Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Issues with drinking water
Expect a lot of questions as I get used to being a horse mom.
Blaze seems to be having issues with drinking from the water sources in his pasture. Every night I come out to see him (which has been all but Monday night) and bring him up for grooming/feeding, he sticks his head in the nearest water bucket and guzzles like there's no tomorrow. It makes me worry he's not drinking from the two water sources available in his pasture.
I e-mailed my BO, and she said that he doesn't like the water tank near the barn because he's afraid of 4 calves in the barn, and I don't know how he feels about the cistern of water in the pasture. I looked down into that last night (granted it was really dark) and it looked full of algae to me.
I don't want him getting dehydrated, and although they do rotate the horses in their pastures, I don't know when he'll get moved out of this one away from the "scary" cows. He can't be moved in with other geldings yet as they're still slowly introducing him to everyone.
Any thoughts on how I can either get him unspooked by the baby cows (who, by the way, are tiny and adorable) or ok with the cistern water? Dehydration is a serious concern.