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jacksmom
Feb. 17, 2011, 03:36 PM
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i now know why ponies are so damned cute. it's to keep us from killing them.

it's mid feb, and 70 degrees here today, clearly it's a good time to go for a swim, according to the elmo pony. this is behavior that he usually saves for late summer, so clearly spring fever is upon us. it's a metal trough and he's unshod, so he doesn't do any real damage, but the problem is that the mare will absolutely not drink from a soiled trough (and i don't blame her one bit). fortunately she's very vocal to let me know that it is something that needs immediate remedying, even though she's not yet remotely thirsty.

so my current solution is put the trough up on a sturdy layer of centerblocks, effectively raising it up 8 inches. elmo is a medium pony, if he wants in now - he's going to have to rear himself up quite a bit to clear the edge. i'm hoping this works. i guess the next step would be to add a cover with an opening that's just drinking size.

anyone else had to deter trough swimming? what do you find is the most effective method? electroshock therapy? ponycide?

it's going to be even warmer tomorrow...

lurker
Feb. 17, 2011, 03:46 PM
Love it and I love ponies! You have got to post pictures!

ponygirl
Feb. 17, 2011, 03:51 PM
I feel your pain. My 10 mth pregger mare still goes swimming in the trough. I'd like to kill her but she more resembles a hippopotamus when she's doing this so I end up laughing instead.

Edited to add she's not a pony either so think - really big hippo

Diamondindykin
Feb. 17, 2011, 04:00 PM
Videos and pictures PLEASE :yes:

jacksmom
Feb. 17, 2011, 04:12 PM
the pony riders were still napping, so we have photos.

apparently the appropriate protocol after a trough swim is to cover yourself in dirt.

who's a premium member that can post these?

stryder
Feb. 17, 2011, 04:16 PM
apparently the appropriate protocol after a trough swim is to cover yourself in dirt.


Sure, don't you dry off and cover yourself when you get out of the pool?

wsmoak
Feb. 17, 2011, 04:17 PM
Mine doesn't go swimming, but he uses his giant head to splash almost all of the water out of the tank. Daily. Then he also rolls to re-apply the protective coating of dirt. ;)

jacksmom
Feb. 17, 2011, 04:33 PM
ok - the offender is now on photobucket -

http://s1135.photobucket.com/albums/m631/jacksmom2/

(hope i did this right)

stryder
Feb. 17, 2011, 04:44 PM
whew. that coverage is quite impressive!

asterix
Feb. 17, 2011, 10:32 PM
I'm sorry, this is amateur stuff. I mean, how big is that pony? My 17.3 h wb had mud dried on so that he looked like he was encased in cardboard from head to toe...no water trough needed.

We need swimming pics. THEN I'll be impressed...

Catersun
Feb. 17, 2011, 11:27 PM
I second the request for swimming pics! lol and yes... ponies are too cute to kill lol

trinityhill
Feb. 17, 2011, 11:57 PM
A number of years ago, my dear 16.2h TB and his buddy the 16.1h TB used to think it was great to each jump in with your front feet and then play halter tag with your buddy while in the water trough... caught them on multiple occasions... boy Rubbermaid troughs are made well!

Now we just have our Rottie who thinks all water troughs are just for his swimming pleasure. Even does so at my friend's farm...

And for more water trough antics, last summer I made the mistake of trying the fish in the water trough to stop algae trick... Caught 2 of our mischievous ponies with their heads in there, water up over their eye balls and a fly mask in one of their precious little lips being used as a net. 3 of the 5 little fishies were m.i.a. ... Never knew ponies loved sushi so much...

Drive NJ
Feb. 18, 2011, 10:44 AM
Cooper is under the strong impression that he is one of those Chinese Terra Cotta horses

http://www.chinapictures.org/images/xian/1/xian-terra-cotta-warriors-40114113647330.jpg

http://funpresident.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/800px-xian_museum.jpg

He feels it necessary to apply a new layer of NJ clay whenever possible.

monstrpony
Feb. 18, 2011, 11:07 AM
My semi-rescue horse likes to swim in the water trough, and with the warm spell we're currently having ... well, I've just given up on filling the trough very far so I dont' waste as much water when I dump it daily. Sigh. And pulled the tank heater out, of course.

