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        01-27-2013, 11:13 PM
    When you have the one you're worried about by himself, offer him some water in a bucket. If he sucks it all down like he's never seen water before, there's your answer. If he turns his nose up at it, he's probably getting his share.
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        01-28-2013, 12:04 AM
    I never thought of that! Thank you I will to that tomorrow!!
        01-29-2013, 10:31 PM
    So again today I went out to see my horse (once at 8am and again at 4pm) both times I walked them over to the water and they both drank off and on for 5 mins why I stood there. This really worrys me because the weather is going to start getting bad and I might not be able to make it out there to walk them over to the water twice a day. I don't have a barn I can put them in and on top of that they have never been kept in a barn for more then 10mins. They know where the water is because I have taken them to it multiple times. What am I suppose to do? Do you think the other horses are keeping them from it? Will the horses go to the water on there own if they do get really thirsty? I tried to pinch there skin to see if they are dehydrated but the have thick thick winter coat on that is impossible to tell. Please any advice will help
        01-29-2013, 10:37 PM
    Originally Posted by mistysms    
    Like loose salt just on the ground? Or in a little bowl? I will check her gums tomorrow thank you
    You can add it to their feed, or you can have a dedicated bucket of free choice salt in their paddock. You can get livestock free choice salt at any feed store, and it usually costs about $10 for a 40kg bag (at least at my feed store).
        01-29-2013, 10:44 PM
    Originally Posted by LexusK    
    You can add it to their feed, or you can have a dedicated bucket of free choice salt in their paddock. You can get livestock free choice salt at any feed store, and it usually costs about $10 for a 40kg bag (at least at my feed store).
    I think that would be a good idea but my problem is what if the other horses aren't letting them drink then they will be really thirsty and not be able to go get a drink. I'm thinking to ease my mind I'm going to have to set up one of thos cameras that take a picture ever time something moves by the water
        01-30-2013, 06:08 AM
    I think you're worrying too much. They might drink so much when you take them there because they think it's expected. I know my mare will. I can't imagine a horse going days without water. Also, horses are more likely to take a big drink in the early morning and early evening, with a few trips throughout day.
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        01-30-2013, 05:05 PM
    Is there anyone else at the barn that you can ask if they have seen your horses take a drink on their own?
        01-30-2013, 09:35 PM
    No where I keep them it's this REALLY old couples house and they look at them a few times a day just to count and make sure they all are there. But today I couldn't make it out there tell 5:20pm and when I was out there I checked her gums and the color comes back almost immediately. So I didn't walk her to the water today and will check her gums again tomorrow.

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