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    06-05-2012, 06:50 PM
Stall Buckets

Not sure where to put this but I need help. My horse plays with his buckets, and dumps them about daily. He twists them around, so he he's not aloud to have snaps he breaks them. He doesn't hurt the buckets just dumps the water out so his stall gets soaked. I'm going to try putting a toy in there to see if he'll leave his buckets alone then. But if not any ideas on something he can't break to where the buckets can't be dumped?
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    06-05-2012, 06:53 PM
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I have plastic feed mangers in the corner of every stable and use them for water. The ones I have hold two large bucketful's. They do not knock them over and flood the place.
    06-05-2012, 07:17 PM
Well he ripped his feed manger out, so he's fed in another bucket. I asume another manger would have the same fate. He's a destructive busy horse.
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    06-05-2012, 07:18 PM
My thought is that he is very bored so he needs something to keep his brain occupied. That's all the help I can give though. I have no stalled horses so I don't know exactly what you could use.
    06-05-2012, 09:28 PM
Green Broke
My horse does the same thing, but not to the extent of twisting buckets around. Honestly, I don't know what to tell you on this, I have a jolly ball and several other toys and things for him to do while he is in his stall, and nothing has helped...but then again my horse is only 2 so that could be a factor in it as well. Good Luck! If you find anything that works let me know! ;D
    06-06-2012, 04:16 AM
Sundance used to do this alll the time, his bucket is in a tyre now which he's not managed to get it out of yet so that seems to be working.
    06-06-2012, 07:32 AM
Green Broke
Made you can make a bracket to go around the buckets. Try two eye hooks on either side of the bucket and pull a bungie cord across the bucket. I'm thinking you will probably need two, a set for the top and bottom of the bucket.

You could also try some McNasty or bitter licks on the outside of the bucket. Once they smell they tend to stay away.

Toys are a great idea for him! We have had great success with uncle Jim's hanging balls. I also like the rolly tubes you throw cherrios, cookies or carrots in.
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    06-06-2012, 09:00 AM
Green Broke
My clydesdales were the most destructive creatures ever. Every morning water was everywhere, all of them would pick the buckets up with their teeth and dump it and we had three buckets in their stalls, dumped everyone, then they would smash the buckets.

I made a bucket bracket out of 6 x6 treated lumber, put one huge bucket in the center and snapped the bucket to the lumber stand. It worked so well I made one for him to eat out of too. I will get a photo today.

I like to dump the old water and give fresh everyday, and I am able to do that with this set up.
    06-06-2012, 09:40 PM
Green Broke
Sam's water bucket. It does take up a lot of room in the stall, but he can't move it and he can't dump it.
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