Horses have an excellent sense of taste and smell and are sensitive to what the water they drink. Horses will refuse water that’s not to their liking, which leads to the risk of dehydration and colic, which results in a visit by your veterinarian. Certain equine diseases, including rhino pneumonitis, influenza and strangles can be transmitted by troughs, so it is important that horses have their own buckets for drinking water especially when in an unfamiliar area. Unclean water can also cause digestive problems such as diarrhea and colic. Equine Probiotics, such as AbActive, are live microorganisms, can help treat a horse’s diarrhea and help maintain the horse’s overall digestive health.
Clean water is so very important!
Water helps regulate the horse’s body temperature. It helps with absorption of nutrients as well as the removal of unwanted toxins and other waste. Water also aids in the proper all around function of a horse’s digestive system, especially reducing blockages that can result in colic.
Horses that are forced to drink contaminated water, which can carry toxins such as botulism, anthrax, and various toxic algae, can cause paralysis of the muscles that enable a horse to swallow. Reduction in water intake can lead to dehydration, which, unfortunately, leads to decreased performance, shock, two different types of colic, other stomach problems not limited to ulcers and possibly death.
Recognizing the signs of dehydration is important.
A normal pulse rate for an adult horse is between twenty-eight and forty beats per minute. Your horse’s gums should be bubblegum pink. Their skin should be elastic; you can perform a mild pinch on their neck in front of the shoulder. The skin should retract back in less than two seconds. It’s the same test used in humans on the back of our hands. Other signs include dark urine, lack of alertness and lethargy.
If your horse is showing these signs or you suspect they have drunk contaminated water, the first step, as it is almost all the time, is a call to your veterinarian. It’s important to get your horse rehydrated, and their digestive system rebalanced in the safest manner possible. Recommended for treating equine colic and ulcers is an equine probiotic such as AbActive probiotic granules & Abprazole for colic. Both come as easy to dose granules, once a day, easy to judge intake amount by the blue granules that are easy to see in fed, and they help your horse be the best horse they can be!