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    08-11-2013, 05:22 PM
Water for horses. cool or warm?

I've been reading books to learn.. One , Horses for Dummies, says horses prefer warm water.. Another book says horses prefer cool water. Which is it?
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    08-11-2013, 05:45 PM
Green Broke
In winter, them seem to drink more if it is warm. They will still drink cold water but not as much. I have to believe that the opposite would be true in summer.
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    08-11-2013, 05:47 PM
Green Broke
Agreed with the above. The horses always can't wait to get a gulp of cool water in the summer and warm water in the winter.
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    08-11-2013, 08:47 PM
Well, ours drink the same whether it's 35 in the winter or 85 in the summer. Of course, they also don't mind drinking from mud puddles on the trail...
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    08-11-2013, 09:17 PM
I give mine cool water in the summer, warm in the winter, mainly to make me feel better. They're just happy that they have a clean water source when they're thirsty.
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    08-11-2013, 09:29 PM
Green Broke
Whatever temperature the trough happens to be.
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    08-11-2013, 09:38 PM
When I was little I used to live with my uncle a lot, he had a cattle station in North Queensland. In the summer, it got really hot and the first two foot of water on the surface of the dams on his place would get hot, to get cold water you would have to reach right down to get the colder water underneath. When I was little the horse I rode mustering cattle the most was a huge old thoroughbred. I still remember being an amazed eight year old when we would stop at a dam to water the horses that that horse would walk right out into the dam then plunge his entire head under water to get at the cold water. Not even his ears would be sticking out. But that was in the middle of summer.
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    08-11-2013, 09:40 PM
Cool in the summer to cool their body.. we have a well and it pumps cold water in the summer-- I think warm water in the summer might help them get heat stroke or over heat.

We use a floating or sinking water heater depending on what property theyre on to keep the water from freezing- I do not like having to break ice in the winter, lol. It does keep their bellies warm too- I notice they don't shiver as bad.
    08-11-2013, 09:51 PM
I think sometimes we forget horses lived (and some still do) in the wild, they were not dependent on us for their food and water. Those horses drank their water out of streams, creeks, rivers and ponds. I don't think they cared what temprature the water was.
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    08-11-2013, 10:13 PM
Green Broke
You're right but there's nothing wrong with trying to make things better or easier for them. Since we domesticated them, they rely on us for their care. We should try to make it better than it is in the wild.
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