Originally Posted by Spotted
You would be better off to carry warm water.
So... I know this seems contrary to common sense, but water actually freezes faster if it is warm and put into a freezing environment. We have tried this actually... ran hot tap water (which, here is still cool enough to consider "shower water", haha)... it froze faster than the buckets with the "normal" water out of our hydrants :/
In my experience (even having electricity in our barn), it is more cost effective, more environmentally friendly and less wasteful to carry water buckets out and fill tanks as needed. We check a few times a day... put a 6 gallon bucket per horse in each tank - when it freezes, we dump, refill. Because we only give 6 gallons/horse, we usually don't end up dumping too much, and no one is left thirsty :) But... then again, ALL of our time is spent at the farm, so checking water tanks every two hours isn't a big deal to us...