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    04-20-2009, 11:08 AM
  #1
Foal
Question I can't tell if my horse is choking or just has a cold...

This morning when I was feeding her, she just stopped eating... I heard her throat making a gurgling noise, so I thought she was choking(so I started rubbing it)but she is in a pasture... so she walks away..


Its been close to an hour now, mucus is just coming out of her nose, and lots of it... that's why I think its a cold.


Would someone please tell me what you think!!
     
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    04-20-2009, 11:16 AM
  #2
Yearling
If this has been on-going for an hour and you aren't sure what is causing it, it's time to have your vet out. It could very well be choke or it could be a respiratory infection. But you need to find out and deal with it appropriately before you end up with a more serious problem.
     
    04-20-2009, 11:28 AM
  #3
Foal
She is a rescue, so she is very shy, so I wouldnt be able to catch to.. for a vet.

Plus none of the vets I know will come out...

(im only 16, and my parents are on there way home from a trip, wont be here til proly 5 or 6)
     
    04-20-2009, 03:19 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Usually chokers start to sweat because of the strain of getting the lodged food out. And there is usually a lump in the throat.

It really doesn't matter if she is shy. There is usually a way for a vet to catch ( or assist in catching ) a shy horse. If this has been going for a while- have a vet come out.

Why won't the vets you know come out?
     
    04-20-2009, 03:21 PM
  #5
Started
Call the vet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
    04-20-2009, 03:30 PM
  #6
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
Usually chokers start to sweat because of the strain of getting the lodged food out. And there is usually a lump in the throat.
The sweating depends on the severity of the choke and the panic/fear factor of the horse.

OP - if the horse is choking, by leaving it, you run the risk she will aspirate into her lungs. She will like you a whole lot less if you have to give her shots for 7-10 days for pneumonia.
     
    04-20-2009, 09:18 PM
  #7
Trained
I hear you that she is a rescue and difficult to catch, but if she does have a choking problem, having her out in the field where she can continue to eat is not a good idea. She may have a partial blockage that will only become worse with time. I would get her in a stall or arena or something with no food -- only water -- until you can get the vet out.

As a rescue, she may have developed poor eating habits (rushing mainly) that contribute to choke. I had a perfectly healthy horse come here, but she had never had hay -- first time she got it she didn't know how to eat it and choked. Rescues have issues :(

How is she doing tonight?
     
    04-22-2009, 10:26 PM
  #8
Foal
She is alot better... she has a cold! She is pretty much back to normal, just a little runny nose...
     
    04-23-2009, 08:02 AM
  #9
Trained
OH Good. That's nice to hear.
     
    04-23-2009, 03:18 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by mls    
The sweating depends on the severity of the choke and the panic/fear factor of the horse.

OP - if the horse is choking, by leaving it, you run the risk she will aspirate into her lungs. She will like you a whole lot less if you have to give her shots for 7-10 days for pneumonia.

Well usually horses who are choking tend to be a bit panicky, wouldn't you say???

Good to hear it was just a cold!
     

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