When was the last time your equine friend drooled all over you and you didn’t mind one little bit? Well, let me tell you about this afternoon: I gave my not-so-little buddy, McFlurry his first taste of the Apple version of Horse Quencher after a vigorous workout in the ring. I wasn’t all that surprised when he dunked his snout into the bucket and began to slurp, but when he kept on drinking and drinking — and then when he finally lifted his head from the bucket, gave me a smile as I stood in the aisle, and proceeded to drip all over me — I knew (as they used to say at the state carnivals by the games), “We have a winner!” This may have been my and McFlurry’s first experience with Horse Quencher, but trust me, it won’t be the last.
-Ruth McCormick, Your Fellow Skeptic When It Comes to Outlandish Claims
This July my husband, a friend and I took a 14 hour road trip from PA. to Milwaukee Wisc. to ride in The Great Circus Parade with our horses Casino, Uncle Remus and Grace. Our friend’s horse Casino had a history of not ever drinking while on the road and we were quite concerned about his welfare. I had picked up some sample packets of Horse Quencher from Stoltzfus Feed Store, but had not tried them before. We offered the horses water every two to three hours along the trip and true to form Casino was not drinking. At the second water stop I emptied some butterscotch flavored Horse Quencher into the water bucket and lo and behold Casino slurped down half a bucket! The other two horse who had been drinking went a little nutty over the flavored water and we had to actually stop letting Uncy drink it as he ended up making a wave pool out of the bucket in his overzealous enthusiasm- he had been politely sipping previously. I have never seen a horses water consumption on the road change so drastically for the better. I will not go on a road trip or to a show from now on without it.
I have a ten year old ID gelding, Monty. Last year we started to compete in our first one day events and hunter trials, along with the usual dressage and showjumping competitions. I have always been very conscious of the fact that he just will not drink away from home unless he really has to. This has always caused me a great deal of concern. At the beginning of this years season, I purchased some single pouches of Horsequencher, being rather sceptical to say the least! Monty was quite cautious at first, mostly just washing his mouth out with it, but it did not take him very long to start diving in! Now I am now so confident that I can get water down him purely with the use of this fantastic product that I purchased a tub. Today I went cross country training with Monty and, being a hot day, made sure that when we got back we already had a bucket ready and waiting. He just loves it and will take his time but will happily drink at least one bucket and begs for more! Thank you Horsequencher, I can confidently compete the whole day without the horrid worry of dehydration! My only concern is…can they have too much???!!
I have a young TB mare that stops drinking with the change of seasons. Once we have snow pack and the water buckets start getting heated…she stops drinking and minor colic like symptoms start. After having her scoped for ulcers we discovered that was an issue. Since fluids are important and especially with stomach ulcers I had to figure out a way to get her drinking more during these crucial times. Thank goodness for Horse Quencher! She loves, actually demands it. Once the crucial times are over, and we start weaning her off it, she will bat her water bucket with her hoof. She knows it’s gone! It’s that good and it really helps.
Finally a product that does what it says! I had my pregnant mare at an equine event and she didn’t take a drink for over 4 hours and I was thinking I was going to have to pick up and leave. I had tried all the tricks, change places for the water, how high up it was, how cold it was, I even put hay in it to see. Nothing worked. One of the groups that was there was Horse Quencher. I ask to try their product. I put it in the water and within 2 sec she was pushing me out of the way to get at the water. She drank the whole bucket and clean the bottom out too! WOW in 30 years of doing horses I have NEVER seen anything like it!
