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Handy hints horse drinking
Studies have shown that horses prefer to drink cool (not cold) water from
the ‘hose end’ or preferably luke-warm water after exercise. Many trainers
condition horses to drink molasses water or weak rehydration fluids after
exercise each day. One cheap and highly effective way of rehydrating a horse
after daily exercise, travelling or after a race or competition, is to provide 5
litres of luke-warm water containing 50 g (2 ½ tablespoonsful) of plain, fine
table salt (it dissolves quickly) and 50 g glucose or dextrose (glucose makes
it sweet and acceptable) to ensure its palatability. Horses can be conditioned
to drink the warm, isotonic saline water after each training session by offering
it in the wash bay in a small tub or bowl/dish. After a couple of days they will
begin to drink the fluid and become ‘hooked’ on it and look for the drink after
work. It is an easy, effective way of rehydrating a horse within 5-10 minutes
after training, or following competition before the return trip to home stables.
To avoid gastric irritation when administering electrolyte and vitamin pastes to
your horse during, or soon after, heavy sweating exercise, ensure the horse
has access to clean, preferably luke-warm water. If water is not available,
delay administering the paste until the horse has access to drinking water.
Keeping Flies Away When
Riding Your Horse
Fly problemsA sweaty, warm horse on a still sunny day will often
attract hordes of small house flies (Musca domestica)
which can be annoying, distract the horse and get under
the rim of your helmet and around your eyes when riding.
Smearing on a combined sunscreen and fly repellent cream
before you ride can help keep them away from your own face and
arms, but they can still annoy your horse! There is a simple remedy.
Flies on horsesApply a long acting oily fly repellant preparation, such as Vetsense
Flygon® in no-noise pump pack, to key areas of your horse after
saddling up. Apply one small squirt to each elbow, each hock, under
the front of the chest, and two larger squirts to a tissue and carefully
wipe over the forelock, forehead and down the mane. And lastly,
apply some to the end brush of the tail - simply gather the end hairs
of the tail up as a bundle and apply 3 squirts of the repellant! Spraying your horse

As thehorse works, he will swish his tail around to the areas where flies
are landing or annoying him and apply the repellant to the hair
himself. It remains for up to 2 days, even on a wet horse in
a paddock. It is slightly oily so as to extend its action,
so it can stain rugs a little and attract dust, but the oily
Carry a Wet Sponge When Riding
Sponging your horseIf you are riding your horse on a hot afternoon and you will be away
from water in a trough or creek for 30 minutes or more, carry a saturated
car wash size sponge in a plastic bag attached to your saddle. If you decide
to dismount and have a rest, you can sponge your horse or pony over his
neck, topline, flanks and his under belly with the wet saturated sponge. Sponge on saddle
If you continue riding him within a few minutes, you will not need to scrape him off
as the water in the coat will evaporate once air flow starts again as you ride. If
you are not continuing for a while, choose a shady spot, sponge him over and
wipe the excess ‘warm’ water off with your hands to allow him to sweat. Event
riders apply cold water to the lower part of the neck (jugular vein), the under
belly and inside the front and rear legs where major arteries/veins pass to
assist cooling. Some endurance riders sponge the neck and shoulders of their
horses to help cool them as they ride, but you must be very careful of your
own safety if you try to sponge your horse when riding,
as some horses might ‘