Originally Posted by RitzieAnn
I have auto waters in the barn. I shut it off. I had a horse a few years ago colic & die due to dehydration because she wasn't drinking from the auto waters. I use buckets now, or 16 gallon tubs. Both of which come in heated varieties. I think, especially in a stall, it is important to monitor how much your horse is drinking, and you can't do that with auto waters.
That said.... I would love to set up an auto system for our tubs in the fields!
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Mine tend to drink more with the auto waterer because its cleaner and fresher. I would have just put a bucket in the horses stall that wasn't drinking. I think you can also get a meter to measure how much they drink.