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    03-14-2013, 05:05 PM
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Foal
Horses water keeps freezing over?

Lately its been really cold and I keep going into the horse stable in the morning finding her water totally frozen over and completely full, I'm worried she isn't drinking much. Is there a way to get it to stop freezing over while its cold? Not sure what to do?
     
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    03-14-2013, 05:07 PM
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Started
Buy a tank heater you can get at the feed store .. at least here in the US you can
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    03-14-2013, 06:50 PM
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Trained
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    03-14-2013, 07:23 PM
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Yearling
I've seen people toss rubber ducks into the troughs so the ice doesn't form around the whole trough.
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    03-14-2013, 07:29 PM
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Green Broke
I don't know if they're available in the UK, but I have a 16 gallon (? Litres) heated water bucket, and I love it!!!! (We get very cold, snowy winters here - it was 1 deg. Farenheit this a.m.)
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    03-15-2013, 10:12 AM
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Started
We have 5 gallon plug in ones too..
     
    03-15-2013, 11:40 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Copperhead    
I've seen people toss rubber ducks into the troughs so the ice doesn't form around the whole trough.
hahaha..my mare would take it out like what is this doing in my water trough. It is bad enough that she takes the hose out if I turn my back when I am filling it. She is very picky about anything being in her water trough. She will snort and stamp her feet if there is a leaf in it and will insist on drinking as far away from the leaf as possible. My geldings don't seem to care. Luckily, I live in Georgia that I rarely have to worry about their water freezing.
     
    03-15-2013, 04:06 PM
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Foal
Just buy a trough heater/de-icer to prevent your trough from freezing, and only use it when you need to (when the temperature drops below 32F). They are inexpensive and don't use a lot of power to operate. Alternatively, you could also invest in a heated bucket but you will need to fill that daily as the capacity is much smaller than a trough, and is also more expensive to purchase. Ensuring that your horse adequately hydrated is imperative to her health.
     
    03-15-2013, 04:11 PM
  #9
Banned
Or an old fashioned log works well too. If it's bobbing around then the water around it will not freeze as long as the temps are not massively below freezing point.
     
    03-15-2013, 04:26 PM
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Weanling
We have a propane tank heater, works great when its -30c and below!
     

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