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    04-26-2010, 10:30 AM
  #1
Yearling
Not enough water

I put my horse into the field at eight this morning its now half 2 she was put out with a 25litre bucket of fresh water as im monitoring her water intake. Anyway its quite warm at the moment and she has drank none of it? I am not hugely over concerned as she is actually drinking in the river when I ride and is behaving normaly. But six and a half hours is a long time to go without drinking anything don't you think? The water is from her stable water trough so she is used to it.
     
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    04-26-2010, 10:33 AM
  #2
Banned
Is she grazing on green grass?

She could be getting plenty of moisture from her grass for now.


Does she have a medical issue that gives you reason to be concerned? Otherwise I would assume if she has access to clean water she will drink when she is thirsty.
     
    04-26-2010, 10:34 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Is it snowy? And unless its HOT out I wouldnt worry about it, she will drink when she's thirsty :)
     
    04-26-2010, 11:07 AM
  #4
Showing
Is it same bucket you used before? Did you check if it has any smell or something? If everything is the same and she has lots of lush grass (which is pretty watery), I wouldn't worry too much at the moment. Also I'd suggest to put the salt block in field as well.
     
    04-26-2010, 11:22 AM
  #5
Yearling
Well its 22'C atm here so warm enough. Has not rained in 3weeks so the ground is pretty dry out but the grass was recently fertilised so its nice lush grass growth. No she has no medical issues at all ill put her salt lick out with her though. I am not overly worried at all just curious as to why are any of your horse not drinking as much?
     
    04-26-2010, 11:27 AM
  #6
Showing
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Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
Well its 22'C atm here so warm enough. Has not rained in 3weeks so the ground is pretty dry out but the grass was recently fertilised so its nice lush grass growth. No she has no medical issues at all ill put her salt lick out with her though. I am not overly worried at all just curious as to why are any of your horse not drinking as much?
Sometime I put them overnight in stalls and in morning the buckets are still full (so they don't drink for what? 7-9 hours). 22C is not very warm IMO (unless you have that horrible humidity we have here in MD sometime).
     
    04-26-2010, 11:29 AM
  #7
Yearling
O im from the the west of Ireland so this is like wow hot for us hahaha! Ye I guess im just expecting something wrong with her!
     
    04-26-2010, 04:19 PM
  #8
Trained
Some horses just don't drink a lot of water. I used to work at a barn as stable help, and I cleaned the stalls and cleaned and re-filled water buckets. Some horses would have no water, some would have two full buckets. We had one older-than dirt pony that never, EVER drank water. EVER. We kept buckets of fresh water in her stall anyway, but never once in the six years she was there did she take a drink. We had to add water to her grain to keep her hydrated. We filled up the whole bucket with water, and she was given grain three times a day.

You can add thirst quencher packets to the water. It's supposed to add flavor to the water. You can also add gatorade. But really, I'm sure your mare is fine. And just because you're hot doesn't mean she is. Horses won't kill themselves, they will eat and drink when they are hungry and thirsty. Heck, there's nothing to say the pony I mentioned wasn't drinking because we were adding water to her grain. She had no teeth, the grain HAD to be watered.
     
    04-26-2010, 04:38 PM
  #9
Yearling
She normally would be a big drinker but since going for longer grazing hours she only drinks when we go through the rivers guess she must just not like water that's been standing for a few hours!
     
    04-26-2010, 04:40 PM
  #10
Trained
As was mentioned, lush grass provides lots of moisture. She simply doesn't need to drink out of the bucket. Not to mention, if she's being worked, she's more likely to get thirsty, explaining why she drinks from the river during a ride.
     

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