"Apple A Day" question for horse who doesn't drink much?
My older gelding just doesn't drink alot. I don't know how else to say it. Sometimes at night he will not touch his stall water. I know he drinks from the field trough when he is turned out. His a.m. and p.m. meals are soaked, and I feed him 2 lbs of soaked cubes mid-day (weighed dry) and I know he gets at least a gallon there. He is also not a sweater. When riding with other horses, they will be sweating after a trail ride but he barely does except a bit under the girth.
He has a plain salt block that I started this winter. It took him about 2.5 months to lick it down to almost nothing but he does lick it.
I recently had a hair/mane analysis done (which I know is controversial). Results showed some really bizarre stuff including very low: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassion, copper and zinc.
My question is...would an "Apple A Day" type supplement that you add to encourage drinking be appropriate? I thought it was for horses who sweat TOO much, to replace electrolytes. Can it be used to encourage drinking?
We have had no colic issues knock on wood. He seems healthy otherwise but is a hard keeper and at times can seem "dull" or low energy. I know if I were low on those minerals I might feel that way as a human.
Would love any thoughts on "Apple A Day" or other supps. to encourage horse to drink more. BTW he has ALWAYS been this way...a minimal drinker SEEMINGLY....but he could be downing the water in his field when we are not there. He will also not drink "public" water at shows or trail rides. Or water I bring in a bottle. He will drink/slurp from a hose which he loves to do.
I do know for a fact that after I ride, he will walk with me to the gate/trough area and drink. It's habit for him and he does it every time I visit or ride. The trough is near the exit area of the field.