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it's a water trough, NOT a swimming pool - photo link added

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  • #21
    Originally posted by chance2jump View Post
    My pony has killed many a fish in his short life. Once caught, they are left to die a cruel death on the ground. The least I could hope for is to play with the darn thing like a cat does a mouse, but no.. he's to prissy for that kind of play.
    I checked the ground after the incident... no fishies... pretty sure they were just eaten.... Leave it to little boy ponies to think of such things...


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      i'm not sure i can get video of elmo in action at this point. he knows that this is not kosher behavior and does his best not to get caught by mom. as mom gets mad and mean, yells and throws things.

      so far the new height of the tank has discouraged any freestyle in the trough today. this has not stopped him from taking advantage of the massive mudpuddle that yesterdays fun created. he has also recruited partners in crime to enjoy it with him, although non of them can compete with the chocolate dipped marshmellow. he's clearly honed his skills. please keep him away from my herd.

      i think it would be premature to declare victory though, i can tell his little gears are still mulling over the situation...
      * trying hard to be the person that my horses think i am


      • #23
        omg mudroom... leave it to a grey horse to be that serious about mud.
        If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.


        • #24
          mud pig

          she LOVES being muddy


          this was my punishment for bathing her the day before
          Jazz- 4.9.01 OTTB, loved since 12.6.09
          Skip- 3.3.91 APHA, i miss you buddy


          • #25
            My previous barn had a lake in the pasture. I would get calls regularly that my mare had drowned and was dead on the shore. Each time I would explain that she was hot and slept in the lake. She always had her head on shore but the rest of her was submerged. No pictures, sorry

            Member Appaloosa lovers clique


            • #26
              Glimmerling and Mudroom - I am just crying with laughter! Glimmerling - you really have to get a picture of that. And Jacksmom - you just have to try and get that pony skinny dipping on camera too!


              • #27
                The BO at my last barn was always wondering why the water trough in the paddock would be empty just hours after he'd filled it until one day he pulled in to see my horse with both front feet in splashing all the water out. He looooves any sort of water!

                R.I.P. Eagles Hill. 4/6/00-12/10/11.


                • #28
                  Ah yes. My Tb mare loooves to play in water. She jumps in her water trough with both front legs and splashes around. Empties it, and muddies it, and drives the BO crazy. BO has threatened her with electric collar. Mare doesn't seem to take the threats seriously and keeps doing it.
                  Once she has emptied the water trough, she digs a mud hole and rolls in it.
                  And this is what I find when I come to the barn to ride her.

                  The plus side is that we don't have a problem with water jumps
                  Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!


                  • #29
                    Here's my swimmer


                    It happens so often I got him a pool.


                    However, he actually doesn't seem to like rolling in the really muddy spots. He likes clean baths...



                    • #30
                      Nothing to share, but after reading this thread and looking at the pictures I will never complain about my horses getting muddy again! They've got nothing on some of your horses!
                      "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
                      <>< I.I.


                      • #31
                        I used to wonder how in the world my barn managers and fellow boarders didn't notice the troughs in my boys' field were constantly near empty. Did no one ever fill them? Or notice when they were laying on their side, having supposedly been pulled over by a thirsty horse?


                        Oops. Turns out it was my boy creating loads more work for the BM!

                        He also used to love to roll in the water jump in his field. I showed up at the barn one day and awwww'd over the really cute new blue roan with a blaze. Too cute! Then I realized it was my paint, covered in algae and smelling like week old trash. I'll have to get the FB pic link when I get home, he was a sight!


                        • #32
                          My mare did this!

                          Originally posted by glimmerling View Post
                          My previous barn had a lake in the pasture. I would get calls regularly that my mare had drowned and was dead on the shore. Each time I would explain that she was hot and slept in the lake. She always had her head on shore but the rest of her was submerged. No pictures, sorry
                          I think I have pics, I'll have to see if I can get them scanned in. It's very discerning to see a head, neck and nothing else. We had one gelding that would take a swig and spit it at you and other horses when you walked by. Evidently one of the little girls taught him how to do it much to the chargin of everyone else. He would do it with his water bucket even in frigid temps. Cutest gelding though which means he had lots of admirers to 'shoot'
                          Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
                          Originally Posted by alicen:
                          What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


                          • #33
                            My mud monster:


                            Rhode Islands are red;
                            North Hollands are blue.
                            Sorry my thoroughbreds
                            Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :


                            • #34
                              In the past I owned a trough swimmer who would then take the empty trough for a walk down to the back of the pasture!

                              Best solution for me was to place a large log in front of the trough so that he could still reach the water with his nose, but it was too far for him to paw over and into the trough.

                              It was funny to watch him after the log was in place because he would still paw, but couldn't get his hoof in the tub.


                              • #35
                                Chief knocks the trough over.

                                THEN he uses it as a steel drum.

                                Especially if he thinks I am late with breakfast.

                                chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                                • #36
                                  My water trough swimmer

                                  Will chase you down if he sees you carry a hose:


                                  Break all your troughs


                                  And then get really dirty


                                  Which is why I now hang two buckets instead of a trough. He isn't happy about it, but he's reduced the number of abscesses from pawing, and the number of broken troughs, so I am happy!


                                  • #37
                                    I have a horse who doubles as a polar bear............she still swims every now and then in the trough despite it being 30 degrees. A big pain to drain muddy tank in the winter.

                                    We have really slowed her down by cutting a hole in 4 board fence and putting Rubbermaid trough in lenthwise, just enough so they could drink. It was a lot cheaper than installing a waterer. They also don't have access to water heater, which was my big concern.


                                    • #38
                                      This is the best thread! I'm so glad my OTTB boy isn't really a swimmer! However, he still manages to find plenty of ways to cause trouble
                                      Who is John Galt?


                                      • #39

                                        hard to pick the "who is the muddiest" picture!

                                        bless their hearts!


                                        • #40
                                          Originally posted by Sancudo View Post
                                          My water trough swimmer

                                          Will chase you down if he sees you carry a hose:


                                          Break all your troughs


                                          And then get really dirty


                                          Which is why I now hang two buckets instead of a trough. He isn't happy about it, but he's reduced the number of abscesses from pawing, and the number of broken troughs, so I am happy!
                                          He is "to die for" gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!Love the first pic!!