8 Interesting Facts About Water and Horses
We all know you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Given the importance of water and the fact that we're heading into the warmer months, we thought it fitting to lay out the facts for you. Here are 8 fun facts about water and horses:
1. Water is the most important and the most overlooked nutrient in equine diets.
2. Horses drink between 6.5 and 13 gallons of water a day. In the heat of the summer months, it’s likely to be closer to 13 than 6.
3. Even more water needs to be consumed in temperatures below 0 – this is because fresh grass is lacking in water and the air becomes very dry, increasing the water requirement
4. Water intake in horses consuming a diet of only hay can be double that of those consuming a diet with less or minimal hay
5. Horses need to consume 3 x as much water as they do food
6. Water is crucial is ensuring the normal and optimal functioning of the gut as it assists in moving consumed food through the digestive tract
7. Drinking cold water after exercise (or at anytime) does not cause colic
8. Horses have been shown to have a preference for water that is 10 degrees Celsius
Given that water is essential, we recommend soaking your horse's feed. This will help to increase their water intake and lower the risk of dehydration at any time of the year. Water added to herbs produces a flavourful 'tea' that horses absolutely love.