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Okay, big/small issue.... so big, so simple, that I never saw an
answer... So, here goes.
My boarder asked about the quality of water for horses - in general, I
Here's MY situation..
About five acres of rich, bottomland pasture with a stream running
through the middle. That's our horses' water supply all the time that
they are pasture-surfing. Woops - they sometimes have a choice of tap
water in buckets which is hosed in from my cabin in the summer. They'll
drink that sometimes.
In the spring and sometimes after a hard rain, a "peeper pond" appears.
They utilize that water source also.
So, these horses usually only get tap (yummy well water) only sometimes
when stall-bound and in their beet pulp mash.
My question is pretty simple (but hard to put into words)... so, par
usual, I'll spew out several questions::
-- When is water safe/not safe for horses' consumption? Example: I
don't drink water out of this stream - I know it's high in at
LEAST the coloform count (isn't that what cows help produce?) and
who knows what else.
-- Can horses' bods tolerate more organic/inorganic material in their
water than we can? You endurance riders sure have lots of
experience on which water your horses will "go for" on long
-- Will horses drink "natural" water that will make them sick, or do they
seem to "know"
water to avoid?
Something(s) tell me that horses can tolerate a lot more water impurities
than we can, but then I haven't tried drinking out of pasture puddles
lately. Any brilliant answers out there? Any answers that everybody but
me has? Help!!!!
Karen in trout-stream Pennsylvania
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