Sorry no pictures! We found a vet who does coggins that's only ten minutes away so we loaded Faran up to go get his blood drawn. He loaded on the trailer in fifteen minutes or so which is awesome! Such a good boy. He did it on his own too, we didn't have to force him. The bad thing is that we were feeding him handfuls of dry hay pellets as a reward.... bad move!! I should have known better. I feed him hay pellets with minerals everyday, but I soak them and feed from the ground...
So when we got to the vet, ten minutes away, he started trying to swallow and we immediately knew what was wrong. We unloaded him just as he started draining saliva out of his mouth and nose. If you've never seen a horse choke... it's gross! I was worried because the vet we went to doesn't do anything with horses except draw blood for coggins, but luckily their new vet (co-owner) is an equine vet!! Yay! He even had all of the stuff in his truck because he said he still worked on horses for his in-laws or some family with a horse farm (I was too distracted to really listen so I don't remember for sure) even though the clinic only does small animals (they are too busy to try to take on equine patients). So he sedated Faran, stuck the tube up his nose and cleared the obstruction. He said it was a small obstruction and we cleared it quickly, so he should be totally fine now. Regardless I'm going to keep a close eye on him. I'm also going to do some research on after care, because I don't know when I should feed him again or if I should let him drink or what. Right now he's in the round pen letting the sedation wear off where the other boys can't bother him. I've only ever seen one horse choke (the horse belonged to someone else), so I don't really have much experience with it. I recognized the symptoms immediately, but I don't know the aftercare. So if you know anything about choke, comments are welcome.
So yeah that turned out more stressful and expensive than I was expecting, but he did get his blood drawn for the coggins so at least that's done. I'm just happy he's okay. I was on the verge of a panic attack before I found out there was an equine vet there! :) We have family visiting for the holidays at the end of the week, so I may be scarce a while, but I'll make sure to update on Faran in a couple of days.
P.S. Oh I almost forgot, his rain rot appears to be gone already! Yay! I'll check really well later when I have some latex gloves. The MTG is still stinky lol.
P.P.S. Faran is grazing out in the round pen so he's awake and seems fine. :D