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post #1 of 8 Old 04-07-2020, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Bucket Hooks/Holders

Tried and true bucket hooks? I had bought some plastic ones that had a little plastic flap to secure the bucket handle but they broke quickly. So I am wondering what everyone uses for bucket holders/hooks inside the stalls. I rarely stall them but when I do I need something "toddler" proof apparently
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I'm not sure what you are attaching them to, but if you have metal bars, then you can do like my barn owner and use heavy nylon dog collars. You just wrap them around until all the slack is gone and then clip them closed.

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OH that is a nice idea!! I am attaching them to wood though but I could use that idea elsewhere too!
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-07-2020, 10:26 AM
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These guys found here: https://www.statelinetack.com/item/f...AaAgyaEALw_wcB

The lip of the buckets are held on the bottom of the bracket, and the handle of the buckets go through the top. The barn I worked at had them, and they were easier than any other set-up that any other barn I've worked at/boarded at had.
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-07-2020, 11:55 AM
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I use eye-bolts and double ended snaps. Have to replace a snap every once in a while but 21 years later and the bolts are still holding up like they were new.
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Agree with @JCnGrace , that's the only system I've ever seen used at all the stables I've ever been to (minus a few with automatic waterers) and that system is near impossible to break, lasts forever. You can face the double ended snaps toward the wall so that the horses can't fuss with the clips.
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I donít like my water buckets high - I keep them on the stall floor, so the horse is drinking UP as they are intended to:)

For wood, I have a big eyelet screw turned into the wood. I tie a small loop of binder twine thru the eye. The loop has to be big enough for a Two-end snap to attach to the loop of binder twine and and for the other end of the snap to attach to the bucket.

I do the same thing for pipe panels. Make a loop of binder twine around the lowest pipe rail that is big enough for a two end snap to hook to the binder twine and also reach to the bucket.

When the binder twine gets yukky , cut it, throw it away, make a new one. Your only $ investment is the snap(s), plus the horse is drinking from the ground like he is supposed to:)

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post #8 of 8 Old 04-07-2020, 12:55 PM
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I've used these at some barns I worked at...
A horse who plays with a near empty bucket will have bucket to the floor in a hurry creating other mess and potential injury and damages.
This one is steel, not easily broken...but...horses can get caught on these easier cause they are open by design.

I too use double end snaps, good quality last and the spring loaded action not croak on the clip and "screw eyes" screwed into the wall.
I have also used "safety-spring snap link" clips, {3rd picture} again with opening facing toward the wall. Clip goes onto the bucket first then easily snaps down onto the bolt eye opening. Only use the heavy duty steel ones, not aluminum...they take a beating and easily snap open to hang a full bucket of water from and support the weight well.


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