-MaryAnn Riess, Power Paint Gypsy Vanners
This year my trainer and I set the goal of qualifying and competing my Arabian gelding, Rashad, at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals to be held in Lexington, Kentucky. We live in Colorado and the trip would take two days each way and require a full week of stalling away from home. I had read an article about finding the electrolyte your horse liked BEFORE you needed it, so we spent the regular show season determining which electrolytes Rashad liked best. Luckily my first selection was Horse Quencher and we determined that Rashad liked the apple flavor the most and I found a source for the large, 20 lb bucket. When the time came to go to Nationals, we brought our Horse Quencher and kept Rashad’s buckets full. The Horse Quencher worked so well that Rashad had no trouble keeping hydrated, lost no weight and suffered no ill-effects from the grueling road trip. Our first long road trip was a great success and I plan to take Horse Quencher with us on next year’s quest for a National Top Ten.
-Tamara Boose, Johnstown, Colorado
Our ponies and horses must be fit and ready to go for competition. We do a lot of traveling with horses and ponies and struggle to get them to drink during the long rides, and when they arrive at a new place. After we found out about Horse Quencher, our drinking problems stopped. Not only did we use it for our ponies, but the word started to spread and everyone around ask for some. We, of course, shared our bucket and had every pony/horse drinking within minutes. We have also used this product for our sick horses. We love it, and feel that our ponies benefit from your product.
-Annapolis Pony Club
We were having a terrible time getting both of our 26 year old horses to drink the required amout of water they needed to the point that they were losing weight. They did not drink enough water either on the farm or out on the trails. While out on a trail ride we were introduced to Horse Quencher. Both horses immediately drank to the bottom of the bucket and waited expectantly for more. Horse Quencher has been a valuable tool in helping them to stay healthy and active. Thanks for a great product.
-Pat and Beth, NJ
I just wanted to let you know how much we love Horse Quencher. My 19 year old Quarter Horse Sabrina rarely drinks water. I have tried many things to get her the fluids that she needs. I stumbled across your product (Apple flavor) at my local farm supply store and thought I would give it a try. Immediately, Sabrina enjoyed the product. At first I started mixing it in a jug before I left for the barn then would pour it into a bucket. After about a week, I would just drop it into her water bucket and she would drink it right away. Money well spent and Sabrina loves her cocktail. Thanks so much!
-Angel & Sabrina
All of the horses at Fun-E-Farm truly love Horse Quencher. They get excited when they see Terry in the morning coming over with the container of Horse Quencher. My mother (Terry) is paranoid that the horses are not drinking and with one scoop of the ‘Quencher’, the herd is fighting over the water. It is an extremely good product that ensures the horse owner that their horse is getting the appropriate about of water to drink!
-Chelsea Ames and Cowboy, Fun-E-Farm, PA
My pony Minnie absolutely loves Horse Quencher! She makes some very funny noises and gets her nose all wet and then gets me wet too. Some of the Pony Club shows we have been too this year have been very hot and my mum and I have not had to worry that Minnie has not drunk enough and then suffers from dehydration. I have used it at Pony Club camp too – Minnie doesn’t like the new routine and strange water and usually stops drinking. This year she drank masses thanks to Horse Quencher. All my friends now have their ponies on HQ too. They all fight to get to the same bucket. It is our lucky mascot!
-Ayesha Mumtaz, Pony Club, aged 9
Before I went away on holiday I won a sample of Horse Quencher. Twizzy isn’t the fussiest in drinking at events, but I do feel that on a hot day she might not be getting quite as much as she should be, especially at an event with my times spread out throughout the whole day. When I arrived home from my holiday my samples had arrived. On Monday I was due to get back on Twizzy after she had five days off, the weather wasn’t warm, in fact it was raining and rather cool. So I thought this would be a perfect test for HorseQuencher, as Eventing doesn’t always produce lovely warm weather. When I opened the packet of HorseQuencher Twizzy seemed very interested, the smell was so sweet & Twizzy is a bit of a monkey when it comes to anything sweet, everything is so yummy. Before I got on I made up the HorseQuencher as directed on the back of the packet & left it in the bucket to soak up all the lovely flavours. I think Twizzy and Grada are Horse Quencher fans and I can’t recommend this brilliant idea highly enough. Every one on the yard seemed very interested in it. I will be using Horse Quencher in the future, as it’s one of those products that seem daft to leave the yard without it.
