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post #1 of 14 Old 06-27-2016, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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So my property is on well water, it is very hard with lots of minerals. I have a pony and miniature horse drinking it and a friend of mine said that this is not good for them as it can lead to stones? Anyone have any ideas on how I could filter the water for them?

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Most well water does have a lot of minerals in it. The best thing to do is get the water tested first.

Once you know which minerals the water might be excessively high in, then research filters.

FWIW I would worry less about stones and more about metabolic issues if the water is high in iron. Too much iron depletes copper and zinc which, in turn, leads to. It only poor hoof and coat health but metabolic issues.

It's a complex issue. Get your well water tested, and go from there:)

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If you really want to get rid of the minerals in the water, you will need to install a RO system for the house and barn. That's going to be expensive plus require at least twice a year maintenance. However, rather than assume that your friends is right about the minerals causing stones, call your local equine vet and ask. Your county extension agent and soil conservation office should also have information and possible solutions if needed to treat the well water.
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Get the water tested and find out what's in it, first. Most of the time, hard drinking water doesn't have any ill effects on people or animals. Bladder stones are typically much more influenced by diet and infections than anything else. If your water is high in calcium, you may be able to compensate by decreasing any high-calcium hays such as Alfalfa your horses are eating. That's why it's important to find out what you're dealing with, and then ask your vet and local ag extensions what if anything everyone else does.
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Do you drink the water? If so don't worry about it.

If you are concerned as said, test it.

I'm surprised your friend would say that. Everything has vitamins/minerals and that's a good thing. I'm guessing most farms (definitely around here) are off well water.

WITW, that IS very interesting as my parents well is VERY high in iron. Usually it's fine but sometimes it will be orange. No noticeable taste (we try not to water them with it when it's orange). NO hoof issues and NO skin issues, very healthy shiny happy horses. BUT as you know my one gelding has Cushings/IR but I wouldn't think it's from the water (he was VERY obese when we got him), no other issues ever with multiple different horses. Oh and from what I understand in those minerals (low copper/zinc) they will cause sun bleaching which we have NEVER had a problem with even with the darkest horses, probably LESS of a problem then usual! Hmm.. definitely got my brain cells turning!
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Here, before they can develop your well, meaning hook it up to your house, it has to be tested by the health board, if it's safe for human consumption, then it sure isn't going to hurt livestock. It still can be hard water, meaning it reeks havoc on taps, appliances, etc. We put in a water softener and a reverse osmosis system, no more dead dishwashers, coffee makers, washing machines, taps, etc. Saved money in the long run, we don't have to buy bottled water to drink or keep replacing faucets, appliances.
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Yogi, here's a link you might find interesting. especially the last three paragraphs, where it starts with the comment horses only need 40ppm of iron daily.

Iron Overload in Horses | The Naturally Healthy Horse

Horses get way more than that, naturally, in grazing and in hay. This is why I am always carrying on about all the feed purveyors adding iron to their feeds and ration balancers.

If you Google "iron overload in horses", a lot of hits come up.

I'm pretty sure it's Dr. Kellon who talks about too much iron depleting copper and zinc in a horse. Both of which are needed to stabilize insulin.

A horse may be predisposed to metabolic issues but I contend there are a lot of them going over the edge for some reason and I think a big part of that reason is iron overload..
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If you're drinking the water yourself then surely you would have it run through a filtration system before it reaches the horses?
If a horse is at risk of getting kidney stones or problems with high levels of minerals then so are you
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If you're drinking the water yourself then surely you would have it run through a filtration system before it reaches the horses?
If a horse is at risk of getting kidney stones or problems with high levels of minerals then so are you

Most people on a well don't run the water through a filtration system so it would not be filtered before it reaches the horses.



At the time I had the RO system put into this house, there was not a system large enough to service the whole house, much less the water for the horses---we have dedicated RO water faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms for cooking and drinking. However I do take in a sample of the well water yearly to be tested so we know the water is safe for the horses to drink.
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Yogi, here's a link you might find interesting. especially the last three paragraphs, where it starts with the comment horses only need 40ppm of iron daily.

Iron Overload in Horses | The Naturally Healthy Horse

Horses get way more than that, naturally, in grazing and in hay. This is why I am always carrying on about all the feed purveyors adding iron to their feeds and ration balancers.

If you Google "iron overload in horses", a lot of hits come up.

I'm pretty sure it's Dr. Kellon who talks about too much iron depleting copper and zinc in a horse. Both of which are needed to stabilize insulin.

A horse may be predisposed to metabolic issues but I contend there are a lot of them going over the edge for some reason and I think a big part of that reason is iron overload..
Thanks for sharing. Definitely will look into that more.

Unfortunately not sure what the options are, digging a new well is out, drinking our horrible pond water is out, maybe Poland Springs? :P

As mentioned above, ours is safe to drink and even when it's orange we (can, though we don't cause it looks gross!) drink it, use it for cooking, shower, laundry (no whites when it's orange lol), etc. The color change is rare and it rarely causes issues with the pipes and such though it is hard water. Definitely looking into anything that may help though!
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