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post #1 of 20 Old 10-12-2011, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Urine over load, lots of water, stall problems!

Levi drinks alot of water, about 40-50 gals a day. Then pee's out twice as much. ARGH. Add in rain, and we get soupy stalls. Its sooo gross :(

Currently I'm using shavings and the wood pellets to soak up what I can, but its not enough. Any tips?

Should I be terribly concerned? Is there anything I can do to make him pee less?!

And the vet has checked him out by the previous owner, and they said he's always been a big drinker/urinater, and has always made a messy stall. However, I am going to run some blood work in the near future again when the vet comes out for the house call.

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-12-2011, 01:37 AM
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That is a LOT of water. The average horse at rest drinks 5-10 gallons a day. More in heavy training or in very hot weather. But I can't imagine going over 20 gallons a day. I'd have his kidneys checked, that is a LOT of urine to make.

Are you sure he's whizzing it out? Maybe he is playing in the bucket out of boredom?

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #3 of 20 Old 10-12-2011, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Previous owners had him checked out several times, and he's always come back healthy. But I'm going to do it again. Now, we are in Texas, and prior to this week it was on average 100 degrees.

And I thought it was him playing too, but I have the buckets rigged so he can't tip them over. He has two 18 gal plastic buckets in his stall, and he will drink both of those in a day. Plus some.

I also thought it was his neighbor that was dumping his water bucket into Levi's stall. Moved that bucket, and it helped a little bit, but not enough to warrent that being the cause of the super wet pen.

I though it was boredum. I gave him stall toys. Didn't help. I also put his hay in a hay bag to help give him something to do. Neither helped.

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post #4 of 20 Old 10-12-2011, 01:54 AM
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Hi, not sure if you already saw this thread, but I started one similar to it a few weeks ago and got some good responses... here's the link:

Help! Excessive urine a threat to my board!?

Good luck with your soggy horsey
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post #5 of 20 Old 10-12-2011, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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I saw that post, and added to it, actually, LMAO!

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post #6 of 20 Old 10-12-2011, 02:09 AM
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Hehe, you probably added that he was bored and give him toys! Which I did, and it helped, and you must've too, no luck
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post #7 of 20 Old 10-12-2011, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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That and what types of shavings. I added hoops, milk jugs, and jolly balls to our stalls. No luck. Also took his hay and put in a hay bag, no help.

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post #8 of 20 Old 10-12-2011, 10:03 AM
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That stinks hopefully the blood work comes back normal. After all I did with Mickey, I tend to think that just like people, some horses drink more than others, and it doesn't neccessarily mean something is wrong, health wise. It's been really hot this summer too. One thing that the vet said is to use several smaller buckets rather than one large one because it changes their focus and they can't stand with their head down and drink 30 gallons at a time...
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post #9 of 20 Old 10-12-2011, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thats a good idea, MicKey! He's been checked out several times by the previous owner, and vets have always said he is fine. But I do have a few small buckets I could try.

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post #10 of 20 Old 10-12-2011, 03:16 PM
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Are you feeding Alfalfa? Alfalfa causes horse to drink more than usual and then of course they pee more.

My horse would flood his stall and half the barn but he always pees in the same corner, so I put a huge pile of shavings there. He has an extra water bucket as well as it's important to make sure when feeding Alfalfa that the horse can have as much water as it wants/needs.
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