I am sure Horse Quencher helped Nightingale qualify yesterday for the Grassroots Championship at Badminton in 2011. Horse Quencher has made worrying about my horses drinking a thing of the past. All my horses took to it immediately, no fuss with drinking… now! It is the first product I have found which does work. I will always have some in my horsebox for future competitions.
-Sue Chappelhow, Event rider
Excited and stressed horses do not usually choose to drink; as a veterinary surgeon and rider I usually find that this is when their fluid needs are at their highest, i.e., after strenuous exercise such as hunting or eventing; during long work such as endurance or long pleasure rides; after surgery, either under sedation or general anaesthetic; during and after recovery from colic of almost all causes; during any management change i.e., staying at shows or sales; low grade exercise in extremely hot weather. Encouraging drinking during these periods can be frustrating and failure to achieve reasonable hydration status during periods of increased need can have severe health consequences. I was introduced to Horse Quencher by endurance rider Lucinda Stapleton as a product that could truly “make horses drink! I personally use it for my hunters before the long journey home, they would always refuse fluid before and then drink huge quantities at home; all surgical patients are introduced to it before surgery so that they will actively drink afterwards reducing the “bunging” effect of surgery as fluid intake increases gut motility; for colic patients especially those with colonic impactions where one of the classic problems is their refusal to drink. This product can truly help in those situations where horses need fluid but for whatever reason will not drink.
-David Scott, Senior Partner, Isle Veterinary Practice, Ely, Cambridgeshire
We use Horse Quencher when new horses arrive at the farm from trainers for rehabilitation or holidays. Horses that go to the sales to be sold, or those who are purchased from the sales, may spend time at the farm. We use Horse Quencher when horses have undergone surgery and return to us from hospital. At these times the horses can be unsettled for a few days, often going off their food and water. Horse Quencher has been excellent in helping to reduce the risk of impaction colic, a very costly and distressing condition. Horse Quencher is easy to prepare and the sachets are handy for using when travelling for one or two horses. The larger buckets work out more economical for the larger yards with more horses. The hydration of horses when travelling can be overlooked and Horse Quencher will assist those who reduce their fluid intake while being transported nationally and internationally. In a nutshell Horse Quencher has helped whenever the horses have a change of routine, or environment, when moving from trainers to the farm, for pre-and-post sales, for travelling and while recovering from injury and confined to the box.
-Denis O’Brien, Assistant Manager Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Stud, Norfolk
We recommend Horse Quencher in our equine practice. When we get a really cold snap we will have several horses with colic. The normal cause of colic after a cold snap is an impaction. This may be because the horse has been confined and has eaten a large amount of straw bedding. Another cause can be that the horse does not drink enough. Horse Quencher is a new, very useful product, it is ideal to help your horse to drink enough in cold weather.
-Graham Duncanson, Westover Veterinary Centre Large Animal and Equine Unit
A couple of eagerly awaited sachets turned up in the post today and I couldn’t wait to try them out. It was P who thought he’d take a look first (hardly surprising the gannet) and it was very comical, as expected. He thought it was a tub of food and when he realised it wasn’t, went to walk away. However, obviously getting a waft – he did such a real ’double take’ before proceeding to lick it (a lot!) before dunking his nose right in! Toki downed it almost in one. Looks like we won’t be leaving home without Horse Quencher tucked into our travel bag!
Horse Quencher is simply a brilliant addition to any endurance rider’s equipment and undoubtedly was a huge benefit in our success in 2009. Bull has always avoided drinking for 25-30kms no matter what concoctions we offered him but since using Horse Quencher, he simply cannot resist and will drink whenever it is offered. I believe this has effectively kept everything so much more in balance, he has finished even strenuous events looking fresh and without any loss of condition, and therefore it has been so much easier to go on to the next competition with confidence and conviction!
