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Preventing Dehydration

To ensure that your horse remains healthy, learn to effectively replace the water and electrolytes.
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Horses can easily get dehydrated during summer months. To prevent dehydration, follow these steps:

1) Clean water, and lots of it, is key: Scrub buckets out daily to assure the water remains palatable.

2) If your horse seems like he’s not drinking enough (10 to 12 gallons a day, minimum), increase his water intake.

3) You can soak his hay in water, which will add a gallon or two of water to his intake.

4) A watery bran mash with watermelon and apples will help increase his water intake

5) Add a tablespoon of salt to his feed to stimulate his thirst.