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post #1 of 21 Old 06-11-2017, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Horse climbing in water tank?

Welllll Jax is at it again being a goofball.

The last three years I've used my insulated box/water tank

But its really quite a pain to clean because I made it like an inch too small so the tank is SO SQUEEZED IN THERE...I have to pump out water (when its low) then add a ltitle more and scrub clean....then pump that back out...with a hand pump. Its quite tiring. During the winter, sure, because it helps keep their water from freezing and me having to spend money on a tank heater....but just seems silly to do it all summer...

So when I was at Rural King last week they had a 100gal rubbermaid stock tank on sale for only $59! I couldn't resist.

So I sprayed it out some before filling....and filled. Next morning it already looked pretty dirty? I figured I must of just not of cleaned out well enough. So I gave it a few days before dumping it.

Well this morning I caught Jax getting inside it. So I'm assuming THATS how it got so dirty. I dumped it and refilled it.

How do I stop him from getting in the dang water tank?!
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-11-2017, 05:49 PM
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Despite being annoying, that's really hilarious! Can't think of a thing to stop him, hopefully he'll get bored and stop doing it.

Guess you could get him his own (cheap) "baby pool", put it in the pasture and see if he likes it better!
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You don't. I've got one who does that and uses her water tub in her stall as a personal bath tub. It's a pain, but hey, they're enjoying themselves, so I just clean up after them.
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Get a sprinkler for him to stand over/under?
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post #5 of 21 Old 06-11-2017, 06:23 PM
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Yes, I know of a few horses that love to splash around in those rubber water troughs, sorry I know of nothing that can prevent that. $59 is a smoking good deal, they are priced at well over $125 here. Maybe go back and buy one more and put some floaty toys in it for him to play with?
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post #6 of 21 Old 06-11-2017, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ughhhhhhh. Yeah hes obsessed with playing in water when we go riding, I should of known he would do this.

I was actually thinking of getting him a baby pool...LOL I can pick one up at the dollar store. I'll video it for you. I literally have videos from everywhere we go of him splashing in the water.

I couldn't resist it for $59!! Ive always wanted one but they're always $100+!!

Both my horses playing in a tank at clinic we were at

He will literally splash in any puddle he finds.

I joke that hes not a horse....hes a mountaingoatseahorse...He also LOVES to try climbing up things he really shouldn't be climbing up...rather then taking the EASY path out...he makes his own.
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-11-2017, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by secuono View Post
Get a sprinkler for him to stand over/under?
Oh god he would have too much fun with that. Whenever I'm filling the water, if hes not eating....he always steals the hose to play with it.
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I've had 2 that liked to play in the water tank so far in my life and I sure never came up with a solution. Well I guess I did...sold one and the other died (not from or because of her irritating habit).
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LOL! That's so funny! The first and only thing I thought of was:

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post #10 of 21 Old 06-12-2017, 08:35 AM
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I can't believe your horse paws in the water like that and doesn't lay down in it! Every horse I've known to paw like that--you'd better give 'em a kick or you'll end up in the drink! Then there's Dani, who will lay down with NO warning. She also paws the water in the tank and I have to clean out the dirt! But I can't really blame her in the hot weather. If I didn't have a stupid cast on my leg I'd hose her off. The sprinkler might be a good idea for her.
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