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post #11 of 27 Old 12-09-2009, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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post #12 of 27 Old 12-09-2009, 02:23 PM
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Using a black tarp to cover part of the opening of the water trough can maximize the sunlight energy and help keep it from freezing, or speed up thawing. Leave just enough space so the horses can dip their noses in comfortably, and wrap it around the tank (black absorbs energy, keeping the water warmer longer), and use rocks, bricks, etc to weigh it down around the tank.

The football works by movement. It floats around (wind and horse power may push it around) and it keeps the surface from freezing as fast. A block of untreated wood can do the same thing.
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post #13 of 27 Old 12-09-2009, 06:31 PM
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Live in Indiana too. You believe this weather? UGH!! We just purchased a tank heater at Orscheln's Farm and Home. It regulates the temp of water, similar to a fish tank heater, it will only come on when needed. Good Luck!!

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post #14 of 27 Old 12-09-2009, 06:43 PM
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I use a water heater that you plug in (theres no way Hotrod can get to the wire) and we put some styrofoam around it. So, Hotrod can't burn himself, or get to it..

I tried the football thing, but he kept taking it out, and playing with it :/

I bought it for $30 at my local Tractor Supply store..
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post #15 of 27 Old 01-05-2010, 11:39 AM
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I have had horses all my life, but it is unseasonably cold here this year. Water freezing in troughs usually is a day or two event not something that occurs for weeks upon weeks as I know is the case with some of you. Someone has bound to think of adding something to the water to lower its freezing temperature and not hurting the horses in the process. I put apple cider vinegar in the hot, humid summer to raise the pH of the water to deter algae growth which got me to thinking maybe a salt and/or sugar and/or vinegar additive to the water might work. Maybe a combination of a floating piece of untreated lumber and an additive. I am not a big fan of heating elements in troughs or water buckets and thought maybe there was a simpler, less dangerous answer to the problem. I know if you break the ice and remove it as opposed to leaving it in the trough;that helps. I called the horse council and they said some people add the powdered gatorade to the water. Have any of you tried that? Ideas? thanks
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post #16 of 27 Old 01-05-2010, 11:58 AM
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From other boards, I have saw alot of people using the powdered Gatorade or electrolytes with success. But They always say, keep a bucket of regular water near, just encase a horse doesn't like it.

I live in Florida so usually its not that cold. But recently its been in the low 20's and I'm having to break the ice every few hours at night (I run on 3 hours of sleep from insomnia). Normally I just leave the hose running on low but it froze last night lol. I add loose salt and minerals into their feed which keeps them drinking. Also, if your concerned about colic, I add warm water and make their grain into mash. Haven't had any colic issues since July (that was hell).So I try to keep as much water in their systems as possible during the winter.
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post #17 of 27 Old 01-05-2010, 12:22 PM
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The amount of salt you need to add would make it very undrinkable for a horse. I've tried it in a bucket, it didnt help at all.

Our water tank is black, I really dont think that it helps much. I try to keep it out of the elements, and inside the barn overhang/shelter. I keep buckets in the shelter/stalls as well. Those usually take longer to freeze since they're in the barn. You can tell they dont freeze as quickly, because when the trough freezes, the water in the hanging buckets dissapear. Lucky for us we had a stream at the edge of the pasture, its never frozen yet.

The block of wood is a great idea. I might try that.
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post #18 of 27 Old 01-05-2010, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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The football works LOL.
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post #19 of 27 Old 01-05-2010, 02:40 PM
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hi, i havent tried it yet myself but apparently a rubber ball or a couple will prevent it as they bob around the water prevennting it to still and freeze apparently,cheap and worth a try i suppose
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post #20 of 27 Old 01-05-2010, 02:44 PM
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just seen your last post so presuming you tried it alresdy haha
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