ours is MIA, and talking to them - we think she is actually choking. That explains the mucus and gagging.
    She is still gagging every 5-10 minutes and acting depressed in general.

    I am not sure rolling and sweat come with choking, but. . .

    They said they can come out, but that is was best to get it a bit longer and see if it resolves its self, assuming it is choke, because it usually will. . .

    So I'm going to call them to come out a 2:30 if she is no better
        07-05-2010, 01:58 PM
    If it's hot out, and she's colicing, here's what my barn does:

    Get a bucket and fill it with cool water. Put a sponge in the bucket.
    Place the bucket at one end of a path/driveway/sidewalk, or wherever you're walking her.
    Walk a lap, and if she's sweaty, sponge her off.
    Continue to do this until the vet gets there.

    Not sure what to do about the gagging, but I hope she's okay! Good luck!
        07-05-2010, 01:59 PM
    Well good luck, have you tried letting her be by herself? Some where quiet. She sounds miserable.... Hope you can get this resolved asap.
        07-05-2010, 02:11 PM
    If your horse is gagging and drooling, she is not colicking, her primary problem is that she is likely choking. Horses don't choke like people, they can still breath, but it stresses them and can cause colick! Please get your vet out immediately - she will likely have to have her esophogus siphoned!

    We dealt with this, after over 10 years of horse experience had never seen it. It can be reversed, but the sooner the better!
        07-05-2010, 02:16 PM
    Yes, if you read above, I realized the error and that it is choke. I have posted a thread apart from this one on choke now. The sweating and rolling made me think colic.
        07-05-2010, 02:16 PM
    The horse that was choking at our facility had recently been put on beet pulp, and normally had hay pellets and a senior feed because his teeth were shot. The owner fed him one day on his own (we normally feed - barn owners of boarding facility) and accidentally fed him too much beet pulp without soaking it long enough.

    After the initial choke, the horse ended up choking again the next day - be sure that your vet advises a mush diet because after choking, the horse can have inflammation in their throat that will result in the horse choking again because the horse can't get it down. It could also result in nerve damage and partial paralysis of their esophogus, depending on the location and size of the bolus.

    Our vet had originally said "he should be fine, continue feeding like normal", and even suggested some whole, non-processed grains, and then after the second choke said "okay, feed him complete mush, very watery".
        07-05-2010, 02:17 PM
    Haha - yep, I saw that, sorry! Glad you were able to catch it! Hope your vet comes soon! The horse we had waited for a while for the vet (he couldn't come right that moment), and while he didn't colic (he was the most laid-back horse we've ever met), he was miserable Poor thing! After my post I realized I was second page, haha. I hope everything turns out okay with your mare!
        07-05-2010, 02:19 PM
    Thanks! I hope so :(

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