Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
To get more water into him, maybe try feeding him a ration balancer in his diet. The ration balancer contains salt and other minerals, and just gets mixed into the feed. Salt blocks, while a good idea, were made for cows. Many horses like them, but many don't. A nutritionist told us to do away with the blocks and use the supplement in the grain ration. That way you know for sure they are getting the salt, along with other vital minerals. We use it and water consumption is up a lot , even in the winter amongst all of out horses. We use Purina Equilizer.
About not drinking while away on a trip, maybe he's just not comfortable drinking from a bucket being held for him in an unfamiliar place? I know our young horses find it an adjustment to do that, and usually only do it after a VERY heavy training sesion, usually at their first training at the track. He may not be comfortable doing it even in the trailer, so maybe try and teach him at home? Hold water up to him in a bucket when he's hot and obviously thirsty. That way when you do start showing, you have a better chance of having a hydrated horse, which equals a less stressed horse(ans you!). Just a thought.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork