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post #1 of 13 Old 11-22-2009, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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water safety on the trail

Do you guys let your horses drink from lakes or streams while on the trail? I know that there can be things in the water that can make humans sick, even if it is fast moving, clear water. I let my dog drink from streams and there hasn't been a problem, but I was wondering if horses could be affected by the water and get sick like us.

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-22-2009, 12:20 PM
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I let my dog drink from streams...
Realistically, how would you stop a dog (or a horse) from drinking from a stream? Or mud puddles, stagnant swamp water, etc? Sometimes I've thought that for them, icky water must be rather like beer is to humans

I'd also think that on a ride of more than an hour or two, there'd be more risk from dehydration than from whatever's in the water. (That's certainly true for me - I'd hate to run or hike for more than an hour without a drink.) I've never seen any rider carrying what I would think would be an adequate amount of water for a horse...
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-22-2009, 12:38 PM
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Standing water - NO - but, in creekbeds IF the water is moving/flowing, I do let my horses get a drink. If I can ride out into a shallow lake, I will let my horse grab a drink - otherwise we just ride by! Have had no problems so far.....
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-22-2009, 12:43 PM
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Someone on here had a horse who caught potomic horse fever, althought it can be from trough water, not regularly dumped out, or from a stream or creek I believe. I don't take my horse on long rides, so I don't usually let them drink. Drinking usually makes me nervous they might get the idea to roll in the creek.
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-22-2009, 04:09 PM
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Standing water - NO - but, in creekbeds IF the water is moving/flowing, I do let my horses get a drink.
Agreed.

Plus, horses consume all sorts of gross stuff from the ground that human probably stomachs couldn't handle. I don't think comparing a horse's stomach to a human's is quite fair. ;)

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post #6 of 13 Old 11-22-2009, 05:09 PM
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I'll let mine drink at every opportunity from anything. The only thing I don't let them drink out of is community water troughs at shows or where there are a lot of horses.

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-22-2009, 05:18 PM
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We let ours drink from anything, too, including (sometimes muddy) puddles.

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post #8 of 13 Old 11-22-2009, 07:05 PM
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I'll let mine drink at every opportunity from anything. The only thing I don't let them drink out of is community water troughs at shows or where there are a lot of horses.
Me too unless it's stagnant. I never let mine drink from community troughs either.. ever

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-22-2009, 08:22 PM
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i'd let mine drink from any clear water, and probably muddy, too, just depends on where I was at... around here I wouldn't worry too much.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-23-2009, 08:58 AM
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I let mine drink every chance we get.

Funny thing is we have one horse that will not drink out on the trail. I am yet to see him drink from a stream or mud puddle. Even after six hours in the hot sun he still wouldn't drink from a creek.
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