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    01-21-2010, 06:17 PM
D puts both of her feet in the tank. My farrier says she probably does it because she's got dry feet, but I don't buy it. She's always had great feet, and she still does it even when it's muddy or rainy out. She just loves to play in it. I think she likes the sound most of all.
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    01-21-2010, 06:33 PM
Yes you can "correct" it. I've just gone through 2 horses that did the same thing and its maddening, not to mention that the others get to drink scummy, filthy water or none at all since one in particular splashed all of it out. And this one also totally ruined a brand new heater coil at the bottom of the trough, so it has to be stopped - its no good saying "laugh about it" ... and it might be funny the first time or possibly the 5th time, but by the time the 50th time has rolled around you are ready to tether them to the mailbox with a "Free Horse" sign around their neck ...

2 things you can try depending on your location and weather.

Get a green garbage can and elevate it off the ground with cement blocks or wood blocks and bungey it to a post in the paddock. The height and the narrow opening of the top of the garbage can doesnt encourage or allow them to stick feet in there. That should stop 95% or more of the behaviour

Elevate your 100 gallon large trough up off the ground as well. Don't even think of using the shallow smaller troughs (like the 40 gallon ones) as the mere lack of height encourages them to go for a swim in there. Mine ended up being 18 inches up off the ground before it stopped. 6 inches was useless, 12 inches didnt stop it, but finally 18 inches did.

Muck buckets or shallow water troughs are useless for these horses. You will have more ruined troughs and/or a lot of trips out to the paddocks to refill them if you do ...

Good luck!
    01-21-2010, 06:43 PM
Never mind
    01-21-2010, 09:16 PM
Wow, thank you for all the responses! :)

We discipline her by using a sharp "hey" or "no" and usually smack her, clap our hands, or spray her with the hose (if we have it on) if that doesn't get a response.

Thanks for the help TrueColors! I am only a stable hand at the barn and the BO doesn't seem to be very concerned with the water issue as I and the other ladies I work with are. But I'll see what I can do. I'm not sure how much water our trough can hold, just that it takes 15 minutes to fill with high water pressure. I like your second suggestion best and I will mention it when the topic comes up.
    07-06-2011, 06:04 PM
Well I hoped to find an answer to the pawing the water bucket. I have two mare's one is 5 and in foal, the other is 15 and a well behaved girl..Beth the younger one started this last week and now Lacey is doing it. I went out 4 times today to wash out the bucket put fresh water in it, only to have them splash it all out. It's hot and I hope they don't dehydrate.

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