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Date Posted: 04:24:02 03/24/12 Sat
Author: Randy
Subject: Water
In reply to: Megan 's message, "Feeding Friesians" on 09:43:23 01/18/11 Tue

We give the horses heated water buckets in the winter and they practically drink more in the winter than in the summer! They love the heated water, it's like a hot tea for them!


>Hello Kay,
>
>We feed our 3 1/2 year old gelding about 3 lbs of
>Purina Strategy every day, mixed with bran and 1
>supplement (Omega Horseshine) and he gets 2 big flakes
>of hay each feeding and usually 1 more big flake at
>lunch time.
>
>But be careful. The cause of your little girl's colic
>may not have been what she's eating. Instead the
>cause may have been that she wasn't drinking enough
>water. I've seen more horses colic in the winter due
>to dehydration than any other time of the year.
>Because of this I'm a HUGE stickler about having 2
>buckets of water in my horse's stall and I even warm
>it up a bit. Horses don't want to drink water that's
>ice cold in the winter, just like we don't want to,
>and if their water is too cold, I've found they won't
>drink as much than if it was lukewarm or room
>temperature. I also have a Himalayan salt lick in my
>horse's stall to encourage drinking even more. If
>your horse does not drink enough in this cold dry
>winter weather, an impaction is more likely to happen
>because there is not enough "lubrication" to keep
>things moving through the gut smoothly, and things
>start to get stuck, causing the impaction and colic.
>
>So be careful before you start switching around your
>growing filly's feed. She will need as much nutrition
>as possible as she grows. Her feed may not be the
>problem, or it may. I'm just letting you know that
>lack of water is a pretty big factor in colic this
>time of year if you are in fact in a cold weather
>climate. I live in the Northeast so our winters are
>pretty tough. I once boarded at a facility that lost
>a horse to colic every single winter because the
>horses were not getting enough water due to lack of
>access to it. That's why I'm such a stickler about it
>now. I hope this has helped. :) Keep your filly's
>gut moving with ease, make sure she has access to
>plenty of clean, lukewarm water. :)
>
>Megan

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