I tried putting it up on blocks last year, but I have two mini-donks as well, and if it's high enough to discourage (not prevent, just discourage) swimming, then they can't drink out of it.

So, I dump and scrub, dump and scrub ...

chance2jump
Feb. 18, 2011, 01:12 PM
And for more water trough antics, last summer I made the mistake of trying the fish in the water trough to stop algae trick... Caught 2 of our mischievous ponies with their heads in there, water up over their eye balls and a fly mask in one of their precious little lips being used as a net. 3 of the 5 little fishies were m.i.a. ... Never knew ponies loved sushi so much...

My pony has killed many a fish in his short life. Once caught, they are left to die a cruel death on the ground. :no: The least I could hope for is to play with the darn thing like a cat does a mouse, but no.. he's to prissy for that kind of play.

Mudroom
Feb. 18, 2011, 01:21 PM
Here's a picture of my 17.2 darling imitating a chocolate dipped marshmellow:

http://s1136.photobucket.com/albums/n490/mudroom1/

he spent a good 15 minutes churning up the mud puddle before proceeding to wallow in it!

chance2jump
Feb. 18, 2011, 01:22 PM
Here's a picture of my 17.2 darling imitating a chocolate dipped marshmellow:

http://s1136.photobucket.com/albums/n490/mudroom1/

he spent a good 15 minutes churning up the mud puddle before proceeding to wallow in it!

Well played, Mudroom!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Jumpin_Horses
Feb. 18, 2011, 01:45 PM
Here's a picture of my 17.2 darling imitating a chocolate dipped marshmellow:

http://s1136.photobucket.com/albums/n490/mudroom1/

he spent a good 15 minutes churning up the mud puddle before proceeding to wallow in it!


:lol::lol::lol: you WIN the muddiest horse contest!

fordtraktor
Feb. 18, 2011, 01:50 PM
Here's a picture of my 17.2 darling imitating a chocolate dipped marshmellow:

http://s1136.photobucket.com/albums/n490/mudroom1/

he spent a good 15 minutes churning up the mud puddle before proceeding to wallow in it!

He looks so coy: "who, ME?" :lol:

inca
Feb. 18, 2011, 02:01 PM
Timely thread - I told my husband today that spring must REALLY be here since my 6-yr-old mare climbed in her water trough and splashed most of the water out. She makes a HUGE racket while doing this. Then of course, she had to go roll afterwards.

The ironic thing is that I then had to groom her before I took her SWIMMING (literally - she goes swimming to help build up strength in her stifles.)

trinityhill
Feb. 18, 2011, 03:06 PM
My pony has killed many a fish in his short life. Once caught, they are left to die a cruel death on the ground. :no: The least I could hope for is to play with the darn thing like a cat does a mouse, but no.. he's to prissy for that kind of play.

I checked the ground after the incident... no fishies... pretty sure they were just eaten.... Leave it to little boy ponies to think of such things...

jacksmom
Feb. 18, 2011, 03:18 PM
i'm not sure i can get video of elmo in action at this point. he knows that this is not kosher behavior and does his best not to get caught by mom. as mom gets mad and mean, yells and throws things.

so far the new height of the tank has discouraged any freestyle in the trough today. this has not stopped him from taking advantage of the massive mudpuddle that yesterdays fun created. he has also recruited partners in crime to enjoy it with him, although non of them can compete with the chocolate dipped marshmellow. he's clearly honed his skills. please keep him away from my herd.

i think it would be premature to declare victory though, i can tell his little gears are still mulling over the situation...

Catersun
Feb. 18, 2011, 07:27 PM
omg mudroom... leave it to a grey horse to be that serious about mud.

skip916
Feb. 18, 2011, 10:12 PM
she LOVES being muddy

http://jazzandellie.shutterfly.com/161

this was my punishment for bathing her the day before ;)

glimmerling
Feb. 18, 2011, 10:34 PM
My previous barn had a lake in the pasture. I would get calls regularly that my mare had drowned and was dead on the shore. Each time I would explain that she was hot and slept in the lake. She always had her head on shore but the rest of her was submerged. No pictures, sorry :(

goobs
Feb. 19, 2011, 10:10 AM
Glimmerling and Mudroom - I am just crying with laughter! Glimmerling - you really have to get a picture of that. And Jacksmom - you just have to try and get that pony skinny dipping on camera too!

