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post #1 of 12 Old 09-25-2009, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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i had the pleasure of having the vet out to my horse last night after he was "choking", now im telling you, this was not pleasant, i was crying and very upset.he has saliva coming from his nose.....

now i was just wondering if any body else has had this problem and how do you prevent it? my horse is still coughing but this is what the vet had told me as he may be a bit sore from the ordeal, however i am making myself sick with worry and i am paranoid about feeding him now....

any information would be appreciated.....

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-25-2009, 05:22 PM
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I presume he was choking on feed?
Dampen his hard feed and soak hay in water to minimise dust.
Thats all i can think of sorry, talk to your vet about it.
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Make all his grain very soupy, wet it down and let it sit for a while before feeding it. Soak down the hay, and keep an eye on him as he eats. If he looks like he's starting to choke again, massage his neck, sometimes that helps.
Good luck - choke is very scary.

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Agree with the soaking of his feed, also if you aren't already, put his feed bucket on the ground, not elevated like you see in so many stalls. Horses are designed to stretch their neck down and graze.
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Agree with all the previous posts. Wet feed, serve down as low as you can.

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post #6 of 12 Old 09-26-2009, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by AussieDaisyGirl View Post
Wet feed, serve down as low as you can.
I've never had an experience with choking (thank goodness!) but I have heard that is is important. Don't feed in those high wall-hung feeders, like this:

I have these in my stalls but I never use them, I feed on the ground. I guess I feel it's more natural and the horse is eating how it was meant to eat.


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post #7 of 12 Old 09-26-2009, 10:52 AM
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my mare used to choke occasionally. i would just put a rock in her feed. big enough she couldn't eat it, but small enough she could push it around, it slowed her down, lol!

and yes, it is very scarey!

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post #8 of 12 Old 09-26-2009, 11:51 AM
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Been there a couple times with 2 dif horses.

One thing to remember is after an episode of choke you should not feed a hard feed for a couple days. Allow the throat to heal some. If you must then do as others have suggested and wet the feed enough that is isn't sticky, also I'd give less for a while. And be sure to watch him eat. You may want to have teeth checked as sometimes this can be a reason.

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thank you all for the advice, he seems fine now, still paranoid over him eating, but think this is more me worrying myself. thank you all for the advice.

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-04-2009, 09:29 AM
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Glad to hear he's doing well now. I feel for ya, been there..

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