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When horses choke, they get their soft palate in the wrong place over the top of their epiglottis so that they gurgle when they are working, and the idea of cauterising it is simply to make it more fibrous so that it dislocates less easily.
One treatment, as you suggest, is cauterising the blood vessels likely to be the source of the bleeding, which can be a bit distressing.
Recurrent nose bleeds can be stopped by cauterising the fragile vessel in hospital.