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post #1 of 14 Old 03-29-2013, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Drinking on the road?

So I'm getting ready to go to some jackpots in May and I know my horse doesn't drink on the road from trying to give him water several other times he's been hauled somewhere. I've heard of two tricks to get them to drink and I was wonderinf if they work and if there are more or better ways to get a horse to drink on the road.

1. Is putting a little bit of salt water in their mouth
2. Is putting molases in the water

Do either of these work? And/or are there better ways to get a horse to drink on the road?

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-29-2013, 07:14 PM
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We used to put gatorade in our horses water they loved it! Helped with the electrolytes lost to from running. Vet said it was fine, as long as it wasn't in excess.

We did have one gelding though that refused to drink any water, but water that came from the farm. For that gelding we actually hauled a pretty large tank from home, it's either in the back of the pick-up otherwise we can mount it on the trailer. He would physically go without water until he was offered that.

He's eventually going to have to drink and he will learn that he has to drink what you give him. It's always good though to help him along with the tricks you mentioned or gatorade. There's actually commercial products you can buy that flavor and enhance the water as well, I haven't personally tried them though.

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I say a little Gatorade too, there are a lot of people who say it actually makes it taste like your home water. Unless of course you have that rare horse who knows you may be tricking him! XD
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post #4 of 14 Old 03-29-2013, 07:32 PM
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Horses seem to be habitual animals. Whenever Hurricane Rita came through, that was supposed to be a Cat. 5, there was a mandatory evacuation. We sat on the road for 24 hours to go a distance that would normally only take us one hour. We had our mare and gelding pony with us along with all our other animals. Mind you, it was 100+ degrees outside with crazy humidity and no wind. It was torture. My mare didn't drink once on that trip. She was pretty badly dehydrated(I can't remember much as that was almost 8 years ago and I was just a child then.) Some people living in the area had the biggest hearts and took us into their home when we were planning on sleeping on the side of the road. Their neighbors had a pasture and stalls and horses, so our's got to stay over there. Luckily, my mare drank there. And how long did it take us to get home? Forty five minutes. It was ridiculous.

Anyways, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Whenever I take my colt to a groundwork clinic, I'll offer him water 5-6 times in a couple hour time period and he won't drink the water right off even though he's drank the water before. Some horses are just like that. Does your horse have hay to eat while you're travelling? My colt will finish his dinner(that I soak well so it already has water in it), go eat some hay then go off to drink. Before I started soaking his feed, he would ALWAYS go drink right after he ate. He'd make a beeline immediately after finishing his supper. Do you know what times your horse normally drinks? Maybe you could try stopping at those times and offering him water then.

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I heard if you start a few weeks beforehand at home, putting green jello powder in your horses' water. Supposedly, they recognized the flavor, so when you put the jello powder in with strange water, they will drink it. Sorry, I read this ages ago but never tried it, never had a horse that didn't drink whatever water offered to them.
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-29-2013, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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The gatorade actually suprises me, I thought about it but I though there would be some kind of chemical in it that would be bad for horses. Thanks for all of the tips! I will try a few of them to see which one my gelding goes for!

Thank you!
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Don't do it!!

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I've never heard of salt water in the mouth-- I've heard of salting the feed, or hay.

You can use apple cider vinager n the water-- they love it!! Molases- honey- you can even wet the hay so they get water that way.
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I have also heard of flavoring the water with a bit of gatorade or apple juice so that they get used to it that way.

((The first thing I thought when I saw this thread was something along the lines of "Don't Drink and Drive" ^_^))
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