A variety of factors can cause horses to become dehydrated. Find out what you can do to keep them drinking.
Horses generate a tremendous amount of heat in their bodies when they exercise or when they are stressed. This can lead to excess sweating. Sweat is made up of fluid and electrolytes: phosphorus, salt, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc, potassium. When horses sweat they lose both water and minerals.
Shipping and other stressful situations cause reduced water intake and sweating. Dehydration leads to changes within the horse’s body that signal his system to begin shutting down.
To make matters worse, dehydration actually decreases the thirst response, so horses stop drinking. Maintaining proper hydration is extremely important not only to optimal performance but to the overall well-being of your horse.
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