After some time spent googling for advice and tips about how to encourage your horse to drink, I came across the Horse Quencher website.
I am so pleased I took the plunge and ordered some apple Quencher. Lu Lou drank a full bucket at home and licked it clean before we offered it to her at a Horse Trials event the other weekend. Again, she drank the entire bucket!
Yesterday, my daughter Sophie and Lu Lou were competing at Warwick Hall Horse Trials and it was an absolute scorcher of a day reaching over 30 degrees! We washed Lu Lou down several times after each phase in the ODE to try and keep her cool. Again, your Horse Quencher product worked its magic and Lu Lou drank readily throughout the whole day (something that would never happen with offerings of plain water) giving us peace of mind that she would remain sufficiently hydrated during the event.
I am so pleased to have found your product and was spreading the HQ word amongst horsey friends at the Horse Trials yesterday.
… Horse Quencher is so beneficial for every type of horse and is therefore not just for top level competition horses … you don’t need to be Scott Brash to warrant buying Horse Quencher for your horse!
Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t ’do’ extras and gimmicks, but Elaphine Murphy, owned and bred by Sally Fuller Lewis, refuses to drink whilst on the horse box. I have known Murphy since he was an ’egg’ (!) and he has never drunk when away. I have resorted to taking apples with me so that he just gets something. We competed in the newly introduced Mountain and Moorland WHP classes at the Suffolk County Show 2010 and in the sweltering heat we won our class and went Champion! Back at the lorry Murphy, as usual, wouldn’t drink and I had forgotten to take any apples. I had been given a sachet of Horse Quencher which had sat at the bottom of the cupboard for ages and felt this was the moment to try it, although with very little expectation. However, Murphy lapped at the water like a dog and then proceeded to drink half a bucket!! We all stood very still in case we put him off! But he was well away and 10 minutes later drank another half a bucket! I was then fighting the dog, Ugly, off the water as well! So I didn’t have to go home straight home or try and find an apple stall at the show! I will never go to a show now without a tub of Horse Quencher on the lorry and Murphy will be able to cope with the heat, although I may still take some apples if he is going to win!
Excited and stressed horses do not usually choose to drink; as a veterinary surgeon and rider I usually find that this is when their fluid needs are at their highest, i.e., after strenuous exercise such as hunting or eventing; during long work such as endurance or long pleasure rides; after surgery, either under sedation or general anesthetic; during and after recovery from colic of almost all causes; during any management change i.e., staying at shows or sales; low grade exercise in extremely hot weather.
Encouraging drinking during these periods can be frustrating and failure to achieve reasonable hydration status during periods of increased need can have severe health consequences.
I was introduced to Horse Quencher by endurance rider Lucinda Stapleton as a product that could truly “make horses drink! I personally use it for my hunters before the long journey home, they would always refuse fluid before and then drink huge quantities at home; all surgical patients are introduced to it before surgery so that they will actively drink afterwards reducing the “bunging” effect of surgery as fluid intake increases gut motility; for colic patients especially those with colonic impactions where one of the classic problems is their refusal to drink.
This product can truly help in those situations where horses need fluid but for whatever reason will not drink.
My pony Minnie absolutely loves Horse Quencher! She makes some very funny noises and gets her nose all wet and then gets me wet too. Some of the Pony Club shows we have been too this year have been very hot and my mum and I have not had to worry that Minnie has not drunk enough and then suffers from dehydration. I have used it at Pony Club camp too – Minnie doesn’t like the new routine and strange water and usually stops drinking. This year she drank masses thanks to Horse Quencher. All my friends now have their ponies on Horse Quencher too. They all fight to get to the same bucket! It is our lucky mascot.
I look after a couple of Eventers as well as keeping our own two hairy munchkin natives at home and with the freezing weather, I had been paying extra special attention to the TBs – ensuring they were suited and booted on turnout, fed more succulents, cut back on the whizzy hard feed and of course, I fed the ponies extra hay, knowing they would need the fibre and the extra grub for warmth, obsessively cleared frozen troughs and carted buckets of warm water from the house – and made sure everyone had even more than their usual winter succulents with hard feed. Then just last week our adored native pony, Hopi, had an impaction colic. This is a pony who is never sick or sorry and in fourteen years has not once been under the weather. Hopi showed text book signs of colic and I called the vet. Over the next 24 hours I had to have two visits, two lots of stomach tubing and mega pain killers – poor pony suffered much indignity. I honestly thought I was going to have to say goodbye to him. I believed I had been such a good horse owner, doing all the right things in the frozen weather. When I said this to the vet, he reiterated how important it was to keep him hydrated, that this was classic cold weather colic brought on by a change in feed, no grass, lack of fluid. By day two Hopi was perky and eating bran ’soup’ but it was snowing again, the yard thermometer registered -5 and I was completely paranoid we’d be back at square one within the night. So I tried everything I could think of to get him to drink more: warm water sugared water, molassed water, honey in warm water, apple juice, organic apple juice from the farm shop ….. nope, pony wouldn’t drink more than a few sips. I texted my friend Sandy Thwaites who told me about Horse Quencher so I checked the website and as soon as I could get the car out I went to our local feedstore* to buy a tub. In spite of my husband telling me it was just another whacky horse product and wouldn’t work, waste of money, some silly alternative blah blah blah. I wasn’t honestly convinced myself, but thought I’d just have to give it a go and, well, what the heck, the pony might at least take a few inquisitive sips. Lucinda, I could not believe my eyes. I went out to Hopi with my half a bucket, mixed as advised, and that pony stuck his nose in and downed the lot (then played with all the bits at the bottom and dribbled them all over my jacket. I’m sure he was smiling.) I was gobsmacked. Sandy will tell you – I rang her from the field screeching with excitement, lost for words and my husband? He had to eat his proverbial hat! Maybe you should do some serious ads while this weather is giving us such grief – especially following the H&H piece about these colics. Our pony was lucky but I wouldn’t wish our 24 hour anguish on anyone. I don’t know what else I can say but ’wow’ and thank you…. and if any of the above rambling is of use, I’d be more than happy for you to make of my words what you may.
