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Horse Tidbit

While taking care of the horses last week, we noticed the little colt was acting strangely. It was as if he was trying to throw up. I had always been told that horses cannot vomit so when he continued to wretch I called the vet. Just as the vet said that horses could not throw up, a large amount of foam came flying out of his mouth. I said "Ack! He just did!!!" and the vet said "Well, I'll be. I didn't know a horse could throw up, did you?"

After that, he appeared to be better for a bit. The vet said to keep a close eye on him and call back if he got worse again. A little later he started acting weird again so I rubbed his neck and patted and kissed his nose to keep him calm. After a few minutes of that, he coughed a giant horse cough right into my face and that was the end of it. He acted and looked as if nothing had happened.

I did some research and it seems as if he had horse choke. Since the incident I've read a lot about horse choke and a horses ability to vomit. Most agree it is very rare and a lot of horses die because they cannot. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that the little fart is one of the rare horses who can.

Comments (7)


The things you learn on the web...

aww, poor little guy. Glad he's okay.

Let me ask you, did you actually Google "horse vomit"? bahahahahha! And the next person to Google that, is going to find you at the top of the list, eh?


Yes Captain NutJob, I did google "horse vomit". There's actually quite a bit of discussion about it and two very distinct camps: the ones who believe horses do puke and the ones who say it's completely impossible. I saw it with my own eyes. And Todd saw it. I think we're now fully qualified to weigh in on this issue. I wonder if horsepuke.com is taken....




Gads, our dog and cats are enough for me! You are quite a stud, Lisa! hehe

Yes Captain NutJob...

That's GENERAL NutJob, but I like you. You can call me by my first name - Mrs. *smirk*