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post #1 of 7 Old 10-30-2012, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Dehydrated after sandy

Last night was sandy and my horse hates storms. This mornin I went out to take care of him and it was pretty cold out but probably in the 50s. Heavy winds. But he as shivering because he was sweating! His whites of his eyes were showing and he was blowing. I noticed that he hadnt touched his water. He pooped 4 times while I was there (15 minutes) all his poops were hard as rocks and stunk. He was shivering and sweating at the same time! How can I make him drink?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-30-2012, 09:59 AM
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You can't make a horse drink. There's a very old saying about that. You have to make your horse comfortable first and then he'll drink. Put a cooler on him, warm him up. It may help to add warm water to his bucket so he isn't drinking cold water. In winter my horses will suck down two buckets of water after I add hot water to their cold water to make it warm.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-30-2012, 10:16 AM
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When my mare won't drink, I add apple juice to a warm bucket of water. Or carrot juice works too.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-30-2012, 10:18 AM
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Another thing you could try is soaked hay cubes and soak his grain (if he gets any). You can add molasses to the hay cubes to make them a bit more enticing. If you don't have any cubes on hand (as I'm assuming all the stores are out of commission, I agree that giving warm water is a great idea as well). See if you can find a way to keep him dry, and give him free choice hay to help keep him warm (and add a light blanket if you have one). He's probably very stressed about the storm and most likely will start drinking again once he calms down and warms up. Keep a close eye on him.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-30-2012, 10:43 AM
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We give powdered electrolytes to a horse that won't drink. If he'll eat, you can put a handful in a little bit of sweet feed and that should do the trick.

If he won't eat it or still won't drink, you can take a couple of teaspoons of electrolytes, mix them with corn syrup and dose the horse with this mixture. I use a 35cc syringe that I have cut off end of, spray it with PAM cooking spray, mix the syrup and electrolytes in it and put the contents it on the back of the horse's tongue. They usually go to water within a few minutes.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-30-2012, 12:57 PM
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Im gonna ditto the warm water. Horses will def drink warm water easier and with more gusto than cold.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-30-2012, 02:37 PM
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if none of the above work you can try adding powdered drink mix to his water
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