Preventing Dehydration in Horses

A horse needs at least a gallon of water per 100 pounds of body weight. For your average horse, this equals 10 gallons a day. Water requirements vary greatly according to the weather and the level of work that the horse is doing. For instance, if your horse is exercising in hot, humid weather, he may need two to four times the minimum amount. If your horse does not get enough water he will get dehydrated and lose electrolytes. To prevent this, make sure that your horse has continual access to water. Here's how to make sure he drinks enough: