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  • Heated Hose?

    Has anyone tried this ?

    A bit pricey, but a good idea! Am I just being lazy by not wanting to drain the hose all winter ??
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  • #2
    What a neat invention!
    Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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      #3
      Originally posted by sublimequine View Post
      What a neat invention!
      Right?? I love that you can leave it turned on too (I hate using or having other people use bucket heaters b/c i'm afraid they'll be left on and start a fire)

      180 watts isn't too much energy either
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      • #4
        I want it! I can't afford it, but I want it!

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        • #5
          There's a good idea!
          Tinwhistle Farm

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          • #6
            OK, but what about the faucet/hydrant that you leave it connected to?

            Build a hose box to go around a regular hose reel & hydrant. Insulate it, and put a 100 watt bulb in it. Cut little hinged doors to be able to run the hose out thru, and wind it up. Then you can use your cheaper hose, and any length you need.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Fairview Horse Center View Post
              OK, but what about the faucet/hydrant that you leave it connected to?

              Build a hose box to go around a regular hose reel & hydrant. Insulate it, and put a 100 watt bulb in it. Cut little hinged doors to be able to run the hose out thru, and wind it up. Then you can use your cheaper hose, and any length you need.
              I was just about to suggest this! Maybe $25-worth of supplies, an hour or so worth of effort, and voila! Heated hose!
              Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.

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              • #8
                Yep, I agree it's a neat idea but I'd hate to see the electric bill at the end of a hard winter.

                As for worrying about the hydrant, they make a heating tape that goes around it to keep if from freezing. I use that when the temps get below 20 degrees.

                What is so hard about buying a hose reel with wheels and wheeling hose reel into nice warm heated tack room when you are done using it? I do it twice/day in the winter for just 2 horses because I don't like carrying buckets anymore than necessary. The last hose reel I bought is warranted for 7 yrs which I'd consider a decent amount of time. If you buy at the right time you can get a hose reel on sale too.
                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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                • #9
                  Electricity and water are a dangerous combination.
                  ... _. ._ .._. .._

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                    Electricity and water are a dangerous combination.
                    I agree, but in the case of heat tapes, you don't need water in the mix to be dangerous.

                    I worked at a barn that used them, and every couple of months, we would begin to smell smoke, start the frantic searching, and sure enough, the heat tape was melting. With a hydrant or pipes, the tape loops often shift a bit, and if they begin to touch, they can cause a fire.

                    We use a self draining hydrant that as long as you disconnect the hose, it drains.

                    As for heated buckets, they cause barn fires every year. No thanks. I will break ice out of them, and not worry (or pay a huge electric bill). Heating elements in bucket and trough heaters pull a lot of current, and barns are not usually designed to handle that current.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by msj View Post

                      What is so hard about buying a hose reel with wheels and wheeling hose reel into nice warm heated tack room when you are done using it? e you can get a
                      You assume we all have a nice warm heated tack room

                      Although I can't complain.. I should have mine within 3-4 weeks depending on how long the Amish take
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by msj View Post
                        As for worrying about the hydrant, they make a heating tape that goes around it to keep if from freezing. I use that when the temps get below 20 degrees.

                        What is so hard about buying a hose reel with wheels and wheeling hose reel into nice warm heated tack room when you are done using it?
                        Well, if you don't have a nice, warm, heated tack room (or heat in the barn at all for that matter!), you have to drain the hose.

                        Can you provide some more details about the heating tape stuff? How does it work? Does it stay on the hose all the time? Where can you get it?

                        I'm thinkin', gift for the barn owner -- a heated hose or maybe the heating tape stuff???

                        Current winter routine is to hook up the hose, fill the bucket (heated bucket, thankdog), then unhook the hose, drain it, and leave it on the slope of the hill until the next person needs it. It's a bit of a pain and a time-waster.
                        Proofreading is your friend.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by msj View Post
                          What is so hard about buying a hose reel with wheels and wheeling hose reel into nice warm heated tack room when you are done using it?
                          BWAHAHAHAHA!


                          ...can you guess I don't have heated tack room and never will?

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                          • #14
                            Well, I'm sorry for those of you that don't have heated tack rooms but I boarded at only one barn here in western NY that didn't have one and I'd NEVER EVER do it again. Fortunately the horse I had at the time went OK in a rubber bit that didn't need a ton of warming up. But never again would I leave valuable tack in an unheated room.

                            As for the heat tape that goes around the hyrdrant, you can find it at any hardware store. Obviously you will need an electrical outlet near by. Even though I've got a frost free hydrant it did freeze up on me one winter -totally my fault too. Unfortunately it froze the 2nd time that winter and I don't really enjoy standing out there with either my blow dryer or a small heating unit waiting for it to thaw so I bought the heat tape. I've used it for probably 4-6 winters so far with no problems.

                            I simply can't imagine draining a hose every day. You do have my sympathy.
                            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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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by msj View Post
                              But never again would I leave valuable tack in an unheated room.
                              Why?

                              My saddle has lived in a an unheated tack room all of its life, and this year it is 31 years young. Ok, I do clean every 4 or 5 years, and oil it every decade or so, have had to replace the billets once, but I think it may go another 25 years or so.

                              I just stretch out the hose and blow it out.

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                              • #16
                                That hose looks genius! Most our troughs are directly under a hydrant, so that works fine, but a couple horses are in a smaller pen and need a hose to fill their trough...and of course its small, so it needs to be filled every few days. I have to drain hoses......I don't have a heated tack room and the house is too far away to store hoses in the basement. I sorta might plan for 'warmer' days to string the hose out and 'melt' and fill THAT day.....cuz out here, even when you drain a hose (I walk back and forth under it 3 times to drain)...it will STILL innevitably freeze

                                Last winter it got so cold that all my hoses were frozen and I filled buckets under the hydrant and carried those to the small trough and dumped buckets.......takes a LOT of trips to do that too..............sigh HAHA oh yeah and my gloves kept freezing to the bucket handle HAHA
                                Kelli
                                Horse Drawings!

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                                • #17
                                  Darlyn, blow it out?

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                                  • #18
                                    Yes, I just leave the end outside the door when I finish watering, disconnect the hose from the hydrant, and blow in that end (like you are blowing up a balloon). The water drains thru the open end outside the door. It takes about 30 seconds (3 or 4 breaths) until you can feel (and hear)it be clear (no pressure while you are blowing). I leave it stretched out along the aisle edge, or coil horizontally on the washrack, as if you roll it up vertically (loops or on a winder), the few drips will run the the bottom of a loop and freeze. Those leftover drops can freeze stretched out, and it will still let water flow thru.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by msj View Post
                                      Yep, I agree it's a neat idea but I'd hate to see the electric bill at the end of a hard winter.
                                      I see you're from NY so your winters are prolly much worse than mine (Maryland) but I was thinking of just plugging it in before I needed it.

                                      ex: get to the barn and plug it in, organize horses, feed and then when it's warm do water and then unplug it.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Meredith Clark View Post
                                        I see you're from NY so your winters are prolly much worse than mine (Maryland) but I was thinking of just plugging it in before I needed it.

                                        ex: get to the barn and plug it in, organize horses, feed and then when it's warm do water and then unplug it.
                                        Having spent ~ 5 yrs in Potomac, MD, and 37 yrs in NY, yes, our winters are much more severe and cold and snowy and long,etc. etc., etc.
                                        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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