Doesn't seem to know how to use automatic water trough

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    05-07-2012, 08:20 AM
Doesn't seem to know how to use automatic water trough

I just moved my horse to a new barn where they have automatic water troughs, and she doesn't seem to have a clue how to use it. She's been there for about four days now, and I've offered her buckets of water and she hasn't drank them so I know she can't be too desperate. I'm just such a worrier, I can't stop thinking about her not getting enough water! Has anyone else had this issue, and how long did it take for your horse to figure it out, or how did you help them?
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    05-07-2012, 10:29 AM
She REALLY needs to be drinking. Leave her a bucket until you know she is drinking from the auto. She can dehydrate rather quickly which can result in some serious problems!!!

It isn't about her being desperate enough to drink from a bucket, she may not be getting any water....and for 4 days.. EEEK! I'd be buying something to add to her water bucket, flavored electrolytes, Gatorade, something... My guy doesn't like changing water supplies, so I mask that with the apple flavored electrolytes and gradually wean him back to plain water.

Apple-Flavored Electrolyte Supplement for Horses: Apple-A-Day by Finish Line super cheap and a great way to get her drinking again in a hurry.
    05-07-2012, 11:02 AM
Just because you don't see her drinking from the new waterers, doesn't mean she isn't. They instantly refill so there is no way to monitor the water. Make sure at your new barn that there isn't any thing around the waterer. My horse wouldn't drink because our was built into the fence, so we had to make the auto waterer its own free standing structure.
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    05-07-2012, 12:31 PM
I worried about the same thing when I had to board mine for a year. They figured it out even though I never saw it. If her bedding is wet and she's turning down bucket water, she's figured it out.
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