Thomas R. Lenz, DVM, reminds us of the most important nutrient for horses, or all animals for that matter. He discusses the water needs of horses in many common situations. There is significant variability in the amount required based on activity, feed, weather and more.
Source: AQHA Journal, April 2017, page 10.
All horses need clean, good-quality water at all times. Outdoor water troughs should be cleaned at least every couple of week to remove debris and algae. Stall water buckets should be emptied and rinsed daily. Check automatic water systems daily, as they could malfunction and not be providing adequate amounts of water.
INSIGHTS: Dr. Lenz’ article is a direct, hard-hitting, one-pager. Consider it for blogs, email blasts, social media posts or when working with horse owners or youth horse groups.