Importance of Clean Drinking Water for Your Horse

Sometimes it’s the simple things we overlook when caring for our pets and in this case our horses. This writing will discuss the importance of clean drinking water for your horse.

I came across this article regarding the positive effect clean drinking water can have on your horses. I’m sure this goes for other pets and animals too but today we are concentrating on horses. The first thing you check with any horse that goes off its feed is the water. Clean water seems basic, but many owners don’t pay enough attention.

I think many feel that if they have an automatic watering device they never need to check it or change the water. Not necessarily true as you will find out here. No matter what system is used, it needs to be checked and monitored almost daily.

I checked the author’s website and found that he has something for watering that truly seems to be a “better mousetrap.”

Good management of horses includes supplying drinking water that is clean. There are many reliable methods to ensure this is accomplished, depending on what method you choose to provide clean drinking water.

If you have buckets, troughs, or any type of automatic waterer that has standing water inside of it constantly, it is appropriate to keep an eye on it. In warmer months and climates, you may need to scrub algae from the water source on a regular basis. This isAlgae in drinking water very important, as water that becomes infested with algae can develop an unpleasant taste for horses and they may reduce their water consumption.

With stagnant water, the potential for rodent infestation is also possible. Rodents, whether mice, rats, or even at times birds can find their way into and drown in drinking water thereby poisoning the water of horses needing to drink. The bacterium that come along with this situation, can cause salmonella poisoning and other potentially fatal diseases. A logical way to prevent this is to avoid standing water when possible.

Temperature also has a large factor in whether or not a horse will drink enough water. In hot climates or summer months, a horse is more prone to lose body weight because they do not drink enough water. This can cause problems with their digestion, temperament, and overall health. Warmer weather means that there are more chances of stagnant, high temperature water that is apt to produce algae and bacteria.

In the winter months, horses will refuse to drink water if it is too cold or frozen over. This can cause severe health related problems such as digestive problems and colic for the animals. Colic can make horses agitated and at times shorten their temperament towards people.

If a horse refuses to drink water, it will become malnourished. It will eat less because it cannot digest the food easily. Malnourishment cannot only be expensive to counter, it is can have deadly consequences.

To show the importance of clean drinking water is best depicted when a livestock owner has an unclean water supply. On possible pitfall is the West Nile virus – a virus carried by mosquitoes. It is a very real threat that all horse and livestock owners should be aware of. It affects humans and livestock alike. When water is standing or impure, mosquitoes (the carriers of the virus) can lay their eggs by the thousands. Unfortunately, this virus has been found in every state in the US where many horse breeders live, work, and raise their equine stock. There is still no cure for the West Nile virus, and those animals that do survive the seizures, fevers, and other symptoms could be scarred for life.white-horse-drinking-post

With a frost-free system, the horse handler can ensure that there is no standing water to become ridden with algae or other contaminants. This is because there is no standing water. These types of systems only deliver water when a paddle is pushed. This eliminates the opportunity for algae to form in the drinking water.

Having clean drinking water is critical in keeping horses healthy. The temperature, and quality of water has a direct and undeniable link to avoidance of illnesses, and other very serious health related issues that are all easily preventable with the proper planning and equipment.

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Here’s a short video by someone else to further illustrate what you don’t want to do when tending to the watering needs of your horses.


Pasture tubs like the video shows are good if kept clean. Putting several goldfish in them keeps them bug free and pretty clean for months. In warm areas you can even add an algae eater (goldfish survive cold weather but not algae eaters). When we leave for an extended period of time we have someone who checks both the water storage tank and waterers daily. Put big tubs in each pasture just in case… horses also like to tip them over leaving no water for anyone.

So let’s remember the importance of clean water for your horse and get out there and do a complete checkup on all your bins, barrels, troughs and any other watering methods you are using for your horses. They will reward you with a longer healthier life. It’s worth it don’t you think.

I want to close this post with something from my DownHomePets blog that I use occasionally. I think it fits here.

“She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your horse. You are her life, her love, her leader. She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart. You owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.”  ~~Unknown

If you stayed with me through the entire article you now know the Importance of Clean Drinking Water for Your Horse. I am sure you could apply the same water standards for your dogs and other animals as well.

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Bill Beavers, brings you pet products that provide improved Quality of Life for You, Your Family and Your Pets.

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