Winter, Water and Your Horse: The #1 Tip Every Horse Owner Should Know

by Jordan Manfredi

Your horse should always have access to fresh, drinkable water, Especially in the winter and colder months. It is important to remember that horses can become dehydrated in the winter as well as the warmer months. In our last post, “Why Lead A Horse To Water” we discussed why it was important and the facts that could lead to dehydration. We thought it would be helpful to share this water tip from horsecity.com. We found it to be quite informative.

Water, Water, Water

Providing a clean, abundant water source in the winter can be a real challenge. But adequate water intake is especially critical in the winter as dry cold air can cause a horse to dehydrate quickly and additional hay intake increases the horse’s need for water. Most instances of impaction colic occur in the winter and the middle of summer because this is when horses are most likely to not consume enough water which compromises gut motility, fiber digestion and the movement of manure through the small colon. Consider adding a supplement to your horses’ daily ration to encourage maximum water intake. Be sure your horse always has easy access to water; avoid overflowing your water troughs and creating ice around them; and make sure tank heaters are in good working order and that electrical cords are out of reach of the horses. Some horses have a strong preference for a particular water temperature. Water that is too cold or too warm may make horses back off from drinking. Providing water at the horses’ preferred temperature range will help to encourage drinking.

Don’t forget, adding one of the four delicious flavors of Horse Quencher to their water can be beneficial!

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