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Winter Water Woes

Dear Amy: "How important is water in the winter for horses? My uncle says that horses don't need water if they can eat snow. Is this true?" ~ Ally M., Kitchener, ON We've all heard that old saying, 'You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink,' and this is particularly true in the winter months. It's not unusual for horses to reduce their water intake in freezing temperatures, but this can be dangerous. Your horse's body is made up of 60 per cent water, a portion of which he loses each time he breathes, eliminates waste and sweats. It's important, therefore, to supply 30-45 litres of fresh water per day in order to meet his needs and avoid potentially fatal complications from dehydration such as colic and kidney damage. How can I tell if my horse is dehydrated? There are a few warning signs that…

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