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Contaminated Well Water Is Bad For Horses

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Horses and Other Livestock Deserve Good Water

Bad Well Water Affects Horse's Health

As a horse owner, you know that providing good quality drinking water is important for your horses.

But have you ever considered what happens when they drink contaminated well water?

Like humans, horses can become sick from drinking dirty or poorly filtered water. While this is less likely to happen than in humans due to their higher tolerance for bacteria and viruses, it can still happen – particularly if you don't filter bad well water or use a whole house filtration system.

And if it does happen, then your horse could develop colic (a painful condition caused by intestinal obstruction), diarrhea or digestive issues that affect its ability to absorb nutrients from food sources and maintain good health overall.

For those of you that show and raise show horses, bad well water can affect their coats resulting in dull, lifeless coast and loss of hair in patches.

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Bad Well Water Affects Horse's Coats and Health

Well Water Can Contain Animal Waste, Parasites & Other Contaminants

Well water is collected from underground sources (such as springs or aquifers).

It's usually full of minerals and other natural goodness that horses love to drink but it also has its drawbacks because it can contain animal waste, parasites and other contaminants.

Small amounts of contaminated water are unlikely to harm horses.

A horse's digestive system is capable of handling a wide variety of contaminants, including heavy metals and other toxins. In fact, they can drink up to 10% of their body weight in water every day without ill effects. In addition, horses are known for having high tolerance levels for most substances they ingest.

This means that it's unlikely that even large amounts of contaminated well water would cause immediate harm to your horse--but over time these contaminants could build up in his system and cause problems later on down the road.

Large amounts of contaminated water can lead to colic in horses.

Colic is a digestive disorder that can be caused by large amounts of contaminated water. It's defined as an obstruction of the intestine, which could lead to serious complications if left untreated.

If your horse suffers from colic, you'll want to get them help immediately--but don't panic! Your veterinarian will have plenty of experience treating this condition and knows how best to manage it so that your horse can recover quickly and safely.

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Dry, Brittle Horse Hair From Hard Well Water

Hard Water Dries Horse's Coats

Hard water contains minerals that can dry out a horse's coat. Dry, brittle coats are more likely to tear and break off. If a horse has a brittle coat, he or she is also more susceptible to skin infections. The best way for you to fix this problem is by using a whole house water filter to soften your well water.

Most folks run to buy a water softener when they have "hard water". Please do some research... water softeners can add levels of salt to your horse's and livestock's water that can make them sick!

Happy Horses With Healthy Coats

Protect Your Horse's Health - Provide Good Water

Water is an essential element in the life of your horse. It's necessary for survival, and it helps to regulate body temperature, remove waste from the body, control blood pressure and provide nutrients to the body. Water also lubricates joints and muscles so that they can move freely without pain or discomfort.

If you have horses on your property who are drinking contaminated well water (or any other source of contaminated water), then you need to take steps immediately in order to ensure that no further harm comes from this contamination--especially if there are children around who could be accidentally exposed by playing in puddles created by runoff from livestock areas or watering troughs where animals have been drinking.

You should always strive to provide your horses with good quality water.

This is because well water can contain animal waste, parasites and other contaminants that can cause colic in horses.

If you're concerned about the quality of your well water, give me a shout by email or check out my homemeade well water filter that will save you many, many thousands of dollars to fix ur water!

Check out my Facebook group for more info and to get answers to your questions about bad well water.

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