Originally Posted by Gedeyup
I would like to get a straight answer from someone... I live in Louisiana and its usually like 96 degrees when we are on a trail ride, not in the woods on the street and its hot..some people say don't give your horse water before the ride or after because they can colic...and some say I give my horse water all day...which one is correct? The ride is usually like 6 miles long. Please help I don't want my horse to colic but I also don't want him to pass out from that heat either.
You need to hydrate him. To satisfy both sides of the argument, just use controlled hydration by allowing small amounts of water. IMO, a horse is more likely to suffer physical reactions to work such as the ride from a lack of hydration.