Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Choking on just a handful of feed...? Chronic Choke maybe...?
I meant to post this the other day...
I rode my gelding the other day and got back after dark... since it was coming a storm, and it was night, I figured I’d just give him a few (two) handfuls of his feed (alfalfa pellets and super 12 pellets) and let him go, since I had no wish to soak his feed when it was coming up a pretty bad storm and it was thundering badly and lightening in the distance. I figured that if I just gave him two handfuls, rationing his feed out in very small bits so it took about ten minutes for him to eat it, he’d be ok. But he wasn’t. As I went to turn him loose, he started acting like he was choking. He wasn’t choking badly, just tensing up and ‘squeaking’... there was no discharge from his nose and no excess saliva... he was able to breathe properly. I massaged his neck until he was better, which took about 20 minutes in the rain, then let him go.
I’ve heard of something called ‘chronic choke’ in horses, but I don’t know much about it... I’ve been told, though, that a horse with ‘chronic choke’ will coke on virtually any type of feed, and that’s how my Dakota does. He chokes on regular sweet feed, pelleted feed, and anything... He’s fine with grass and hay and he’s just perfect when I soak his feed into a slushy mess...
The next time I have the vet out, should I ask him to look at my boys throat to see if he has any scar tissue in his throat or something that is preventing perfectly chewed feed to go down properly? My gelding used to bolt his feed, but he doesn’t anymore, and his teeth don’t need to be floated. I don’t know if he’s ever injured the tissues in his throat, but I feel of his teeth regularly to make sure there are no sharp ridges or uneven areas.
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)