-Thay Stephenson, 2009 Supreme Champion, Endurance GB
I tried five horses on Horse Quencher and all of them loved it. They are drinking whenever the HQ is offered which is brilliant in this hot weather or when travelling them as before it has always been difficult to ensure that they are rehydrated at the end of a long day. Two of my dressage horses loved all of the flavours but my husband’s horse, Major, definitely preferred the butterscotch to all the others and as he is about to go to a big competition, we were keen to stock up on this flavour for him as he rarely drinks when travelling or at shows. It has made a big difference to them all.
-Sarah Jane Prew, Editor Just Dressage Magazine
Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t ’do’ extras and gimmicks, but Elaphine Murphy, owned and bred by Sally Fuller Lewis, refuses to drink whilst on the horse box. I have known Murphy since he was an ’egg’ (!) and he has never drunk when away. I have resorted to taking apples with me so that he just gets something. We competed in the newly introduced Mountain and Moorland WHP classes at the Suffolk County Show 2010 and in the sweltering heat we won our class and went Champion! Back at the lorry Murphy, as usual, wouldn’t drink and I had forgotten to take any apples. I had been given a sachet of Horse Quencher which had sat at the bottom of the cupboard for ages and felt this was the moment to try it, although with very little expectation. However, Murphy lapped at the water like a dog and then proceeded to drink half a bucket!! We all stood very still in case we put him off! But he was well away and 10 minutes later drank another half a bucket! I was then fighting the dog, Ugly, off the water as well! So I didn’t have to go home straight home or try and find an apple stall at the show! I will never go to a show now without a tub of Horse Quencher on the lorry and Murphy will be able to cope with the heat, although I may still take some apples if he is going to win!
-Julia Spacey, Mountain and Moorland Judge and Competitor
At first I was rather sceptical about a packet that says it will make your horse drink, but I tried it doing all the things the instructions said, i.e., letting the contents soak and blend in the water for a few hours in a light-coloured bucket. I tried all our 7 horses, 4 drank it straight away and 3 slobbered and had a lick. One horse couldn’t get enough of it! I then thought I would test it to the limit, using it at an event. I was amazed at how well it worked. We were only competing one horse and he was the one who had only slobbered at the first attempt. But after XC he drank at least a gallon. So I think it’s fantastic as horses lose so much sweat, it’s so important to keep them hydrated, especially during the summer events. 5*!! Amazed me how well it worked! Well done for creating such a marvelous product. Horse Quencher is by far the best product I have ever used. To be able to prove the well-known saying ’You can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink’ wrong is quite exceptional! And although I was sceptical at first, I now trust Horse Quencher implicitly. Not only can it be used as a daily product keeping horses healthy and hydrated but if you do have an ill horse that desperately needs water (when animals are in pain drinking is not their first thought) Horse Quencher can make them drink and help them to recover. The most common time I use HQ is at events. If your horses are anything like mine, they refuse to drink at an event when there is so much going on. But since I have used HQ, they prick their ears and look encouragingly at the bucket of water and HQ. My greedy horses drink the whole bucket to get to the tasty treat at the bottom! And my fussier horses lick the water down to get to the yummy treat too! Either way they are all getting much-need fluid into their systems when they are out and about competing, without which their health and performance would suffer. Horse Quencher is such a handy product, it’s so easy to use, and can be carried with you anywhere.
