How to teach horse to use freeze-proof waterer
Hello! So, my mare has been at our current barn for almost two years now. They have one of those bar-bar-a waterers that have the metal paddle that the horse pushes down to release water. However, I've never seen her use it once. They have free access to the stalls, so I try to make sure there is enough water in there just in case she doesn't know how to use it, but it's getting difficult now that the water buckets keep freezing.
If she doesn't know how to use it, is there anything I can do to help her learn? I really never see her drink much more than a few sips out of the water buckets at a time. Either she's not drinking nearly enough now that it's winter, or she's getting plenty from the waterer, I just never see it!