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Cowboy Ken 01-26-2011 02:31 PM

Waterin Hole
This is my first winter with horses on my property.
I have two quarter horses in a one acre paddock. in this area is a small watering hole, about 4 feet deep, and maybe 30x20 in size. Seasonal rains keep it topped off nicely, and the horses have no problem drinking from it.
My question, with increased rainfall, and mud production by the horses, the water is turning somewhat brown, reflecting the same color of the surrounding soil.
I do not have water to this paddock conveniently, and am wondering if I should concern myself, with the clarity of the pond at this time. I am sure when things dry out, it will settle.
The horses are healthy, active, clear eyed, and eating well.

G and K's Mom 01-26-2011 03:31 PM

Well, I provide fresh clean water everyday and my two would rather drink out of puddles......As long as they seem fine and are actually drinking out of the pond I wouldn't worry too much.

spirit88 01-27-2011 01:35 PM

I have three horses they get fresh water in a trough in the winter. In summer we have a creek in the pasture they drink out of,but if its yucky looking i provide them with a clean water source which they will drink instead of the yucky water at the creek. If your horses are drinking it and seem ok then i guess i wouldnt worry,with all the rain its more then likely fresh just muddy colored.spirit88

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