Do you know the most inportant part of your horse's diet? Is it grain, hay, or maybe the vitamins or minerals you supplement? None of the above! Water is the most important part of any horse's diet, and yet it is so often overlooked. Let's take a closer look at why it is so vital to your horse's health.
Horses can live their whole life without grain, and can survive for some time without hay/pasture (although forage is extremely important!). But did you know a horse that is left without water for only 48 hours is facing life threatening health risks? Water is important for your horse in so many ways.
Horses have a daily requirment of 0.5-1.0 gallons of water per 100lbs bodyweight. This means an average sized, 1000lb horse needs at least 5-10 gallons of water daily. For a miniature horse weighing 200lb, that is a minimum of 1-2 gallons daily. For a 3000lb draft horse, that means 15-30 gallons of water are needed daily.
What are some signs of dehydration in horses?
If your horse has a water bucket they do not share, it can be a great way to monitor their water intake. If you have multiple horses sharing a water source, it is a good idea to check their gums and skin regularly to ensure they are well hydrated.
Maybe your horse is not drinking as much as it should. How can you help your horse drink plenty of water each day?
Keeping your horse well hydrated may not always be easy, but it is of utmost importance. I hope this information helps you learn why water is so vital, and the tips to get your horse drinking come in handy.
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