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    08-27-2011, 09:07 PM
My baby had choke problems

Just to let everyone know that my baby passed away this morning. I really can't talk too much about it. The symptoms were disorientation, sweating and not knowing me. I was told that he had suffered a stroke during the night.

I am devastated. I am glad that we were with him and he knew that we loved him very very much.

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    08-27-2011, 09:16 PM
Don't feel bad OP. My horse chokes on it after its been soaked all night every time I give it to her. So I have to sit around while she eats it and be at the ready to shove my arm down her throat EVERY TIME she eats it..... and no one should ever feed it un-soaked. No excuses. Ever. That's just plain dangerous.
    09-01-2011, 10:18 AM
Chaser, I'm so sorry for your loss.

OP, were you feeding BP shreds or pellets?
    09-01-2011, 11:44 AM
Chaser79, I am SO sorry for your loss. **hugs**
Corporal and Ro Go Bar were 27 when each passed away. Corporal had a stroke, and I got to watch him die. (NOT fun, when it's your favorite horse.)
We put Ro Go Bar down, since he had arthritis, stiff stifles, painful feet, and THEN, he, the ultimate "Pig", was losing weight, even when I threw food at him all of the time--the ULTIMATE indignaty. I wasn't going to watch him starve to death.

It doesn't matter how they go, it still hurts. Again, I am truly sorry.
    09-01-2011, 11:53 AM
OP, I looked up the feeder mentioned in a previous post.
I am pretty sure that it would be a good investment if your horse bolts his feed. We ALL want to keep our horses as inexpensively as possible, because so many of us "Horse Addicts" are also a little "horse poor."
HOWEVER, if you run the numbers, $59.95 + S&H is cheaper than-
1) the Vet bill(s) from choking;
2) time spent on training your new replacement horse;
3) price, driving to pick up and/or delivery of said new replacement horse;
4) recovery of your current horse, that you can't "play" with during recovery.
Take these in ANY order. I have owned > 30 horses in 26 years, so I kinda know about this, but not because of any horse deaths (other than old age.)
It's just a little food for thought, pardon the pun.
    09-01-2011, 11:53 AM
Hi sorry to hear about your mare OP, being English I don't know what beet pulp is, is it the same as Sugar Beet?
    09-01-2011, 01:10 PM
Buzzby, this article and accompanying links will tell you about beet pulp.
Beet Pulp and Horses
    09-01-2011, 01:38 PM
Buzzby, yes, beet pulp is the waste product from the processing of sugar beets.

Here is a great article on the subject.
    09-01-2011, 02:07 PM
The article, "The Myths & Reality of Beet Pulp" says that it doesn't have to be soaked, & cites a study where a bunch of horses never had a problem of choke! So much for the article's reliability.

I've always been scared for any horse fed dry bp, & never liked the stuff even soaked, & now that OP has had a choke experience, I'd say to GO with that experience, & feed something else.
    09-01-2011, 02:19 PM
Northern, no one said you are bad in some way if you do not soak.

You seem to like to take one detail and contort it into a whole big deal.

If your horse has issues with gulping food then dry beet pulp, even dry feed of any kind, will be an issue.

You do realize that lots of complete senior and textured feeds contain large quantities of beet pulp shreds, that are fed dry obviously.

You are free to soak it. Others are free not to. Either way works fine.

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