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Your horse can drink anywhere from 5 to 20 gallons of water a day! In fact, up to 70% of their body is made up of water. It’s essential you keep them hydrated! Water aids in your horse’s digestion, helps them to regulate their temperature, and acts as a lubricate for their joints. Time to quench that thirst!
Helpful Tips for Keeping Your Horse Hydrated
Clean, fresh water: Start with the obvious, make sure your horse has 24/7 access to clean, drinkable water. You’ll want to scrub buckets regularly with a stiff brush. Furthermore, ensure your horse can easily get to the trough in their field. With larger herds, more than one drinking source should be available. Dominate horses can push weaker ones away.
Good temperature: Keep your horse’s water between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Horses are more likely to drink water in the winter when the temperature is above freezing. Heated buckets are a must have!
Access to salt & minerals: You can try hanging a salt block in your horse’s stall or field. You can also give them an electrolyte. Most electrolytes consists of sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
Soaked forage: You can increase your horse’s water intake by soaking their hay. Other options like beet pulp can also help!
Bring water: If you’re traveling, then make sure to bring water with you. Your horse will likely prefer water they’re familiar with.
These helpful tips will get your horse to drink up!
In the colder months, check out: Keep Your Horse’s Water Warm This Winter!