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    12-11-2010, 10:29 AM
Question Salt Block In A Water Tub

I just heard from a lady at the tack shop this morning that a good way to keep your water tubs from freezing would be to add a small section of a salt block to it. Has anyone ever heard of this before and if it works? I mean I guess it sounds like a good plan the water freezes less and the horses get their salt but I feel like if the water was too salty the horses wouldn't drink it, so how would you know how much to put in? Is this even a valid idea? Just curious cause if it works we might be willing to try it. Also if it is valid would using a mineral bloack do the same thing?

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    12-11-2010, 10:40 AM
One sure fire way of keeping water from freezing is a tank heater. My tub with the electrolytes (I have two tanks of water) takes a fraction longer to freeze by still freezes.
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    12-11-2010, 12:04 PM
My horses are scared of the trough heater.....I have to do the old-fashioned "shake and break" method :roll: I've got two forty-gallon tubs under the awning, and then buckets in the stalls.
    12-11-2010, 12:12 PM
We have the type of tank heater that is removable. We also have a field full of mouthy horses who cannot stop playing with it. So at AM and PM we bust a big hole in it and drop the heater down in....its annoying but after finding it about 4 acres out and beat just has to happen!
    12-11-2010, 12:41 PM
Oy that would drive me bananas! And Cinder is very mouthy she'd play with it too lol.
    12-11-2010, 12:54 PM
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I don't have to worry to much about things freezing. Our horses are really picky about their water though. We put electrolytes in the water one summer & they wouldn't drink it.
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    12-11-2010, 01:38 PM
Originally Posted by flytobecat    
I don't have to worry to much about things freezing. Our horses are really picky about their water though. We put electrolytes in the water one summer & they wouldn't drink it.
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Agreed. That's why I have two tanks. Cinder and Cookie will drink the electrolytes but not Cindy.

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