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post #1 of 13 Old 10-24-2010, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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I am a little worried. :/

OKay. Is it bad that my horse drinks alot of water. Like where i will fill it up all the way and the next morning over half of it is gone. All my other horses do not drink that much..
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-24-2010, 11:42 PM
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horses can drink between 25-50 liters a day normally. Is he drinking more than this? Has it changed recently or has he always been a thirsty boy? I have to do a lot to encourage my old man to drink so as long as your guy is within normal limits, I'd consider it a blessing that he regulates himself so well. If it is more than that, or has recently started to increase, or if you're noticing urination abnormalities, I'd say a basic CBC and chem panel are in order.
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-25-2010, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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I have not had her for long. I got her for my sweet 16. So i have only had her a little over a week. So i wouldnt know if she has always done that. And what is CBC and chem panel??
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-25-2010, 12:58 AM
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they are blood tests that your vet can run for you. I'd say keep an eye on her general health, and watch her for changes. She may just be settling in. If she seems depressed or lethargic then you might be concerned but some horses just drink more than others. How much do you think she drinks. I know you said you "fill it up" but what is "it"? 50 gallon tank? a bucket? Hard to judge without knowing how large your water bin is.
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-25-2010, 01:07 AM
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That's not too bad... I had a gelding that got dehydrated and impacted because he didn't drink ENOUGH. Check her poo... if she is having diarrhea I would be concerned as well. I agree with Tealamutt too.. how big is the water bin? 5 gallon bucket?

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post #6 of 13 Old 10-25-2010, 09:23 AM
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I have two mares and a four month old filly that drink out of a 100 gallon trough. We have to fill it every day - between the three of them they will easily drink at least 1/2 of it...

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post #7 of 13 Old 10-25-2010, 10:24 AM
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Yep, more info needed on size of tank. How many horses drink from it? My filly drinks a lot too but I am glad so I don't have to worry about her being dehydrated.
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-25-2010, 11:23 PM
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Uhm. What exactly is "fill IT all the way up" ?
Are we talking a five gallon stall bucket or a 100 gallon water tank.... because there is a difference.

I have two horses in each pasture, one pastures 100 gal tank lasts a week the others lasts 2-3 days because one gelding drinks more. If that helps..
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-25-2010, 11:30 PM
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I agree...the size of the bucket or tank will help...

In the summer my mare easily drank 1/4 of a 50 gallon tank each day...I'd rather have a horse drink alot, than not enough...there are so many things that can go wrong if they don't drink enough!! If they drink alot they may just pee more, but I'd rather have that than an impacted horse!

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post #10 of 13 Old 10-26-2010, 09:21 AM
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My gelding drinks oodles too, but I don't consider it a problem because his poop is normal, and his pee is normal.
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