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post #11 of 44 Old 08-03-2011, 11:17 AM
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Aw, I'm glad she's getting better but I'm sorry to hear she has lost her spark

The horse that I experienced choke with, was completely not himself for weeks. It's hard to see! I always felt so bad for him.

I'm not sure if you are the type of person that uses homeopathic medicine but I know when this horse choked, the barn owner gave him some homeopathic droplets that helped clear it up too. If you are interested, I can ask what they used. Just let me know, sometimes they are hard to find and people don't believe in them.
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post #12 of 44 Old 08-03-2011, 11:23 AM
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Her throat could still be tender from the obstruction and the tubing.
Some horses are more sensitive than others to these things.

Some horses can/will choke on just about anything.
You did nothing wrong here.
You now know this horse requires you to take extra steps.
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post #13 of 44 Old 08-03-2011, 12:52 PM
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My mare, has always wolfed down her grain as fast as she can, then go out get a drink of water, do a quick roll, and starts grazing.

One day, this was about two years ago, all those years of eating too fast, took a toll on her, and she choked pretty badly. They say horses colic because they can't throw up- yes well she choked with the impaction high up, so she was having stuff coming up out of both her mouth and nose. It's was honestly terrifying, and we were all kicking outselves, for what, we all weren't sure. Perhaps for letting her eat so fast all these years.

We finally got a hold of a vet (mind, this was happening at nine at night, on a Sunday), tubed and oiled her, and put her on antibiotics. She was fine by the next morning, and eating a small handfull with ease. We put her salt block in her dish to slow her eating, and we've never had the same problem again. She eats slower, since she has to work to get her food around the salt block. Plus, she's getting a healthier salt intake.

She's probably just really drained. It's rough on them. My mare also coliced mid-choke experience, just from fear and stress of it all. Is she drinking normally and everything? Just give her some more time to get her spark and strength back.

It's not your fault. It's one of those freak things. I would definitely soak it now though. We also added some oil to my mares feed to kind of lube it up, so help it slide down easier. Maybe try something like that as well? It's good for the coat if anything.

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post #14 of 44 Old 08-03-2011, 01:10 PM
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The real problem lies in the feed container. They are either some sort of bucket, feed pan or deep corner feeder. They all contain the feed in too small an area. A horse shoves his nose in and will emerge with full cheeks. An old kitchen table with low sides added is an excellent feeder because the feed can be scattered over a large area, forcing the horse to nibble rather than bolt it down. Choke can occur when the horse bolts feed.
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Once again thankyou for your replies. When Sugar was choking she did have foam running from her mouth and nose so it was terrifying for us. She would also lean back on her hind legs and put her neck out and make a horrible noise, then just want to drop to the ground, we would stop that as i was worried she would lay there and not get up. After a while she was so tired she stood there just staring, all this time I had been talking to my vet who suggested trying to get a closer vet as he was out of town, it was a sun night and I got nobody, so 1 hr later we were able to meet my vet and she was tubed. Thankgoodness! The food that came out was unbelievable to me. I felt ill the whole time, I even rode in the trailer with her to get where we had to go.
I really like all of your suggestions, and right now I don't think I would have thought of any of those by myself, I have made a list so I don't leave anything out, we need to get her back on food so have to go give it a try.
I am going to get some oils also, my daughter Ayla and I have just had a weekend with Dawn Cooper so are going to give that a try, we have someone close by who is training under her who will help and do the correct massages etc. Eventually we will get there, it's all a journey right, learning from your mistakes! (I am slowley forgiving myself).
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post #16 of 44 Old 08-18-2011, 12:40 PM
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Some horses are just more prone to choke too. I had a mare who choked constantly. I finally found the only grain she wouldn't choke on was Triple Crown Complete. You dang sure didn't give her anything that was wet, like soaked beet pulp or grain! It wasn't the grain or beet pulps fault, it's just how she was made. I made the mistake of giving her a handful of "grass pellets", a roughage made by Southern States that looks like any other pellet, it's just hay in a pellet. She choked bad. We got her all better, and two days later she colicked and died. I've always wondered if my giving her those pellets caused the colic due to the choke. It was only a handful, but enough to do damage. :( Live and learn I guess.
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post #17 of 44 Old 08-18-2011, 12:45 PM
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We have a lesson horse at our barn that chokes. He eats WAY to fast and we even feed him in a large pan so it can be spread out and he has still choked. We have him on a pellet feed now and soak it every time and(fingers crossed) no choking so far.

It is VERY scary to see a horse choking. I am so glad she's ok :)

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post #18 of 44 Old 08-18-2011, 02:58 PM
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On this OTHER horse forum (I'm not on it anymore because they have a cheap firewall, and when the site went down it fried my computer--sorry about the segway) feeding BP was a BIG and controversial topic on lots of threads. I'm so glad your horse survived and has recovered. I just look at BP like us eating jerky, because it has big, dry pieces, and I could choke on it if I eat it too fast. I like the rice bran suggestion.
My Arab, "Corporal," (1982-2009, RIP) always had a problem keeping weight on. For what it's worth, I limited the alfalfa, I would put that on top of his grass hay, so the tiny leaves would fall on the grass hay and he'd have to root through it, forcing him to finish it all. I also am totally sold on Purina Equine Senior. That is designed to be used for older horses who have even lost their teeth. Dampen it and it becomes a mash. Once I put him on the senior feed he bloomed. Filled out his chest, butt and filled in his back, too. (His teeth were regularly floated.)
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post #19 of 44 Old 08-24-2011, 07:47 AM
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My baby choked on feed last week. The vet came out and tubed him and gave him an antibiotic. Uniprim 2 scoops twice a day. His last dose was Monday. He is now not eating, but drinking and pretty much staying in his stall. He is on Purina Senior feed, veg oil and sugar water. He is very old and a rescue. He is about 25-27 years old.
He just started to not eat last night but is eating hay. His stomach is making noises and I went out this morning and checked to see if he had a poo. It was good. He also has gas. I am wondering if his stomach upset is causing him not to eat .

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post #20 of 44 Old 08-24-2011, 09:30 AM
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For what it's worth. If your horse gulps his food, there is a feeder on the market that claims to prevent choke and sand colic. It's called Pre-vent Horse Feeders. Very expensive for my budget, but they have a lot of good reviews (if they can be believed!).
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