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    12-26-2012, 12:56 PM
how much water?

How much water does the average horse need in winter with snow laying around? I Give my horse about 20-24 Litres every day. Is that enough? In summer he gets about 28-30 L every day.
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    12-26-2012, 12:59 PM
Green Broke
Why not let the horse drink as much as they want whenever they want?
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    12-26-2012, 01:07 PM
Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Why not let the horse drink as much as they want whenever they want?
Because the water freezes and we don't have heat in our barn.
    12-26-2012, 01:09 PM
Green Broke
Tank heaters. Water freezes over in minutes here if no tank heaters. They need to have free access to water. Our barn isn't heated but we run extension cords out to the tanks.
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    12-26-2012, 01:25 PM
Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13    
Because the water freezes and we don't have heat in our barn.
They make heated buckets, which are fairly inexpensive. You simply plug it in and the bucket heats itself to keep the water from freezing.
    12-26-2012, 01:27 PM
At the moment my horse is drinking between 15 and 30L a day. It depends on the weather really.

I have the anual a problem with pipes/ troughs freezing too so this year I put a trug bucket in the shelter in a rubber tyre with hay stuffed round the edges for insualtion. Because its a smaller bucket, my horse drinks less water but more often so the ice doesnt freeze thickly and Alli can break it with her nose. Its worked so far, but its only got as low as -8 or 9 degrees C.... I guess its colder in Canada!
    12-26-2012, 01:30 PM
Green Broke
Our tank heaters cost $30 and keep a 100 gallon tank from freezing. If you have a plastic tub get the floating heaters, plug it in and then the water doesn't freeze. Our horses normally drink 10-15 gallons of water a day. 5 gallons equal 20 liters. So 40-60 liters per day in winter, more in summer.
    12-26-2012, 02:17 PM
Tank heaters are cheap horses need 24/7 acess to water my 3 horses go through 100 gallon trough in 2 days. Lack of water in winter can cause colic problems.When it gets cold and windy they drink even more.

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