Reduced water intake
Reduced water intake can cause multiple issues during the winter season. From frozen water troughs and horses not liking ice cold water, getting your horse to drink water is somewhat of a challenge. A horse drinks on average 10-12 gallons of water daily and when this is reduced this can lead to the horse reducing its feed intake and subsequently reduce its energy intake required to maintain their core body temperature.
Increased intake of hay or haylage rather than grass, requires more water intake, therefore, the effects of reduced water intake due to cold temperatures can be further amplified. Kwikbeet can support your horses’ intake of both fibre and water.
You can provide extra fibre and moisture through feeding a small amount of soaked. Kwikbeet with each meal. Kwikbeet is a quick-soaking, unmolassed sugar beet which is low in sugar yet high in fibre. Ready to feed in 10 minutes, it doesn’t require long periods of soaking. If you have automatic waterers, it can be hard to monitor exactly how much water your horse is drinking so it may also be beneficial to offer fresh, luke-warm water regularly and make up a very sloppy bowl of soaked Kwikbeet.
Hydration is also helpful in preventing winter weather colic in horses. There is evidence of a connection between reduced water intake and impaction colic in horses. The majority of impaction colics are caused by reduced movement of the large intestine - being stabled due to bad weather causes a reduction in exercise, and this in turn can reduce motility within the colon and caecum.
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