Originally Posted by 1322271927queen
A scrub brush will not help in this situation unless I have hot water. The buckets are that dirty. Theirs scrub brushes but someone got the bright idea to scrub the buckets with the dirty water that's already in the bucket.
I think air drying kills most of the bacterial slime except for remaining wet spots in the bottom of the bucket.
how much water these horses are actually drinking. They have water troughs outside so maybe that's where they get their water intake.
You do not need hot water to scrub the buckets clean. Swish the bucket with the brush, dump the water, scrub any spots you missed, then rinse and dump again.
Air drying will not kill bacteria. Sun may kill some of it.
How long are they in their stalls? We did not offer buckets to those horses that only drank outside. But then the horses were only in for 6 -7 hours. The first week new horses are offered buckets in their stalls. If they did not drink out of them, they were not offered again unless necessary. (longer time in a stall, putting up after a work out without going out for a drink, trying to put weight on).