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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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salt in drinking water

Hi Dr. Getty:

I have another questionm its about sodium in drinking water for horses. Is a high count of sodium in water bad for horses or for that matter will they even drink it. I want to put water up to my barn, but the well water we are on is high in sodium, so we have a water treatment system in our home for it. But if we were to go directly from the well to the barn the water won't be treated, I look forward to your reply.....thanks again ,Debbie, Sandy & Becky........

Re: salt in drinking water

Hi Debbie,

The best thing you can do is have your well water analyzed. If the concentration of sodium chloride is more than 0.9%, then it is too high. If it is close to that, then you do not need to add salt to the diet. However, a plain salt lick is always a good idea to have around (not a sweetened one, or a mineralized one).

If the concentration of sodium chloride is above this level, you will have to offer filtered water to your horses.

You can pick up a water testing kit at most home supply places such as Home Depot or Lowes ( I don’t know if you have these stores in Nova Scotia).

Let me know what you find out.

Dr. Getty