My horse choked

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My horse choked

Postby Tsavo » Sun May 06, 2018 8:31 pm

I was feeding some alfalfa pellets as a treat and he choked. The barn owner got a hose into his mouth and my horse started coughing and got the material out through his mouth and nose.

Obviously I won't be giving him any dry food again.

My horse just had his teeth floated. I am wondering why this happened. That was not the first time I gave him those pellets.

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Re: My horse choked

Postby kande50 » Sun May 06, 2018 10:52 pm

We've had a few episodes over the years, and it usually had something to do with the horse being very hungry, taking big bites, and trying to swallow without chewing enough.

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Re: My horse choked

Postby Tsavo » Sun May 06, 2018 11:04 pm

kande50 wrote:We've had a few episodes over the years, and it usually had something to do with the horse being very hungry, taking big bites, and trying to swallow without chewing enough.


That was not the case here.

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Re: My horse choked

Postby musical comedy » Sun May 06, 2018 11:45 pm

Too dry? Little boring story. About a week ago, I was eating this new nutritious product I bought. It was dried broccali florets. I ate too many at a time and they got stuck somewhere in my esophagus. It was horrible and even painful. Each time I swallowed it hurt. I tried to throw up, but that wouldn't work. I tried to sip some water, and boy did swallowing even a little bit of water hurt. Eventually, with multiple small sips, the compacted broccoli passed down. I would guess a similar thing happened to your horse. It may just be one of those things and he could eat the pellets again and not have a problem. I wouldn't do it though unless they were moistened.

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Re: My horse choked

Postby piedmontfields » Mon May 07, 2018 1:53 pm

Glad he had help right away.

I won't feed dry hay pellets because of this risk.

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Re: My horse choked

Postby Hayburner » Thu May 10, 2018 1:24 pm

I'm not a vet - but using a hose to dislodge the blockage possibly could cause a problem with water getting into the lungs. My old guy started choking on his grain and his carrots. I started to add water to his grain and the problem went away, and no more carrots. I had the vet/dentist check his teeth and she said they are excellent and that wasn't why he is having trouble chewing, his is more of an old age issue. What I have one when he was getting something stuck was to massage the area to relax the muscles which luckily the 2 times it happened, helped.

The tooth floating might have something to do with your recent episode. Could be his mouth just feel different and he's chewing different with the new feel.

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Re: My horse choked

Postby Tsavo » Fri May 11, 2018 11:57 am

Yeah I later read that using water might not be the best thing. It mainly seemed to trigger coughing which somehow dislodged the food in the esophagus.

We are several days out and he is fine so I don't think he aspirated anything.

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Re: My horse choked

Postby Hayburner » Fri May 11, 2018 3:25 pm

That's great news and he's one lucky horse you were there to react to his choke.

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Re: My horse choked

Postby Tsavo » Fri May 11, 2018 4:34 pm

Hayburner wrote:That's great news and he's one lucky horse you were there to react to his choke.


I caused the choke by treating him with pellets! He wouldn't have choked if I wasn't there. :shock:

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Re: My horse choked

Postby Abby Kogler » Sat May 12, 2018 12:03 am

I am very glad he is ok. Im sure it was scary like hell!

But the hose is a bad idea as aspiration is very real.

I also suspect maybe the teeth float changed his bite just enough to do this...but I too would be careful.


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