Trivia Challenge: How Much Hay and Water Do Horses Need?

Just like humans, horses need a certain amount of food and water to stay healthy. Answer the questions below to see if you know what your horse needs. For more great information about horses, read H&R’s ‘The Ride’ newsletter. (Not getting it? Sign up below—it’s free!)

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1. Your horse will drink… 

A) 1 gallon of water daily. 

B) 5-10 gallons of water daily. 

C) 5 gallons of water weekly. 

2. How much hay does the average horse eat? 

A) About 12-15 pounds per day. 

B) About 10 pounds per week. 

C) Horses don’t need hay, they just like it. 

HOW’D YOU DO? (Answers below) 

1. B is correct. The average horse will intake 5-10 gallons of water daily, depending on the level of work they are doing. Water is essential to maintaining a horse’s health and they should have access to fresh water at all times. 

2. A is correct. An average 1,000-pound horse usually needs about 12-15 pounds of hay her day. The exact amount of hay needed to maintain a healthy horse is dependent on their weight, climate, and other food sources. 

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