Question by  gemmie (33)

Is excessive water drinking in horses dangerous?

My horses seem to drink a lot of water.


Answer by  MrsShannonHarrell (768)

Generally horses do not drink too much. There are some diseases and disorders that cause excessive water consumption, and need to be tested for by a veterinarian.


Answer by  martin (522)

It's not dangerous by itself, but it can be a symptom of health problems. A horse drinks at least five gallons of water daily, and may need as much as 15 gallons in hot weather or when working hard. If your horses drink more than that and put out a lot of urine, call the vet.


Answer by  lois47 (383)

Most healthy horses drink anywhere between six to ten gallons of water a day, depending on weather and activity level. A horse can drink more than that and still be healthy, but it can be a sympton of renal failure or Cushings disease, among other illnesses. This is most common in older horses. To be safe, call your vet.


Answer by  H797H (157)

If the horse is very active, then no. But if the horse is low to lightly moderate in its activity, then diabetes might be to blame.


Answer by  Jessie124 (1885)

Usually horses will regulate their water intake. However, do NOT give your horse water after a hard work out. This can cause colic, which can be fatal.


Answer by  xtremetree (306)

The answer is no. Horses will consume more water if they have a high salt intake or if their body is in need of water. Horses know how much water they should have. Always be sure a horses water bucket is full to the top.


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

It can be but it doesn't happen very often. Remember your horses will drink more water when it's hot than they do when it's cold.

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