tips for getting your horse to drink water in the winter?

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    02-11-2009, 12:44 AM
tips for getting your horse to drink water in the winter?

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink."

Does anyone find that their horse drinks less water in the winter because its so cold out? I know Jubilee hates the really cold water. Our barn has heated water troughs in both paddocks, but in sub-zero temp, ice starts to form on top and its gets really cold. I try to fill buckets of water for Jubi whenever I can, but sometimes she isn't interested in drinking. I've heard that jello powder and apple juice can be used. What works for you guys?
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    02-11-2009, 12:50 AM
Well I have known people to put salt in their horses grain because it makes them thirsty!
    02-11-2009, 12:55 AM
I find it works really good if you put nice green hay in there water! I always do it for my horses at shows and they really suck the wanter down.
    02-11-2009, 01:19 AM
I agree with Rockinthebit. Salt works well to encourage more drinking.
    02-11-2009, 01:47 AM
I've found that Vega drinks a lot of water in the winter. Gem and Montana flucuate.
They all have access to a salt lick. Vega licks on the thing all the time, and Gem and Montana lick it on and off, so maybe that has to do with it.
    02-11-2009, 09:02 AM
I would try putting a bucket of warm water in front of them when feeding.
My guys would almost suck a 5gal. Bucket dry in the evenings. I would refill
It before leaving the barn.

For the big rubbermaid tubs, frame in the tub, add foam or fiberglass insulation
Then use plywood to cover the sides. Then take foam insulation and cut it so it fits
Inside the top 1/2 of the tub and cover that with foam with plywood to make a cover for 1/2 of the opening leave 1/2 open for them to drink. This will help keep the water warm and help the heating elements (not run so much) so you save on electric.
    02-11-2009, 09:59 AM
Can use warm water, or add salt or electrolyte to their feed, or soak hay cubes
    02-11-2009, 10:15 AM
Green Broke
Because T is so electric current sensitive, I can't use my de-icer for the water tank. So what I do to get her to drink a lot in the winter is soak her feed, than I bring out a 5 gallon bucket of very warm water when she's 3/4 done her hay. Sucks it right down! I have resorted to adding salt to her feed without much results, though she does use the salt lick.
Walka get water in his feed, but he doesn't mind the temp of water in the tank so right now his water intake isn't a concern.

Regal Charm, like your suggestion about insulating the tank, going to give that a try, thanks.
    02-11-2009, 04:12 PM
Originally Posted by Walkamile    
Because T is so electric current sensitive, I can't use my de-icer for the water tank.
I'm curious, why do you say that? Did something happen?
    02-11-2009, 04:33 PM
Thanks for all your suggestions guys! I really appreciate it.

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