Water the Essence of Life

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 3, 2012 11:03

Robin Davis is a lifelong horse lover who founded of the Holistic Horse Care Cooperative (www.Holistic-Herd.com) and, alongside of her husband, is owner/operator of a holistic horsekeeping ranch in Northern Colorado called Mustang Hollow.  Robin loves to spend time with her horses any way she can.  Her current herd of six consists of 1 Mustang, 1 Warmblood, 1 OTTB, 1 Quarter horse, 1 Arabian and 1 Welsh cross.  Robin loves to trail ride, has competed in Dressage and has started and tuned up many horses using natural horsemanship methods.


This week our well pump motor died on us.  It quit working just as I had dumped all of the horse’s water tanks in an effort to clean them.  The horses are always helping me with this chore.  They really love to drink the coolest, cleanest water just as it hits the freshly cleaned tank. There I stood next to one of the tanks with one end of the hose and nothing coming out on a hot, dry, windy afternoon surrounded by curious eyes and lightly blowing noses as they anticipated their treat. 
In a short time the patient horses were all getting impatient about wanting water.  Kicking the tanks, chewing on the tanks and just generally fussing with one another about the lack of water.  It was not like they had been out of water for long, but they had been looking forward to that cool drink and now there was nothing and it was hot and windy.
We’ve been without running water for 2 full days now and it certainly helps a person appreciate just how important water is to all of us.  Our horses need good, clean water for survival just as surely as we do.  The water of our world is quickly becoming toxic with pharmaceuticals, mining contamination, and just general mismanagement.
To maintain wellness in our horses they need access to uncontaminated water.  Do you know where your horse’s water comes from?  Have you ever had your well water tested?  Pay attention to the amounts of each of the minerals, in particular selenium – which while an important nutrient can be toxic when our horses ingest too much.
The horses got water that afternoon after borrowing the neighbors water tank used to fill stock tanks.  At this writing we are still waiting for the water to be flowing through our house.  Oh how much I am appreciating whatever water I have available in my life right now. 

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