by ADK WildHorse on 09/17/15
It is September..... and the leaves are just beginning to change. Temperatures, luckily are still in the 70's and even 80's ! The ranch horses are certainly enjoying the weather, however, with these temperatures, and exposure to UV, they are not doing a good job at prepping their coats for winter ! So stay tuned, and we will let you know when the first hairs come in :)
Logan .... as many of you know, Logan is a 29 year old , off the track Thoroughbred, a senior citizen of the ranch. He recently had been experiencing recurring bouts of choke. One morning in early August, our resident camp girls found him depressed and salivating out of his mouth in his stall. We diagnosed it as choke - episodes of choke can be mild to severe, and since Logan does not have a useful set of teeth, his ability to chew grain is very limited.
Emergency procedures: shot of banamine, and a gentle massage to the esophagus where the obstruction is visible. All food and hay is taken away from the stall. Horse is usually rechecked in an hour. For severe cases: a tranquilized to relax the muscles and prevent them contracting to help pass the obstruction is necessary,
A bit of education:
Choke, also known as esophageal obstruction, although not an immediately life threatening emergency, can lead to aspiration pneumonia and severe dehydration. When caught early, it can prevent circumferential ulceration, because as the lesion heals, it creates scar tissue that causes stricture - narrowing of the esophagus.
Logan needs his grain to be in the form of a smoothie in order to bypass any scarring that occurred from his August episode of choke. At first, we thought that Logan's diagnosis would not have a positive outcome but with patience and maintenance, we feel that Logan may be able to see his returning camp girls next summer.
Aside from having soup for breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper, the consistency must be just right to ensure longevity.
Let's hope for the best.