This may seem silly, but my question is, what will cause an otherwise healthy, though perhaps slightly dehydrated horse to choose NOT to drink, given it has a very clean water supply, in a very clean bucket/waterer/trough, and in a situation where it has easy access to this water?
The reason I wish to know, other than for education's sake, is that in thinking about humans, we will allow ourselves to go around underhydrated for a few reasons, none of which are things a horse would be susceptible to, (drinking too many diuresing beverages-coffee, soda, juice-rather than WATER when we feel the "thirst trigger" encouraging us to drink, sometimes people just don't like water-God only knows why!
-so they simply don't drink enough of it, or, they are too busy to pay proper attention TO their
thirst) just an example of some human causes of dehydration...
Horses don't generally drink but water, thus, that is their choice when they feel thirst...May be a silly question, so please don't flame...I am a water-holic & drink nearly a gallon a day easy! I am always pushing my hubby, kid, AND DOG to drink MORE. WHEN I become a horse-owner/leaser, I am SURE I TOO, will worry a lot about this issue!!
OP-I hope your horse drinks up plenty and gets out of this predicament rapidly!!