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    Any ideas on how to have fresh water outside for a mare who puts her foot in any water bucket? Hanging buckets, or large water tubs on the ground. She will put her foot in and splash and dump them. It's dangerous to her and not fair to the other mare not to have fresh clean water.
    looking for some creative safe ideas.

  • #2
    A tub big and heavy enough that she can jump in, splash around, and not overturn it?


    • #3
      If there is a salvage place in your area, you can look for an old fashioned clawfoot bathtub. They are very heavy, hold a lot of water and the ceramic surface makes them much easier to clean than plastic/nylon tubs/buckets.
      ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


      • #4
        Water trough on other side of lower fence line. They can stick their heads over but not climb in.
        And then give her a kiddie pool to play in.


        • #5
          I have one who puts her feet in the trough.

          Then I have a different one who splashes all the water out of the trough with her head.

          A tall trough deters the first mare from putting her feet in the trough. But then the second mare has a field day with alllllll that water to splash.

          A low trough placed longwise under the fence deters the splasher. But the other mare still puts her feet in.

          I should probably remove some fence rails and slide the tall trough under there for the best of both worlds.
          Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


          • #6
            2 of my boys keep putting both front feet in and splashing all the water out (it's hot). So I just put one of the big rubber tubs in the center of the paddock and let them go to town. I removed the lower board from the center paddock fence and put troughs under it so they are shared between the two sides. It's kind of a pain when I dump them to clean them though but it at least keeps the 2 boys from splashing all of my water out.


            • #7
              We have 6' large water tubs with automatic valves.

              Our old man loves to get his foot in there and splash, keeps him entertained.
              Has never hurt him or the tubs, all these many years now.

              He also breaks ice all by himself, so he always has water, even in the winter, keeps a hole open as ice forms.


              • #8
                Join the annoying "feet in the trough" club! My gelding does it when the temperature is just hot enough...and makes a darn mess every time. I love him and haven't found a good solution. I don't fill it all the way up (it's a 50 gallon rubber tank) so I don't have to dump a huge mess each time. I provide a bucket in their stalls (free access) so there's that source too. Can you raise the trough up off the ground with a pallet(s) to discourage her? Even with just a half a tub (it's between pipe panels so shared between two horses) mine still gets busy. I think mine is bored and hot.
                Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


                • #9
                  sometimes it helps to have two or three tanks for the water weenies
                  rotate cleaning / refilling
                  generally with three tanks ...all three won’t be trashed
                  * especially if one positions one behind the other two !!
                  worked here
                  Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                  • #10
                    Kiddie pool as your 'sacrificial lamb' and then multiple hanging buckets spaced apart. At some point she's going to get tired of walking from bucket to bucket to splash, when there's this awesome pool in the middle she can play in.
                    To improve safety, switch to a flexible tub with handles that she cant get a hoof through.

                    I recall there's been a few threads on this over the years. Do a search and you'll find lots of other ideas.


                    • #11
                      Like others have said for my mare that likes to go "swimming" I have a large plastic kiddie pool that I keep filled for her to play in. That has pretty much stopped her attacking the water tank since the two are so far apart and the tank is in an undesirable playing location.


                      • #12
                        I have found that placing the tubs on cinder blocks deters even the most dedicated splasher.


                        • #13
                          Access to a creek with a livestock V is nice, if you have the option. I had some boarders arrive last fall, and at least one of them was REALLY bad about wanting to put feet into a water tub. They refused to use the creek as they were frightened of it (raised in a stall previously), so a rubber tub was the only option when they were out in the field. We filled it often, but it didn't last long before it was dumped, fortunately it was raining often enough that there were puddles that carried over as the water source during nighttime hours when the tub was dumped. When these horses moved off the field and into a paddock in early spring, there was an auto waterer in there. It took a while for the horse in question to recognize this as a potential foot bath, but when she did, she ripped it down, tore it off it's foundation, resulting in damage to the auto waterer, and flooding the shelter. She was not a popular horse around here. In desperation, we righted the auto waterer, (located in a corner of the shed) and placed carefully designed boards across the corner, to protect the waterer. Low enough to negate the possibility of getting the foot into the tub under them, and high enough to keep the foot from going over it, solid so a foot could not go through between the boards, close enough to the waterer that the horses could reach the bowl to drink. THIS solved the issue. It was a relief when the owner's farm was ready for her to take them home in the spring. The owner thought it was "cute" that the horse liked doing this. Unknown if she still thinks it is "cute" now that it is her problem LOL.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by blueeyepaint View Post
                            Any ideas on how to have fresh water outside for a mare who puts her foot in any water bucket? Hanging buckets, or large water tubs on the ground. She will put her foot in and splash and dump them. It's dangerous to her and not fair to the other mare not to have fresh clean water.
                            looking for some creative safe ideas.
                            hahahaahaha I only laugh because I have a bathing beauty just like this - my gelding. He does love his water!! I use an 80 gallon rubbermaid stock tank and it's elevated on cement bricks. If the water source is above the knee they can't get a foot/leg into it. Haven't had an issue in years.


                            • #15
                              We used a bathtub as the trough and built a barricade around it - just a timber post at each corner and a single timber rail that sat at about low chest height and about 6 inches further out from the bath. The horses have no trouble reaching over to drink but can't get a foot in there.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                                He also breaks ice all by himself, so he always has water, even in the winter, keeps a hole open as ice forms.
                                My gelding got us evicted from our former boarding arrangement because he constantly put his front feet in the water tub and muddied the water and scratched the tank. Elevating on cinder blocks was the solution.

                                I echo Bluey's sentiment though, the same gelding who is annoying in summer is a world-champion ice breaker in winter and many times has saved my bacon when we had stronger than anticipated cold spells that I didn't prepare for.

                                I clean my water tub daily in summer anyhow so I'm not bothered by his antics.

                                Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


                                • #17
                                  I put the trough outside the field and remove the middle fence board so they can reach through to drink. Works beautifully. Bonus that it's mucho easier for me to scrub and fill the tank from outside the pasture or paddock, and, in general, if it runs over, the water stays out of the field, so they don't create a muddy pit.


                                  • #18
                                    If you can afford it, have a Bar-Bar-A Horsedrinker installed. No water sits in the bowl, so there's nothing to splash/play in. No electricity needed either. So glad I put one in when I bought my place.

                                    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                                    • #19
                                      I placed a large log in front of the water tub. This kept the horse at a distance it wasn't easy to splash in the tub, but they could still reach to drink.


                                      • #20
                                        33 gallon Rubbermaid trash can works great, use the handle to tie it to a post or rail to keep them from pulling it over. Provides plenty of water and too tall to get a hoof in.