Sink Elasticity - Dehydration

A healthy horse or pony drinks a minimum of 22 litres of water per day. If your horse or pony is dehydrated, it is very important that you urge him or her to drink. To help the animal drink you could try adding a flavour such as apple juice to the water, however if in doubt consult your vet.

Pinching the skin on your horse's neck will give you an indication of whether or not you pony is dehydrated. If the skin should flattens back into place in less than 1 second.

The longer the skin stays pinched up before flattening, the more dehydrated the horse or pony is.