Choke, also known as esophageal obstruction is caused by the impaction of food in the esophagus.
Choke, also known as esophageal obstruction is caused by the impaction of food in the esophagus. Signs of this condition are nasal discharge containing food or a lump on the left side of the neck (where the esophagus passes). Treatment consists of resolving the impaction by passing a naso-gastric tube and passing tepid water to gradually break up the blockage. Esophageal impaction is often caused by rapid ingestion of concentrates. You can slow down the speed at which the horse eats by adding a salt rock in the feed container. Choke is also frequent in older horses that have trouble chewing properly. It is important to get your horse’s teeth checked every year.