Bleach in water??

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Bleach in water??

This is a discussion on Bleach in water?? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • What can you do to keep the water from turning green for horses
  • Horse and bleach water

LinkBack Thread Tools
    10-05-2007, 08:59 PM
Bleach in water??

I am wondering if someone can tell me how to keep my water buckets from turning green? Right now I am emptying them every other day, and this is causing a huge mud puddle in my field,. Someone told me to put a little bleach in them about every 3-4 days, is this ok for horses and how much bleach? I don't want to make my guys sick, but the water buckets are becoming a real problem. I need advice and any secrets anyone may have.
Sponsored Links
    10-05-2007, 11:52 PM
I wash my buckets with bleach once a week. Still end up emptying them every other day due to the assorted crap that the horses drop into them and to keep the water fresh. I know I wouldn't want to drink stale, 3-day old water :)
    10-06-2007, 02:29 AM
We've never had green buckets at the farm, but our kids don't get stalled unless they "ask" for it by congregating by the barn.

But we DO get green tubs at the college where I work with baby sea turtles. They have heat lamps on all day, so the tubs end up super green. We bleach them periodically, and as long as they are throughly rinsed before the turtles go back in everone is fine (and they live in the water, not just drink it.) and the green stays away (mostly) for weeks.
    10-06-2007, 10:45 AM
In warm climates like the southern US, buckets often need daily cleaning to prevent the "slime". Bleach can be used to treat water however, it has to be done very very carefully or you can damage the lining of the GI tract. And if you are on any public water source there is already chlorine added.
    10-06-2007, 12:12 PM
I have a 12 gal. Bucket that I keep water in since we haven't had any rain and the pond and the creeks are stale. I put about a 1/4 cup of bleach in it and it keeps the green out. The horses I keep in the barn I just change their buckets daily and wash them out. I haven't had any problems. I am on well water and the green comes quick.
    10-06-2007, 09:20 PM
I've always delt with electric water bowls, but since i've moved on to my own farm we use koi's (like gold fish) in our water tanks, I have 1 110 gallon tank and1 50 gallon barrel in a spare paddock and both have fish in it, cleaning stall buckets is useully done just with water and a good scrub brush
    10-07-2007, 02:25 AM
I have a small tub (holds more than enough still) which I keep schmick by a) emptying and cleaning thoroughly every day with a horse brush only used for this and b) by keeping the tub in the shade. When in direct sunlight it causes an algae bloom which can take as little as a day to start to form.

I havent used any but I hear there are tablets you can get to put in the water that will keep the algae down but I would research that a bit first.
    10-07-2007, 12:34 PM
bleach in water

Thanks for everyone's help. I figured my only hope was the emptying of the water every other day. But there is no harm in asking....maybe someone else had a secret I didn't know about.
    10-07-2007, 09:46 PM
Hi,apple cider vinegar added to your water buckets will also keep the scummies away.
    10-07-2007, 09:51 PM
Why not a cement troff, it keeps the water cold!! Awesome! That's what I use anyhow............

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:38 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0