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myalter1
Aug. 20, 2011, 01:24 PM
THinking about relocating my horses and the farm that I looked at doesn't have hot water in their wash rack. Has anyone used a portable water heater in such a situation? If so, any recommendations on make/model? Any positive/negative feedback?

Paddys Mom
Aug. 20, 2011, 01:36 PM
They had one of these where I used to ride:
http://www.sstack.com/Stable_Bathing-Necessities/Insta-Hot-Unit/

It worked well enough.
Water pressure wasn't great, but good enough.

However, mount it where horses cannot bump it.
Someone apparently let their horse's rump bump into it and it dented pretty good. :dead:

Tiffani B
Aug. 20, 2011, 01:52 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by portable water heater, but I use a bucket heater when I'm at horse shows and boarding at barns that don't have heated water.

I use this one (http://www.ehorseequipment.com/product.aspx?return=search&no=238900&sort=&page=&cid=).

It heats up fast - I plug it in before I get on the horse, and by the time I'm done it's steaming hot. One bucket of hot water makes two bath buckets, since I have to cut it in half with cool water to make it usable.

carolprudm
Aug. 20, 2011, 02:18 PM
Don't have a washrack so Sophie gets a bath in the driveway. I have one of these
http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=dd042eed-c2dd-463f-ae21-cc27a028919b&gas=hott wash
that I keep in the garage.

It says it is portable but the cart is not very sturdy and it is HEAVY

ayrabz
Aug. 20, 2011, 03:06 PM
Carol...do you have the 4 gal or the 8 ? (I've heard? not to bother with the 4 gal. ?)

I ask because, I was going with the propane one at first----that was before my electrical was done at the barn....so, now, I could use the Hott Wash.....

I wonder: anyone try BOTH the propane and the Hott Wash at some point in time? would love to know from those who have had /used them both, which one they liked and why?

fivehorses
Aug. 20, 2011, 04:03 PM
There was some discussion awhile back about the use of a portable heater available thru camping world.
Maybe a search would show the thread.

Here is a link to the thread I mentioned
http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=297602

carolprudm
Aug. 20, 2011, 04:33 PM
Carol...do you have the 4 gal or the 8 ? (I've heard? not to bother with the 4 gal. ?)




Mine is the 8 gal version. YOu need to be somewhat concious of your water usage, don't just let it run. Use a nozzle that you can stop the flow when you really don't need it. Soak the horse, turn off the water, scrub the horse, rinse

Ghazzu
Aug. 20, 2011, 05:22 PM
I'm looking at the 8 gallon model myself, as I'm about to move to a barn with electricity, but not hot water. (I'm spoiled here--when we piped water out to the barn, we put a mixing valve in the house, and I can switch it to hot--by the time it comes out at the barn it's warm but not scalding.)

I hear tell that Ariston is HottWash without the horse-related $$ premium on the price tag...

Fairview Horse Center
Aug. 20, 2011, 05:39 PM
They had one of these where I used to ride:
http://www.sstack.com/Stable_Bathing-Necessities/Insta-Hot-Unit/


Does this work off of a propane line? Seems VERY interesting to me - kind of a cheap on demand water heater.

Paddys Mom
Aug. 21, 2011, 04:55 PM
Does this work off of a propane line? Seems VERY interesting to me - kind of a cheap on demand water heater.

Yep - standard propane tank and batteries to ignite.

myalter1
Aug. 22, 2011, 09:54 AM
thanks. I knew there was a thread on it before...I just couldn't find it. I am not sure that I will even be moving to that barn...there are other factors involved...was just wondering...Thanks all!