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  • Getting water to the barn in the winter

    Has anyone used this or something similar for winter water supply. We do not have winterized water out to the barn, so we are going to have to transport water from the winterized spigot on our house. We are looking for something we can put on a cart, fill up for the day and leave down by the barn. Luckily we only have two horses so we don't need a ton of water.

    This is what we were looking it. We like that is has a sprayer for rinsing buckets and such.

    http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...b-5dd8e54b8417

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    I just use gas cans (purchased for this purpose) and put them on a little wagon to bring to the barn. I have two horses and this worked for me last year. The hose/sprayer on the unit you are looking at is nice, but would you also have to store it indoors so that those parts don't freeze?
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      We have a heated garage about 1/2 way from the house to the barn, so we are probably going to store it in the garage when not in use.

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        I, too, used gas cans, filled in the house, and slid them to the barn on a plastic sled. I could manage this for two horses, and did so for 17 years. When I got two more horses, I had a well drilled at the barn. Best money I've spent on the place!

        Your water tank will be heavy 25 gallons = approx. 250 lbs. Will that be easy to roll on frozen or snow covered ground? I have no idea where you live, but I think the sprayer would freeze very quickly in cold weather -- think less than 5 minutes.
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          #5
          Good point draftdriver

          my dad is a little crazy with cleaning out buckets and things...so I think he really likes the idea of having the sprayer....but he may need to learn to accept that stuff gets dirty in a barn. And once or twice a week scubbings will be enough for most buckets. Right now he is cleaning every bucket on the property at least once a day...including the muck bucket

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          • #6
            That looks fine and dandy but folks around here just get one of the plastic food/water/ storage barrels and hook a hose to it. Holds fifty gallons and costs about $50. Just requires a little bit of handy man help. What you are looking at is highway robbery.

            Where are you located? If you are in near NC or Va. I have a friend that can help.

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              I'm on Long Island. The gas can idea doesn't seem too bad. Are there specific kinds of cans that are better than others? Is there anything in the material of the cans that can be bad for the horses?

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                If you have cats and use the litter that comes in the large plastic jugs it might be cheaper to just use them. I use Wegman's cat litter in the 22 lb jugs. I save one or two of the jugs each winter to fill the heated birdbath and would be more than happy to supply anyone in my area with empties, rather than just recycling them. I think that Tidy Cats also makes a litter jug if there is no Weggies in your area.
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                  I use these . Fill them up at the house and take them down to the barn on a sled.
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                    Originally posted by Houdini1220 View Post
                    Good point draftdriver

                    my dad is a little crazy with cleaning out buckets and things...so I think he really likes the idea of having the sprayer....but he may need to learn to accept that stuff gets dirty in a barn. And once or twice a week scubbings will be enough for most buckets. Right now he is cleaning every bucket on the property at least once a day...including the muck bucket
                    LOL Can I borrow your Dad?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Houdini1220 View Post
                      I'm on Long Island. The gas can idea doesn't seem too bad. Are there specific kinds of cans that are better than others? Is there anything in the material of the cans that can be bad for the horses?
                      I think there is only one kind of gas can available in NYS and it's a PITA to use for gas anyway. You can take the nozzle off probably and use them that way.

                      Tell your Dad to just use a bleach soak on your buckets once/wk. That keeps mine good and I've been doing that for 22 yrs. I also give fresh water twice/day because I have the insulated water buckets. Great for winter. Here's an example.

                      http://www.jeffersequine.com/insulat...HQ-BA/cn/2554/
                      Sue

                      I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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                      • #12
                        Before we ran underground water out to the farther fields, we used the garden hose method. It was a giant PITA, but there were too many horses to haul water by hand. I've used hoses as long a 250'. But it only works if it is mostly downhill.

                        You would have to carefully drain the hose after each use and remember to roll it up if it's going to snow (trust me, there is nothing worse than snowy hose! nothing is wetter or colder than that.)

                        I wouldn't want to do either, but the hose method has some real advantages - like not running out of water and having to make additional trips.

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                          We keep a heated trough in the upper bunny barn and use the hose method. Here in KY it rarely stays below freezing for more than a few days, ie you'll get your chance to refill about once a week. We also had heated muck tub style water containers in the pens and one paddock, and a heated bucket for the dog and a heated dog water bowl for the chickens. Before we coughed up for the heated items we lugged five gallon buckets full of hot water. We have two directions of slope, we go uphhill and along the side of a ridgetop so the sled method wound up with us dragging it at about a 45 as it tried to escape down the side of the ridge. That slope does make the hose method work very well here.
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                            I have several options: gas cans, old sheep supplement containers and a couple with spigots. Always seem to go for the sheep supplement containers as they are almost square, tend to not tip, sit quietly on either the toboggan or the tractor bucket and while a bit of a PITA to empty, they best fill the need of getting water to the barn without spilling. Gas can will squirt water if you lose the cap off the air hole and the ones with the spigots have the same problem if you set them down too hard and pop the plug from the air hole. Worse, the ones with the spigots are round and rather unstable.
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                              Originally posted by Murphy's Mom View Post
                              I use these . Fill them up at the house and take them down to the barn on a sled.
                              That looks great....thanks!

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                                Originally posted by msj View Post
                                LOL Can I borrow your Dad?
                                nope

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                                  Just a tip from someone who had far too many years with no water at the barn- this may not be the "system" you are looking for- but it will probably come in handy for someone at some point in time.

                                  This is also great for transporting water from home for your horse on a day trip- and for carrying water when you are wearing show clothes.

                                  Put a plastic garbage bag inside a 5 gallon horse bucket (or two)
                                  Fill the bag with 5 gallons of water- go ahead- fill it right up to the brim!
                                  Twist and lightly knot the top of the bag.
                                  Carry your full buckets (or put them in your wheelbarrow) in freezing weather with no water slopping out on your pants! Whoo-hoo!

                                  It's a little tricky to pour the water out with the bag still inside- the easiest way to get the bag out is to just push it down into the water, then grasp a piece of the bag that's at the bottom of the bucket and lift... there is no more suction as long as the top of the bag is under water.

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                                  • #18
                                    I liked the gas cans because of the really nice broad handle. Makes carrying 100 lbs of water (one can in each hand) so much easier when the fingers aren't being sliced in two by tiny wire or plastic handles. Gas can bonus -- you wont' slosh water down inside your boots when carrying them!

                                    I never had a problem with caps being lost. I didn't use the pour spout that one would use when filling a gas tank-- too finickity. And don't worry about what kind of plastic they are -- the water won't be in them long enough to pick up any chemicals.
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                                    • #19
                                      We have some of those special water pillow containers, that fit anywhere and fold flat when not needed:

                                      http://www.bayteccontainers.com/waterbags.html

                                      We used to have one that fit in the back of a pickup, now have three that are wheelbarrow sized, two fit in the 4 wheeler box, four in the back of the pickup easily.

                                      A friend has one of those little plastic carts you pull behind an ATV that dumps and fills it with water to top off far off tanks.

                                      When setting a few fence posts in concrete far from water, we use old kitty litter containers for our water supply.

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                                        Originally posted by Louise View Post
                                        If you have cats and use the litter that comes in the large plastic jugs it might be cheaper to just use them. I use Wegman's cat litter in the 22 lb jugs. I save one or two of the jugs each winter to fill the heated birdbath and would be more than happy to supply anyone in my area with empties, rather than just recycling them. I think that Tidy Cats also makes a litter jug if there is no Weggies in your area.
                                        Yep, we do this at horse shows. They're really easy to lug around.
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