Winter, Water and Your Horse: The Facts Every Horse Owner Should Know

Winter, Water and Your Horse: The Facts Every Horse Owner Should Know

by Jordan Manfredi

Winter has come! With temperatures dropping you probably think hydrating your horse isn't as imperative as in the hotter months, but that just isn't true. In colder months the risk of dehydration is just as high as the warmer months. Wondering why? Read on to learn more and how to keep your horse happy and healthy. Once you've educated yourself head over to Horse Tack Co. for the right supplies to ensure proper hydration all winter long. Don't forget to use the promo code "LoveTheRide" to receive 15% off your order. 

Fact: Cold Temperatures Make Fresh Water Harder to Offer

Between frozen water lines, water sources cut to prevent freezing pipes and even the water that you serve freezing right in the bucket, providing plenty of clean water in the winter can be a real challenge. A product like this heated bucket is a real lifesaver. A built–in thermostat keeps water liquid, even in below zero temperatures. This water bucket isn’t just for winter, it has a storage compartment for the power cord so you can use it all year long.

Fact: Winter Brings Drier Conditions

Ever notice that you have much drier skin in the winter? Or you constantly reach for lozenges because your throat is dry? The reason is because in the winter there is less moisture in the air. Therefore, adequate water intake is critical in the winter, more so than summer because dry, cold air can cause a horse to dehydrate quickly. The drier the air, the less moisture is absorbed into their systems, just like us. It can't hurt to give your horse a little extra moisture via their coat. This Hair Moisturizer Concentrate is a therapeutic lanolin and oil enriched concentrate that assists in replacing vital oils to the hair and skin. 

 

Fact: Horses Eat More Hay in Winter Months, Therefore Need More Water

In order to stay warm, a horse's body needs extra calories to meet energy requirements. If you live in colder climates chances are that there is no access to fresh grass, which is rich in water (another winter dehydrating fact). Therefore, horses eat more hay. The fibers found in hay cause water to move out of body tissues and into the gut, triggering the horse to drink more water. A sturdy, large hay net like this Tough-1 Deluxe Slow Feed's convenient large size with small openings make horse eat slower with less waste.

Fact: Risk of Impaction Colic is Raised in Winter

Less out to pasture (wet forage) and increased hay (dry forage), adds up to an increased risk of impaction colic, as things won't move along so quickly, if you know what we mean. If you don't know what we mean, it is equivalent to you eating more fibrous foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, therefore "moving" things along. Adding a product such as Giddyap Girls BioEZ is a daily nutritional blend of live probiotics, digestive enzymes and prebiotics formulated specifically to promote a healthy digestive system, improve immunity and reduce the chance of colic. 

 

Fact: Adding Horse Quencher Work Wonders

Adding an all-natural additive to your horses’ daily ration will encourage maximum water intake.  You can easily get your horse to drink when and where you want to, by adding Horse Quencher to the water. It is a precise and proven blend of 100% healthy and natural grains and flavorings. Available in four flavors, pick the flavor that is just right for your horse and proper hydration will come with ease. 

Fact: Himalayan Salt Blocks are Beneficial for Hydration

We know, makes no sense! How can something that is known to be a dehydrating agent be beneficial for hydration? During cold weather the salt helps by making your horse thirsty, therefore promoting water consumption. Horses need around 12 grams of salt a day, so if they are not getting it from their diet, having a block in their stalls so that they may lick when they desire ensures proper sodium levels. Plain salt blocks are known to irritate the tongue, Himalayan salt blocks, like this Himalayan Rock Salt Block are much gentler on the tongue and the pink salt is good for their bodies in numerous ways.


It is important to remember the main fact; horses are at a high risk of becoming dehydrated in the winter months, just as much as the warmer ones. Make sure to always have an abundance of fresh, liquid water at your horses disposal. Add supplements that will ward off colic and promote drinking. Here at Horse Tack Co. we want to help you have the healthiest and happiest horse around! Don't forget to use the promo code "LoveTheRide" to take 15% off of your hydration essentials and so much more!

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