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August 15, 2017

What is choke? 

In horses, choke is a condition that occurs when food or some other material becomes stuck in the esophagus. The term choke can be a bit confusing since in people, choking can refer to having something lodged in the trachea (airway).

A few reasons this occurs are because the horse is not chewing properly or the horse is eating too quickly. 

What are signs of choke?

  • Discharge (sometimes containing feed material) coming from both nostrils and/or mouth.

  • Difficulty swallowing

    • Some horses may make repeated, unsuccessful attempts to swallow.

  • Not wanting to eat or drink

  • Coughing

  • Lethargy

What should you do if you suspect a horse is choking?

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