We all know how important water is for ourselves, but it’s just as essential for your horse. Water helps regulate their body temperature and provide cushioning support for joints and internal organs. It also helps digest food, transport nutrients, eliminate waste, and allow salts and other electrolytes to pass through their system.
Provide your horse with access to fresh water at all times
It's important to provide your horse with access to fresh water at all times – especially during the warmer months, as animals can lose fluids through panting or sweating, and water sources also evaporate more rapidly. Make sure to provide them water in several locations too for easy access.
Add salt to their diet
You can stimulate your horse's thirst by adding salt to their diet, whether by giving them a salt lick or adding table salt to their feed.
Keep their water buckets clean
Over time, your horse's water will stagnate and become stale. To prevent this, make sure you create a regular cleaning schedule of their bucket and trough to make sure the water stays fresh and clean. Using a long, sturdy scrub brush, target the sides of buckets and troughs as well as any areas where algae or debris can accumulate.
Soak your horse's hay
You can mimic the effects of moist grass - which helps with your horse's water intake - by soaking their hay in water too.
Monitor your horse's activity and water intake
Keep an eye on how much your horse is drinking and during hot weather or intense exercise, make sure to prevent dehydration by covering them in cold water using a hose or sponge.