Thank you for your e-mail and I must apologise that it’s taken me so long to give you feedback on Horse Quencher… I can honestly say that it is the best product that I have ever bought!!
On the day that we received your prompt delivery, I read your clear instructions and went into town and bought a bright yellow bucket. I must admit that I was a bit cynical at first because Jack never ever drinks when you hold a bucket up to him and he very rarely drank at competitions, so I thought that this would be another product that would probably just sit in a cupboard. How so wrong I was!! We tried it first at home and within minutes, Jack drank a whole bucket of water and wanted more!! My daughter and I were totally gobsmacked!! Horse Quencher and Jack’s yellow bucket come with us to every single competition now and it has made such a difference to his performance. He just loves Horse Quencher and it also gives me peace of mind knowing that he is not dehydrated. Horse Quencher really is a truly amazing product and I cannot thank you enough. I have certainly been recommending it to all my horsey friends!!
My 18 year old mare has always been a poor drinker when away from the stable. We ride year round and have some of the best rides anyone could ask to ride. Our rides are usually 3 to 5 hours. During these my mare rarely drinks from the streams and returning to my trailer, she rarely drinks from the water offered (even though it is from home). As soon as she gets home, she drinks plenty thank goodness. I skeptically tried Horse Quencher just to see if it would work for me when we are away. Lo and behold my mare drinks and drinks down to the last drop. We rode at Pinecliffs yesterday (see my winter picture). It’s a ride that runs along the beach and into beautifully wooded trails. For a coastal trail, it feels like the mountains. It was close to 90 degrees and humid…lot’s of fluid lost. Before we left for our ride and after we finished our ride Amber drank like never before…6+ gallons at least. She loves Horse Quencher and it’s a special treat for her. She has had laminitis in the past and is on an extremely limited sugar intake from all sources. That water with Horse Quencher is just what she wants at the end of a nice ride and vet approved.
Horse Quencher has had an amazing response with our pony. Captain is now drinking in his stable, much to our relief. Captain is recovering from three successive stomach impactions which have occurred over the last two months and getting him to drink has been impossible, the only way to keep him hydrated was with tubing by the vet. No matter what we and our vets tried to tempt him to drink, nothing worked – until Horse Quencher water came towards his stable and with much excitement by both pony and owner, yes, he was mighty keen for a drink. That first night he drank a good half bucket and it didn’t take much persuasion for him to begin to drink again. He now drinks a bucket a night and sometimes a bit more. I have also noticed that over the last 3-4 days he is drinking more and taking a ‘glug’ from water tanks in the fields, I feel Horse Quencher is helping with this and maybe teaching him to drink, or feel the need to drink, again.
Another interesting note, the pony in the stable next to Captain, is forty years young and only drinks out in the field. Passing his stable with Horse Quencher he was desperate to have a taste! He guzzled what was on offer and sure liked the treat at the bottom!
“The use of Horse Quencher is the reason why Captain started to drink. He still does not drink the tap water in his bucket which is still on offer.
“I hope this product can help other horses to recover and prevent illness, it is another tool to try, we had run out of ideas. I am so glad my daughter typed into Google – ‘How to make horses drink.’
Wow!!! What service! I am here in Italy looking for something to stimulate my horses drinking when we travel. I am travelling with three horses from Italy to Hawaii where I will be living, a very long journey. I don’t want any problems with my horses not wanting to drink and need them to keep hydrated so I am ordering this to test first and then bring with me on our trip. I have never travelled with these horses so I do not know if they have had prior drinking problems before but I don’t want any complications due to dehydration so I am preparing myself and my babies! Anyhow I yahoo’d a search of flavoured horse water for ideas and yours came up.
OMG! Thirst Quencher is incredible! My boy’s are fighting over it and almost eating the bucket when it’s gone! We tried the apple and will try the mint tomorrow. Just like your video the noises they make sucking that treat up is incredible. I better watch out cause they might boycott the plain water now! Great product, thanks for creating this for our beloved horses.
