Narrowing of the trachea
Jade, 5yrold Otstdbd was retired because she has a narrowing of the trachea.
On her first day here, she almost choked on her hay and scared the bejeebers out of me. After a few days of wet and well-spread hay, she got over it. She also had to learn how to graze. Stupid me, because other horses were in the paddock where I got her from and there was hay in her stall, I thought she was used to this. Apparently not.
Anyway, she's been fine as far as I know other than that. Up until yesterday... she had some kind of obstruction in her throat after having her well-soaked beet pulp and pellets. I got it cleared up quickly and no harm done, but it got me thinking that this is something I'm really going to have to watch with her. I am making her eat her food slowly (obstacles in her feed dish) so that I don't have to worry about that anymore, but any other ideas?
Does anyone have any experience with this? I searched the 'net, but couldn't find anything and it's not in my horsey books at home. I'm really hoping that her more balanced muscle development will eventually help -- simply keeping her head down to graze all day I'm sure must be a benefit. Is this something I should find out more about next time the vet is here? Should I have it scoped if my local vet can do that?