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post #1 of 44 Old 07-30-2011, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Horse choked on Beet pulp

On Sun night, I took a short cut because I had read an article that you could feed BP unsoaked, I thought we were going to lose Sugar, It was one of the most scariest nights I have had in my life. The vet tubed her and we have her on penicillin now, she was pretty blocked up. Never again will I feed BP unless it has been soaked properly, that whole night could have been avoided, and it's my fault.
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post #2 of 44 Old 07-30-2011, 04:42 PM
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Don't beat yourself up, the crisis is over now.

Thankfully your vet was smart enough to put her on penicillan (I know of a horse that died from secondary lung infection, after choke, because the vet didn't put it on antibiotics).

I know that I will be put on the firing wall with a bunch of beet pulp machine guns pointed at me, but choke is why I will never feed beet pulp -- never.

I have two horses that are insulin resistant and a third one that has four molars missing but, beet pulp will never be found in my barn.

I have yet to hear of a horse choking on rice bran. All my horses get varying amounts of pelleted rice bran. They all love the taste so its easy to mix their supplements in with it.

Rice bran is high in healthy fat, provides a cool energy to the horse and no soaking required.

The IR causes one horse to lose weight, so the rice bran keeps weight on him.

The other horse is a tanker, so he only gets an 1/8th cup of rice bran twice daily to enhance the flavor of the other stuff he gets.

One thing you might want to keep in mind is that, once a horse does go thru a bad choke episode, it can sometimes leave scar tissue which makes choking an easier thing to happen in the future.

Other than that, don't berate yourself, your horse pulled thru and life is good
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Thankyou so much for your reply Walkinthewalk.
I was wondering about the choke for in the future, and I am worried about what to feed her, I don't want to feed BP any more, It just scares me, the thought of having it on the property.

It is good to get some feedback on something different to feed, my other mare is a hard keeper too so I think Rice Bran would be worth a try, the vet just wants sugar on grass for now as it is soft, and we have lots of that.

Yes, it is all good, we got through it and came out alive, I didn't realise there could be so many complications from choke, but then again, I never thought I'd watch my horse choke either. I'll do everything I know how to prevent it from happening again. Thanks WITW
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Yes, please don't beat yourself up. I have always heard that you can feed beet pulp without soaking it too.
I always thought choke happened not so much from What they eat, but how they eat it (bolting food, massive bites, etc).
We had a horse recently choke on a complete senior feed, which is 'softer' than whole oats or corn.
Her owner did not change her feed, but soaks it before each feeding, only takes about 10 min. She makes it very soupy, and the horse just slurps it right up!
Do not feel that this is your fault, it happens.
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post #5 of 44 Old 07-30-2011, 07:20 PM
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I always feed my BP soaked and I have never had an issue with choke. Why not feed it to her soaked?

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I have always fed it soaked, and not ever had a problem, and my husband thinks I should keep the same routine going. I guess I'm just extra worried now thinking about all the "what if's". Sugar does eat faster than the other 2 so hers should maybe be more like soup. Thankyou for all your support and kind words, I sure have felt like an idiot. ( am working on that).
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I've seen a horse choke on normal pellets before. It was a heck of an experience, he was tubed and given penicillin but it took weeks for him to recover. Now all of his food has to be soupy.

Don't worry about what happened. It's common! I was also told that I could feed beet pulp unsoaked but I've stayed away from it because every horse eats differently. One pellet the wrong way..and Blam...your screwed! It's very unfortunate :(

Glad BOTH of you are recovering. It can be traumatic! Don't beet, tee hee *beet pulp, yourself up! Stuff happens!
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My mare choked twice in one week. 1st time on lettus which she now wont eat & 2nd time on her grain. I wet her grain down for 2 weeks after & slowly put it back to dry. No problems now. Good luck!
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post #9 of 44 Old 08-02-2011, 07:58 PM
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My friend's horse choked on it once & when they went to the vet she said that many horses can eat it unsoaked but if they eat it too much too fast without chewing properly they can choke because it expands on the way down the throat.

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Thankyou for all your replies, It is good to know about some of your experiences. Sugar is still not herself, she is off her anti-biotics, and the vet said she could be ridden lightly. Ayla just walked her for 10 mins and when she trotted she had no energy. I'm thinking she needs more time. She has lost her spark.
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