I was there alone at first and my initial thought was that a drink might help but he wouldnt drink and he was blowing snot and coughing. My boyfriend got there and I asked what to do...He called cora, our friendly vet tech buddy, and she said to get a hose in his mouth and try to flush it down his throut and then if he is still choking to get a vet. It was only a partcial choke, so he could still breath, but she was worried that with as bad as it sounded he might tear his esophogus. Partcial or not it was BAD choke. She was worried that since the beat pulp had been dry that it might have expanded behind his sinus's when he was trying to blow it out and that would keep him coughing which would have done the damage. She would have come out to help except she lives in jacksboro which is about 150 miles away.
We walked him up and hosed him multiple times...he was still choking. Called another friend who lives down the road. She vets all the show horses at work, she isnt an actual vet but she has delt with choking and other things before. We had already decided that if Lynda couldnt help we would get the vet. Lynda came down and gave him a look over and decided to go get some Banamine to help with the throut spazums. My boyfriend had to go to work. So I was left alone with my boy still choking up and starting to act colicy from not feeling well...he was wanting to lay down and I wouldnt let him. He finally stopped Hacking and coughing about ten minutes before Lynda got back. She gave him the banamine anyway.
We watched him close for a while and he seemed alot better. BF got back. Called Cora again to see what else she had to say. She said that since the banamine is an anti-spazmatic that he could still have something stuck but he wouldnt be choking cause of the meds. She said he needed to get a good drink before we left him alone and that the meds would wear off 6-8 hours later and that if he relapsed he could kill himself hacking like he was.
I wont even go into the ordeal of how we got him to drink...you can lead one to water but you can't make him drink as they say...very true...we ended up making him drink by holding his head up and sticking the hose back into his mouth where he didnt have a choice in the matter.
The entire time all of this was happening he was a rather calm easy to handle and well behaved boy...i was surprised...but very glad. If it had been my mare we would have all gotten our teeth kicked in...im sorta glad it was him and not her.
So we left him to graze where we could keep and eye on him...and considering that he got the banamine at 5 pm that ment that it would wear off between 11 pm and 1 am...I refused to go home...wasnt leaving till I knew he was ok and wasnt going to relapse. Mom told me to just stay the night cause she didnt want me driving at 2 in the morning so I stayed the night...checked on him every 30 min till 2 am then finally got some sleep. Checked him this morning before leaving for school and he was still fine, like peaches and creme.
He is fine and I am fine and everything is good...but I have never had one choke and it was scary...my BF wasnt sure how I was so calm. I told him perhaps I was calm and handling things on the outside but deep down I was having a heart attack.
To add to this bad day I got zapped in the face with an electric fence...dont as how, It wasnt related to anything else it was me being kinda dumb...and I got my foot stepped on my horse when I was checking on him...so not my best day and not Romeo's best day either. Atleast I have good knowledgeable friends who don't mind helping me out...and thank god I didnt have to call the vet...any other day I could afford it but my parents and I just had to pay out for college and prom...had it been next week I would have just called the vet. Im just glad eveything is ok.
Just felt like sharing that...cookies to all who finished it!