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post #1 of 12 Old 08-11-2020, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Normal-hot weather-respiration?

Our stable doors face East, so morning sun, afternoon shade. I noticed our 22yo mare (Holsteiner/Arabian mix) was in her stall, breathing rate about twice/second.
Not panting though but sweaty. She doesn't drink much water.
It was 86deg/humid in barn but shady. I ran fan which she liked, and I can mist cool water a few minutes, she really liked.
About half of her 10 acres is shady, large trees. After a while she grazed and seemed fine. I assume it's normal? In evening she has a paddock area.
She probably drinks 4 gallons/water a day which to me doesn't seem like much.
She has a spring fed creek and small pond but rarely ever see her there.
If I were a horse on a hot day I'd be swimming!


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post #2 of 12 Old 08-11-2020, 09:27 PM
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She should drink between 5 and 10 gallons. In this heat more. Do you add salt to her feed. Normal respiration is 8 to 12 breaths a minute. Dehydration can raise that rate.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-12-2020, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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That's a 50# salt lick after a year. 20200808_165544.jpg

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Horses generally do not get the salt intake that they need from just a mineral block. Their smooth tongues don't do as good of a job licking the salt as cows tongues do.

I use Redmond's Rock Salt - it's cheap, and comes with a scoop. I've never had a horse not eat it with their daily feed. My mare hardly drank during the winter, and in my area, decreased water intake increase colic risk, big time. Once the salt was added, both myself and BO actually caught her drinking, where before we were sure she didn't drink.
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fuddy, my horses are separated so 2 to a paddock currently...
What you show taking near a year my 2 horses will do to a white block in less than 3 months..
I also salt their food a few times a week, not necessarily every day and my horses are fed wet food everyday..
I know no matter what they drink to add 3 gallons of water cause I dump that amount on their food to soften and moisten especially in these hot & humid days...
Even if they dump their food the moisture is been absorbed and I too will take every extra drop of water intake for them.
Now personally, my horses will not lick mineral blocks...
I had white and mineral blocks side-by-side and they did not touch it..
Still won't... put it in a holder along the stall front wall they don't touch them either, white blocks are gone in short amount of time...
Have you tried offering a small white block and see if she takes in more of that?
Like I said, even with free-choice they do, I add extra salt to their ration1x a day every other day and going to go to every day as they have been sweating profusely with the heat...the rest of the minerals they get in their feed ration as their blood counts prove to be in proper range.

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There are plenty recent threads on this forum like this one here: Salt

Thanks to that thread I recently started adding salt as well. I learned that salt licks are better for cows with rough tongues! Have a read through it was SUPER helpful for me.
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I'll try salt. This morning respiration was normal, but she drank maybe a gallon water overnight is all.

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I don't know what is "normal" for your horse but mine seem to drink deeply 2x a day.
In morning after eating hay and again in evening after eating hay, when the heat of day dissipates they go to the trough and drink, drink and more drink.
They do go to their trough during the day but that seems to be a quick wet the mouth and gone...

I know when we had hurricanes and lost power so the well was dead I had to bucket water for them from holding tanks we have.
4 5-gallon buckets would be lined up and they would work from one to the next each of them...
Empty...fill again and they sat, then later in afternoon they again were empty...
No one ever attacked me dying of thirst so assumption is they each got enough...now they also love to drink from puddles so guaranteed they got some water from the holding pond on the property, but when locked in "home" they drank from buckets.
With hot and humid if she is only drinking that small amount I would have concern of what is going on...
Big animals, bigger water consumption needed to be healthy.
Watch closely and if still questionable how much she is drinking is enough, at least call the vet.
Currently no hurricane so no pond of water at their disposal so they are either here or if in the one field the neighbors trough...


What is her neck like if you do the skin pinch test?
What about gum color and color return after a touch and how is her mouth...dry, moist, sticky gums or wet and slick are clues of her having adequate supply of liquid or she needs some forced intake either by a tube or IV...
Watch her very closely...
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Fuddy you might try some dark beer. It has a lot of benefits in the summer, especially for older horses. I have found it helpful in getting horses to drink and to eat. You can give it to them straight or you can add it to water or feed. If you add it to water - then I would suggest having plain water available as well just in case they don't want it.
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Today I got non-iodine salt Dollar General, 28oz. for 55 cents! I have a small treat feed box in stall, but tablespoonful in and she ate a little. So I crumbled a peppermint treat in and ate it all. Then drank water (gallon?).
I'm curious why regular salt better? Iodized says 0.006% potassium iodide. I got the pure salt though. Thanks.

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