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  • Can i give my horse water while riding
  • How long to wait to give water to a horse

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    09-02-2011, 01:41 AM
  #11
Yearling
I offer to stop at any water we pass along the way. Most of the time the horses won't drink on a short ride. Sometimes they will play in the water a moment, but start grabing green grass rather than drink. So I know they are really not interested.

My opinion is to offer as much water as possible and remember that it's possible to lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink.
     
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    09-02-2011, 08:24 AM
  #12
Yearling
I, too agree that letting a horse drink from a creek or stream while out on the trail ride is important. As a precaution I did wait about an hour to allow my horse to cool out after riding to offer water.
     
    09-02-2011, 09:36 AM
  #13
Weanling
I don't think 6 miles is too much to worry about either, unless of course you're cantering/galloping/working hard the whole way. I've rode more than that and none of the horses had access to water until we reached the trough back at home.
     
    09-02-2011, 10:39 AM
  #14
Foal
I would like to thank you all for you replies....this really helps me ! Thanks.
     
    09-02-2011, 10:51 AM
  #15
Started
When we use to breeze horses at Delta Downs, we'd give them a drink of water then walk them awhile before giving them a second drink.
     
    09-02-2011, 10:59 AM
  #16
Trained
I have treated a horse for colic with the history of him being fine out on a trail and then he got sick after drinking cold water. I think that the horse was EXTREMELY overheated when they gave him the water. You really need to be careful not to work your horse to the point of exhaustion in the extreme heat. If a horse is in pretty good condition, six miles should not be that hard for him. I always try to walk the final mile home so that they can cool down. The colicy horse that I treated did fine. He got better fast, and had no long term problems from it. In the future, the horse owner gave the horse water before riding, and tried to cool him off before giving him extremely cold water.

As far as me, I am going to give out WAY before my horse gets extremely overheated. I know that a lot of you on this forum are a lot younger and more athletic than I am. Oh to be 20 again........
     
    09-02-2011, 11:33 AM
  #17
Super Moderator
Not giving water to a hot horse is an Old Wive's Tale, as is putting cold water ON a hot horse. You MUST offer water, not only to hydrate but to cool the horse's core down, very hard to do without offering water.

The kings of cooling horses down are eventers and endurance riders. Check out one of the methods we eventers might use...

Ice Horse XC Cross Country Cooling Horse System

We pack ice on jugular notches.
     
    09-02-2011, 11:48 AM
  #18
Trained
You can make a horse sick by giving them too much water at one time when they are REALLY hot. I allow my horses to drink at every opportunity but often the opportunities are few and far between and I have to make sure that the horse doesn't take too much water at one time. It will make a horse colicy if they get a gut full of water all at once and then stand around. Most of the horses I ride will quit drinking before they get too much but one of my horses is a glutton and will get colicky and even lay down if I let him drink all he wants at one time. It's better for the horse to be thirsty for a while than to get a twisted gut.

Six miles is not a long ride so you are probably fine to offer the horse a drink as soon as you get back and let it drink all it wants. I really don't think you need to pack water for your horse for a six mile ride unless it's on the surface of the sun. I have ridden a horse hard for several hours without giving it water because there was no water to give. The horse was quite thirsty at the end of the day but was no worse for wear.
     
    09-02-2011, 01:12 PM
  #19
Trained
I will get sick if I drink excess ice water when I am severely overheated. Room temperature sports drinks are easier on the system. I agree with everybody who said to not let them get severely dehydrated in the first place.

Once an animal (including humans) is severely dehydrated, it increases the tonicity (saltiness) of the blood. If they drink excessive water at once (it would take a whole lot) the tonicity of the blood changes rapidly. It goes from a hypertonic solution to a hypotonic solution. Cells such as blood cells and brain cells that were shriveled from dehydration absorb the water rapidly by osmosis. The cells may expand so rapidly that they burst. It won't kill you to destroy a few blood or brain cells. (If it would I would never have survived the '70s.) But massive destruction of cells can be harmful or fatal. This it the reason for the development of sports drinks. They rehydrate an athlete more gradually so that they don't go into shock and die. If you get your horse or yourself dehydrated to the point of being close to death, rehydration should be done with a sports drink or similar fluid with sugars and electrolytes. A better option is to rehydrate all along.

If you want to see the effect of dehydration on cells, dehydrate a slug by pouring salt on it. The water will be pulled out of the slug by osmosis and you will be left with a groce mess. Don't let PETA catch you at it. Unfortunately for the slug, rehydrating doesn't take the cells back to their original shape..........
     
    09-02-2011, 05:49 PM
  #20
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Originally Posted by Celeste    
I have treated a horse for colic with the history of him being fine out on a trail and then he got sick after drinking cold water. I think that the horse was EXTREMELY overheated when they gave him the water. You really need to be careful not to work your horse to the point of exhaustion in the extreme heat. If a horse is in pretty good condition, six miles should not be that hard for him. I always try to walk the final mile home so that they can cool down. The colicy horse that I treated did fine. He got better fast, and had no long term problems from it. In the future, the horse owner gave the horse water before riding, and tried to cool him off before giving him extremely cold water.

As far as me, I am going to give out WAY before my horse gets extremely overheated. I know that a lot of you on this forum are a lot younger and more athletic than I am. Oh to be 20 again........
But was it the water or the initial overheating that caused the colic?
     

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