The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1

    Default Keeping Horse Hydrated During Travel

    I'm working on a horse care piece for The Chronicle about keeping your horse hydrated while traveling and we want to know how our readers make sure their horses stay hydrated.

    Please include your name and where you are from in your response.

    Thank you.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul. 20, 2007
    Location
    Rising Sun, MD
    Posts
    3,788

    Default

    Having an endurance horse- keeping them hydrated while traveling is very important. Before a competition or a long trip, I will make sure that all meals I feed have been made into "soup" with as much water as I can get them eat it with. I also will add extra e-lytes to make sure they are drinking. For on the trailer, I feed soaked hay in the haynet. I usually will put the hay in the net, then soak the whole thing for an hour or so before leaving (caution though when it's super hot out that the hay doesn't spoil). I also like to hang a partially full bucket in trailer with them so that they can drink at will and when I stop I'll often float a couple of carrot or apple slices on top so that they have to fish for them.
    “While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.” Mark Twain



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep. 26, 2011
    Location
    WNC
    Posts
    902

    Default

    Endurance rider and vet Susan Garlinghouse has a great 3-article series on her website about "Beating the Metabolic Pull." Article 1 is about hydration. You should check it out. I just do what she says... Go to link and scroll down the list of File Names and you'll see it.

    Link: http://www.allcreaturesanimalhealth....n-articles.pml
    It's just grass and water till it hits the ground.



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 14, 2001
    Location
    Lexington, KY--GO BIG BLUE!!
    Posts
    3,338

    Default

    Soupy feed with electrolytes 24-48 hours prior to travel.

    Offer water at fuel stops. If horse is reluctant to drink, add some sweet feed to 1/4-full bucket and make "tea." Also, fruit punch Gatorade administered by syringe, poured into bucket, or (if the horse likes it enough) slurped from the bottle.
    “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
    ? Albert Einstein

    ~AJ~


    1 members found this post helpful.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr. 3, 2012
    Location
    Among the mosquitos and horse flies
    Posts
    302

    Default

    I ship lots of babies and show horses and I ALWAYS travel with bran mash. When I take a break from driving I offer a very soupy bran mash if they won't drink water straight from a bucket



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec. 15, 2005
    Posts
    3,799

    Default

    I buy dehydrated Standlee alfalfa hay and then soak it in a bucket of water. My horse has free choice wet alfalfa in the trailer feed bag when we travel long distances.


    1 members found this post helpful.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct. 2, 2001
    Location
    Greenville, SC
    Posts
    4,174

    Default

    I also make horse tea. I use 1 qt of Senior feed and pour water (preferably warm) over it. Sometimes I add electrolytes, depends on the weather and how much they've sweated. The 15 horses at my farm will knock you down to drink it, even when they're traveling.

    I make it up beforehand by using a watertight container. (Old Cosequin containers or other supplement buckets work well- the types that have a screw on lid.) I put the Senior in the container with a little water so that it is dissolved when I'm ready to add it to the bucket of water.



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb. 5, 2010
    Posts
    2,603

    Default

    I usually make up a big bucket of water with Horse Quencher in it and have the horse drink it before he gets on the trailer. If I had my own trailer and was going to be hauling for a long time, I would take some extra Horse Quencher packets with me and offer my boy some HQ water during the trip. I have yet to meet a horse who will not happily slurp down a whole bucket!

    Also, feeding chia seeds helps to keep horses hydrated--they form a sort of "gel" in the digestive tract that aids in hydration. Apparently, a lot of athletes use them for this purpose (in addition to the omega 3 fatty acids, etc.).
    Topline Leather -- Unique woven crystal & gemstone browbands

    Topline Leather's Etsy Shop


    1 members found this post helpful.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 46
    Last Post: Oct. 27, 2014, 05:08 PM
  2. Spinoff on Travel Thread -- COTH Travel Club
    By Louise in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: Feb. 22, 2013, 11:10 AM
  3. How do you keep your horse hydrated?
    By lms in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 36
    Last Post: Jun. 22, 2012, 08:45 PM
  4. NEW CO Dept of Ag horse travel restrictions - EHV
    By OverandOnward in forum Off Course
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: May. 17, 2011, 08:45 PM
  5. How far do you travel to your horse?
    By Chaila in forum Off Course
    Replies: 52
    Last Post: Feb. 2, 2010, 03:25 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness