Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
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.
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