Equestrian businesses must ensure there is ample fresh, clean water accessible at all times as water is the most important nutrient for horses. They require 2-3 times more water than food and it is an essential factor to digestion.
It is commonly known that horses water requirement can double in higher temperatures, but in low temperatures horses also require more water as there is no fresh grass. If temperatures drop to around 4 degrees Fahrenheit a horse requires more water than at moderate temperatures and will need 10 – 12 gallons per day.
If there is a limited supply of water horses will often reduce their food intake and lose condition and fall ill. If they don’t drop their food intake to balance the inadequate water supply their digestion can be impacted and horses can be susceptible to colic.
If the water quality is bad due to not being treated and containing harmful contaminants, or tastes bad which can be common in chlorinated water, horses will cut down their water intake. This will effect condition and health.
This is a guide to horses water requirements and can be dependent on circumstances, environment and diet.
Equestrian Water Requirements
Horses require approximately 25 -55 litres of water a day dependent on diet, weather and level of work.
Horses water isn’t the only requirement for water in equestrian businesses and 1 – 2 taps running at 20 psi / low pressure will use 45 litres of water a minute.
Agrismart helps equestrians cut costs, improve profitability and productivity.
Equestrian – We provide complete agricultural water solutions tailored to your needs, we’ll ensure you have the cheapest solution available for your equestrian businesses unique requirements.
Our aim is to identify equestrian businesses with high water requirements and present them with a solution that costs less than their annual water bill.
Providing free water for their business with an ROI in under 24 months.
Water Efficiency Grants
The ECA is a an environmental scheme which provides water efficiency grants of a 100 per cent first year allowance for water efficient technologies.
Water Management Specialists
Agrismart offer a complete water management solution tailored to your unique requirements. Our water management specialists offer a no obligation site survey to establish the best solution for your equestrian business.
Zero Energy Pumps – If you have a water supply on the farm it may be possible to offer a zero energy pumping system to eliminate or minimise the need for a mains water supply.
Rainwater harvesting – With an integrated pump system is another option available for those without a water source on their farm. Recycling rainwater that falls on your barns and outbuildings.
Water Treatment – Clean water is essential for disease prevention and for better meat production and breeding. Bacterial infection can build up in your water tanks and troughs and without filtration to purify the water supply your animals are at risk of disease or at least loss of condition.
Stormwater Management – We have a range of stormwater management solutions adapted to your needs to reliably remove harmful pollutants from stormwater runoff.