darceejean wrote:Regarding watering:
If you are feeding horses hay, they need to have access to unlimited water. Not doing so, you run the risk of them becoming impacted with dry material in the gut and colicking.
As for horses not getting enough water from snow, that is somewhat inaccurate. We used to board 30-40 head of horses every winter on 4 sections of stubble and grassland after harvest. They would drink out of puddles, sloughs and dams all fall but always had access to the corrals and heated waterers. Once it froze up, I found it interesting is that they would seldom come up for water. They would range all the sections, digging for grass and grain but seldom came up to the corrals for shelter or feed. In a blizzard, they would be at the bottom of a coulee.
We never lost a horse in all those years, they always had good feet and came out of winter fit. As for my dry penned horses, that doesn't always apply.
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