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post #1 of 12 Old 04-10-2011, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Stock Tank Swimming Problems

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?

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-10-2011, 09:33 PM
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At camp last summer we had a horse that would basically jump in the stock tank and get the water everywhere and all nasty, too!
I figured out that if I sprayed him off with the hose, really really thoroughly, in the heat of the day, he wouldn't go "swimming" that day. Then he'd only do it when we didn't spray him off, so if we forgot, bye bye clean water!

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Unfortunately, daily showers for Honey wouldn't be too practical for us, but thanks for the idea.

Here's to hoping we'll be able to buy the bottom land across the road from our house soon. There's a perfect place to put in a pond.

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Would it be possible to get an automatic waterer like this? It's got a piece of plastic they push down to get water and so branches and sticks can't get in. Then she could keep her stock tank for swimming and everyone else can have clean water.
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-11-2011, 01:32 PM
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You can make a "cover" with holes around the edges for them to get their heads in in order to drink. I can picture it in my head. If I get a chance this afternoon I will sketch up what I mean.
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I like the automatic waterer. That is something we might consider in the future. Right now we'd have to string a hose across the drive to make it work, but we might put another water faucet in on that side of the drive in the future.

I'll talk to my husband about making a cover. That was kinda what I was thinking about, I just didn't know if anything like that existed that I could buy. My hubby is pretty handy. He might be able to come up with something. Time to brainstorm. Any suggestions on materials?

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Any suggestions on materials?
The cover would be my way to go as well. I would make it out of marine grade plywood.

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post #8 of 12 Old 04-12-2011, 09:19 AM
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Hee hee! Your mare reminds me of mine! She totally destroyed her previous owner's stock tank by climbing in and splashing around. She's a real water baby. She gets in ours, too. We kind of solved that problem when we turned her into the back pasture - you should have seen the look on her face when she saw our pond for the first time - her eyes were HUGE! She took off running down the slope to the pond and didn't slow down when she hit the water. It was even funnier when she went out far enough that her feet didn't touch - she sure seemed surprised! Dancer now spends a great deal of her time in the pond - instead of grazing on grass - she eats the pond weed!

Sorry - I can't help you with your problem - but I'm interested in seeing the solutions everyone comes up with. Dancer's filly, Rain, hasn't been down to the pond yet - but just like her momma, she climbs in the stock tank to play in the water!

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I have the same problem, though he only puts in his front legs and splashes his body! I have made a 'cover' with an opening by using small grade fencing wire (so I can wire it to the rubbermaid trough (it has predrilled holes around the top edges). The wire I mention is not rough and I left an open area on one end about 18 inches wide. So far, it has deterred him, and I used the same apparatus with the trough heater this year (otherwise he just picked it up and played with it). The auto waterer didnt work for me bc once he figured out it sprayed water if you mashed certain things down, look out!! He loved to take it off, smash it down and spray water all over the place. When he got finished 'molesting' it he would throw it down on the ground and it would just run and run and run. The wire idea may sound crazy but it does have to be horse proof (in my case bomb proof!) and it has not cut of injured anyone in the process. (No sharp edges except where you cut to form and I shape it downward and bend the wire under and attach the the body of wire) Let me know (with pics, please) what you decide to build and how. I am curious what you come up.

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-12-2011, 09:53 AM
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What kind of tank do you have snoggle? Galvanized or rubbermaid?
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