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post #1 of 8 Old 06-13-2014, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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What type stall watering mechanism do y'all use?

Good afternoon!

I am trying to decide how to best improve our ability to provide the cleanest possible water for the horses in our barns and I would really appreciate hearing about what y'all use at your barn.

Of course, if a horse is a "hay dunker", it's a continual dump/clean process. But what I've noticed about the others is that the most frequent contamination is from bits of grain and/or shavings (from the floor) that get transferred by the horse.

What kind of waterers do y'all use? Buckets hanging on the wall? Automatic waterers? (what kind?) Other alternatives?

I'm just trying to figure out what will keep the water the cleanest in the most time/labor efficient manner. Of course, if every horse had his own personal valet..... <laughing>

Thanks very much for any/all comments!


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Most of the places I have worked at have buckets, although one or two have auto-waterers, it's been so long I cannot remember what type they were. The woman was super rich though, so I'm sure they were top of the line.

One thing to remember with auto waterers, it can be very difficult to tell if a horse is actually drinking. I love my trough in the winter because if it's going down a bit slow I can keep a closer eye on the horses or go break up the loose salt.
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My horse used to have buckets, but he would not stop dumping them and he would leave himself with no water all day. So now he has one of the shallow metal automatic waterers, and even though he still plays in it he can't dump it out.

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I once boarded at a small barn where they had 14 horses max.

Stall buckets were on clips so they couldn't be tipped over but were put on the opposite side from where the hay was, making dunking more difficult.

The buckets were emptied and wiped with a Clorox rag once daily during the hot months.

The bulk of the time the horses went out during the day, came in at night --- all of them. The one cranky pants that refused to get along with anyone, was put in his own huge paddock where he could see the other horses but couldn't kick the snot out of them.

My horses have been on my property for many years but my routine is the same as the boarding barn's was, except I put the buckets on the floor and snap them.

The buckets get emptied and washed every day, unless it's winter and I can generally get two days out of a bucket and all I have to do is top it off; I use heated buckets in the winter.

I personally have no use for automatic waterers, inside or outside. I want to know how much water the horses are drinking

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My barn has large buckets that are set into the walls between stalls so that each bucket is accessible by two stalls. The buckets have trough float valves on them.

I'd love to get a Richie Stall Fount II for my horse- with the way it's designed I don't think he'd be able to crib on it well, and they have a water meter you can attach so that you can track the amount of water the horse is drinking. It is, however, really, really expensive!
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I have flat back buckets, 2 per stall.
Horses are out during the nice weather of day in colder months, night during hot weather.
Outside they have a 110 gallon trough {rubber} they share so never without a drink.
My stall buckets are topped as needed and dumped and cleaned at least 3 days a week, when ever needed.

I don't want automatic waterers... I want to know how much water was used by my
More than that, the idea of occasionally having to scoop poop out of the now clogged or overflowing system because something stuck the float valve one way of the other...no thank-you.

Buckets may be old-fashioned and somewhat time consuming...but I don't mind.
I'm out there anyway with the horses...what is the big deal to fill a water bucket when I usually have the horse running for me to have a refreshing drink.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-14-2014, 03:33 AM
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I always keep a bucket in her stall. She also has an auto waterer too. She gets impatient waiting for the auto to refill so she walks away and forgets to come back. She hs gotten some dehydration issues that way. But i like the auto WITH the bucket because if she goes through the bucket before i can refill it, she is not without water.
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Many thanks to everyone who has responded! This is just the sort of data I was/am looking for.

I particularly appreciate the point about any sort of automatic device obscuring any info about water consumption! I honestly had not thought of that, but it's a critically important issue. Unless the automatic waterer has a consumption measuring device such as mentioned by someone above, the lack of consumption data would be a deal breaker for me.

Thanks again y'all! I really appreciate your responses...

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