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post #21 of 26 Old 11-15-2011, 06:33 PM
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I would look harder for a medical issue, rather than just automatically dismiss it as behavior. Sounds like his feet hurt.
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post #22 of 26 Old 11-15-2011, 06:35 PM
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My Dancer is notorious for playing in the water trough. She loves to splash the water around with her head, or stick her feet in the trough and paw water all over her belly.

Her previous owner didn't have a pond, and we kept Dancer in our lot for several weeks before letting her out in the pasture with our pond. You should have seen her face when she saw all that water - her eyes were HUGE! She ran straight out into the pond, only to discover it wasn't shallow (pond was made by damming a very deep ravine). She figured out in a hurry how to swim.

We have to keep a close eye on the horses when we turn them out right now. The pond is so low due to the drought that the edges are super muddy. We've already lost a very elderly dog to the mud and pond weed. We sure don't want to lose a horse!

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post #23 of 26 Old 11-15-2011, 07:24 PM
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Why not instead of moving the trough under a fence, bring something to the trough to cover it up. Fashion a 3/4 lid for it or something like that.
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post #24 of 26 Old 11-15-2011, 08:00 PM
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Skip, I don't know if that was directed at me but I am going to assume that it was since I was the only one to mention leaving the tank partway under the fence...

The reason I don't try a lid is because it is just easier to pull it partway under the fence. I would have to make some sort of lid for it from scratch, then find a way to attach it to the tank where the wind wouldn't blow it away or the horses wouldn't knock it off. That just seems like an awful lot of work for something that would spend 90% of it's time in my way.

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post #25 of 26 Old 11-15-2011, 08:04 PM
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I'll have to agree with checking his hooves for pain.

And horses don't usually try to splash water just to make it go away in a pond. Sure they can play in it or it be a habbit, but sometimes it's because they are trying to stir up minerals that they might be lacking otherwise.

As smrobs said you could make a lid for it, maybe covering it half way so that only his head will fit in it?

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post #26 of 26 Old 11-15-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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There doesn't appear to be any heat and he isn't showing any signs of hoof pain. He has access to a good mineral block 24/7. I'm becoming more convinced it's a boredom/behavioral thing. Looks like hubby and I will either be raising it or sliding it under the fence.

Thanks all for the advice!
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