Originally Posted by countmystrides View Post
automatic waterers are also a hassle because you never know how much water your horse is drinking. It's always good to keep a watch that your horse is drinking a regular amount and remaining hydrated.
Are you referring to outside or in stalls w automatic waterers?
As if for outside...not sure how moniter a horses water intake unless they are housed alone. As when you have a group of 3 or more horses together, its almost impossible to know who is drinking what. So auto wateres outside is a good investment IMO, saves time, you know the horses will never run out ( as some staff can be a little slow at checking and filling them as required. Not too mention some horses wont drink stagnant water)
I live in Canada and temps in winter can get as low as -40c, I've only had a line freeze on me once, and that was because it wasn't installed properly to begin with.
If you have the line insulated, and have a heat trace tape on your lines, and your lines are below the frost line (at least 3feet down)...they wont freeze.
As for in the barn....yes I do not like auto waters in the barn, as a barn I once worked at had them. They were a PITA. As often the horses would just play with them, and the stalls were always a mess. Also the area we live in has hard water, so they always looked so messy, as they turned a nasty brown colour both on the outside and in the bowl. Plus if you did get a pipe leaking etc.....then you had a nasty mess to clean up.
So I do buckets in my barn, but have auto waterers in the paddocks.