Water & Electrolytes

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Poll Recap: Winter Water Sources for Horses

January 16, 2018

Of the 838 respondents, nearly 500 use heated water buckets or a tank with a heating element to provide fresh water.... Read More

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Readers Share Cold-Weather Horse Care Survival Tips

January 08, 2018

Extreme winter weather conditions can make horse care and barn chores challenging. Stay warm with these tips.... Read More

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Preparing Horse Farms for Winter Weather Disasters

January 07, 2018

Plan ahead to keep family, employees, and horses safe in a winter weather disaster. ... Read More

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TheHorse.com's Top Articles of 2017

December 26, 2017

Articles on laminitis, colic, hoof abscesses, licking and chewing, and wound care are among the most-read in 2017.... Read More

Charish Arthur, USDF Silver Medalist and former long time ARIA Certified Instructor shared on a Facebook post "What not to do".

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Heated Water Trough Safety

December 25, 2017

Are you using heated water buckets or troughs this winter? Stay safe with these tips.... Read More

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Keeping Water Troughs Thawed With or Without a Heater

December 17, 2017

Our equine nutritionist offers tips and asks for your input on dealing with ice in horse watering tanks. ... Read More

Dehydration can cause serious problems for horses, including colic, so make sure his water doesn’t turn to ice during subfreezing temperatures. Installing heated and insulated fountains can reduce the time it takes to complete winter barn chores and ensure your horse has around-the-clock water access.

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Understanding Horse Water Requirements

December 17, 2017

Water is one of the essential nutrients a horse needs to perform a number of life-support functions.... Read More

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Can a Horse Consume Too Many Electrolytes?

December 10, 2017

Find out why a horse might prefer electrolyte water over plain water and if that's a cause for concern.... Read More

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Chore-Efficient Winter Water Supply Ideas

November 30, 2017

Now is the time to evaluate how your watering system will work for you and your horse this winter. ... Read More

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Winter is Coming: Are Your Horses and Farm Ready?

November 23, 2017

Three equine professionals offer tips for preparing your animals, facilities, and yourself for the deep freeze ahead.... Read More

Dehydration can cause serious problems for horses, including colic, so make sure his water doesn’t turn to ice during subfreezing temperatures. Installing heated and insulated fountains can reduce the time it takes to complete winter barn chores and ensure your horse has around-the-clock water access.

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Reducing Winter Colic Risk in Your Horse

November 21, 2017

Dr. Clair Thunes offers advice for preventing colic when the weather turns cold.... Read More

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Caring for Senior Horses in Cold Weather

November 21, 2017

Learn how to help older horses stay warm and maintain weight this winter.... Read More

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Why Do Electrolytes Encourage Horses to Drink?

October 29, 2017

Our nutrition expert looks at why a horse might choose to drink water with electrolytes over plain water.... Read More

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Fall Colic Prevention for Horses

October 16, 2017

Nutritionist Dr. Clair Thunes shares advice on how to reduce your horse's risk of colicking this fall. ... Read More

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5 Tips for Feeding Frequent Travelers

October 09, 2017

Getting ready to head south for the winter? Prepare in advance to keep your horse healthy during and after transport.... Read More

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Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

September 11, 2017

As autumn approaches, consider whether you need to make changes to your horse's diet in preparation for winter.... Read More

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Feeding and Riding the Lactating Mare

September 04, 2017

Learn about the nutritional requirements of a mare with a foal at her side as she gets started back into work.... Read More

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Emergency 911: Horse Show Edition

August 25, 2017

Critical conditions can strike when you're at a competition with your horse. Here's how to handle them. ... Read More

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Does Horse Water Bucket Placement Matter?

August 05, 2017

Horses drank significantly more water from a bucket closest to the stall door compared to one near the feeder.... Read More

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Study Examines Tooth Decay in Western Australia's Horses

August 01, 2017

Researchers identified risk factors including hay type, water source, breed, and pasture access.... Read More

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How Can I Keep My Senior Horse With PPID Cool?

July 26, 2017

An owner seeks advice on managing a senior horse with Cushing's disease during a heat wave.... Read More

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Water-Wise Tips for Horse Owners

July 26, 2017

How do you use water wisely on your farm throughout the summer? ... Read More

A horse competing in the Endurance World Championship appreciates a long, cool sip of water during the race.

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Avoiding Dehydration in Sport Horses During Summer

July 23, 2017

Keeping competition horses well-hydrated isn't always easy. Our nutritionist offers tips to help prevent dehydration.... Read More

Mosquitoes and gnats are poor fliers, so using a barn fan can produce enough breeze to disrupt them. Warning! To prevent electrical barn fires, make sure to use fans intended for outdoor/agricultural applications.

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As Summer Heats Up, Keep Horses Cool

July 19, 2017

Keep your horse happy, healthy, and in the game with these health and management tips.... Read More

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A Look at Pony Club's Feeding Rules

July 17, 2017

Our nutrition expert, who's also a USPC regional supervisor, shares the basic nutrition rules every Pony Clubber learns.... Read More