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post #1 of 9 Old 08-12-2011, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question How much water does your horse drink?

Curious as to how much water your horses drink in the summer? My horse drinks a lot. A lot a lot, so I'm trying to see if it's normal. We live in Arizona and it has been between 100 and 110 every day and never cooling past 82 while being humid too. Info from people who live in the desert southwest would be especially appreciated. Thanks for reading
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-12-2011, 12:59 AM
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Hmm, lets see. On a hot day, my horses will average 25 to 40 gallons in a 24 hour period. Better that they drink a ton than not drink enough, especially in heat like we've been having. Over the last few weeks, we've been having about the same heat as you, 100-115 and sunny sunny sunny.

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-12-2011, 03:21 AM
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Each drinks between 20-35 gallons a day.
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We have seven horses drinking out of our 200 gal (I think) water trough and our spring fed pond (which is the lowest I have EVER seen it!). We fill that trough up four times a day - and the horses still drink from the pond!

They do love a swim in the pond and a roll in the mud when it's hot. My horses look like crap they are so dirty, but they are happy!

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While we aren't having quite the heat you guys are now, we've had a record setting summer for us. I think we went 26 days above 95 degrees. It's now back in the 80s, yay!

Mine are averaging 25-35 gallons a day.

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-12-2011, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all! Anyone else want to weigh in?
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-12-2011, 10:36 PM
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I put four horses on a 50 gallon barrel, and you'd be surprised that they take about a day and a half to get it to where I need to fill it.

However I think they started drinking form the sprinklers.....Dangit.

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post #8 of 9 Old 08-14-2011, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Sorrel, I wanna see your horses drinking from a spinkler!!
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-14-2011, 09:47 PM
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However I think they started drinking form the sprinklers.....Dangit.
We had to take the handle off our faucet because out mischievous mare learned how to turn it on with her mouth

There must be a lot of thirsty horses out there...our mares only drink about 12-15 gallons a day each, even in the 100 degree heat.

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