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post #1 of 12 Old 04-20-2009, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 12 Old 04-20-2009, 12:16 PM
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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.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-20-2009, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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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)

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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?

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call the vet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-20-2009, 04:30 PM
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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.
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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?
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she is alot better... she has a cold! She is pretty much back to normal, just a little runny nose...
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OH Good. That's nice to hear.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-23-2009, 04:18 PM
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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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