The Major Health Benefits of an Automatic Horse Waterer in Your Barn

The Major Health Benefits of an Automatic Horse Waterer in Your Barn

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that one of the biggest influences on your horse’s overall health is water. Your horse needs consistent, easy access to clean water to maintain proper hydration and stay healthy. One of the best ways to do this is to use an automatic horse waterer in every stall in your barn. 

Gone are the days of manual water filling, dirty water, and the risk of dehydration. With an innovative solution like an automatic horse waterer, you can ensure your horse stays hydrated, happy, and healthy.  

4 Health Advantages of an Automatic Horse Waterer

Your horse stays properly hydrated.

When maintaining your horse’s hydration, you want to ensure they have access to fresh water at all times. That is where an automatic horse waterer can make a world of difference. 

An automatic waterer revolutionizes your horse's hydration routine by providing a constant supply of fresh water without manual refills. This helps eliminate the concern about proper hydration since they can access a continuous supply of water even when you are not around. 

Some systems use a lever your horse pushes with their nose and others use water float valves to maintain water levels.

Cascada is the first and only automatic waterer to be equipped with ultrasonic sensor technology that detects the water level. When the level gets low, Cascada will fill the water to an appropriate level that allows your horse to take long, deep drinks.

Hydration is particularly important during periods of hot weather or high physical activity. So when you are busy with other barn activities, an automatic horse waterer will take water refill off your chore list and keep your horse hydrated.

Your horse has access to clean water.

Just as important as hydration is to your horse’s health, so is the cleanliness of your horse’s water. 

A horse can drink upwards of 18 gallons a day depending on the temperature and activity level. If your horse’s water source is contaminated with dirty water, they will be exposed to a variety of diseases and possibly drink less than they need.

A few common diseases from dirty water are:

  • Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) – PHF is caused by horses drinking water infected with aquatic insects (like mayflies) carrying the disease.
  • Cryptosporidiosis (crypto) – Crypto is a parasite that infects horses when they consume manure-contaminated food or water.
  • Heat stress – When a horse does not consume enough water, it is difficult for them to cool down, which causes issues with muscle stiffness, lethargy, and high internal temperatures.
  • Salmonellosis – Salmonella bacteria contaminate a horse’s food or water, causing a bacterial infection of the intestines.
  • Colic - Dehydration can lead to a potentially fatal impaction of feed material in the digestive tract.

The best way to prevent your horse from contracting one of these diseases or others is to provide a clean water source.

Automatic horse waterers can improve the cleanliness of drinking water by providing fresh water constantly, rather than having large quantities of water sitting out in a trough.

By using an automatic waterer, you can reduce your labor while also reducing the risk of water contamination. This ensures that your horse drinks clean water, free from algae, debris, and harmful bacteria.

The caveat is that automatic horse waterers with integrated water vessels will need regular cleaning to prevent bacteria contamination. This can be challenging due to the design of most automatic waterers.

To make cleaning easier, you may prefer to use an automatic waterer without an integrated vessel, the Cascada Waterer uses a simple water bucket. The bucket is easily removed and cleaned or swapped out with a new water bucket as often as you need. 

Horses rely on their owners to provide them with a continuous supply of clean water. An automatic horse waterer eliminates the stress of clean water access, allowing you to protect your horse’s health.

You support your horse’s overall health.

A horse’s well-being is linked to many aspects of hydration, including energy levels, immune function, mental clarity, digestion, temperature regulation, joint lubrication, and waste elimination.

Properly hydrated horses have the energy to perform at their best, a strong immune system to ward off illnesses, and a clear mind for learning and training. 

Water also breaks down food, aids in the absorption of nutrients, and keeps the digestive tract working. By giving your horse access to consistent hydration, an automatic waterer promotes optimal digestion and reduces risks of digestive issues, like colic.

Adequate hydration is also essential for maintaining a healthy coat and skin in horses. When horses are well-hydrated, their skin remains supple and elastic, and their coat appears glossy and vibrant. 

An automatic waterer is crucial in promoting these health benefits by encouraging proper water drinking habits and ensuring sufficient water intake.

You monitor your horse’s daily water intake. 

The amount of water your horse consumes every day can tell you a lot about their health. If their water intake increases or decreases, it can be a sign of serious health issues, from kidney problems to dehydration. 

Most modern automatic horse waterers are not equipped with monitoring features that track how much water your horse is consuming. 

The Cascada Waterer uses an app designed with monitoring features and alerts you if your horse’s water consumption decreases. So whether you are at the barn or the feed store, you are always aware of your horse’s water intake.

Because of the innovative hydration tracking app, the Cascada automatic waterer gives you the benefit of real-time information to detect potential health issues early. 

An automatic horse waterer designed for your horse

You can be proactive about your horse’s health and hydration with a Cascada Waterer

The Cascada Waterer will deliver clean water to your horse daily, providing you with a reliable system in your barn to take care of your horse’s water needs. By connecting the waterer directly to your water line, you will know the water delivered is always clean.

Additionally, the Cascada eliminates the need for an integrated water vessel by using a simple water bucket that connects to the waterer. You will no longer have to worry about your horse's water consumption as they learn to drink from a different vessel and can instead continue to use the water bucket they are already comfortable with. 

Revolutionize your horse's hydration routine with the many health benefits of an automatic horse waterer and give them the gift of constant access to clean, fresh water. 

Contact us today to learn more about the Cascada Waterer and let us help keep your horses happily hydrated.