Originally Posted by smrobs
Another thing to try would be to build a platform that will raise the lip of the tank high enough where he cannot easily get his feet in there. But, if you have horses that are shorter, that may inhibit their ability to get a drink once the tank gets below a certain point LOL.
I understand your problem, I have a percheron gelding and a belgian cross that do the exact same thing. One other thing about critters that big playing in the tanks is that it doesn't take a whole lot for one of them to stomp a hole in the bottom of the tank (been there done that a couple dozen times over the years:roll:).
My solution has been to only put a portion of the tank under the fence. My fences where the tanks are are single strand electrics so I only put just enough of the tank under the fence into their pen to allow them to get their head in there and drink. If they try to get close enough to put their feet in it, they tend to get shocked. That has pretty much solved my problem with feet in the tank.
Thanks. We have electric fence too, but I think we'll have to take a strand down to do this. My only concern is that then it will be harder to fill (as we'll have to truck out into the muddy/icy dry lot or pasture) all winter. Right now, we just have to open the barn door to reach it.
It may be easier than trying to raise it though, as I also have a full Haflinger gelding who would have trouble reaching the lower part of the tank if we raise it much higher.
Oh, the joys of horse ownership :)