-Alice Pearson, Great Britain Junior and Young Rider Eventing Squad Member
Urlando (Tucker) is a Dutch warmblood working at PSG level and with GP talent, but he has always failed to drink (or pee) at a show and this became a real problem last year at the Addington Summer Regionals resulting in a serious dip in energy levels. We stabled away, and despite my best efforts, Tucker did little more than splash about in his water buckets, and as it was about 80 degrees, he became very dehydrated. He performed an adequate test but way below his usual ability. He is normally a very forward going and energetic horse so to have him feeling lethargic and flat was not good, and he was obviously distressed. He was quite a poorly chap by the time he got home and took several weeks to fully recover. I read about your wonderful product on a website. I followed the instructions to the letter and Tucker dived straight in and downed the lot. Brilliant! I now use the product every day after exercise so that he looks forward to it as his treat and at a show this Saturday – our first attempt at Advanced – which he won – he drank both before (just a few mouthfuls) and after, the rest of the bucket. It is an enormous relief to know that I can now avoid the problems of last summer and am looking forward to heading onward and upward with him having already qualified for this year’s Summer Regionals at Advanced Medium. He even pee-ed in the lorry when no one was looking, which is a first! It’s a great product and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
I used your product with my younger horse at home, with much success as he has never taken any water when at a competition previously. After introducing him to Horse Quencher, by putting some in his water bucket at home the night before a show, he then drank freely and enthusiastically on the horsebox at the show, which was a successful first for him and makes me very pleased, as dehydration can cause such loss of performance, quite apart from being bad for health. I shall continue to use Horse Quencher with this horse, and if you want to quote me on that on your website, please do.
-Debby Lush, List One British Dressage judge and registered BD Trainer
I look after a couple of Eventers as well as keeping our own two hairy munchkin natives at home and with the freezing weather, I had been paying extra special attention to the TBs – ensuring they were suited and booted on turnout, fed more succulents, cut back on the whizzy hard feed and of course, I fed the ponies extra hay, knowing they would need the fibre and the extra grub for warmth, obsessively cleared frozen troughs and carted buckets of warm water from the house – and made sure everyone had even more than their usual winter succulents with hard feed. Then just last week our adored native pony, Hopi, had an impaction colic. This is a pony who is never sick or sorry and in fourteen years has not once been under the weather. Hopi showed text book signs of colic and I called the vet. Over the next 24 hours I had to have two visits, two lots of stomach tubing and mega pain killers – poor pony suffered much indignity. I honestly thought I was going to have to say goodbye to him. I believed I had been such a good horse owner, doing all the right things in the frozen weather. When I said this to the vet, he reiterated how important it was to keep him hydrated, that this was classic cold weather colic brought on by a change in feed, no grass, lack of fluid. By day two Hopi was perky and eating bran ’soup’ but it was snowing again, the yard thermometer registered -5 and I was completely paranoid we’d be back at square one within the night. So I tried everything I could think of to get him to drink more: warm water sugared water, molassed water, honey in warm water, apple juice, organic apple juice from the farm shop ….. nope, pony wouldn’t drink more than a few sips. I texted my friend Sandy Thwaites who told me about Horse Quencher so I checked the website and as soon as I could get the car out I went to our local feedstore* to buy a tub. In spite of my husband telling me it was just another whacky horse product and wouldn’t work, waste of money, some silly alternative blah blah blah. I wasn’t honestly convinced myself, but thought I’d just have to give it a go and, well, what the heck, the pony might at least take a few inquisitive sips. Lucinda, I could not believe my eyes. I went out to Hopi with my half a bucket, mixed as advised, and that pony stuck his nose in and downed the lot (then played with all the bits at the bottom and dribbled them all over my jacket. I’m sure he was smiling.) I was gobsmacked. Sandy will tell you – I rang her from the field screeching with excitement, lost for words and my husband? He had to eat his proverbial hat! Maybe you should do some serious ads while this weather is giving us such grief – especially following the H&H piece about these colics. Our pony was lucky but I wouldn’t wish our 24 hour anguish on anyone. I don’t know what else I can say but ’wow’ and thank you…. and if any of the above rambling is of use, I’d be more than happy for you to make of my words what you may.
-Jan Warran-Smith & Hopi in the (still) frozen wastes of Kent.
