Water and hydration

Best practice

Fresh, clean water available at all times.  Horses will consume up to ten gallons per day per horse.  They drink a lot of water at a time, a few times a day.

Needs intervention

Cold and wind may create a skim of ice on otherwise acceptable water sources.  Submersible tank heaters will keep water suitable for drinking in winter.

Immediate jeopardy

Horses need access to at least 10 gallons per day per horse of fresh water at moderate temperatures.  they do not eat snow as a way of hydrating.