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post #21 of 23 Old 02-22-2011, 11:34 AM
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I Hay stocks resolve themselves better than grains or pellets from what my vet told me.
I'm pretty sure you misheard. Pellets are the best thing (if there is such a thing) for a horse to choke on. As the horse works up the mucous, they are coated and can slide. Pellets also have no sharp edges - such as the hay cube Farmpony's horse choked on did. The hay stock can scratch the throat and an infection can result.
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I'm pretty sure you misheard. Pellets are the best thing (if there is such a thing) for a horse to choke on. As the horse works up the mucous, they are coated and can slide. Pellets also have no sharp edges - such as the hay cube Farmpony's horse choked on did. The hay stock can scratch the throat and an infection can result.
...and getting that tube in was a miserable task because the cubes are so compact that they take forever to saturate. If you were to take one and put it in a glass of water, the outside edges would be wet after several minutes but if you pulled the cube out, the inside would still be dry. Part of why it was so hard to get it down was becuase we couldn't get it wet enough and we couldn't get the tube past it. :(

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You poor thing! I can only imagine how scary that was! Jack has never choked but his half brother did and it was terrible, thankfully he choked on pelleted grain and as soon as the vet tubed him the water dissolved the pellets and washed it down. Something you might consider from now on is putting decent sized rocks in his grain bucket, just a couple. It slows them down since they have to pick around the rocks and move them to get all of the grain/pellets and lessens the chance of choke. As someone else mentioned I've also heard that it will happen easier once they choke. Glad Pistol is ok!
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