Ok, so my crew is out at night and in during the day. Buckets are emptied each night and scrubbed - filled in the am before they come in. Most of them won't touch the water inside but will drink the water outside like they haven't seen water in a week, when they go out at night. What gives???
All fields have mineral blocks next to double 110 gal troughs and all have some sort of salt lick in their stalls. Anyone else experience this??
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Wont drink the water outside but gobble down the inside water instead. And thats even if I just scrubbed and re-filled the outside trough 10 minutes ago ...
My horse is the same way! Won't TOUCH any bucket other than his automatic waterer in his stall. Doesn't matter if we've just jumped 4 courses in the blazing heat and the water bucket was just scrubbed and filled 5 minutes before- he won't drink outside! Of course when I put him right in his stall he guzzles like he hasn't had water in a week!
I guess it's just habit, or a preference for them?
We have outside bigger, 6' and 8' water tanks with floats and drain and clean them every few months.
When we have several clean, all the horses keep going to drink of the ones we have NOT cleaned yet.
They will walk right by the clean ones and go over to the ones we still have not cleaned, even if we change the cleaning order.
Guess that they like them better buggy and with blown in dirt.
The last 2 horses I had at home preferred to drink from the 50gal barrel kept in front of the barn.
In all weather.
Didn't matter they had nice heated buckets in their stalls when it was freezing out, they still emptied the one outside...that I had to refill bucket by bucket as I took the hose off the pump when it was below 40F.
When it was hot out they'd drink down nearly 1/2 the big barrel even when it filled up with grass dribblings and drowned bugs.
Pristine buckets in their shaded stalls stayed largely untouched.
FF and the 2 I have now ignore the outside barrel and empty the buckets in their stalls daily.
As they are out 24/7 this means they have to walk in from whatever pasture they have chosen for a drink....walking past the 50gal barrel.
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It seems the theme here is that the really clean buckets are ignored... so perhaps it's something you're using to clean them? Or the brushes or something? And it could be that they like the added taste from algae and stuff... gives it a little sumptin' sumptin'.