On average, horses drink 7-10 gallons of water a day and this remains as important in cold weather as it is in the summer because reduced water intake can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as the dreaded impaction colic.
Studies demonstrate that horses will drink more if provided access to heated water and that most water consumption happens within three hours of feeding. How can you use this information to your advantage? Refill buckets at feed time with warm water to maximize your horse’s water intake—especially in the winter when water is more likely to be freezing or close to freezing.
As always, if you have any questions or would like to learn more about preventing colic in your horse, your equine veterinarian remains your best source of information!
Brought to you by the AAEP Horse Owner Education Committee.
Anton (Tony) Anderson, DVM provides a more detailed set of instructions regarding horses and water intake in cold weather, such as advice to not warm water up too much and too fast if a horse is used to drinking it cold: Warm Water | AAEP