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post #1 of 21 Old 08-13-2010, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Automatic Waterers

Do any of you use automatic waterers? If so, are they worth the extra money?

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post #2 of 21 Old 08-14-2010, 07:42 PM
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We've got 'em at the barn. LOVE them. I would say they are worth it. Although they can break if your horse likes to play in their water, and it's going to still need a quick scrub once a week to keep the grime away.

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post #3 of 21 Old 08-14-2010, 09:09 PM
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For a super easy keeper I love them, but generally I prefer buckets. I like to be able to see how much each individual horse is drinking daily.
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-15-2010, 11:33 PM
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We've had those things for 9 years at my stable and yes, I would say they are worth the extra money. My ponies have never broken them or anything.
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post #5 of 21 Old 08-16-2010, 01:57 AM
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I personally prefer buckets so that I can monitor my horse's water intake. I could see how they would be beneficial if you owned a large boarding board, or something similar.
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post #6 of 21 Old 08-16-2010, 09:56 AM
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We saw a significant water savings when we went from rubbermaid tubs to automatic waterers. In the summer, they definitely need scrubbing every 2 or 3 days. Our yellow Ritchie seems to be worse for algae than the darker grey Behlen. The other nice thing is everytime it refills the water is cool.
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post #7 of 21 Old 08-16-2010, 10:16 AM
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I agree with those the prefer buckets. Its more work... sure. BUT... I can tell how much my horse is drinking. It has saved me a lot of issues. So to me the extra work is worth it.

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post #8 of 21 Old 08-16-2010, 10:44 AM
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I have a waterer in the pasture and love it. Before that I had a trough and the water always seemed stagnent and it was a pain to fill and keep clean. They didn't drink as much of hot stagnant water. Yoiu can get a meter to see how much they are drinking. I use Nelson waterers and if installed properly they are pretty reliable. Had 1 overflow in 9 yrs. and never froze at 30 below
For stalls I don't mind buckets and use a heated busket in the winter so no ice to break.
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post #9 of 21 Old 08-16-2010, 11:22 AM
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we have one in the mares pasture at the barn i ride at and its great..the geldings though will tear it up lol
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-18-2010, 07:24 PM
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We never used them so that we could check to see how much water the horses were actually drinking.
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