Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wintertime Dehydration and Your Horse - Full Article

Story by Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD, photos by Christina Handley

Learn ways to keep your horse hydrated— as important an issue in the winter as in the summer.

When temperatures get frigid, dehydration is probably the last thing on your mind. After all, that's really only a problem in the warm-weather times of year when your horse sweats heavily, right? Wrong! Your horse can become dehydrated at any time of the year—even in the winter—with some predictable health consequences.

Winter Water Needs
It's true that sweating in warmer weather increases your horse’s water and electrolyte losses, but horses have baseline requirements for hydration that need to be met all year long.

Your horse loses water from his body in manure and urine, and even in the air he exhales. The very dry air that develops all around the country during the fall and winter months increases water loss from the respiratory tract and lungs.


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