it's a water trough, NOT a swimming pool - photo link added
ELMO - 1
JACKSMOM - 0
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...
No solutions I just want pictures!
Love it and I love ponies! You have got to post pictures!