Water Intake and Electrolyte Supplementation for Horses

Horses December 23, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Of the five basic nutrient groups - protein, carbohydrates and fats (energy sources), water, minerals and vitamins - water is the most essential to your horse.


Research has clearly shown that horses deprived of water for three to four days will not consume feed. A minor reduction in water intake or an increase in sweat loss will eventually cause dehydration, which can result in decreased performance, shock and possibly death.

This publication will clarify the water requirements of horses and provide guidelines for effective electrolyte supplementation.

Water Intake and Electrolyte Supplementation

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.