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post #21 of 27 Old 09-23-2017, 09:11 AM
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I think climate may play a role too. I fully agree with the above post by @trailhorserider , that my horses much prefer to drink out of a clean trough or bucket. But I have never, ever seen even a hint of algae in my horses' containers. Yet I've never once used bleach to clean them. Just straight water and a scrub brush (one meant for washing dishes).

The trough is not huge, so I can easily dump the water out, rinse, and refill every day. Same with buckets. They are scrubbed weekly, but emptied, rinsed and refilled daily. That seems to be enough. However, we don't get the intense heat that you would get in the southern US (I'm in Eastern Canada), so maybe that has something to do with it.

That said, I've seen many stables in the area where the water trough is full of algae, so it certainly will grow if left long enough! I think the mistake people make is that they get a really big one that is hard to empty and scrub. It gets quite disgusting. And I've seen many buckets that were just crusty.

Bottom line: you don't have to be anal, but a quick lookover will tell you if the buckets and pans need cleaning. Some horses are certainly more messy than others, and some climates may support more algae growth than others so you have to adapt your routine to your situation. And even if they look clean, a good scrub once a week is a good idea.
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Even though I'm at a full care (casual family farm style) barn now, I find myself doing barn chores that technically I'm not responsible for and that doesn't bug me too much (although if I owned the barn it would be on the daily "chore list"). I just have a higher standard of care especially about clean water! Of course, water is not in short supply here as it is in California there's no issue there.

My biggest pet peeve is the automatic waterers that are in some of the stalls. Three of them (including one of my horse's) were installed right next to the combo grain/hay feeders and are daily disasters. Believe me, my BO kicks himself regularly for putting them in this location! The sludge that ends up in them is unacceptable to me so I go through and drain, flush and scrub them even though I don't own those horses. I'm also the only one who dumps, scrubs and refills the big pasture troughs whenever they get low enough for me to move them! A lot of things I do in the stable are for the horse's sake, definitely not my fellow boarders!
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post #23 of 27 Old 09-23-2017, 02:16 PM
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Like jayde, I am a daily cleaner of water and feed tubs. I use a scouring pad and not just the horse. I could never wait a week

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Like jayde, I am a daily cleaner of water and feed tubs. I use a scouring pad and not just the horse. I could never wait a week
How many horses do you do that for?

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How many horses do you do that for?

As many are in the barn. I have done it for big barns and small barns.

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I suppose the other factor would be turnover. In my little two-horse barn where it's the same two horses day in and day out, I don't feel the need to sterilize everything. Much like my kids who don't have to use hand sanitizer every time they go play outside. My horses live outside 24/7, are rarely ever in their stalls, so they don't tend to soil it much. They're in at night, in the winter when it gets bitterly cold, but then it's too cold for anything to live in their food pans anyway. I do find their heated water buckets need extra scrubbing though, because the water's always lukewarm.

However, if you're in a barn where new horses are being brought in, or even worse, rescues who can potentially bring in all sorts of disease, that might be valid reason for using something more than elbow grease to clean out food and water bowls. I really think that a little common sense, and adaptation to whatever conditions/situation you're in, goes a long way. I'm not keen on feeding my horses bleach, personally, though I have been known to use dish detergent.
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As many are in the barn. I have done it for big barns and small barns.
I have way too many other chores to be able to take the time to do that daily. Weekly is sometimes pushing it.
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