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Re: RC: Water Question
In a message dated 12/05/1999 4:38:48 PM Pacific Standard Time, email@example.com
<< 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!!!!
I would say YES, horse can tolerate poorer quality water than humans. I've
had horses drink out of mud puddles on the desert that was about 50% yellow
mud. They don't seem to mind and it doesn't seem to hurt them. The only
water I have had our horses consistently refuse is water from a creek that is
about 1/2 mile downstream from a state park sewage treatment plant, a creek
into which is released tertiary treated water. (I think that is the term ...
in other words, it is treated 3 times and considered safe enough to release
into a natural stream.) I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole, and even
our horses seem to avoid it. Flavor off, perhaps?
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