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post #1 of 17 Old 08-04-2009, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question about "choking"

I have a horse that choked one night at dinner time (on his grain) so we helped it pass and started to wet down his food and had no more problems with it. Then a couple weeks ago he started randomly choking in the field on nothing but grass. I noticed it twice and it passed after about 7-8 minutes but I have found nothing online about why its happening and what to do about it. The only thing online is preventative measures when they choke on grain or hay or treats or something. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-04-2009, 06:54 PM
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Are his teeth in good shape?
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I have a horse that choked one night at dinner time (on his grain) so we helped it pass and started to wet down his food and had no more problems with it. Then a couple weeks ago he started randomly choking in the field on nothing but grass. I noticed it twice and it passed after about 7-8 minutes but I have found nothing online about why its happening and what to do about it. The only thing online is preventative measures when they choke on grain or hay or treats or something. Any suggestions?
HI there,
my foal had a major choking episode on a piece of apple he was getting for a treat, i rang the vet immediately and he told me to keep him on his feet and keep him walking, which i did, it was such a scary experience, he hasn't had any apple since i can tell you, i have had no more problems with him choking but he is an absolute glutton and would eat all the time if allowed so just a keen eye to make sure he is taking his time and feed little amounts of grain at a time helps also
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Myboypuck: his teeth were floated about 7 months ago

Vicki: He isnt choking on grain as we soak it into a mash before he gets it. I cant keep him from eating grass though lol
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Charlene -- what is the history of this horse? I took in a racehorse and the very first night she choked on hay. Then again several times in the following week -- she had never eaten from ground level before I got her. I didn't have much pasture for her when she came (mostly chewed down already by others), so she didn't have any opportunity to choke on the grass, but all her hay was well spread out and watered for her for about a month after she came here.

She has been with us for about a year now and the change in her neck muscles is amazing! No more choking.
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post #6 of 17 Old 08-05-2009, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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The last owner had him since he was 1 y/o and had him on pasture and stalled to be fed only. So i just dont understand it because there has been no dramatic changes and we had him for 6 months before any of this came about. Also I have been trying to get in touch with the last owner to ask her some stuff but i cant seem to get in contact with her
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They say to prevent choking feed out of a feeder that hangs on the fence, not ground level.

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post #8 of 17 Old 08-06-2009, 08:52 PM
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never heard that one before. What's the reasoning behind it?
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post #9 of 17 Old 08-06-2009, 09:13 PM
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I read that it prevents choking,something to do with a horse not being feed at ground level,cant remember where I read it at,tho.

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post #10 of 17 Old 08-07-2009, 12:38 PM
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Well, it doesn't make any sense to me. A horse is physically designed to eat with its head down on the ground. I would bet that the muscles work better that way, the esophagus is better extended and who knows, maybe affects the way the food is worked in the mouth too.

If anyone else has heard this, please post an explanation. I know from my experience with my x-track horse (see above) I have had success with ground level feeding.

Oh just thought of something -- maybe, N66, you read about not feeding a horse from the ground due to sand colic risk? That's a different issue, but we do read so much stuff it's easy to get inundated!
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