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    05-09-2012, 11:11 AM
horse choking?

Okay so my 5 year old paint, choked 11 months ago and we were at the vet so he delt with it. But when we got home and the months fallowing he would eat his grain fast, and I had it in a big 75gallon water trough, and he still acted like he would choke on it and I gave him handfulls at a time so there was scattered and never in piles.

Do they ever get over this or will I have to watch him and feed him little everyday? He first choked on hay going to the vet and so he never gets hay anymore but my other two do. Woud it be okay to feed him in the trailer? We will be going on long trips this summer to trail ride and show. Any advise?
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    05-09-2012, 03:18 PM
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Several things you can do.
First always dampen his feed so that it is heavily damp not like a soup.
Secondly lut several fist sized stones into his manger so that he has to push them around to get to the grain and get some chaff to mix with it so that he has to chew.

Choke is usually caused because dry food lodges in the oesophagus by dampening, it enables it to go down more easily.
    05-09-2012, 03:40 PM
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When my horse choked the vet told me he would become more prone to it from now on. You can try putting a salt block in his feed dish to slow him down or as mentioned above, water down his feed... sorry :(
    05-09-2012, 05:15 PM
Does feeding up higher or on the ground make a difference?

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