My name is Yazoo. I am a mini mule. I was adopted from a rescue group along with another little mini named Napoleon in September. Nap’s and I live in West Michigan with two Quarter Horses, Smoke & Sonny. Winters in Michigan are cold and for some reason I don’t like to drink water. Heated or cold, fresh or not so fresh it doesn’t matter. I don’t drink enough to stay hydrated enough to keep things moving through. In December I got real sick. They said I had colic. The vet came out and forced water into me through my nose. I didn’t like that much. My caretakers Ross, and Kate, sat up with me all night long, until the spasms stopped. The vet told them to put more water buckets out and so they did, and since some water was gone out of them they thought I was drinking some of it, but I wasn’t. A few weeks ago I got colic again. The tube went in my nose again, and again they sat with me, all day long. I heard them talking with the vet about finding a way to get me to drink and that if they couldn’t find a way I might die the next time. The vet told them that most additives you put in water don’t work. They did find that I would eat snow in my dish if it had sugar on it. Still it wouldn’t be enough to keep things moving through. Fortunately, Kate, found your product in her Valley Vet catalog. She was desperate for something to try so she ordered it. She mixed up a small batch, after all I am a small kind of guy, and brought it to me this morning. She didn’t think I’d touch it, after all I had tipped over every other flavored bucket she offered. Well, I gave it a sniff, stuck my head in the bucket and began to drink and drink and drink some more. It was just so good. Sonny, Smoke and Nap’s wanted some too but I made them all go away by kicking out at them. Then when it was all gone and Kate was leaving with the empty bucket I chased her down to try and get more, but it was truly all gone. She said she’ll make more for me later. Oh, boy, I can’t wait to see that red bucket come again. Because she mixes it just for me she knows I’m getting the fluids I need to keep my gut in working order. Now the problem for her is how to keep the others away while I drink my bucket. Oh well she’ll figure it out. As you can see Yazoo is a one of a kind mule. He’s quite finicky and very opinionated. We love him a lot and would hate to loose him. Colic is so hard to watch and the pain meds don’t work very well on a mule. So when I found your product I was praying he would drink it. We have months of hard winter to get through yet. As it gets colder the more hay I offer, I can easily adjust the amount of Horse Quencher Yazoo gets to keep his gut moving right along.
-Kate, Ross and Yazoo-Mule
Hello to owners of finicky drinkers. I am a trail rider on the coast of NC. My 18 year old mare has always been a poor drinker when away from the stable. We ride year round and have some of the best trails anyone could ask to ride. Our rides are usually 3 to 5 hours. On the trail, my mare rarely drinks from the streams and returning to our trailers, she rarely drinks from the water offered (even though it is from her barn). As soon as she gets home, she drinks plenty thank goodness. I skeptically tried Horse Quencher just to see if it would work for me when we are away. Low and behold my mare drinks and drinks down to the last drop. We rode at Pinecliffs yesterday (see my winter picture). It’s a trail that runs along the beach and into beautifully wooded trails. For a coastal trail, it feels like the mountains. It was close to 90 degrees and humid…lot’s of fluid lost. Before we left for our ride and after we finished our ride Amber drank like never before…6+ gallons at least. She loves Horse Quencher and it’s a special treat for her. She has had laminitis in the past and is on an extremely limited sugar intake from all sources. That water with Horse Quencher is just what she wants at the end of a nice ride and vet approved.
I travel all over the NE US with my horses presenting Gentle Dove Farm Obstacle & Sensory Clinics Mounted Police Style teaching training techniques that encourage partnership and communication to achieve exceptional trust between rider and horse. With all this travel, I never worry about my horses becoming dehydrated. Upon arrival I can offer my boys Horse Quencher and I’m confident they will always drink! Not only do they take a drink, but they dive into the bucket and drain it! Horse Quencher goes with me anywhere I go!
My horse Penny and I travel around to Hunter/Jumper shows, Hunter paces and clinics. I make sure to never leave home with out our HQ. Penny loves all the flavors that HQ provides. I give Penny HQ daily and her bucket is always left bone dry, she drinks her water like its her job! I recommend HQ to everyone that I bump into! Thank you for this amazing product.