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post #1 of 5 Old 10-04-2009, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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'Automatic Horse Waterer'

I have recently moved my horse into a vacant stable, when we first moved him in the was full of faeces from the previous horse. We cleaned the waterer out with the normal sponge and bucket but he still refuses to drink from it. I think he may still be able to smell the poo that was in there from before, is there anything i can use to give it a thorough clean e.g detol bacteria spray ,washing up liquid...? Getting a bit worried as he will be in through the whole of the winter and im scared he will become dehydrated, i know he definately wont drink from it as he approached it about 5 times to day and just stood a looked at me, so i decided to fill a bucket to see if he was thirsty and he cleared 3 within the hour.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-04-2009, 08:38 PM
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i think it's just the actual water bucket that intimidates him. a big scary object in the corner of the pasture isn't exactly appealing to some horses...;)
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-05-2009, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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Lol..no hes used to the waterers as he had one in his old stable and used it no problem..he approaches the one in this new stable and put his nose to it like he wants to drink from it but just wont..i used my hand yesterday with the same water from the waterer and he was licking it so Im guessing it has to be a smell in the actual waterer..so thats why im looking for something to maybe disenfect it
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-06-2009, 07:40 PM
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Some horses are sensitive to differnent types of water. A horse who's lived on city water for years may not adapt very well to well water, and vice versa
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-07-2009, 12:20 AM
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What kind of waterer is it? Is it one of those little metal ones that just sort of fits the nose?

I never use them. They can get rusty and gross and horses aren't that keen on them. I think many horses are not overly keen to drink out of metal containers, it probably tastes different.

Just use a big bucket. As long as its full before you put him in it should be fine.
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