My boy Odin (horse in avatar), had a serious episode of choke tonight. I just got back from dinner out when my phone went off and was told he was choking and the vet had been called. Luckily I live 8 minutes from the barn and busted over there. There were about 6 boarders there (lesson night) and they had been trying to keep him from laying down and spent about an hour rubbing his throat trying to loosen it up. You could feel a big lump and we couldn’t get it to move. At one point I was told he had stopped breathing and then he coughed up a bunch of grain and started breathing again. He was drooling grain out of his nose and mouth and looking very woebegone.
Vet showed shortly after I arrived and did a gastric tube; as soon as the tube went in, a ton of chewed grain came out. He found the lump and asked if we had fed him an apple or a potato as it was very dense and hard. Nope. Finally with enough water it loosened and went through. We thought it had to just be a wad of soaked grain that got balled up. Then there was the bloody nose to deal with after he pulled the tube. Odin was so doped up that two of boarders had to hold him up, he looked like he was about to fall down, kept crossing his hind legs and not standing balanced.
He’s on a diet of very wet hay and small amount of very wet grain, more like a gruel for the next couple of days. So glad there were people there who saw it immediately and took action and the vet for coming out so quickly. He’ll be taking the next couple of days off to recover but he seems to be out of the woods. BO is going to check him at midnight to make sure. Dodged a bullet for sure.