Horse Water Requirements
Water is the most important nutrient for horses. It is extremely important for the equine caregiver to remember that availability to clean fresh water is vital to a horse’s good health and wellbeing. Consumption can be determined by physically measuring the amount or it can be measured by an electronic water flow meter mounted to the water supply line and connected to an automatic waterer like the Texas Superior Animal Waterer. If this is done by means of an electronic meter, the caregiver must make sure that there are no water leaks at the time of installation. The straight side depth of the Texas Superior Animal Waterer is 5“ and the water level is 2½” deep containing approximately 1 gallon. The re-fill rate is very fast and can keep up with the horses’ requirement as it drinks. The straight sides make it extremely hard for a horse to splash any water from the watering device.
Water Consumption / Digital Flow Meter
On average, a mature horse weighing between 1000 and 1150 lbs. requires between 8 – 12 gallons per day depending on the ambient temperature and the physical condition of the horse, which may vary depending on the physical demand of the horse. Consumption can be determined by physically measuring the amount or it can be tracked by an electronic digital flow meter mounted to the water supply line and connected to an automatic waterer like the Texas Superior Animal Waterer. See Digital Flow Meter # 16106 illustration.
Effects of Insufficient Amounts of Water Consumption
A horse deprived of sufficient amounts of water can only survive 3 to 6 days depending on consumption of forage and feed. Without a sufficient intake of water for approximately 2 days a horse may begin to refuse to eat and may also show signs of colic or similar ailments that can be life threatening. The Texas Superior Animal Water is a reliable automatic waterer complete with an electronic flow meter allowing the caregiver a means of monitoring water consumption.
If sufficient amounts of water are not provided, a horse can exhibit signs of dehydration and will most likely suffer from the lack of electrolytes which can lead to kidney failure and other medical complications and in some cases, death. Therefore, the horse should be rehydrated as soon as possible. If this situation occurs, we suggest contacting your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Horse owners who suspect that their horse may be suffering from
dehydration can perform a simple skin test. This is done by pinching the
skin and then releasing it. If the skin goes back immediately to its normal
position dehydration may not be an issue. However, if the skin remains
wrinkled and in a ridge for 8 to 10 seconds immediate veterinarian
assistance may be required. The most accurate test to determine dehydration
is with a simple blood test that can be performed by your veterinarian.
Again, this demonstrates the need for a constant supply of clean water,
which can be provided with the Texas Superior Animal Waterer.
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