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post #1 of 10 Old 08-27-2013, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Horse choke scare

Wow, I'm almost in tears as I type this.

Very scary thing just happened. I was feeding this new sand colic prevention supplement to my two horses. Stupid me let them gobble it down über fast. My stupidity disgusts me sometimes, really. Toby ate it first, seemed fine. I gave it to Cinnamon next. He also seemed fine, but I noticed he spit it all out in a minute in two large, flat globs about the size of my hand. He was and is totally fine after that. That worried me, so I went and checked Toby. Lo and behold, he was acting like something in his mouth was bothering him, opening his mouth, moving it, working hard to get something out. Luckily, I managed to hold me cool and call my mom over. She didn't seem too worried, as he was still breathing -_-

My trainer was there too, so I called to her and she just said, "he probably ate it too fast, just let him be. As long as he's breathing and not freaking out, it's best to let him work it out on his own".

I'm not going to leave him be, so I sit next to him, massage his windpipe, and basically just fret about him. My mom came over and helped. She noticed that some seemed to be caught in his lip in front of his teeth, so she took it out and he was fine after that phew!

I just went and checked on them again and they're both fine. I have now thoroughly and completely learned my lesson: never let them gobble their food!! The supplement is called, "Sand Clear" and is pelleted, but seems to get really sticky once they eat it. Im kinda hesitant to feed it to them again....Well, anyways, I'm just glad they're okay!!!

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-27-2013, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Also, what could I do next time to prevent the same stickiness problem should I decide to feed it to them again?

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-27-2013, 04:53 PM
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I don't know anything about that product at all but seems to me its something you probably should contact the supplier/manufacturer about for their advise
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-27-2013, 07:23 PM
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I feed that & mix it in with other grain so they don't get a bunch all at once.
I understand how you could be scared.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-27-2013, 07:45 PM
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^ so do I. Mine also gets 'mushed' because I add it in with my soaked beet pulp and wet feed, and I've never had a problem.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-27-2013, 08:01 PM
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I usually feed it with some oats so it's not so sticky. Also my horses won't eat it without the oats in it. :)

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post #7 of 10 Old 08-27-2013, 08:27 PM
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I have a horse that is super prone to choke. He's done it a few times now and tends to do it more with stickier, textured feeds. So no more textured feeds for him. He only gets pellets now and instead of feeding him chest level from a bucket tied to a fence post, he now has to eat from a shallow pan in a tire with big rocks in it that he has to push around to get to his feed. He's just a gulper and I have to make him work a little to keep him from eating too fast. Each time that he has a choke episode, I water his feed down pretty good for several days because what was stuck can irritate and swell things up pretty good which will just egg on another episode. Since I've made all the just mentioned adjustments, he hasn't had another spell so knock on wood. I would do like the other folks recommended and mix your supplement with some beet pulp or something. Sorry about your scare. I can understand how you felt. I'm glad it turned out OK. :)
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-27-2013, 08:34 PM
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First of all, Yay for you that you give your horses pellets for sand colic! I do for the whole 1st week of each month religiously. As for choke - the horse who's the 'choker', give him his after it's sat a few min. In a bucket with some water - will turn into a savory mush, then problem solved! Also, if you have a very picky horse and must give an important supplement or medication, a little splotch of apple sauce or pure apple juice will do the trick as well - they think they're getting a treat, so win/win! :)
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-27-2013, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I talked to my trainer and mom and we agreed on something to the effect of-feed the supplement with soaked beet pulp and oats. Maybe this will help them out next time. I'm just glad it all went ok. It must taste/smell good though, they were so pushy when I went out to feed them. I'd better come up with a better plan than walking out and just feeding it. Maybe some big rocks in a shallow pan...?

At any rate, I'm jut glad it turned out ok.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-27-2013, 10:23 PM
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I always soak any type of feed. My mare was a dork and decided she did not need to drink that much in the middle of the summer. I was feeding her Strategy Healthy Edge and she Analy prolapsed! So after emptying a tube of Preparation H in her butt and my vet pushing things back in place she was ok. Never letting her eat dry feed/pellets again.
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