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    03-26-2013, 01:43 PM
I briefly worked at a barn with a soft stall/stall mattress type system and I personally did not like them. They used the smallest amount of bedding possible and then just swept out the entire stall in the morning. Also, several of the liners were falling apart and replacing them would've meant replacing the whole stall mattress, instead of just pulling out one mat and putting in a new one as you would with a wrecked rubber mat.
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    03-26-2013, 02:40 PM
I LOVE my auto waterers. In the stall, they are 3ft high and bolted to the wall. This keeps feet and dirt out of them. It also makes it more tricky to poop in. In the almost 15 years they have been up, I have only had to clean poop out about 5 times. I have the kind that hold almost zero water. The horse must push the lever in order for the water to flow. Because they hold such little water, they are easy to clean and if a horse poops in it, it doesn't turn into soup. They are not shared so a mess in one waterer does not affect another horse.

The ones I have are very similar to this:
Push Paddle Waterer | Martin Ranch Supply Though ours were only about $40 plus plumbing costs.
    03-26-2013, 03:31 PM
I much prefer to have auto waterers in pastures and buckets in stalls. I can't say I was thrilled about the ones for stalls, as I have always had "that horse" who likes to bang buckets around and break things.
    03-26-2013, 03:38 PM
I know a lot of people like to monitor their horses water intake, so I was thinking of have the waterers installed and giving the boarder the option of having it on, or having buckets. Just something else to think about! My horses mainly stay outside, with a run-in shelter. I like for them to be out where they can romp and play, so the auto waterers would really just be for the boarders horses. Thanks for all your input guys!
    03-27-2013, 05:29 PM
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My barn uses automatic float valves on buckets mounted in the stall walls (the way they're set up two horses can share one bucket). It's a very cheap solution that works well the majority of the time. They do freeze occasionally in the winter and the BO has to carry warm water around to all of the buckets at those times, but we don't get freezing temperatures all that often.

I'd love to get a Ritchie Stall Fount for a variety of reasons, the primary one being that I don't think he could crib on that design. But I can't really justify almost $400 for a waterer ($450 for the heated version!) when what the barn already has in his stall serves the purpose (even if it's a bit ugly because of the extra boards they put up for the cribber who lived there before him) They do have an optional water meter that can be hooked up to them, as well...

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