Tying Up and Hydration: How to Get a Horse to Drink
Q. Recently my horse tied-up while running cross-country. This has happened before but not for well over a year. He’s not a good drinker while traveling and barely drank 15 gallons over three days, which actually is more than normal when away from home. My vet thinks the tying-up is most likely related to hydration. What can I do to get him drinking more?
A. Having a horse that won’t drink while traveling and staying away from home is both frustrating and concerning. It can be near impossible to make a horse drink, but the good news is there are some things you can try.
My first recommendation is to increase the horse’s daily sodium intake. Sodium helps stimulate thirst, so maintaining adequate amounts in your horse’s blood is very important. Horse sweat contains a lot of chloride and sodium, so it’s possible that if your horse is sweating heavily, his sodium levels can drop, resulting in a reduced desire to
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