WATCH WIN­TER WA­TER IN­TAKE

EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

Hy­dra­tion is the key to pre­vent­ing cold-weather colic in horses. There is a proven con­nec­tion be­tween re­duced wa­ter in­take and in­creased in­ci­dence of im­paction colic. Here are a few tips to en­sure your horse keeps drink­ing this win­ter:

• Keep buck­ets and troughs ice-free. Of course you know that a frozen-solid wa­ter source is a bad thing, but don’t as­sume your horse will break through a thin layer of ice or be will­ing to drink wa­ter that con­tains chunks of ice; many horses won’t do ei­ther. In­vest in

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