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post #1 of 12 Old 07-27-2012, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Building a box to put over the water trough?

Sonny ruins water troughs. He breaks rubber ones in half, and he will play in metal ones until the water is gone and then tip it over and tear it up. So I was thinking of building a wooden box to go over the trough, and making a hole in the middle that the horses can drink out of. Is this a good idea to save some troughs and water? If anyone else has any suggestions, I would be glad to hear them.
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-27-2012, 06:14 PM
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I'm curious too. I just pulled out the 40 gallon long tanks and put in a tall one.
Cowboy STILL tried to take a bath in it, dumped it, and I'm having to HAUL water for them. Grrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!

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we have our water trough 2/3 under the fence so they cant get their legs in or tip it over. only 1/3 of the trough is available to them and the rest is on the outside of the fence. hope that makes sense !!
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I don't know about a box, I would be afraid of him trying to get in the trough anyway and getting his feet stuck in the box.

What I did is I got a tall trough and put it on concrete blocks 2 high, 16". It made the trough too high to get his feet in it, and I kept it at least half full of water so he could not move it.
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Getting an automatic waterer is the only really safe solution, mine would climb up no matter how high it is. The bucket I put in there today is 3 ft. high, but not high enough!
Be careful with the fence idea. I was moving one 1/2 full into the pasture yesterday and Cowboy missed the bucket and hung his leg in the panel gate. That was scary.

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We have ours in a box that's actually right in the barn it is insulated in the box and has a very small opening at the end they can fit their head in. It's a 300 gallon tank and we haven't had any problems yet. I will have to get some pictures tomorrow to help you all visualize, it's hard to explain. There's also a bar a few feet above the opening to prevent anyone from getting stuck. It's very nice in the winter as it's under the overhang and they can come in to drink.

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I have a 300gallon. I put it up on double stacked pallets. They used to knock over my 50 gallon. Now its so heavy and high they can't

Can you get it next to a barn wall where you can get a strap around it maybe?
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My 150 gal. tank is about 30" high, impossible for horses to tip even if half full. It's too high for putting a hoof in. Would you believe that right now I am using a black plastic tobaggan from Walmart. It is shallow and holds about 15 gal of water. The reason for this is I an easily able to dump it daily to get rid of mosquito hatchlings. It's tied to the fence. The horses don't bother putting a hoof in it, and it's actually rather difficult to tip.
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Don't bother with the plastic ones. Get yourself a rubbermaid poly tank!

Also. Im buying goldfish today because of my mosquito problem.
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Ive been through 3 Rubbermaid this year so far lol. Honestly, I can't afford a large150 gallon tank, and BO isn't going to pay for it, so i have to make do with what I got. I thought about building a stand that the.trough can go into instead of the box idea. Theres a stall full of wood, and nails, so that would be free! Then I could lift it off the ground where he cant get into it with his feet.
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