Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
Please do not shoot things down your horses throat when they are suffering from choke. It is a really good way to make them aspirate whatever you are shooting in there thinking you are helping. Choke in a horse is not like a human choking. They can breath.
If your horse is distressed, call the vet and have them deal with it. Some things should not be handled by a person who does not have training.
I didn't say I shot anything down his throat
. I said I shot it in his mouth(about three TBS full) and he was able to swallow it to where the blockage was located in his throat. There was no time for a vet to come. He was in alot of distress.....waitin hours for a vet was not viable. He was in alot of pain, kicking at himself and throwing his head wildly and thrashing. He was unable to eat or drink enough water to dislodge the blockage...he did try. He became frantic.
EVERY horse owner should be prepared that there will be times when waiting for a vet is not an option....IMO, this was one of those times. The vegetable oil in his mouth, to specify, felt slimey, causing him to swallow it, which coated the chewed hay blockage to where it passed safely .... AND FYI, this tip was given me BY MY VET himself, as he was aware of this horse's tendency to choke and also aware that he was not able to appear at the drop of a hat to do it himself. Sure,, his method of handling choke is not as primitive as a turkey baster and oil, but it is, in essence, the same methodology.