Horses drinking out of pond, okay?

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  1. morgan21

    morgan21 Senior Member+

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    Well today I saw Morgan drinking from the pond in her pasture. I didn't know she was drinking the water and it isn't very fresh. Because of all the snow and rain we are having the pond has risen but it is quite muddy and dirty. I can't believe she would drink it. Is there some type of fish that I can put in the pond to help keep it clean? Is it okay for the horses to drink it? They have a trough and I just filled it yesterday. Should I be concerned that she is drinking the pond water. I watched her go to the edge and drink it and she didn't seem to sink, but like I said it is extremely muddy here. During the summer the pond was dried up. But with rain and everything it has produced itself again. Any suggestions? I thought about just runing fence around it so they couldn't even get to it, that is if it is bad for them to drink it. If not then I'll just leave it. Someone had told me once there was something you should vaccinate for if you had a pond and now I can't think of it, any ideas. Oh well, any info would be great and stuff. Thanks.
     






  2. horsegent

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    Horses should always have clean fresh water and my preference is to fence ponds off so they can't drink from them.

    Risks from pond drinking include: toxidy from: blue-green algae, nitrate or other crop/land run off other bacterial organisms
     
  3. jreed

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    that's true about what horsegent/thomas said... but at the same time, so long as they have constant access to clean, fresh water horses generally will not drink water that is bad for them (i'm refering to toxicosis from algae). If your pond dries up in the summer you shouldn't have a high risk of bacterial organisms as you would if it was standing still year 'round...

    I'm not sure about exact fish species, but having a few ducks around will help control the algae problem as well as your misquito/fly problem... I know of a trainer that put feeder goldfish in his really big watering troughs to keep the insects down as well as algae (out in his large pastures) but i'm not sure that i'd do that...

    and i think that the vaccination you were told of is potomac... but it's not from drinking from the pond- if i'm not mistaken i believe that potomac is vector based (spread via insects) and ponds/creeks increase the number of insects, thus increasing your animal's risk
     
  4. Shotgun93

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    Horses are more resiliant then we give them credit for. If the water was bad, she wouldn't drink it. How do you think wild horses and free range horses drink? LOL!

    The things that you do have to worry about are horses getting stuck in the mud and insects. Fish will help keep the algae down, but you have to make sure that you have provided a good environment for them too. Too much algae will choke the fish out.
     
  5. morgan21

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    I don't think there are many insects due to the cold weather. And she didn't have a problem with the mud when I was watching. I think she has done it before cus she knew how to stand at the edge and stretch her neck.
     
  6. Shotgun93

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    Well, I meant the insects more in the summer time. Horses can loose shoes and pull muscles in the mud, that's what you have to watch for.
    But, as far as unhealthy, if it has a lot of mud and is murkey, then it is being stirred around fairly well. If the pond was stagnant and had a lot of bacteria and other things in it and she has another fresh water source, then she wouldn't drink out of it. Horses are very picky about their water and if something was wrong with it, then she would stay away from it.

    horses usually only drink out of stagnant water sources when there is no other source available.
     
  7. Love_Angelina

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    Well just think of what horses in the wild drink. They don't always have fresh, clean water, and they drink from ponds. When you go on trail rides (if you ever do, I donno) horses drink from puddles or ponds all the time. I personally don't think it will hurt her. But that's just me.
     






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