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post #1 of 45 Old 10-22-2008, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 45 Old 10-22-2008, 11:03 AM
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Your right to be concerned. I take it he's new to his surroundings. It can take awhile for them to drink out of a new water source. I would suggest that you or the barn owner hang a bucket on the fence or put a tub some place he feels safe to drink.

Eventually he get used to the calves, but I sure wouldn't want to wait him out. Within a couple of days you could be in big trouble if he's not drinking at least 7 or 8 gallons a day.
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post #3 of 45 Old 10-22-2008, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Exactly, that's what I'm worried about Yes, he's brand new to the facility; I just moved him in last Tuesday.

I'm going to put three water buckets out there for him tonight. Super frustrating and worrisome.

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i'd also put the waterbuckets there for him, but since they wont "always" be there, it might be a good idea to walk him either to the source by the scary calves or walk him down to the cistern, and ask him to drink before you bring him in. He might not have figured out that the cistern is there

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post #5 of 45 Old 10-22-2008, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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i'd also put the waterbuckets there for him, but since they wont "always" be there, it might be a good idea to walk him either to the source by the scary calves or walk him down to the cistern, and ask him to drink before you bring him in. He might not have figured out that the cistern is there
i'll definitely walk him down there first thing tonight.

honestly though, the cistern looked gross to me (again, it WAS dark tho). is it fine for horses to drink out of water tubs with algae and stuff in it?

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post #6 of 45 Old 10-22-2008, 12:23 PM
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You can add some javex to the water in the cistern. It won't hurt the horse. It will kill any harmful bacteria, but it might be a good idea just to have the thing cleaned out period!
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post #7 of 45 Old 10-22-2008, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks northernmama. i'd happily offer to clean the thing out myself if it meant not having to worry about my guy drinking.

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post #8 of 45 Old 10-22-2008, 12:57 PM
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I see your in MI, what happens in the winter when it's frozen?
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post #9 of 45 Old 10-22-2008, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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I see your in MI, what happens in the winter when it's frozen?
All of the pastures have heated tanks, I believe. The one in Blaze's current pasture is near those **** cows.

I'm feeling even more stressed now; it's supposed to SNOW on Monday and Tuesday.

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post #10 of 45 Old 10-22-2008, 01:03 PM
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missy, i know that justin actually prefers a little bit of green algae in his water :roll:

you could have a go at cleaning it -i'm sure it couldn't hurt!

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