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FEBRUARY 2021 THE RIDER /21 Section 2


Winter Water Woes and Colic Prevention


Guelph, ON Jan, 19, 2021 - Nothing can drain the colour from a horse owner’s face quicker than hearing the word COLIC! Winter is an important season to focus on colic prevention and ward off water woes that can lead to impaction in the equine gut.


many resources to reduce your horse’s risk of colic, in- cluding a FREE interactive online healthcare tool, the Colic


Equine Guelph has


(www.equineguelph.ca/col- ictool). The importance of access to clean, fresh water 24 hours a day, to keep everything


Risk Rater


smoothly, cannot be over- stated and is one of the top 12 tips discussed among management practices. For an even deeper dive into di- gestive health – take the next offering of Equine Guelph’s online course, Gut Health and Colic Prevention, Feb 8 – 19 on the HorsePortal.ca. Both resources are gener- ously


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What you need to know about horses and H2O Never assume they are


skin flattening back down (this is called skin tenting). Slowed skin response may indicate a degree of dehy- dration.


amount, in addition to mon- itoring them for dehydration, consider providing free choice loose salt for the horse to take in what they need.


Salt: If your horse is not drinking


an adequate


More water at feed time: You can add water to con- centrate ration and/or soak the hay for 10 minutes prior to feeding as this will bring more water into the gut. You may also wish to discuss with your vet or equine nu- tritionist the use of soaked and shredded beet pulp as an addition to the diet for get- ting more water into the di- gestive system. Adding a bran mash once a week was once a popular practice, but the sudden introduction of a different feed is actually an- other colic risk factor. Adding water to their regu- lar feed is recommended.


drinking! Just because water is available does not mean your horse is drinking enough. Horses should drink about 37 to 45 litres of water per day in order to stay healthy, and they will often drink less water when it is icy cold, particularly if there are any dental issues. It is also a misnomer to believe all horses will break through a thin layer of ice to access their water source. A heater is the best option, not only for the fussy drinker but also to ensure troughs do not freeze over during overnight hours or on frigid days. A study out of Penn State Uni- versity has shown that in- creasing water temperature from just above freezing to 4-18° Celsius will increase the amount of water con- sumed by up to 40%. Make sure the heater is properly installed and check it is in good repair and operating safely. If you see horses standing by a trough but not drinking, be sure to check there is no electric current due to a malfunctioning heating element.


Dehydration: This is a seri- ous issue which increases the risk of impaction colic. Monitor the horse for any signs of dehydration. Dis- cuss how you can do this with your veterinarian. A “skin pinch” on the shoulder of the horse is a useful tool to assess hydration by seeing if there is any delay in the


Being consistent and making feed changes slowly is an- other one of the top 12 tips in the Colic Risk Rater tool - www.equine guelph.ca/col- ictool).


24/7 access to water: Horses are trickle feeders and their digestive systems operate optimally when for- age is always available. This means water must be avail- able at all times to aid in di- gestion and avoid blockages. In winter water needs may increase as a result of the in- creased hay being con- sumed, which is also much dryer than moisture rich pas- ture. Always make sure there is lots of fresh, clean water provided 24 hours a day.


for water! Ten inches of snow equals one inch of water. If 2 inches of snow fell, a horse would need to consume over four football fields worth to get enough water.


Snow is not a substitute


and required practices for watering horses are listed in


More recommended


the National Code of Prac- tice for the care and Han- dling of Equines including: checking automatic watering systems daily to ensure they are dispensing water prop- erly and testing water qual- ity at least annually, unless it is from a previously tested water supply safe for human consumption.


to further your knowledge on colic prevention.


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CapriCMW, is a dedicated horseman who believes in the importance of education for horse owners. He ad- dresses why it was so impor- tant for his organization to partner with Equine Guelph on colic prevention pro- grams, “Given our decades of experience in insuring horses from coast to coast, we know that colic is one of the highest risk factors for death in the Canadian herd. We can think of no better risk management tool to pre- vent colic than education.” This winter, take action


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Winter Water Woes .....................21 Anne Gage Column .......................22 Between The Ears .......................23 Sierra Acres.................................23 OTRA News................................24 Lynn Palm...................................25 Horse Listening...........................26 Ontario Racing............................27 Fine Tuning Winter Feeding.......27 Lindsay Grice..............................28


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