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post #1 of 44 Old 09-01-2011, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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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.
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I'm pretty sure its just COLD water that will make them colic-y. But only after a ride, because their stomachs are empty, and they're hot. I'm new to horse health so I'm not sure....
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There is no bad time to give a horse water (except in medical emergencies when your vet recommends with-holding it for whatever reason). It's with-holding water and not letting him drink that will cause some serious issues like impaction colic. I would offer it both before and after the ride...and during if you go by a creek or pond.
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Yes, give water whenever available. So long as it's not freezing ice cold, it can't hurt him (and even then it's extremely unlikely to cause major issues).
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Cold water when you're hot & sweaty feels dang good going down & you feel refreshed, better. Horse feels the same way. 'Course I could say that about a cold beer, but sorry horsie, I ain't wasting my beer filling up your trough.
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If you are riding for that long in heat like that and there aren't any watering holes, redirect your route or carry water with you. IMO, your horse will need water long before you get to the barn.
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Never deny a horse water. Ever. When I compete in CTRs, we must keep our horses moving forwards once we pass a certain point. No stopping to eat, rest, circle, backtrack... But we are allowed to walk our horses slowly past a source of water and see if they will stop on their own accord and drink. "Always let them drink" is a set in stone rule. Water is very important on the trail. If a horse wants to drink, by all means let them drink. :)


I would say the odds of dehydration are higher than the odds of having a little cold water tummy trouble. I've seen more dehydrated horses on the trail then I've cared to, but never a horse coliced on water.
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post #9 of 44 Old 09-02-2011, 12:34 AM
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We ride an 8 mile loop at a local park. We offer the horses water as soon as we get off. It is water out of the holding tank in the trailer or over at the building next to the trailers.

I wish there was water for them on this ride out in the park but while we are right by the bayou it is a drop off to the water! On other rides when we cross water we stop and let them drink. Water is a good thing..keep him walking if you want but he should be just fine.
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IMO 6 miles is not very long that you would need to give the horse water during the ride. I would offer it to them at least after the ride. When we ride for 4 or more hours, we would stop during the ride for them to get a drink. If it's less than that we aren't usually passing any watering places.
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