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Most healthy horses have body condition scores between 4 and 6. Healthy horses can be thinner or heavier, and certain life stages may prompt scores outside this range. As researchers study metabolic issues that influence body weight, it is becoming obvious that maintaining horses in moderate body condition may be much healthier than keeping them even slightly overweight.
Choke is the term used to describe esophageal obstruction caused by food or foreign matter. Swallowing too much material too quickly (“bolting”), or swallowing anything that has not been thoroughly chewed and moistened with saliva, are the major causes of choke.
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