Originally Posted by My Beau
I'm really glad everything is ok! Choke can be scary.
But, putting a hose in a horse's mouth to flush/push down the blockage isn't necessarily the right thing. (Not attacking - just informing... I'm guilty of using the hose for choke too). If the blockage is pushed into the lungs it can lead to pneumonia.
The best thing is meds to help the horse's esophagus relax and then a stomach tube via the nose if it's still not passing. Massaging the underside of the horse's neck can also help it be swallowed.
I agree with the above...You could have caused him to breathe in the water, causing anything from pneumonia to death via literal drowning from the water rushing into his lungs. You had a decent window to allow him to relax on his own (not leaving him), and letting him get water down on his own. You could have brought hiim out some warm water mixed with honey, or coolaid, to make it more enticing, but please, for the safety of your horse don't ever hold his head up in the air and 'force him' to drink like that again.
Choke is a scarey thing; I've had to deal with it on a few occasions with family's horses, and friends horses. The best thing to do is to rub his throat, and especially if you can find the mass in his throat, focus on that area. Get some banamine into him, to help his body relax, and alleviate some of the pain...this will give you time to get the blockage moving, and a chance to get him drinking, and moving around comfortably. Another important thing is to remain calm...your horse will be frenzied enough, which can seem to make the choke worse, so the calmer you can be throughout the ordeal, the more you will be able to help your horse.