MightyBobbyMagee
Feb. 19, 2011, 03:07 PM
The BO at my last barn was always wondering why the water trough in the paddock would be empty just hours after he'd filled it until one day he pulled in to see my horse with both front feet in splashing all the water out. He looooves any sort of water!

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/4981_516775646015_71400625_30811463_1933879_n.jpg
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/4981_516775651005_71400625_30811464_7928837_n.jpg
Yesterday:
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/180433_540543839365_71400625_31454801_714945_n.jpg
http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/181709_540543524995_71400625_31454792_2657496_n.jp g

sophie
Feb. 19, 2011, 06:07 PM
Ah yes. My Tb mare loooves to play in water. She jumps in her water trough with both front legs and splashes around. Empties it, and muddies it, and drives the BO crazy. BO has threatened her with electric collar. Mare doesn't seem to take the threats seriously and keeps doing it.
Once she has emptied the water trough, she digs a mud hole (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v94/minitutu/March-April%2005/?action=view&current=MudDig.jpg) and rolls in it.
And this (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v94/minitutu/March-April%2005/?action=view&current=MudRightSide.jpg) is what I find when I come to the barn to ride her.
*sigh*

The plus side is that we don't have a problem with water jumps ;)

fivesocks
Feb. 20, 2011, 09:23 AM
Here's my swimmer :)

http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2047411890053774818yyddwz

It happens so often I got him a pool.

http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2765453850053774818sTafBa

However, he actually doesn't seem to like rolling in the really muddy spots. He likes clean baths...

http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2365446570053774818wyugfi

jazzrider
Feb. 20, 2011, 11:43 AM
Nothing to share, but after reading this thread and looking at the pictures I will never complain about my horses getting muddy again! They've got nothing on some of your horses! :lol:

Larissa
Feb. 21, 2011, 03:15 PM
I used to wonder how in the world my barn managers and fellow boarders didn't notice the troughs in my boys' field were constantly near empty. Did no one ever fill them? Or notice when they were laying on their side, having supposedly been pulled over by a thirsty horse?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30899443@N03/3874391409/

Oops. Turns out it was my boy creating loads more work for the BM!

He also used to love to roll in the water jump in his field. I showed up at the barn one day and awwww'd over the really cute new blue roan with a blaze. Too cute! Then I realized it was my paint, covered in algae and smelling like week old trash. I'll have to get the FB pic link when I get home, he was a sight!

leilatigress
Feb. 21, 2011, 03:52 PM
My previous barn had a lake in the pasture. I would get calls regularly that my mare had drowned and was dead on the shore. Each time I would explain that she was hot and slept in the lake. She always had her head on shore but the rest of her was submerged. No pictures, sorry :(

I think I have pics, I'll have to see if I can get them scanned in. It's very discerning to see a head, neck and nothing else. We had one gelding that would take a swig and spit it at you and other horses when you walked by. Evidently one of the little girls taught him how to do it much to the chargin of everyone else. He would do it with his water bucket even in frigid temps. Cutest gelding though which means he had lots of admirers to 'shoot'

RacetrackReject
Feb. 21, 2011, 04:04 PM
My mud monster:

http://s439.photobucket.com/albums/qq111/weltemaker/Horses1/?action=view&current=68_rs_camaro_0241.jpg

http://s439.photobucket.com/albums/qq111/weltemaker/Horses1/?action=view&current=68_rs_camaro_0281.jpg

jawa
Feb. 21, 2011, 05:15 PM
In the past I owned a trough swimmer who would then take the empty trough for a walk down to the back of the pasture!

Best solution for me was to place a large log in front of the trough so that he could still reach the water with his nose, but it was too far for him to paw over and into the trough.

It was funny to watch him after the log was in place because he would still paw, but couldn't get his hoof in the tub.

Janet
Feb. 21, 2011, 05:27 PM
Chief knocks the trough over.

THEN he uses it as a steel drum.

Especially if he thinks I am late with breakfast.

