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post #11 of 29 Old 12-28-2012, 01:31 AM
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Hot water freezes faster than cold water so don't add hot water. The molicules in hot water are rapidily moving and when exposed to extreme temperates they quickly stop causing the water to freeze much faster.

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If you go the extension cord route, I would get the best gague cord you can afford and the longest. One long cord would be better then two shorter ones.
If you have to use two shorter cords I would wrap the junctions with electric tape.

There is always a chance of things going wrong with electric and water. I have heard of horses being electrocuted, and when I was younger we had the watertrough shock all of our horses, it was 4 months before they would walk next to the trough and 6 months before they drank from it again.

I do not know if you can put a stock tank heater in a rubber trough or even a hard rubbermaid trough, mine are 100 gal galvanized, and some horses play with the heaters at first.

What I did was, first time I turned on the floating tank heater, I did it during the day when I was home, and for about 3 weeks I unplugged it every night and plugged in every morning untill I was sure it would work.

I cannot stress how important it is that the heater is plugged into a GFI, If anything goes wrong it will, in theory, trip and cut off all electricity to the heater.

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Hot water freezes faster than cold water so don't add hot water. The molicules in hot water are rapidily moving and when exposed to extreme temperates they quickly stop causing the water to freeze much faster.

This is true but if you are adding hot water to the cold water, it will just make the water a little less cold so I think that would work best.

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If you do the extension cord route, get long sections of PVC pipe to run the cord through. Horses wil not be able to chew or step on the cord. We do this to keep my donk from chewing the 8 feet of cord from the tank to the barn where the outlet is

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Well, you always go the "manure bucket"route but it's only a quick fix. Horse manure makes heat, and you can take a large muck bucket, put fresh manure on the bottom, cover it with straw and nest a 5 gallon water bucket in the middle. It works, but obviously isn't a long term solution.

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Hot water freezes faster than cold water so don't add hot water. The molicules in hot water are rapidily moving and when exposed to extreme temperates they quickly stop causing the water to freeze much faster.
Although there are some circumstances in which this can happen, this is not generally the case. Feel free to use hot water all you want.... I always do.
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When I add warm water to the trough, I always add it to the existing cold water.

I have heard of a theory about putting a football in the water trough. The constent movement from the ball helps to break up any forming ice. Have any of you heard of this? Do you think its worth a try?
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When I add warm water to the trough, I always add it to the existing cold water.

I have heard of a theory about putting a football in the water trough. The constent movement from the ball helps to break up any forming ice. Have any of you heard of this? Do you think its worth a try?
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I have tried various types of balls in our 110 gal, but there doesn't seem to enough movement to keep it from freezing. To be honest, our mares just break the ice with their muzzle or hoof when they're thirsty.
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To be honest, our mares just break the ice with their muzzle or hoof when they're thirsty.
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This might work in NC, please don't try in in Indiana.

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