I had my Parelli instructor over yesterday and gave her some peppermint and apple horse quencher to try. She had mentioned that one of her horses refused to drink when travelling. I told her watch out because they will boycott regular water after they have the UK Horse Quencher champagne! She was enthusiastic to try it and thought it was a wonderful idea. My boys are running now toward me with the “green bucket” hoping for more champagne! Geez!!!! I can’t use the green bucket for nothing else now! The eyes are burning holes in my back when I even touch the thing!
I think it would be a great product for Parelli (and all natural horsemanship) enthusiasts as it’s natural and very beneficial. I am CERTAIN that once they see how effective it is they will want to use it there as well. They have many horses coming in and out of that center (UK) as well as the one in Florida and Colorado. Anyhow, yes, I authorize you to use my name and remarks on your website.
Thanks again for a great product. 🙂 Here is my littlest boy a miniature called Ceilo. He almost sleeps in bed with me but I think I might be divorced so he stays in the barn :(.
I am so impressed, in fact everyone in the family is too.
I have two horses, both Thoroughbreds, which I have raced in Point-To-Points.
Max is 14yrs old and drinks very little in the stable even after adding electrolytes to feeds. He has suffered in the past with tying up and I feel that being dehydrated is a big cause of the problem.
The other horse Gappy is 18yrs old and although he still behaves like a 3yr old, after doing pinch tests on him over the last week his skin is taking too long to return to normal.
Our order arrived safely Monday morning and about an hour later both Thoroughbreds had drank a full bucket of water. It took a little while for them to take it as they watched me putting the Horse Quencher in and both looked at me as if I was trying to poison them. They are so funny!
I re-filled the buckets adding a bit more Horse Quencher and I scooped a little into my hand and offered it to them, as they took it I lowered my hand just under the water as they tried to eat it and now they know there is a treat at the bottom they regularly drink at least a quarter of a bucket after their morning feed, half a bucket after exercise and then at lunchtime they are both emptying a full bucket by early evening. We then refill for the night and I always check them after 10pm and now have to refill the buckets as they have had at least half or three-quarters of a bucket. When I go out in the morning at 6.30am to give breakfast the buckets are almost empty.
Before I purchased Horse Quencher 1 bucket of water would either be hardly touched or last ALL day for either horse and now they just can’t get enough and it has only been 3 DAYS since Horse Quencher arrived at our house and I am so pleased with your product. Not only are they drinking good amounts of water at home, their skin is looking and feeling so much better and the old boy is even livelier than ever. I shall certainly be a regular customer as when the Point-To-Point season starts I will be changing their feeds for the appropriate work they will be doing and I hope next season we won’t have any tying-up issues. I must also add that I noticed the label on the packaging (packed by people with disabilities) and I think its brilliant that a company supports people like them and it’s a pity there aren’t more companies like it.
Thanks for a happy Horse Quenching future!
I bought Horse Quencher as we have had a bad colic this week which we suspect is due to lack of water with the cold weather. My horse Bramwell (Firehoje’s Calgary) is not a water guzzler but in 4 years it has not been a problem. I really do think you should be twittering and face booking to spread the message. I gave him a big cupful in a bucket of warm water and left it for about 1 hour before offering it to him – he drank a whole bucketful. I have never seen him do that before!
I am now adding some to his evening water and he drinks straight away – so it looks good.
The problem is convincing the yard managers to use it when I’m not there. If you have not had this problem it is so easy to dismiss it. After all they only call the vet, they don’t spend the nights up nor pay the vet bills. I also used it on a couple of hot days at shows because he never drinks enough – in my opinion, he clearly thinks differently. I am very pleased to be using this product as part of keeping him hydrated and even colder weather is forecast. You must shout out as loudly as you can in your marketing – because this is about horse welfare!
Wow, wow, wow!!
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing today!!
The Horse Quencher got here so I thought I’d prepare a bucket for when I got home from a XC training session! But when I turned my back, Toby had drunk it all!
My trainer told me about your product.
One of their old horses wouldn’t drink after a competition so they bought your product and said they couldn’t believe how the horse drank the water…not only drank but wanted every last drop out of the bucket.
My horse Toby is not a big drinker. He won’t drink after a competition or training even when we go XC in the sun….so I always put water in a feed and wet his hay.
So I thought it would be a good idea to try your product.
We use Horse Quencher when new horses arrive at the farm from trainers for rehabilitation or holidays. Horses that go to the sales to be sold, or those who are purchased from the sales, may spend time at the farm. We use Horse Quencher when horses have undergone surgery and return to us from hospital. At these times the horses can be unsettled for a few days, often going off their food and water. Horse Quencher has been excellent in helping to reduce the risk of impaction colic, a very costly and distressing condition. Horse Quencher is easy to prepare and the sachets are handy for using when travelling for one or two horses. The larger jars work out more economical for the larger yards with more horses. The hydration of horses when travelling can be overlooked and Horse Quencher will assist those who reduce their fluid intake while being transported nationally and internationally. In a nutshell Horse Quencher has helped whenever the horses have a change of routine, or environment, when moving from trainers to the farm, for pre