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post #1 of 13 Old 01-26-2009, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Water question

I hope this is in the right place, it kind of has to do with health.

I thought I read something somewhere about moving a horse and having different water.....sometimes they dont like the taste of the new water? It said to either bring a lot of water from where we are to the new place or trying to add something like kool aid to the water?

We're moving here shortly to a place that has well water. I don't think where he is now has well water but I could be wrong....I'll have to find that out. But if it isn't well water here then the water up there will definitely taste different!

So does anyone know anything about this? I don't want him to not drink the well water and have problems.
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-26-2009, 07:45 PM
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Just bring some water from his current barn with you, that way he'll have something for the first couple of days if he doesn't prefer the well water.
Hang 2 buckets up for him, one with old water and one with new water, and if you notice him drinking from the well water then you know you're good to go!
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If he doesn't drink the new water right off put some pancake syrup in it to sweeten the taste.
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I have had to move my horse multiple times over the past 10 years. He has never had a problem with drinking the water in the new place. You can take some with you just to be safe, but I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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you can try putting some dry electrolyte in his feed, that will make him want to drink. i find if you add the electrolyte to the water they'll turn their nose up to it some times. i'd try a table spoon or 1/4 oz. i do this with my horses year round as it helps with the change in water going to shows and in the winter to encourage them to keep hydrated. if you don't have electrolyte's use salt.
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my horse will sometimes stick his nose up to water at shows (even bringing my own from home) he will not drink that water if i have put anything in it especially like electrolytes or even the sryup (ggrrrrr!) so i learned what he would drink. I understand that not all horses are as interested in human food as mine is but one day at a hot summer show i had a bottle of gatorade with me and he snatched it from me, well i quickly learned to keep a bottle of gatorade on hand for horse shows for when he wouldnt drink water he will always drink a bottle of gatorade, and i let him to mae sure he is getting something in him ( i wouldnt recommend giving large amounts of it to a horse but for seomthing in the system).

i have moved this horse 3 times now and they have all been well systems so there hasnt been too large of a problem, even with the wells being different they arent that far off in taste from eachother. I wouldnt worry a ton about it but i would ask the current place the hrse is at teh check if it is well water (which im guessing it is).

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I've not heard about having problems when moving a horse to a new permanent location. I have friends who travel all year with their horses and they do bring water from home because of health issues with constantly changing water sources. I think once they start drinking it, unless the water has some sort of contaminant in it, you should be good to go.

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post #8 of 13 Old 01-28-2009, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for everyones input! I would be lost without this site! I have so many questions :)

I found out the place he's at has well water too which I figured they did but wasnt sure. I'll take some from here with us although we cant take a lot because we dont have room to store it all. I'm sure he'll be fine though hes not too picky about anything hes so laid back!
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Hope it all works out!
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-29-2009, 03:42 PM
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I would think he would get thirsty enough and drink it. My horse was moved from having well water to a fresh water creek instead, and he didn't have any problems making the switch. Once he moves to my place, he'll have to go back to well water, but I doubt they'll be too picky about it. Especially if he's really thirsty.


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