Originally Posted by Beauseant
So, I've decided to be preemptive...
You can be 'preemptive' about everything. But think about it -
A horse can choke on a blade of grass. It's just one of those things.
I will be one of those that says we've been doing it for 20 years and never had an issue. We clean up under the apple tree and toss them in the paddocks after evening chores for about a week. Large carrots are less expensive than the baby carrots so I prefer to buy them. I do break them in half or third depending on the size of the carrot.
Two key elements to choke prevention - proper dental care and enough food. Horses that cannot properly chew or that are overly hungry are more likely to choke.
No matter what precautions we humans take - horses are born looking to die. I've known horses that you could put in a round rubber padded room and they would still find a way to hurt themselves.