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Equine Care - Effects of Chlorinated Water

Many horses live in urban areas, with urban water supplies. Some stables give horses water they will not allow people to drink. Riddled with chloride and other bacteria killing agents, urban water has become the minimum standard to survive. More and more people are drinking bottled water; why would we then want our horses drinking the water we won’t drink ourselves? Here’s what you need to know about chlorinated water.

Chloride is an important nutrient that has been identified as being in excess in almost all of the water supply, and most certainly in urban chlorinated sources. Chloride is used in many water systems and is present in excess in all water sources at this time. Chloride is a derivation of chlorine, the chemical used to sterilize or clean up water when there is excessive bacterial growth. Many of the most common chloride components have similar characteristics. The only problem is that bacteria are present in every cell, and are, in fact, the key part of the entire metabolic process. Excess chloride disrupts cellular metabolism as it interrupts the balance of the sodium and potassium in the cell, by tying up the sodium and not allowing for the correct transfer of potassium. A noticeable decrease in weight gain is seen in horses and pigs put on chlorinated water for about six months, and in cattle detrimental effects are seen in about year.

At WHA stables we don’t serve up chlorinated city water or sulfur filled well water. We provide all of our equestrian guests with pure natural spring water that is not tainted with toxins, chlorine, or sulfur. We know your horse is both an investment and family member; as such, we know you want and deserve the best.