Drinking Behavior of Horses: Six Facts About Water IntakeBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff
As horse owners, we know well the importance of providing horses with water. Consider these six facts about water the next time you’re scrubbing buckets or waiting for the trough to fill.
1. Not surprisingly, water consumption depends on body weight. Expect a Belgian to outdrink a Haflinger any day of the week. Oddly enough, though, horses of similar body weight and breed may have completely different, though normal, intakes. What’s normal, you ask? Idle horses in a moderate climate will drink 5-15 gallons (20-55 liters) of water daily.
2. Just because your old mare drank two buckets of water yesterday and the day before that doesn’t mean she’ll drink two today. Variations in water intake for individual horses may occur from day to day. Keep track of water consumption as best as you can, and alert a veterinarian if your horse seems to drink little or no water.
3. Without question, diet affects water consumption. Horses grazing lush pasture grasses, which are high in moisture content, will drink less water than those faced with a pile of hay. In fact, horses that consume all-hay diets drink more water than those fed mixed hay-grain diets.
4. Drinking doesn’t take up a lot of your horse’s day. Researchers calculated that well-fed mature horses spend only five or six minutes a day drinking water, though this is achieved in several visits to the water source.
5. Do foals drink water, or do their dams provide adequate fluid until weaning? If you’re a breeder, you’ve seen foals hit the waterer as early as a week old. In one study, one-month-old foals drank nearly a gallon of water in addition to more than four gallons of milk daily.
6. Depending on environmental conditions and work intensity, exercising horses may require more water than their sedentary peers, especially if they sweat. Horses that sweat daily should be given electrolytes to help replace mineral losses in sweat. Research-proven supplements like Restore SR and Race Recovery provide the best electrolyte therapy. Australian horse owners should consider two relevant products: Restore for electrolyte supplementation and Drink-Up for horses that are hesitant to drink.
Providing fresh, clean water to horses at all times remains a basic principle of horsemanship.
The cat is 'a real sweetheart.'
A kitten was in a bad situation in Alameda, CA — it had somehow ended up in the middle of a busy road. Cars were literally running over the animal, but so far the tires had missed him.
Fortunately, pet-store owner Cynthia Schorle saw what was happening and took quick action to rescue the feline, the East Bay Times reports. She had to stop traffic to scoop up the animal.
Schorle took him back to her business, called Alameda See Spot Run, and named him Winston.
She then worked with Hopalong and Second Chance Animal Rescue, which has a relationship with Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.
The kitten is now being looked after by Hopalong cat program manager Emily Shafer. If all goes well, she plans to adopt Winston.
Schorle told the East Bay Times: "He’s super-sassy, but he’s also a real sweetheart."
A family in Florida was left outraged this week after a group of animal welfare activists confronted them while they were fishing at a park in St. Petersburg. Bob Hope was fishing with his parents at Crescent Lake Park on Tuesday when the dispute with vegan activists began. Two videos of the incident, including one filmed by Hope’s mom and one filmed by the activists, were shared on social media this week.
Hope told ABC Action News that he and his family were fishing for dinner and had caught a tilapia when a young boy approached them and said, “You know fish feel pain, and you’re hurting that fish.” Moments later, a group of protesters, some wearing blue shirts that read “Animal liberation now,” appeared from around a corner, grabbed the fish and threw it back into the lake. The family was waiting for Hope’s brother to return to the lake with a bucket for the fish.
“We were suddenly ambushed and harrased by these nut jobs,” Hope wrote on Facebook. “They literally pushed my mothers leg and stole the fish and threw it into the water.” The protesters chanted, “It’s not food, it’s violence” and “Fish feel pain, just like us,” The group is a local chapter of the national animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, according to local news station WFLA.
Hope called the police after the activist threw the fish back into the lake. “That’s when I decided I didn’t want to return any sort of violence with violence,” Hope told ABC News. Police officers arrived as the activists were leaving the park, but the St. Petersburg Police Department said that the responding officer didn’t witness any disorderly conduct or criminal activity.
“Whether one agrees with the message or not, any group has a right to free speech in a public park,” police said. Hope told the Tampa Bay Times that the confrontation was harassment, not a protest. He also said that he and his family left the lake after the incident and fished in another location. “By the way, that fish was an invasive tilapia,” Hope said. “They’re destroying the ecosystem and killing our bass population.”
The activists who confronted Hope’s family were the same group of people who protested at a Chick-fil-A less than 10 miles from the lake earlier that day. The group entered the restaurant with fake knives and blood splatter and screamed at customers in protest of Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day special, which offered free entrees to customers who wore cow costumes.
Kayla Leaming, a spokeswoman for Direct Action Everywhere, told WFLA that the fish that Hope’s family caught at the lake was suffering. “If this animal was a dog or a cat, we would be labeled heroes, but because we saved a fish, everybody is trying to make us out to be monsters,” said Leaming.
Hancock County Animal Shelter employees are grateful for the donations of feed and supplies coming in to help care for 55 animals seized this week from a home on Dogpatch Rd.
"We've had a big outpouring of donations. We've gotten horse and rabbit feed, and the water bottles we needed," Sandie Hoetger said.
The cats, ducks, turkeys, goats, chickens, rabbits and pony all appear to be adjusting well to their new environment, as they continue to recover from malnutrition.
Animal Control officers worked into the early hours of Thursday morning to remove the sick and malnourished animals from Bonnie Heffron's property in the Kiln. Police said the 64-year-old was arrested and released on a $2,000 bond.
Officials said Heffron still has a chance to keep the animals by fighting for them in court.
Concerned neighbors fear Heffron has more animals inside her home, and in another location.
The people at the Hancock County Animal Shelter said they're here to help any more animals in need, and they're thankful for the community support.
"It's been just an outpouring of love from the residents of the county," Hoetger said.
If you want to donate to the Hancock County Animal Shelter, you can call them at 228-466-4516.
The positive news that a storefront petting zoo in Oklahoma City had permanently closed its doors was somewhat overshadowed by the upsetting revelation that the owner has plans to open a new location in Las Vegas; where he estimates it can generate upwards of $10,000 a day.
The compassionless owner of the now-defunt Neon Jungle OKC, Jeff Lowe, called it “entirely a business decision” in an article posted on newsok.com; citing lack of foot traffic at the Plaza Mayor location as the reason why he closed the operation that touted $25.00 play sessions and photographs with wild baby animals.
As reported by WAN last month, tiger, lemur and bear cubs were among the animals being exploited by the OKC location which received daily transfers of the vulnerable babies from the controversial Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (G. W. Zoo).
The questionable organization is known for breeding big-cat cubs which are tragically separated from their mothers at four weeks of age or younger to be used for photo ops or transferred to other shady exhibitors throughout the country.
PETA has requested for the USDA to investigate others zoos throughout the country that have reportedly acquired big neonatal cats from G. W. Zoo such as Special Memories Zoo in Greenville Wisconsin.
Among its many offenses, according to a previous article published in the Post-Crescent, a 2015 USDA inspection of Special Memories Zoo found rodent droppings surrounding animals food, empty water bowls, and soiled bedding. A 2014 inspection found a pile of feces about a foot wide and at least 6 inches tall inside a shelter for the animals.
As if the many parts of this story were not shady enough, after WAN’s further investigation, we also revealed that the Wynnewood Zoo was originally founded by big cat breeder “Joe Exotic” who is “currently a 2018 gubernatorial candidate for the state of Oklahoma following an unsuccessful 2016 bid for President of the United States.
As always, WAN discourages people from participating in or supporting any exploitation of animals for misguided entertainment purposes!