View Full Version : Commercial Insulated Cooler as Water Tub for Pasture?

May. 21, 2012, 03:41 PM
Like this: http://www.concessionstands.com/site/large_images/IRP-700.jpg - to keep water warm in winter & cool in summer, maybe?

They're about $500 retail, but I've got a local Craig's List ad offering it for $200.

Good idea or not?

May. 21, 2012, 04:43 PM
My guess that they will be too light weight for pasture use. Horses can be rough on water tubs.


May. 22, 2012, 11:10 AM

We had one similar to this at our barn for a while (even said surge!). It was insulated and had a handy drain spout. We would fill it with ice cold water (plus ice sometimes). Then we add a piece of 3"thick foam from the hardware store on the top (was cut to the diameter of the top). That way the horses could push the "float" down and get cold water. Worked great in the winter too!

May. 22, 2012, 12:23 PM
We are on the coast so we improvise with commercial fishing supplies. If you google Sea Gear Marine Supply, Inc. and look at the Bonar Ice Chests they are the bomb. They make great water tubs and hay feeders. They will last forever. (Sorry I am not tech savy enough to post a picture)

May. 22, 2012, 12:46 PM
Thanks Bell. I had considered one of those too.

Thanks Qtr4... I'll peek at them too!

May. 22, 2012, 02:31 PM
Seems like it would work fine until they manage to break it. They tend to be made of springy plastic rather than hard kinds that break with sharp edges, so it will probably not be a big deal when it does (except if you need $500 for a new one).

I don't know if you'd get many years out of it but $200 vs a $100 trough seems worth a try if you want insulation.

May. 22, 2012, 02:51 PM
Fortunately my girls are not destructive, despite being big drafties.