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    08-13-2010, 05:06 PM
Automatic Waterers

Do any of you use automatic waterers? If so, are they worth the extra money?
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    08-14-2010, 08:42 PM
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.
    08-14-2010, 10:09 PM
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.
    08-16-2010, 12:33 AM
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.
    08-16-2010, 02:57 AM
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.
    08-16-2010, 10:56 AM
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.
    08-16-2010, 11:16 AM
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.
    08-16-2010, 11:44 AM
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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    08-16-2010, 12:22 PM
We have one in the mares pasture at the barn I ride at and its great..the geldings though will tear it up lol
    08-18-2010, 08:24 PM
Green Broke
We never used them so that we could check to see how much water the horses were actually drinking.

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