You Can Lead a Horse to Water

Credit: David Stoecklein

The average horse needs about 10 gallons of water a day (a gallon for every 100 pounds) to stay hydrated and healthy. How do you keep your horse’s tank clean and clear? And what if you get to a horse show, or your horse is settling into a new home, and he turns his nose up at the water in his bucket or tank? Sometimes, you can make water more palatable by adding flavoring (like Jell-O or apple juice). But you want to be sure that the water he’s drinking is clean and palatable so he’ll drink plenty.

Dr. Laird Laurence, a Texas veterinarian, developed a product called Krystal Trough, which contains harmless, natural microbes and enzymes that help remove algae, organic contaminants, ammonia, and nitrates from trough water. One packet will treat from 10 to 500 gallons of water. For more information, visit

What did you think of this article?

Thank you for your feedback!