I hope none of you have to experience this!
Today I got the shock of my life... I'd taken Bailey up to the shed to have groomies, one on one time with me, get re-rugged and have her hard feed... like I'd just finished doing with Honey, and earlier Evo (although I had a wonderful ride on him also)... anywho, I was patting another horse whilst Bailey started into her feed... and not even half way through it, she stopped eating and came over to me... I checked to see if she was finished with surprise, only to turn around to find her pawing at the ground viciously and visibly unable to breathe properly! My first thoughts were 'oh no she's choking and horse's can't vomit'... and rung my experienced friend/instructor for advice (whilst blubbering may I add)... turns out my suspicions were right, she was choking on her hard feed. She started spluttering and coughing up a green coloured flemmy like substance...then through her nose came this gluey like substance too, and heaving profusely... so I did what my mate said to do, walk her around while I waited for the 'old wives trick' as she put it... I had rung my Mum to buy me a bottle of beer so I could force feed that... apparently the yeast works as a laxative and would work everything out of her system... also rung for vet advice as she had completely lost all life in her eyes and her nose was swollen (i think due to all the mucusy stuff coming out there) and they told me to just stick a hose in the side of her mouth, and that they wouldn't need to come out... well she wasn't having ANY of that... and when Mum arrived I got the beer in and she began to pick up... whatever had been lodged had broken down and moved along in her system... but it was the most heartbreaking ordeal I've ever had to be in. She had rested her head in my lap towards the end of the worst part and kept looking up at me in pain, so I'd cry some more, and she'd then try to comfort me, lol.
My mate came out (she had been show prepping a horse for tomorrow) and said yeah, I'm going with it being Choke, although told me to come back in two hours to make sure she's alright and getting better... cos at this stage she was back to her naughty self and eating happily. So I headed back out there at 7.20pm in the dark, armed with a thick jacket, gumboots and a torch... she was distressed cos I had left her up by the shed in a small pen... so I braved the mud in my swampy paddock, and led my very excited Bailey down to her boyfriend and Honey... she almost managed to push me into the mud a few times lol. But with a shrill out to Evo, she was off down to the pair grazing down the back and by the time me and the waning torchlight made it down there, she was happy as! I checked her vitals now that she was settled down and she was bright eyed, no more stuff coming out of her mouth/nose, and the heaving was completely gone. Evo snorted at the torch light but once I spoke out to him he whinnied and snuggled into my chest, before going back to his girlfriend, haha! And Honey got some love too before I trudged back through the mud to the car with my mobile faintly guiding me!
I think the problem was that the hard feed WAS damp, but I had mixed it up earlier with Evo, so it had been sitting there, although I've done that before with no problem... but she hadn't been up to the pen by the shed in awhile and did go a little bonkers on the spring grass coming through there... and then scoffed her feed... but yes I'm blaming myself for everything that happened, and I know I need to stop being so hard on myself but I can't believe how stupid I was, and from now on I'll be mixing feeds and then feeding them out immediately like I normally do. With all the stress from trying to find a new house (we FINALLY found one yesterday), recent uni essays, and other things happening etc, today was just the icing on top of the cake and I'm still shaken up from it... I wouldn't wish what I endured today on anyone (though it may not be always lifethreatening, it was terrifying to watch and feeling so helpless for her). It made me realise JUST how much I take her for granted, and that she could be easily snatched away from me.
I'm really disappointed in the vet that I rang... it wasn't my normal vet but was the one on call for the weekend from Vet Equine... and his uncaring nature is seriously making me think about changing to another vet clinic. Granted it may not seem like a big thing to some vets... but colic was playing on my mind and with her vitals all crashing down, I thought she was in need of a vet... afterall, I was the one willing to pay for it, wasn't I?
I'm hoping to go down tomorrow morning to find my bright eyed pony back to a level of normalcy... and I hope I can get some sleep, haha!
♥ Seoul Searchin' for the Lovebug ♥