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post #41 of 44 Old 01-02-2012, 02:28 PM
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It has not been mentioned so I will add that when you have a horse that has a prolonged choke, you should be talking to your vet about a muscle shot to the throat to prevent muscle damage and further swallowing difficulties. We had to have this done on my young stallion who choked on his hay. I also knew a mare in a barn that could not eat anything solid, her throat was so badly damaged, yet she survived fine on slushy mushies. Her poor owner was terrified someone would feed her a crunchy or carrot and it would be game over for her.
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post #42 of 44 Old 01-02-2012, 02:36 PM
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Oops I wasn't to clear on that post-- the muscle shot is a relaxant to stop the muscle cramping causing permanent nerve damage affecting future ability to swallow. It was apparent the stallion was still in pain from his muscle still tightly cramping although his choke had cleared, and the shot was given.
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I have never had issues with properly soaked beet pulp or hap pellets but have had choke issues with both dry. Thankfully minor chokes that I was able to resolve.

But I am incredibly picky. If I'm rushed I use a kettle full of boiling water in the feeds then top it up with cold water. they often end up with soup.
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post #44 of 44 Old 01-02-2012, 08:48 PM
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If you soak it with a lot of water, I use 3 to 1 BP and soak for a minimum of 3 hours, I really doubt you'd see much if any choking in horses fed that.
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