Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ventura California
• Horses: 0
Just a Veterinarian point of view...........Please do not stick the hose in a horses mouth that is choking. Here is the reasoning......A choke occurs in the esophagus, not the trachea. However, dramatic it seems, a horse will always be able to breath when choked. A choke does not occur in the sinus. When obstructed, saliva backs up from the esophagus and is carrying out the choke material through the nasal passages. When you flush with a hose from the mouth, the water can not go down the esophagus (because of the obstruction) and can be aspirated into the lungs by the horse, also carrying down feed particles into the lungs. This can lead to an aspiration pneumonia.
Believe it or not, majority of chokes will resolve on there own within 2 hours. Stick the horse in a quiet area, remove all feed. You can massage along the left side of the neck, starting at the throat latch, and moving toward the chest along the jugular groove. Nothing should be given orally, including medications as they will not reach the stomach during the choke episode.
The longer a choke goes on, the more risk there is for aspiration pneumonia, and other complications like stricture formation and scaring of the esophagus.