I’m teaching my horses something new, and it’s turned out to be a very handy trick.
It all began when it was cold, and I would carry out a bucket of warm water to mix into the water from my faucet at the barn. Siete would try to drink from the smaller bucket before I could pour it into the big one in the corral or pasture. She loved the warm water and would slurp down the whole thing. At first, it annoyed me to have to go back to the house to get more warm water, but then I realized that it was a great way to be sure that she was getting the water she needed. A horse needs to drink about 8 to 10 gallons of water a day, according to Tufts University's Vet School.
Now that the weather is flipping back and forth from cold to hot, I’m really concerned that the horses keep drinking enough so they won’t colic. These drastic temperature changes really can throw them off, especially Siete. So, I’ve been filling the small water bucket and offering it to her. “Drink water!” I tell my horse, and she does. Her mother was not so eager. So, I started to add the clicker and a treat to the command. Now, I have both horses lined up to drain the bucket.
“Drink water!” I tell Silk when I lock up her stall door every night. She knows what that means, and she goes to her bucket. It’s my new mantra.