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    02-04-2009, 12:11 AM
  #1
Foal
Choke help needed...

So I got a call from my mom tonight saying how her mare choked again. (2nd time in 8 weeks) Well we know it is from her scarfing her dinner down. I have read on here that you can put large rocks in the feed tub to help this and my mom likes this idea. So we are both wondering how big or small should the rocks be? How many? She is fed in a 5 gallon water bucket. This is not due to teeth as her teeth were just floated in Nov.
Would you say the rocks should be about fist size? Bigger smaller? Any help is very appreciated. (and the mare will not eat soaked feed)
Thanks Gen
Oh and she is fine now it was a small blockage that passed before she even had anything coming out of her nose or anything.
     
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    02-04-2009, 03:07 AM
  #2
Yearling
Goodluck trying to fix it. I have no idea....
     
    02-04-2009, 04:33 AM
  #3
Yearling
Wow... I didn't know the rocks trick... my mare choked twice in the span of about 6weeks... I realised I was making her feed just that little too damp (which was incredibly odd, cos I was making it like I had for years)... I now make hers just a slight less damp compared to the other two... since being more diligent with how much water goes in she's not choked again. I also try to feed her in situations where she doesnt feel the need to scoff her food (although she always eats fast)... ie, by herself or away from the others.
Mine again wasn't a teeth issue either. If she tries to rush her feed, I pick the bucket up and only allow her to eat when I'm satisfied she's chewed enough. She hates it when I do that but respects my space enough to know that if she pushes her luck, the feed will go bye byes.
Good luck.
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    02-04-2009, 10:05 AM
  #4
Foal
Thanks ladies, but my mom is not always there when she gets feed. In fact 2 different people feed at this barn. 1 feeds dinner at around 6 pm and the other doen't get there to feed till 8. So we know it is the late feeding that is making this happen. I beleive she is not getting enough hay to last her till 8 pm.(she only gets 1-2 flakes for lunch at noon).
So ya back to the original question, someone on here said put rocks in the feed bucket so I just want to know what size and maybe how many.
Thanks
     
    02-04-2009, 10:50 AM
  #5
Super Moderator
I have put a salt lick in the feed bin to slow them down. They have to eat around it....?
     
    02-04-2009, 11:41 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by prbygenny    
So I got a call from my mom tonight saying how her mare choked again. (2nd time in 8 weeks) Well we know it is from her scarfing her dinner down. I have read on here that you can put large rocks in the feed tub to help this and my mom likes this idea. So we are both wondering how big or small should the rocks be? How many? She is fed in a 5 gallon water bucket. This is not due to teeth as her teeth were just floated in Nov.
Would you say the rocks should be about fist size? Bigger smaller? Any help is very appreciated. (and the mare will not eat soaked feed)
Thanks Gen
Oh and she is fine now it was a small blockage that passed before she even had anything coming out of her nose or anything.
I would think a couple of them "soft ball" size wound probably due the trick. To big to get them in their mouth, yet small enough were they could push them with their nose to slide them around a little bit. You may have to experiment a little bit to see what works best.

I have heard about using rocks for horses that eat to fast. Personally I never had to try it
     
    02-04-2009, 11:46 AM
  #7
Yearling
Yep, large enough that they won't fit in the mouth.

Also for a horse that chokes, feeding a pelleted feed and moistening it so that it falls apart more easily can help prevent the problem as well.
     
    02-04-2009, 12:59 PM
  #8
Foal
My mare choked a couple times on her grain. We had to put rocks in her tub, but we put a little smaller ones, about the size of golf balls or a little bigger. I have 15 in there. This makes her slow down because she has to "play" with them and move them around. I think horses are smart enough to not eat rocks. I have never heard of a horse choking on the hay though. You might want to soak it?
     
    02-04-2009, 02:54 PM
  #9
Weanling
You can also purchase a feeder that has tube like things sticking up so that when the horse eats, it has to manuever around the things sticking up and cannot eat too fast.
     
    02-04-2009, 03:00 PM
  #10
mls
Trained
No rocks. Horses can hit their teeth on them and damage the teeth.

Baseballs, softballs, small brick salt blocks are better.

I would also suggest not feeding in the 5 gallon bucket but a soft rubber pan to enable the grain to be spread out more.

Does the horse have access to hay 24/7? Most choke is caused by bolting the feed because the horse is meant to graze.
     

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