Winter Water for Horses
- January 10, 2016
- Lynn Kohr
Water is a concern in winter feeding. Chopping ice, plowing ways to water, thawing automatic waters, carrying buckets…ahh winter time.
What about good old eating snow?
When asked, Dr. Marshall Kohr, DVM, commented, “Although not optimal, eating snow can keep a horse alive through the winter. Eating snow does take more energy and it burns more calories than having an available water source, so additional calories should be available to these horses. Eating snow for their water source has increased risk of impaction colic due to dehydration.”
If your horse has only snow to eat, kick up the calories and either put out a lick tub high in fat or supplement with an easily digestible complete grain. Even in winter conditions and only snow to eat, your horse can stay fat and shiny.
About Lynn Kohr
I am a barrel and pole horse trainer, giving springtime barrel racing and pole bending clinics and workshops, competing in barrel racing and pole bending futurities while marketing our horses for sale. I am a Mom of 3: Sage, Cedar, and Stratton. And wife of...