Welcome to "Thirsty Thursdays"!

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Welcome to “Thirsty Thursdays” by Joe Rosenberg, DVM and resident vet at Paniolo Equine Veterinary Services in San Diego, CA

One of Nature's dirty tricks is dehydrated horses often won’t drink! When a horse sweats, he loses equal amounts of salt and water so his thirst sensors fail to recognize this loss of water. A horse's body weight is 60-70% water and an average-sized horse needs 10 gallons of water a day. Rapid loss of water from the horse's system, as little as 20%, can cause instant death. Monitoring hydration must therefore be a part of your daily care routine. Here are some helpful hydration tips:

  • A horse’s consumption of water will be greatly affected by the temperature of the water. The consumption of water appears to be best in water with a temperature ranging from 45° to 65° F, with more consumption occurring at the warmer temperatures. This is especially important to note when temperatures drop precipitously.
  • Make sure water is palatable and clean-Try it yourself!
  • Ensure you horse has easy access to water from man-made sources such as buckets, troughs or automatic waterers . Horses being exposed to new sources of water may take several days to transition and to watch more experienced horses. During those initial days, it is critical that the horse is observed for water consumption and for possible signs of dehydration.
  • One surefire way to ensure your horse is drinking enough water is to add Horse Quencher to the horsit is helpful for theme's water bucket on a daily basis. Horse Quencher is proven, all-natural and is, in my opinion the easiest and least expensive form of insurance.

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