Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: NW Washington State
I've never heard of Soft Stall, so I can't really comment on that, but I too have lost a horse to dehydration/impact colic.
She was at a self care barn, and I worked nights. I asked somebody else at the barn to toss her dinner in her stall. Usually she was let out every day, but it was going to be raining, and she didn't have a shelter, so she was inside for 48ish hours. She couldn't be saved. Nobody at the barn noticed until it was too late. They don't always show obvious signs.
Having a hose near by is great. If you get freezing temps though, you have to remember to shut them off & drain the lines. The barn I used to be at, one barn always froze, and so all winter the waterers were off. I bought heated buckets :)