Cold weather, horses and dehydration


Been noticing that a lot of horse poo that I have seen lately seems rather firm. Not that I spend a lot of time looking at horse poo.

Considering that it has been cold and wet recently, this may or may not be a surprise to some. The grass has stopped growing and horses are relying on hay to obtain the roughage they need. But that means that they should also be drinking more to supplement their fluids.

Not normally a great concern, but something to keep an eye on, as you don’t want your horses to colic. Especially with some of the more mature horses that could already be struggling a bit. You may need to find a way to add some water to their food.

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I ride horses and compete in Dressage, Showjumping and Eventing or Horse Trials. I also own and run an Equestrian property to the East of Melbourne, Australia. In my spare time I run a couple of websites including and To afford all this I work a full time job, so the definition of spare time is usually after dark. Sleep is over rated ;-) In my Blogs I try to tell what I am doing with the horses, give some updates with regards to the equestrian events I am attending and any relevant news about horse health and performance. I also give reviews on any new products I get my hands on related to my horsey activities If yuo want to buy or sell horses or anything equestrian related try

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