No electricity near barn and need to keep water from freezing? - Page 2
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Barns, Boarding, and Farms > Barn Maintenance

No electricity near barn and need to keep water from freezing?

This is a discussion on No electricity near barn and need to keep water from freezing? within the Barn Maintenance forums, part of the Barns, Boarding, and Farms category
  • How to prevent horse water buckets from freezing without electricity
  • Poly horse waterers no electricity needed

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-28-2012, 01:31 AM
  #11
Yearling
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.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    12-28-2012, 01:31 AM
  #12
Green Broke
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.
     
    12-28-2012, 01:35 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
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.
     
    12-28-2012, 08:37 AM
  #14
Yearling
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
     
    12-28-2012, 08:54 AM
  #15
Yearling
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.
     
    12-28-2012, 09:11 AM
  #16
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    12-28-2012, 09:21 AM
  #17
Banned
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?
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    12-28-2012, 09:31 AM
  #18
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by laurenlewis24    
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?
Posted via Mobile Device
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    12-28-2012, 09:51 AM
  #19
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
To be honest, our mares just break the ice with their muzzle or hoof when they're thirsty.
Posted via Mobile Device
This might work in NC, please don't try in in Indiana.
     
    12-28-2012, 09:51 AM
  #20
Green Broke
Oops!!
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Inventive Ways to Keep Water Trough From Freezing? rascalboy Horse Talk 10 11-16-2012 09:12 AM
Lamps and portable electricity Sanala Barn Maintenance 18 02-24-2012 03:47 AM
Light - No Electricity Remi Barn Maintenance 4 09-28-2010 09:12 PM
Keeping water troughs from freezing? JumpingTheMoon Horse Health 26 01-05-2010 11:01 PM
Static electricity!! crackrider Horse Grooming 5 08-02-2007 11:39 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0