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post #1 of 16 Old 11-18-2012, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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2nd time my horse has choked this month, need help!

I'm really stressed out right now. The last time she choked was the first time I had ever seen a horse choke and I was a mess! My mare is 24 years old and I know she's due for another teeth floating. I'm feeding her Triumph senior feed every day and I read that I might need to soak the grain before feeding it to her. I want to make sure I'm doing it right. Does it need a lot of water or just enough to get it wet? It seems like it would be easier to choke on when it's all puffy and wet

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first things, I LOVE THAT PHOTO. I love her destall and sturrips along with your gorgeous boots, my gosh that's pretty.

I think soaking it would be a good idea, it may seem like it is easier ti choke on but if she chews it and swallows and still chokes it might go down easier considering its slippery and wet.

Does she gulp all her food up fast??? Maybe get a big ol salt lick that you can put in a bucket with her food, this way shehas to move the salt block around to eat her food which should slow her down. :)

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Horses mostly (not always) choke because they don't chew their food properly and it gets lodged & then swells up when it comes in contact with saliva as it moves down. The pelleted feeds go to a mush when you soak them and so reduces the risk by a lot. Different feeds need different amounts of water and time so you'd have to experiment yourself
You can buy specially designed feeders for horse that bolt their food but for my old mare that choked a few years ago and scared me - like yours has done you - now has a couple of large smooth round stones in her manger and has had no trouble since
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I used to have an Arab that choked. Vet had me make it into mash.

Oats was ok to feed him, just pellets I had to soak
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If she just choked not too long ago I would make her feed a bit soupy not just wet down. My guess you will need to do this for a while or maybe for the rest of her life.
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Senior feed is drier so when it hits the throat it expands rapidly. Soaking prevents that. You only need enough water to make it mushy. Let it sit for a max of 5 minutes. I would feed right away. Make sure you always feed at ground level, always.
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first things, I LOVE THAT PHOTO. I love her destall and sturrips along with your gorgeous boots, my gosh that's pretty.

I think soaking it would be a good idea, it may seem like it is easier ti choke on but if she chews it and swallows and still chokes it might go down easier considering its slippery and wet.

Does she gulp all her food up fast??? Maybe get a big ol salt lick that you can put in a bucket with her food, this way shehas to move the salt block around to eat her food which should slow her down. :)

Best of luck
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That makes sense. I'm definitely going to start soaking it then! She does eat it really fast. I started feeding her from a huge pan so it's spread out because she would try to fill her whole mouth then start chewing. That's a good idea, they have some half sized salt blocks at our feed store that would fit perfectly in the pan I have.

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Horses mostly (not always) choke because they don't chew their food properly and it gets lodged & then swells up when it comes in contact with saliva as it moves down. The pelleted feeds go to a mush when you soak them and so reduces the risk by a lot. Different feeds need different amounts of water and time so you'd have to experiment yourself
You can buy specially designed feeders for horse that bolt their food but for my old mare that choked a few years ago and scared me - like yours has done you - now has a couple of large smooth round stones in her manger and has had no trouble since
Thank you, that makes a lot of sense. I have seen some of those feeders in a magazine, I might have to look into getting one of those. Or stones like you, that's a good idea!

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I used to have an Arab that choked. Vet had me make it into mash.

Oats was ok to feed him, just pellets I had to soak
Ok, thank you so much!

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If she just choked not too long ago I would make her feed a bit soupy not just wet down. My guess you will need to do this for a while or maybe for the rest of her life.
I was just reading another thread that said they may be more prone to choking if they choked recently. I think I will try getting it pretty wet then at least for a while.

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Senior feed is drier so when it hits the throat it expands rapidly. Soaking prevents that. You only need enough water to make it mushy. Let it sit for a max of 5 minutes. I would feed right away. Make sure you always feed at ground level, always.
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Oh yes, you are right, especially since I got one with no molasses, I didn't even think about that. I always fed her grain with molasses, but she doesn't have a weight problem so I switched her to senior fed a few months ago. That explains why she didn't have trouble with grain before. I have been feeding her at ground level, after she choked the first time I almost bought a hanging feeder till I did some research on choke and it said always feed at ground level.


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I used to have an old boy. By the time he passed on he had some of his front teeth and only a couple of molars left. I had trouble with him choking even though I was wetting down all his feed. I solved the problem by lowering his feeder from chest height to knee height. What hay he did get was fed on the ground or floor. He had no more incidents after that.
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I've got an older mare that chokes. I feed her in a 150 gallon stock tank I had that leaks. I spread her feed out along the bottom of it. Couple round river rocks slow her down even more.
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