05-03-2012, 09:46 PM
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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.