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post #1 of 37 Old 08-09-2010, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Getting Him Too Drink {Urgent}

I've tried everything I can too get him too drink, mollasses in his water, sugar, ect. I'm all for any ideas just too get him through the night as the vets out in the morning too give him some water through tubes. Its been around 24 hours + since he had a desent drink.

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post #2 of 37 Old 08-09-2010, 06:03 AM
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Try some paste electrolytes.


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Try some paste electrolytes.
Tried this and have had no results :(

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post #4 of 37 Old 08-09-2010, 07:29 AM
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Try soaking his hay and/or bucket feed. This means that he will have to take up water when he eats.

Has it rained recently? He may be getting water from grazing.

I know you have tried putting things in his water but maybe try apple cordial? Or put apple segments in the water and he will drink water trying to get them.

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Do not play games with this one. My mare that died recently was partly because she became too dehydrated and we were unable to rehydrated he. Make sure they run bloodwork when they come out since dehydration can cause
The blood to thicken and organs to begin shutting down. You may want to have the vet run IV fluids instead of tubing him since it is more effective and not much more costly.
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post #6 of 37 Old 08-09-2010, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah they are doing heaps more tests. He has colic at the moment which is not good. We soaked his hay but he is only eatting a little bit at the moment due too the fact that he is ''blocked up''.
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Why wait until morning to have the vet out?



Is your horse eating?

If they are eating make their food into a slurry. Something they have to suck up. Start making it kind of thick with a small amount of their feed and add more water/feed to make it more soupy if they are eating it.

When I want to get fluids into mine I fill a bucket half full of water, add one cup of hay stretcher pellets and mix. He loves his soup and sucks the water down to get the hay stretcher slurry at the bottom.
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The vets jammed up all night. I've got emergancy calls on all the vets in the state. Really there no choice. I have an appointment booked for the early morning (its 10.00pm atm). So if I don't get in tonight I've got an appointment.
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I give mine Apple Cider Vinegar in their feed and they hit the water HARD after they eat. Try adding 1/2 cup of ACV (the cheap Walmart brand is fine) to some feed or beet pulp. If he won't eat it, add some molasses to it. The tart vinegar will make the horse thirsty.

Gatorade powder in the feed would also work, or a horse electrolyte. Don't put it in water, just sprinkle the powder in the feed so the horse eats it.

Then give fresh plain water, cool is best, hanging in a bucket up off the ground. My horses seem to like to drink from a higher bucket when they're really hot. I'll hold the bucket in my arms for my pickiest drinkers, lol.
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Reading the rest of your posts, I would advise some speedi beet soaked into a really soupy mash with some of his favorite treats mixed in. Some Apple Cider Vinegar in there would be good, but experiment with just a small portion of the mash with some ACV, to make sure he'll eat it. The fiber from the beet pulp will help with the blockage as well.

Do you have any epsom salts? If he likes salty things, epsom salts are a great laxative. But you only want to give them to him if he starts drinking more water.
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