Sancudo
Feb. 21, 2011, 06:43 PM
My water trough swimmer

Will chase you down if he sees you carry a hose:


http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/DaylightComes/MiscCameraClearance142.jpg

Break all your troughs

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/DaylightComes/MiscCameraClearance116.jpg

And then get really dirty

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/DaylightComes/MiscCameraClearance109.jpg

Which is why I now hang two buckets instead of a trough. He isn't happy about it, but he's reduced the number of abscesses from pawing, and the number of broken troughs, so I am happy!

springplainsfarm
Feb. 21, 2011, 06:58 PM
I have a horse who doubles as a polar bear............she still swims every now and then in the trough despite it being 30 degrees. A big pain to drain muddy tank in the winter.

We have really slowed her down by cutting a hole in 4 board fence and putting Rubbermaid trough in lenthwise, just enough so they could drink. It was a lot cheaper than installing a waterer. They also don't have access to water heater, which was my big concern.

KayPink
Feb. 23, 2011, 04:01 PM
This is the best thread! I'm so glad my OTTB boy isn't really a swimmer! However, he still manages to find plenty of ways to cause trouble :lol:

Jumpin_Horses
Feb. 24, 2011, 04:40 PM
:lol::lol::lol::lol:

hard to pick the "who is the muddiest" picture!

bless their hearts!

shalomypony
Feb. 24, 2011, 05:36 PM
My water trough swimmer

Will chase you down if he sees you carry a hose:


http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/DaylightComes/MiscCameraClearance142.jpg

Break all your troughs

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/DaylightComes/MiscCameraClearance116.jpg

And then get really dirty

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/DaylightComes/MiscCameraClearance109.jpg

Which is why I now hang two buckets instead of a trough. He isn't happy about it, but he's reduced the number of abscesses from pawing, and the number of broken troughs, so I am happy!

He is "to die for" gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!Love the first pic!!

BTABBY
Feb. 24, 2011, 05:57 PM
Here is my swimmer.

http://s300.photobucket.com/albums/nn34/BTABBY1980/

Sancudo
Feb. 24, 2011, 09:33 PM
He is "to die for" gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!Love the first pic!!

Awww thank you! He's my "heart horse" and keeping up with his personality and shenanigans is a (stressful) full time job!

He is the ultimate showoff too, for the judges or just for me alone at home.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/DaylightComes/_M9Q7201.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/DaylightComes/MiscCameraClearance134.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/DaylightComes/MiscCameraClearance141.jpg

Runinonjoy
Feb. 24, 2011, 10:02 PM
This OTTB mare loves mud… the wetter the better… and somehow she managed to dip exactly half of her body in a fabulous mud puddle:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31469388&l=a88bc7dee3&id=59700781 (public link)

Jumpin_Horses
Feb. 25, 2011, 08:06 AM
This OTTB mare loves mud… the wetter the better… and somehow she managed to dip exactly half of her body in a fabulous mud puddle:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31469388&l=a88bc7dee3&id=59700781 (public link)

how the heck???????? :confused:

VERY talented mare!

Runinonjoy
Feb. 25, 2011, 10:20 AM
how the heck???????? :confused:

VERY talented mare!

Haha, yes, talented indeed! I have no idea how she did it.

Larissa
Feb. 25, 2011, 09:28 PM
This photo doesn't accurate capture the head-to-toe algae cover. He literally looked blue! (and smelled like death)

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=11875025&l=59c54c86ae&id=739530133

cbv
Feb. 26, 2011, 09:40 AM
I have two mares that are trough divers. I have a big (100 gallon?) rubbermaid tank that we put under the fence so just enough sticks out into the pasture for them to get their head in and drink. The only drawback is I have to keep it topped off so they don't have to stick their heads way down in it. Makes it harder to dump and clean.

Then I have one of those short (about a foot high or so?) rubbermaid troughs in the pasture specifically for splashing. During the warm season I refill it morning and night and it usually does the trick. I also always fill it in the winter when we have days over 50 degrees -- especially if it is going to get in the 60's or higher -- with their winter coats on they get hot and I know will want to splash.

Puddin Pie
Feb. 26, 2011, 09:44 AM
The mare looks like a strawberry half dipped in white chocolate, as if someone picked her up by her front half and dipped her in. I guess she was too dainty to get her head dirty. I always love the big wallow that gets mud on the center of the forehead-that takes some dedication and work.