Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
I know you said you added molasses, that is not the same as I was saying. Molasses adds flavor too, rather strong flavor that they enjoy in treats, but not to drink all day and depending on how much you added, he might not have liked how sweet it was. Just a teaspoon of sugar into a gallon of water adds a teensy little bit of sweetness which the study I was referring to suggested they prefer to flavored(molasses or whatever flavor, they used sugar free kool aid packets, just a teensy bit in the gallon of water, which they said worked in some horses, they preferred cherry over any flavor(others preferred banana, grape, or orange), but still did not drink as much as just mildly sweet sugar water.) and sweeter water.
Didn't see the shade part, but as I said, could have nothing to do with him being dehydrated(the flanks) though obviously he is not getting enough water.
Have you tried a few different brands of distilled water(gallon jug size in the grocery store, rather cheap but handy for this little experiment, buy a few different brands) just to see if he has a flavor preference? Some horses are used to and prefer certain mineral flavors in their water, he could just not like how your water tastes no matter what you add to it or how cool you keep it.
All you have to do is pour a gallon of each type of water in a separate bucket, put it in his stall and see which one he drinks more of. You will be surprised how picky horses can get about their water, even if they have been drinking the same stuff for years, mineral levels change and they could not like the change.
While I do not suggest you provide all his water this way, it might help you rule out mineral changes as a possible culprit to his lack of thirst.
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Last edited by Honeysuga; 04-02-2010 at 04:17 AM.