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post #31 of 43 Old 10-23-2013, 09:25 AM
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I love having the mats in the pen-right now I have 3 in each, but if I get another horse-I will need to get some more mats-I like for them to be able to get out of the mud. The donkey uses them as her bathroom-sure makes her pen easy to clean.
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post #32 of 43 Old 10-23-2013, 10:33 AM
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I highly recommend Nelson waterers. Their initial cost is higher but I guarantee it is worth it in the long run. They have excellent customer service, repair kits(which it's rarely needed) are universal (both wall mount and free standing), they ship them to you within 24 hrs and they are simple to work on. Ours are mounted in the fence line, so they serve two paddocks, so fewer are needed. I feel like a sound like a salesman but walking by and tapping the bowl every morning to make sure it's working rather than buckets,hoses, hammering ice, etc it's amazing.
I also wanted to say, I know nothing about Canadian taxes but here the tax regulations are different for hobby farm vs. horse business. When we do our taxes we have our personal, our farm and our horse farm. If the horses are considered a hobby there are less possible deductions. Like I said, I have no idea what it's like in Canada but may be something you want to look into. Good luck with your adventure!
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post #33 of 43 Old 10-23-2013, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Great idea on the mats under outside hay feeder! I never would have thought of that!

We are going to do fans in the barn, our summers are sweltering hot. I was planning on doing a hay feeder in the stalls but I want to do the ones that go on the floor in a bucket with the thing on top to make it a slow feeder. I can't remember the name of it now lol.

Saddle pad racks is a great idea as well! I love these suggestions!

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post #34 of 43 Old 10-23-2013, 01:51 PM
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If you're going to have feed buckets in the stalls, I would use Tupperware type containers with the horses name on it to divvy up grain and then just dump in the stall bucket. Cheaper then getting individual buckets, easily replaceable, take up very little space, and can make up all meals in one go and put lids on for someone else to feed later or what have you. Also excellent for when horses have different supplement needs, then you just have one person doing up the grains, no mix ups, and if you have any self or semi boarders, they can do up their own and just leave outside stall for you to feed later or whatever.

Buy used where possible, look on craigslist etc.

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post #35 of 43 Old 10-23-2013, 01:54 PM
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I disagree with redpony. Automatic waterers make it so you cannot tell if a horse is drinking properly. Though it's a bit more work, the old fashioned way (I think) is the way to go.

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post #36 of 43 Old 10-23-2013, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Yea I am not a fan of automatic waterers. They are great when you have huge barns with 30+ horses as it cuts down on work. But I like to be able to monitor my horses water intake. I would just put heaters in the outside water tubs and do heated buckets in doors DH is an electrician so we can do lots of little things lol.

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post #37 of 43 Old 10-23-2013, 10:27 PM
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I had a frost free hydrant installed and run the water into a container as I am mindful of consumption. Bucket heaters will make your hydro meter spin off the wall. A friend used on in a small tank, in the barn and her hydro jumped $300 mo. I'm happy with the hydrant. In Ontario, at one time, the farm had to make $8000 in order to get a farm rating with tax benefits. That figure may have gone up.
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post #38 of 43 Old 10-24-2013, 12:25 PM
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Automatic waterers make it so you cannot tell if a horse is drinking properly. Though it's a bit more work, the old fashioned way (I think) is the way to go.
I agree. That's what we have (after trying out automatic ones for one year). I always know how much water left to expect in the end of the day (when we fill it up). If too much left - something to be concerned about!

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post #39 of 43 Old 10-28-2013, 10:56 AM
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Yea I am not a fan of automatic waterers. They are great when you have huge barns with 30+ horses as it cuts down on work. But I like to be able to monitor my horses water intake. I would just put heaters in the outside water tubs and do heated buckets in doors DH is an electrician so we can do lots of little things lol.
We have used them for many years with many horses and never had a problem. However, if you want to monitor your horses intake, Nelson makes a water consumption indicator:
Accessories for Automatic Waterers | Nelson Mfg | IA
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post #40 of 43 Old 10-28-2013, 12:17 PM
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I disagree on the smoke detectors. I thought it was an obvious item but I ended up having to pull them all down b/c the dust in the barn kept making them go off. No matter how much I tried to keep them clean they would always go off and spook the horses. Also there would never be anyone in the barn or close enough to hear them at night.
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Heat detectors are far more useful. The dust won't have any impact. In fact, heat detectors are used in spaces of buildings where dust of any type is very present. There are many different types of heat detectors to satisfy the environmental conditions where you are. Depending on how close you are to the building, you can have any detectors tie into a remote notification system. Small systems like this are easily affordable and can help bring peace of mind.

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