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  • How to get horses to drink water in winter
  • Getting horse to drink more water in winter

 
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    02-11-2009, 05:27 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
I'm curious, why do you say that? Did something happen?

I don't know about the first 6 years of her life, but nothing happened in the 14 that I've known her.

I say she's electric current sensitive because she is an excellent electric fence tester. She doesn't actually touch the wire, but makes a motioning movement towards it with her muzzle. Guaranteed if the current is down, she will go right through to green pastures.

One winter my husband bought me a de-icer for the water tank. After 2 days I realized T hadn't gone near it. As soon as I took it out, she drank and drank. Walka had been drinking right along so I know it wasn't malfunctioning, plus I had Don check it out. Tried again, T wouldn't go near it all day. Gave up using it.
     
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    02-11-2009, 11:26 PM
  #12
Trained
[quote=Jubilee Rose;249022Does 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?[/quote]

If you have heated troughs, but they still form ice,then they are not heated properly.

My girls drink WAY more in the winter in general because the air is much drier here in the winter than in the summer. Their water is just a little bit cooler than lukewarm.

She should have salt available always. Some horses drink more than others. With only one horse, I hardly had to add water daily to my trough, but when Jade arrived, the consumption more than tripled! Does Jubilee still pee lots? She may just not be a big drinker.
     
    02-12-2009, 12:30 AM
  #13
Started
NM, I'd say she pees quite a bit. I see her do it at least once each time I'm out there. Hmm... my BO may have not had the trough on the right setting? I'm not sure about that. It was just iced around the edges - the horses could still get at it. How do I give her salt if she's outside 24/7? There's salt-licks in the stalls, but she's hardly in a stall and I've never seen her use one.
     
    02-12-2009, 05:39 PM
  #14
Trained
That she is peeing and you see it, is a very good thing. For salt licks outside, is there any kind of a post or tree that has some coverage that you could put a block out for her? Actually, even without coverage, those great big blocks last a long time despite the weather and all you need to do is find a place a bit away from the regular paths that stays dry and the horses don't poop in. If you have a nice flat rock to put it on, that helps.
     
    02-12-2009, 06:11 PM
  #15
Trained
In the warm months, my BO puts out either mineral blocks and/or salt blocks (Salt where ever Vega is) She has a this pan she puts it in and then puts it in the field. It's ground level.

I've seen all the horses go over to it and take a few licks from it, either before drinking or right after.
     

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