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starlinestables 06-30-2010 02:46 PM

Need help keeping feet dry!
 
I have a boarder whose frogs are literally rotting off and bloody. We need to keep his feet dry and medicated but here is the issue:

I'm in Texas so its HOT and this particular horse has anhidrosis. If he stays out in the pasture he swims in the water trough.. if he stays in the stall he splashes out all the water and SOAKS his stall.

Any one have any creative tips to make sure his water stays in the bucket or the through?!

riccil0ve 06-30-2010 04:29 PM

The simple answer is to hang his water buckets up in his stall. My little one likes to go swimming in her water buckets so when she is in her stall, I had to install bucket holder hooks about chest level.

Like this. It only cost me about $3.
http://www.valhallafarm.net/BucketHolder.jpg

starlinestables 06-30-2010 06:28 PM

Its not the hooks... He splashes it out with his face when he is in the stall. He will get in the trough and splash with his feet.

Skipsfirstspike 06-30-2010 06:31 PM

Is there someone there on the property that can offer him water 3 or 4 times during the day without letting it stand in his stall or paddock?

ridergirl23 06-30-2010 06:37 PM

Ive seen horses get the buckets off the hooks, even though they help, if the horse wants to get the bucket off, then its not that hard for them.

i agree, can someone offer him water a few times a day?

riccil0ve 06-30-2010 06:40 PM

My next suggestion would be an automatic waterer. They don't hold anywhere near as much water as a bucket.

Or, dur, can you put some medicine or Davis boots on him? You can use them to keep them medicated AND dry.

SavvyHill 06-30-2010 09:32 PM

My stable has an automatic watering system, and I'm not lying, the water "bucket" is practically the size of a dog-bowl. I know it's not cheap and since your problem is temporary, it might be overdoing it, but it could help in the long-run in case another problem arises, where your horse's hooves absolutely cannot get wet...

starlinestables 06-30-2010 09:35 PM

We have medicine boots on him now now but boots rub sores if remotely wet. No one is available to offer him water continuously.

smrobs 06-30-2010 09:45 PM

You wouldn't need someone there to offer it continuously. Realistically 2 or 3 times a day would be just fine. My horses in the pasture generally only come in to water maybe 1 or 2 times a day.

SavvyHill 06-30-2010 09:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smrobs (Post 676645)
You wouldn't need someone there to offer it continuously. Realistically 2 or 3 times a day would be just fine. My horses in the pasture generally only come in to water maybe 1 or 2 times a day.

The problem with that is the fact that it's hot, and it's Texas, and it's summer. I used to live in Texas, so I know the heat. Horses get thirstier when it's hot out and he could risk overheating without a steady supply of water. If he's thirsty at one o' clock and he doesn't get water until four o' clock, it wouldn't be very healthy for him.


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