I am always amused when I see ranch horses drink out of filthy, algae ridden troughs. So often, I’ve heard people say that horses shouldn’t be fussy about water because they never know when they will find water again… or something like that.
To me, I kinda agree with the horses. I hate it when my water tastes like soap or rusty pipes or chlorine. I like a nice, cool glass of water.
So, even though I have been very frustrated by Dalton’s water issues, I understand. He just wants it the way he wants it.
Here is a pictorial of the issues so far… except I think, I think I finally have it figured out.
MY SHERLOCK HOLMES INVESTIGATION OF DALTON’S WATER HABITS. WHY?!
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Yes! He loves the automatic waterer. That is the absolute remedy. He had one before. I did purchase one that works with a hose, but her wrecked it and ate the hose. I need one that is permanent, with PVC pipe and its own post. On the list!
He is young and bored. I can’t ride at the moment, but he has 5 acres and 3 friends…
This is not unusual, and I currently feel lucky to have a horse and pony who aren’t too picky. I bought an OTTB in the late 70’s (CraftyBedford) and although he was fine at home, He was terrible about drinking at competitions (we evented throughout our region). It wasn’t unusual for us to be gone for three days or more at a time. I developed a few tricks to get more water into Bedford: I put apples in his water bucket and he loved apples. He soon learned the quickest way to get to the apples was to drink the water. I also bought hay cubes for his forage and soaked them in water before I fed them. I fed him electrolytes every day, all year round in his feed, which was beet pulp and wheat bran with a little cracked corn and was fed wet.
In the case of Dalton, he’s a young horse. Are you able to ride him? Is he turned out with the other horses? Perhaps he’s a little bored.
I’m liking Dalton more and more ? Glad to hear you found a solution! If you’d rather not have to fill it twice a day or if her changes his mind, have you considered an automatic waterer?
In winter I have to use a Rubbermaid trough with a de-icer in the bottom since we live in NY. But the rest of the year they use a Little Giant Duramate Waterer attached to the outside of the barn. All six horses love it, even the mini-donks. Fresh water every time they drink. I drain it once a week and clean it with baking soda and salt. Just a thought for future reference!