Water Intake in Horses
The average horse will intake 5 to 10 gallons of fresh water per day. Just like humans, different horses crave or need different water amount intakes. Horses may need up to 30 gallons of water per day depending on heat, humidity and exercise.
Signs of dehydration
Lack of focus
No interest in drinking
No interest in eating
Elevated body temperature. Normal 99-101 F
Elevated Heart Rate. Normal 18-44 beats per minute
Elevated Respiratory Rate. Normal: 10-24 breaths per minute.
Testing for Dehydration.
Capillary refill time. How to: Press upper gum, pressure point will become lighter in color.
Color returns in 2 seconds-Hydrated.
Color returns in 3+ seconds-Dehydrated
Skin Pinch Test. How to: Pinch skin near point of shoulder.
Skin snaps back in <1 seconds-Hydrated
Skin snaps back in 2-4 seconds-Dehydrated
Skin snaps back in 4+ seconds-Very Dehydrated
Hay stimulates better than grain.
Supplement with electrolytes
Free choice salt block to help meet the minimum requirements of 2oz per day.
Visit Burns Feed Store for products to help prevent or treat your horse for dehydration issues.