May’s Top Tip comes from Kristi Shupe, DVM, with Rocky River Large Animal Veterinary Clinic


Keep the water flowing …

Did you know that the average sedentary horse in a thermoneutral environment will need around 25 liters of water?  This can increase to as much as 72 -92 liters if the horse is exercising in a hot environment and losing fluids due to sweat.  In order to facilitate adequate consumption, provide access to cool clean water (45°-65°F optimum) and a salt block or lose salt in feed.  A good rule of thumb for water temperature, if you would not drink it hot or covered in algae neither will the horse!