This is an unpleasant ailment which occurs when food gets stuck in the oesophagus, this then causes saliva, mucus and sometimes feed to come out of the nasal passages and mouth.
- It can be caused when the horse is over keen when eating and takes in too much feed at once.
- If the horse becomes over excited when eating and takes in too much feed too quickly.
- If the horse is not able to chew the food correctly because of dental problems.
Signs of Choke
- The horse will often look depressed.
- Saliva and mucus can be seen coming out of their mouth and nostrils.
- The horse will show signs of trying to swallow.
- The horse may cough repeatedly.
- If the horse is distressed they may start to sweat and paw the ground.
- In some cases the choke will self clear usually in around 30 minutes, if it does not then you must contact the veterinary surgeon.
- If the obstruction is bad then the veterinarian may have to place a stomach tube down the oesophagus to see where obstruction is and the extent size and cause of the choke.
- If veterinary assistance is required then the vet will usually administer a muscle relaxant to relax the oesophagus and allow food to more easily pass, and in some cases a sedative is also given to calm the horse down.