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  • mustangjumpoff Original Poster
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    I have a 20 year old mare that has started choking when she eats. Her teeth have been done, I’ve put big rocks in her feed dish, I’ve tried wetting her grain (she refused to eat it) and I’ve mixed chopped hay in with the grain and with all of this, she still chokes. Any suggestions?

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    I’d check with your vet before you listen to any medical suggestions online. Your vet will know what to do and how to show you how to take care of her properly. Good luck!

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    While waiting for the vet to arrive, you can give her a mix of mineral oil and warm water by syringe, to help pass whatever is causing the choke to move through. When I first got Joe Joe, he was low horse on the totem pole, and often pushed out of his feed. I was told to give him more grain after riding him (too much more, in my opinion), and found that giving it to him a little bit at a time solved the problem. Now that he is the king of everywhere, he no longer gobbles and so does not choke. Perhaps giving small amounts might help you?

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    It is never the horse's fault

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    I have been through lots of choke with some older rescue horses from New Holland and just recently with a horse I just purchased this year. This is what my veterinarian suggested. After choke, Banamine for a few days, no dry hay or grain for 5 days. This means soaking both. For the hay I just use a muck tub and fill with hay then water and let it soak. Then I rinse and re-wet. I also was told that hay stretcher/extender is for some reason common with choke. My Vet. told me that it might help if I put my horse on an extruded food I believe it softens in the esophagus quicker than most grains. Once there has been choke there is a chance of scar tissue in that area which may cause additional choke incidents. Hope this helps.

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    I would definitely check with a Veterinarian and a certified equine dentist! I had a pony who was in his twenties and he would choke on his hay. We got his teeth done but he would still choke. We then took him to another dentist who said his teeth were so old that (the ones he had left) were rounded off, like marbles. This made it nearly impossible for him to do anything more than mash up the hay a little which he then would either spit out in wods or he would choke on. We ended up feeding him soaked cubes which solved our problem.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    As she is 20, she is probably having a hard time swallowing hay. I would suggest to put Canola oil or mineral oil in her feed and hay to help it go down after chewing. You may want to ask your vet to check her throat for ulcers. I hope this helps!

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    Feed from tray on the ground instead of from hanging bucket. More natural position for them to eat from. Definitely helped with mine; hasn’t had incident since I switched.
    Also try extruded feed

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    I have a 30 year old mare whose choke situation seems very similar. I have trouble with her weight as she can barely chew hay. Wetting her grain didn’t help either because she refuses to eat any soaked grain. I struggled with different grains and have settled on a mixture of Blue Seal Sentinal senior(higher protein)/performance (higher fat). She has yet to choke on either of these grains(purchased from tractor supply). They have large almost dog food sized nuggets. I grain her with a tub on the ground instead of a bucket or corner feeder. I spread her grain amount over a half hour giving roughly 1 cup at a time every 5 minutes or so. I also keep a Kent feeds equine choice turnout tub in her stall also from tractor supply. It’s basically a dense grain lick with vitamins and minerals meant to supplement horses turned out 24/7. I give her access to it while she is inside overnight so the other horses can’t push her away from it outside. She can’t choke on it because she can’t get enough of it loose at a time. I agree with others who suggested getting the vet/dentist. Also try different dentists. I purchased a horse that had regular dental care and my dentist worked on him and said his back teeth were so sharp he cut his own finger on them. All dentists are NOT equal!!

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    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    One thing I forgot to mention is that her esophagus may be wore out at her age.

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    I have a 25-year-old gelding who used to choke on his senior feed. I found an unusual feed tub, called PRE-VENT, which has eliminated his ability to get too much feed at one time. It looks like a muck bucket with muffin-tin type depressions in the bottom. He’s used it for a couple of years now, with no more bolting his feed or choking.

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