Okay...so we have 120 acres that adjoins 5,500 acres we can turn our horses out onto from June through November 1st. We lease it from the DNR. Which we do every summer because otherwise, we'd have to feed year 'round & with hay prices approaching $200/ton this year, there is no way we could afford that with FIVE horses! Anyway, we turned out the herd (minus one mare who founders easily so she's in a dry lot & eats grass hay twice per day). The turnout herd consists of: 12 yo appendix gelding, Bart. 16.2h Born & raised on the range, a real brush hog. Smart & very bossy. 10yo andalusian x arab mare, Kally. 15.3h Born & raised in a stall, first summer out on pasture. Very smart and bossy but a follower at the same time. 4yo peruvian paso mare, Suena. 14.2h Born in a stall, spent her first year in a boarding facility and since age 1.5, she's been out on pasture, but never this pasture. She's very smart, but sort of clingy to the others. 4yo peruvian paso gelding, Huey. 14.2h Born in a pasture, spent 2 months in a stall and out on pasture ever since. But not this pasture. He's dumb as a rock, ugly but sweet. Bottom of pecking order. Keep in mind their only access to drinking water is a large creek which moves fairly fast. We figured that turning out the "new" horses with the "old" horse--would make the "new" horses learn how to drink & survive. There are several good spots with a low bank for them to drink from. The water level is the ditch is checked daily by the DNR dude who has keys to our gates (this stream irrigates many farms below us). So anyway, we turned them out last Saturday (a week ago from this past Saturday)--so it was the 7th of June. Some times you can see them from the road, but most of the time they are up in the Aspens (in the shade) or wandering the back half of the acreage. I asked hubby to check on them because I'm paranoid like that and I know the things horses can get into when they have half a chance... Well, hubby calls me this morning & says that Huey is not drinking & he's "ganted up." So hubby wandered for hours & finally was able to convince Huey that he needed to be captured. LOL He then brought Huey back home. On the way away from the other horses, he pooped...so things are still moving along for him (no colic)...and once home, he drank & drank. We'd like to turn him back out over there--we think it's good for young horses to climb hills, cross water & logs...but there is no way to put a trough up there & haul water for him... any ideas???? Everyone else is fat, shiny and seems to be thriving.... Oh, BTW he's for sale.