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        05-17-2010, 01:31 AM
      #11
    Foal
    I would say soak her food for sure. My horse used to choke all the time no matter what I did, even from a pan on the ground with rocks in it! I even tried feeding him small amounts at a time, and he would still choke on a handful of grain. He gets equine senior so it's great soaked, and i've been doing it now for about a year and no problems, except he can only get fed at night cause the barn owners won't soak his food. I've also noticed that he won't choke on oats, it's just pellets. I'm also very lucky he has done it enough he stays calm, until he can work it down.
         
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        05-17-2010, 02:04 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    HAF, terrifying! I hate it, even though most chokes are not life threatening, they look horrid and scare you to death. My guy had a bad one (hospital overnight and all) a few months back, he's also a wolfer of his food.

    One thing to keep in mind is that she could develop pneumonia from all the coughing/gagging so keep an extra close eye on her. Since the choke didn't last that long, I wouldn't be too worried about scarring or long term effects. Glad she's ok now!
         
        05-17-2010, 08:51 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    ^ didn't even think about afterwards!

    If she keeps doing it (heaven forbid!) then I would have the vet scope her and see if there's something going on down there. Choking can leave some pretty nice sized scars if they do it enough.
         
        05-17-2010, 10:06 AM
      #14
    Foal
    My yearling choked 4 times last year. It is such a scary thing to have happen. She is not a picky eater at all, different circumstances each time. I was able to massage and help her clear it out all but once. That one time she had to have the vet flush it out.
    My vet would treat with an antibiotic in case of developing pneumonia from aspirating.
    Soak her feed, both hay and grain.
    Feed in smaller increments if possible.
    If this still occurs I would definitely have the vet scope for abnormalities.
    Good luck!
         

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