Just as feed considerations are important for your horse during the winter, water is too. The greatest danger in winter is a frozen water source. Horses than don’t consume enough water are in danger of impaction colic, which is potentially life-threatening. For this reason, water consumption in the winter should be carefully monitored.
In snowy weather, never rely on your horse to consume snow to help fulfill his water requirements. In addition to monitoring water temperature and consumption, learn to habitually observe your horse’s manure. If manure appears dry or sparse, this is an indicator your horse isn’t drinking enough.
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This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of Horse Illustrated. Click here to subscribe!