Average Amount horses drink in a day?

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by alyandmontana, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Does any one know a rough average of how much a horse would drink of water in a day.. lets say days as hot as about 35 ish.

    What can cause horses to drink exessivly (sp)?

    Thanks :}
  2. Lauren

    Lauren Gold Member

    I'm not sure on how much the average is.
    Bess can drink an entire bath tub in one day depending on

    the heat.. obviously in summer she'll drink a lot more.
    what she has eaten (do you feed cellery seeds? I've just started and they're definitely making her pee more, so she is therefore drinking more).. also if she eats a lot of hay she'll drink more.
    Boredom.. I find if she's confined in a yard she'll 'play' with the water.

    It can also be a sign of ulcers if he is drinking a lot during eating (ie takes a few bits of dinner then walks off to have a drink off water).
  3. Heifer

    Heifer Gold Member

    Q is in stable so not much evapouration from his water buckets... 20L every 12 hours?

    Unless he is EATING his salt lick... then he drinks more like 35L every 12hours LOL!
  4. Ali

    Ali Well-known Member

    Depends on weather and grazing conditions but most will drink an average of around 45-60 litres a day.
  5. robbing'charisma

    robbing'charisma Well-known Member

    I have read this before :)* I have never calculated how much mine drink:)
  6. Go the Distance

    Go the Distance Well-known Member

    When you camp and trek with horses or do endurance you want them to drink anywhere from 40-50L and up depending on what you are doing/ weather etc. I carry 120L of water on my float just for horse water and it lasts me about 48 hours.

    You can tell if they are dehydrated by gently pinching some skin on thier neck and seeing if it goes back flat quickly. The slower it takes for it to go back the more dehydrated they are. This is a fairly late sign they have got dry. Watch what thier urine looks like should be clear as possible with a good stream any 'syrupy' wee should be of a concern. In thier mouth they should have nice moist/slippery wet gums. Any dryness or a tacky feeling means they are dry.

    Before coming to the conclusion that a horse is drinking too much I would make sure that I know right down to the actual litre how much they are drinking. Looking at a bath tub and summising they are drinking a lot is not accurate enough. Use a tub that you know holds X amount of litres and check it every twelve hours, measuring what is left. Do that twice and you can then get a 24 hour picture of what they are drinking in a day.

    If then they are drinking a lot I would look at what salt or electolyte you are adding to thier feed. You may be over doing it. Offer a salt lick instead of adding it in.

    Hope this helps.
  7. Thanks for all the replies guys :)

    We arent sure if he is drinking heaps or going swimming in his bath during the day..
    Will keep a closer eye on it but by the sounds of it he is probably drinking just over the average amount..

    He doesnt actually get a salt or electrolyte added. hes on a simple feed of chaff studmaster and chia :)

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