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post #1 of 2 Old 04-20-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Finnicky drinkers

For horse owners with picky drinkers, Merkies suggests using litmus paper or a hard water test to determine if a sour acidic taste could be deterring their animals from drinking: "If the water is below 5 (in a litmus test), then it may affect water intake," she explained. "You can also use a water hardness test. The harder the water, the more basic it may be; the softer the water the more acidic it will be."
Additionally, she noted that in some instances adding a sweetener to acidic water can make it more appealing. Sweeteners can include small amounts of apple juice, cranberry juice, or Gatorade; however, it's advisable to discuss particular sweeteners with a veterinarian before using them.
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-20-2012, 05:22 PM
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I have a sipper, and it's not the water. I drink the same water as the animals, and this particular horse has always been bad about drinking regardless of where he lives.

I just make sure to keep fresh, clean water available, as well as wet down his feed. Some horses just don't drink as much as others.
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