My horse don’t drink

Water is the number one equine nutrient

Horses can drink 10 to 15 litres a day in winter and between 50 and 70 litres during very hot weather and sustained work.

Horses which do not drink enough will pass hard, dry stools, and be at greater risk of gastrointestinal disorders.

Regularly ensure that drinking troughs and buckets are clean.

If horses are given well-water, microbiological analyses should be carried out in order to determine the nitrate and nitrite content etc. so as to ensure it is suitable for horses.

Water treatments are also available in order to improve water quality.

You should preferably contact a water-treatment professional.

My horse isn’t eating well due to dental problems

Horses are born with “dental stock” which grows throughout their life.

Adult horses should have regular dental check-ups, just like humans, i.e. at least once a year.

Horses with dental problems are unable to chew their food properly.

Food which has not been sufficiently chewed will not be properly digested.

Hence the daily ration will lose its value.

In certain cases, a dental problem may be noticed if you find “small hay balls” in the stable; horses chew hay into small balls to form a sort of padding lodged between the jaws and cheeks to avoid injury, caused by irregular teeth for example.

It is essential to arrange an annual check-up with your equine dentist.

Ulcers

Ulcers may have psychological (stress/work/growth) or dietary causes

Cereal intake should be restricted since high starch content promotes the onset of hyperacidity in the stomach due to the lowered pH.

Various sources of energy are available: starch + sugar/cellulose/vegetable fat

Consumption of adequate quantities (5 to 7 kg) of meadow hay (long fibre to encourage chewing) each day will help limit the development of ulcers.

ROYAL HORSE H 250, H 350 et S 350 (elderly horses) feeds contain clays and sodium bicarbonate to help prevent ulcers.

Contact your veterinary surgeon.