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post #11 of 16 Old 12-21-2011, 01:37 PM
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No matter how much or how little they drink, horses should have free access to water 24/7 - particularly in the winter. Their water supply should never be "dry", and there should be no exceptions...
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post #12 of 16 Old 12-21-2011, 01:38 PM
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Maybe he has always drank that amount of water, just mainly from the automatic waterer.

Do you add salt to his grain, or does he have a salt lick, and have you been feeding more than normal salt or has he been licking his salt lick more often? Have you changed his grain or hay? Some grain has more salt in it than others, and salt makes horses drink more water.

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Faceman - I've been trying to keep his water full, but I don't live on the property, so it's hard for me to monitor it. He has free choice water outside, but they find that the horses played with the automatic water inside, and made more messes than they were worth.

Casey - I dunno, maybe. He has a salt lick in his stall, and we continued on feeding him the same grain he was getting when he came to us. The salt lick doesn't look like it's been going down at an increased rate. And the hay has stayed the same - All first cut from this season.

I'm stumped.

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post #14 of 16 Old 12-21-2011, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny View Post
I think I might try to closely monitor and make sure of the amount he's drinking so you know a definite amount and double check that bucket for any small holes or signs that it's leaking.

If it were my horse though, I think I might call a vet to be on the safe side. Extreme thirst can be a sign of some metabolic issues as well as diabetes...yes horses can get diabetes.
One of my trainer's horses has diabetes. She has to feed him a grain with less sugar and molasses in it, and he has to wear a muzzle in the pasture. He also has to get his hooves trimmed every 6 weeks. Other than that he's an easy keeper.

As for the problem that the OP is having...I would call the vet. Better to be safe than sorry. I've called the vet about something that ended up being nothing to worry about before...Cost me $80 but I would gladly spend that and have nothing to worry about, than having to spend $800 for a whole bunch of ''horsey'' hospital bills. But before you spend money on the vet, I would do as suggested by Cinny and check the bucket for leaks.
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-21-2011, 10:48 PM
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Beau, if I'm going out for a long ride, or I go to a show, I pour gatorade into their water. Cowboy usually drinks most of it and when he's had enough I fill it back up so it's normal water, and he'll usually have some of that too. Try that or electrolytes, or salt licks in the stall.
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-21-2011, 11:00 PM
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If the vet check you did with him didn't include bloodwork, then I would have the vet out again to do some to check and make sure his blood sugar is normal and his kidneys are functioning properly. There was one horse at my barn that just drank water because he was bored though. His owner had him checked every way possible and no one could find anything wrong, his blood work was normal, vet check clean and on the same diet and turnout as everyone else. He would just drink and drink until his water was gone. If you added more, he'd drink that too. One heck of a mess in the stall to clean up.
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