Empty water trough....
So, I have two troughs a 50 and a 100gal. The 50 the pony, dog and 4 sheep use. The 100 is out in the big pasture, only my paint mare uses it, dog and sheep are too short.
When I filled the 50 last time, it was half empty and the 100g was maybe 1/4 to 1/3 empty. So plenty of water.
I have been feeding all more hay and need to deworm the mare, already dewormed the pony.
When I went out to fill the 50, it had 1-2in water left, filled it and walked off. Then I saw my mare go to drink, but walked off with no water dripping off her muzzle. What?!
So I ran over and it was darn near bone dry!!! I refilled it and she drank some and went off on her way. She didn't drink a ton.
I didn't check it for holes as no one but the pony screws around with the trough, he's never kicked this one and they are new, about a year old, no rust back in the fall.
So, I will check it in the am, but in the mean time, what are some health reasons for a horse to possibly drink a boat load of water suddenly?
She looks, acts and eats normally. She even playfully sprinted over towards the barn, but stopped when she smelled something and went back to sniff it out, lol.