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    05-01-2012, 02:07 PM
My horse won't drink from his trough now...

This thread is a "spur" from my thread on my blind horse. He has been blind since Dec. Of this year (vet thinks he can still see some shadowing) and is doing great except, when in the pasture, he won't drink from his trough unless we lead him to it. Here is a script of what we've done: (1) there is mulch around the trough so he can feel the difference and know where he is (2) the trough is in the same place it has been for 7 years (3) we raised it slightly so he didn't have to drop his head so low (4) he will graze right up to it, around it but never drink on his own from it (5) I keep it topped off and clean. I cannot put other troughs or buckets out since he can't see them I try not to change anything in his "world" too much. He drinks willingly when we take him to it so nothing has happened to put any fear in him. Any ideas or suggestions? I want to try an aerator...thought the bubbling sound may encourage him to come to it. Open for suggestions!
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    05-01-2012, 02:10 PM
OH good idea with the aerator!
    05-01-2012, 02:19 PM
Are you monitoring the level of the water rather than seeing whether or not he drinks? Most horses have a big drink an hour after daylight and then late in the afternoon. The others are usually a few sips if at all.
    05-01-2012, 10:36 PM
I probably should mark it one morning, just to see if he does go when we aren't around. Good idea!
    05-03-2012, 10:46 PM
Here's a thought that occurs to me. We have used a product called Horse Quencher with phenomenal success in situations where you wanted a horse to drink. It is kind of like a horse Kool-Aid with flavors that horses really love (apple, rootbeer!, etc) in addition to some sweet feed to encourage them to drink to the bottom for the reward. My horse would actually bury his face up to his eyeballs to drink it down. It makes it easy to get a horse to drink in situations where they are resistant, like traveling or when you are concerned they aren't drinking enough in hot weather. The flavors we have tried have tremendous scent to them, so much so that the horses could tell from a distance of 10 feet when I opened the tub to mix some up after trail rides. Since we know that when one sense is compromised the other senses sometimes increase to compensate, I would bet he is relying more on his sense of smell now. I wondered if you mixed up a half-bucket of Horse Quencher and left it right at your waterer every day for a while if he might be lured in by smell. If you are interested we found a vendor by googling Horse Quencher after seeing an ad for it on TV.
    05-04-2012, 02:17 PM
Great suggestion!!!!!! WE figured he cold smell the water but the temptation of a sweet smell would bring him in!!! I am going to give it a try. We used Gatoraide when we travel cross country to keep him drinking in the trailor. Bet it would work, too! Will give this a try and get back to you. Thanks again!!!

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