need suggestions on how to keep horse out of the water trough
Last summer my then-2 yr old gelding learned how fun (not!) it is to stick a front leg in the water trough and splash around. I solved it by putting a row of cinder blocks down and then the trough on top-- it was then too high. About a month ago, when we had our first really warm day and the horses still hadn't shed out yet, Mr. Waterhorse realized he has now grown tall enough to play in the trough again. So added another layer of cinder blocks, and again this solved the problem.
Until I got home from work yesterday and discovered the water in the trough dirty and the trough itself scooted out of position. Any suggestions on how I can keep it horse leg-free? I'm sure the desire to play will increase as the temps go up, and not only do I not want to scrub and refill the trough daily, but the idea of wasting water really bothers me. TIA!
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Had the same problem with a couple of my crew and hated the wasted water. Put my tank on a double layer of small wooden pallets next to side of barn, nearest the hydrant; nailed a 2x4 on the edge of the top pallet to keep the tank from sliding off; drove two t-posts into the ground between tank and side of barn and bungee corded the tank to the t-posts, so if a horse should happen to get a leg in, they aren't pulling the tank off the pallets and dumping it over...if the 2x4 doesn't do its job. Maybe, go up another pallet layer if two aren't tall enough?
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Yes, I worry about cinder blocks too. Much too easy to get a foot stuck in them. I used a couple of 6x6 square posts and that solved my problem, but sounds like your guy is more determined. I guess I would suggest an auto waterer, and possibly leaving a pool for waterpony to play in... Good luck!
The two mares that are boarded at my place are awful about swimming in their trough. I ended up flipping their huge 100 or 150 gallon Rubbermaid tub upside down and placing a smaller Rubbermaid 50 gallon tank on top. That has worked well and keeps them out of it. I just happened to have the smaller tank laying around and it works for two horses- probably wouldn't be a viable solution if you had several in the pasture.
Digging a small "pond" about 6-8 inches deep around the front of the trough solved this for us. The horses paw and splash in the puddle then walk in to drink from the trough. Same way they do things in the wild.
We have a swimmer in the herd too. We raised it up higher on Deck Foundation Supports. Much more stable than cinder blocks and a bit higher. Then we got a 20-gallon round tub just for her. She can now swim to her heart's content and everyone can safely drink from the main tub
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