This doesn't exactly fit this forum, but I didn't know where else to put it.
With the weather heating up we're back to trying to solve one of our biggest horse problems. My 5 year old mare, Honey, loves to swim and play in water. This can be fun on a trail ride on a hot day. It isn't much fun, however, when she stands in their 100 gallon stock tank to cool off. We can't keep their water clean in the summer. I swear our other horses glare at her when she's in there. It is pretty funny to see all 15 hands of her hop in and out of there. The first time I saw it, I didn't believe my eyes.
Husband thinks he can "raise the tank up" to fix the problem. I think she'll just manage to get in there anyway or get hurt trying.
I wish we had a small pond so she could cool off without getting their drinking water filthy. I thought about trying to put a kiddie pool in their pasture area, but I don't think it would hold up to three horses for very long. Plus, their "pasture" is on the side of a mountain. It might be tough to find a flat enough area to make the kiddie pool idea work.
Is there a way to cover the tank to keep her out of it, but let them drink?
Any other suggestions?