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DitsyMare

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DitsyMare says:

Megaesophagus - Anyone got any experience?

As the title says really.

My Shire x gelding was diagnosed with this condition just under a year ago. At the time he was given a very poor prognosis however nearly a year later he is still with us.
We have had lots of complications along the way but he is finally turning a corner weight wise (i hope) after wintering without hay.

So... has anyone had a horse with this condition. If so, how long did they live with the condition and do you have any great feeding/management suggestions. He's 14 and whilst not currently in the best of shape did manage the best part of winter looking well.

We've managed to systematically work out what sets off a choke for him and avoid things like the plague but just wondered really if anyone else had managed this?

Thanks!

 

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Megaesophagus - Anyone got any experience?

Her looks a bonnie chap!  Never heard of that before, just looked it up, sounds nasty.  Well done you for managing it.

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DitsyMare

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DitsyMare says:

Re: Megaesophagus - Anyone got any experience?

Thanks. It's not easy which is why I've posted around. I've managed (just about) until now but can't help but feel that i'm missing a trick. He's a big lad as well so trying to get enough food down his throat is always fun.

He's called Prince Bisto at the moment as he's being very particular about how his food comes to him and whether or not he'll eat it! Pickle!

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Megaesophagus - Anyone got any experience?

I've just looked it up too - google is a wonderful thing !!

But it sounds like an ongoing worry for you, and well done for getting him through the winter with some weight on him - he looks totally gorgeous btw  and I do hope you can find someone else on here who knows something about it.

 

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: Megaesophagus - Anyone got any experience?

Never heard of it but it sounds terrible.  Have you spoken to people like Simple Systems for feed help?  They are fab and tbh my TB has many feed related issues and has done wonderfully this last 6 months on their feed - even when she refuses hay I can get enough food into her without hyping her mangaging to maintain her at a good weight - they are worth talking too they have a wealth of knowledge :-)

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JTurnbull80

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JTurnbull80 says:

Re: Megaesophagus - Anyone got any experience?

 From what I've read elsewhere, soaked feed is a good idea, I guess it's just for lubrication to make it easier to swallow and transfer to the stomach.

It's quite interesting, from the brief reading I just did online and from what everyone else says, it is quite a rare occurrance in horses!

Did the vet tell you anything about the possible cause of it? 

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