These are good tips, especially this time of year with pipes and buckets freezing. Dehydration is just as much of a concern in the winter as the summer, even though horses may not be in consistent work and aren’t sweating.
After the fear of injury, the number one thing horse owners tell me that they worry about with their horse is making sure they are drinking enough water.
It’s a valid concern when you think about how important water is to equine well-being. Horses can go 25 days without food but only 5 days without water before it begins to affect their health.
In horses, water facilitates digestion and helps the absorption of nutrients. Water is an essential factor in breaking down the food a horse ingests. It is also regulates equine body temperature.
Horses ingest water and loose water throughout the day. Fluid exits the horse via feces, urine, sweat and water vapor in exhaled air. Dehydration occurs when loss of fluids exceeds fluid intake from food and water.
Every horse owner should be aware of the consequences of dehydration in horses. Lack of water can contribute to…
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