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    11-15-2011, 01:35 PM
  #11
Started
Hmm does any of the balls have a string on it?? That you can hang some where... that was what my guy loved the most. Especially when he could bump right into it...
     
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    11-15-2011, 01:41 PM
  #12
Trained
I have had many horses who play in the water. Several of my old herd used to sink their faces in and slosh the water around like kids do in a tub. My 5yo Qh, Buster likes to paw in my current tank.
Since it's now empty, I'd remove it and for the winter, use smaller, rubber tanks, like those made for 30-40 gallons. They are easy to bend and de-ice.
IMHO, electric water heaters are an accident waiting to happen anyway--not going to preach to you, however.
I don't like breaking ice of my 60 gallon tank, and I've frozen 2 steel tanks until they starting leaking. (My last one, 110 gallon steel, is now my baby chick brooder, so hang on to the ones that leak if you might have another purpose for it.)
Another idea--buy some cement blocks and place it on those so it's too tall for your horse to put his leg in it. Good luck, and let us know what you do. =D
     
    11-15-2011, 02:42 PM
  #13
Foal
Ha, during the summer, my haflinger likes to soak his entire head in the water trough to cool off...all the way up to his ears. But, this is a new thing for the Belgian cross and he's usually not the playful one of the bunch, so I was concerned. It's like he's trying to wash his feet. He doesn't splash around, just wants to stand with his feet in the trough.

Thanks all, my hubby is now trying to figure out what we can construct/build to try to keep his feet out of the trough. I'll keep you posted.
     
    11-15-2011, 03:02 PM
  #14
Showing
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.
     
    11-15-2011, 03:12 PM
  #15
Foal
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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 :)
     
    11-15-2011, 03:17 PM
  #16
Showing
LOL, yep .
     
    11-15-2011, 03:23 PM
  #17
Showing
Sounds like boredom to me. My yearling splashes in the water tank, so I have to dump and refill it daily. I haven't found any way to stop it.
     
    11-15-2011, 04:41 PM
  #18
Yearling
Have you checked his hooves for heat? It just sounds odd to me that he's simply standing with his feet in the water and not splashing.
However... stranger things have happened. I'd put a couple posts and boards around it to keep it from getting dumped out every day. AFTER you rule out hoof pain.
     
    11-15-2011, 04:50 PM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by aspin231    
Have you checked his hooves for heat? It just sounds odd to me that he's simply standing with his feet in the water and not splashing.
However... stranger things have happened. I'd put a couple posts and boards around it to keep it from getting dumped out every day. AFTER you rule out hoof pain.
Thanks. We just had the farrier out yesterday, though, and neither of us noticed any heat or other hoof problems but I'll check again when I get home.
     
    11-15-2011, 05:29 PM
  #20
Green Broke
This is what I do for my darling Isabelle. It does work.
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