Importance of Clean and Fresh Water for Horses' Health and Hydration
Water is not only essential for hydration and overall health, but also for maintaining a healthy digestive system in horses. Water helps to lubricate food and move it through the gastrointestinal tract, preventing impaction and colic. Water also supports the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria in the hind-gut, which aid in digestion and nutrient absorption.
While water troughs are a convenient source of water for horses, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential hazards associated with stagnant water, especially when multiple horses share the same trough. Harmful bacteria, algae, and other contaminants can easily build up in the water, negatively impacting its quality and taste, and posing a significant health risk to your horse.
It is vital to regularly clean and disinfect your horse’s drinking water trough to ensure the water is clean and safe for consumption, especially as diseases like Streptococcus Equi can remain active in water and moist areas for up to six weeks. When several horses share the same trough, the risk of cross-contamination significantly increases, making it even more important to take appropriate measures to keep the water clean and safe.
Instructions for Cleaning Horse Drinking Troughs
Regular cleaning and disinfection of your horse’s drinking water trough is crucial in preventing the accumulation of harmful contaminants such as algae and bacteria. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the number of horses drinking from it, the temperature and the position of your troughs (i.e. in direct sunlight or shade).
Instructions for Treating Horse Drinking Trough Water
After cleaning and disinfecting the horse drinking trough, add EndoSan 8 water treatment. This will enhance the quality of water provided to your horses and prevent the spread of water-borne pathogens and contaminants. Our experts can recommend the most effective solution for your specific needs and help you maintain a clean and healthy water source for your horses. If you have a self-filling trough, contact us to discuss installing continuous dosing equipment to ensure your horses stay healthy.
The Benefits of Disinfecting Horse Troughs With EndoSan Water Treatment
- Odor-free and colorless: Stabilized hydrogen peroxide is perfect for keeping your horse’s water troughs clean and clear of contaminants and it adds no detectable odor or color to the treated water.
- Prevents cross-contamination between horses: When multiple horses share the same water trough, harmful micro-organisms, including Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptosporidium, Aspergillus Brasiliensis, Candida Albicans, Enterococcus Hirae, and Streptococcus Equi (the bacterium that causes strangles), can easily spread, increasing the risk of illness. By using a water treatment product that effectively eliminates these bacteria, parasites, fungi, and algae, you can reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination and ensure each horse has access to clean and safe water.
- Targets a broad range of micro-organisms: EndoSan stabilized hydrogen peroxide is a powerful water treatment solution that effectively combats a wide range of harmful micro-organisms, including Staphylococcus Aureus, Proteus Vulgaris, Salmonella, E. coli, Aspergillus Brasiliensis, Candida Albicans, and Enterococcus Hirae. By using this product in your horse’s water source, you can be confident that the water is free from potentially dangerous contaminants and help promote the overall health and well-being of your horse.
- Increases the oxygenation of the water for your horse: The addition of stabilized hydrogen peroxide promotes better hydration by increasing oxygen levels in the water.
- Leaves no residue: Unlike traditional chemicals, stabilized hydrogen peroxide is completely biodegradable, degrading into only water and oxygen with no disinfection by-products that are harmful to your horse or the environment.
- Reduces chlorine taste and odor: Stabilized hydrogen peroxide helps neutralize the presence of chlorine, improving the taste and smell of the water for your horse.
- Prevents disease: By removing harmful bacteria and parasites, stabilized hydrogen peroxide helps prevent cross-contamination and the spread of disease, keeping your horses healthy.
- Maintains water quality: The addition of stabilized hydrogen peroxide helps maintain water quality by preventing the growth of harmful contaminants, providing your horse with cleaner water to drink.
- Reduces algae growth: Stabilized hydrogen peroxide helps reduce the growth of algae in stagnant water, keeping the water clean and clear for your horse.
- Promotes hydration: Cleaner and clearer water, has been seen to encourage horses to drink more, promoting hydration, improving digestion, gut health and overall health.
- Cost-effective solution: Using stabilized hydrogen peroxide to maintain water quality is a cost effective alternative to traditional chemical treatments.
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