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post #1 of 19 Old 06-11-2015, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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where to place water trough

Since the weather is heating up, the water in the trough in my pasture is getting warm. It is located in the sun. Since I have oak trees, I was told not to put the water under the trees because of toxic acorns that might fall in the water and make my horses sick. The trees give lots of shade to the horses. Has anyone else heard of this? Where is the best spot for the water trough? I have been refreshing the water several times a day, but the water from the hose is hot too!
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What I've done and it works well is to put maybe 5 or 6 gallons in the tank and check periodically to see how much, if any, remains. I will then add another 5 or 6 gallons. (this is for two horses). Mine generally drink early morning and late afternoon and have a small sip around noon so I've got it down fairly pat now. It's also easier to dump a tank with little water in it. I've had two large tanks when watering more horses and now use a rubber tub that is easily dumped and cleaned. It holds, I'm guessing 8 gal. Keep the tank in the open. Being close to any trees soon means more time spent cleaning the tank to remove the debris. If the hose water is hot, why not let it run on the ground for a minute on a patch of grass.



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you dont have to put it directly under the tree. Look at the tree in the hottest parts of the day.
usually around 3 pm, see where it is making shade , place it there.
let the hose run for a bit before filling troughs, water the trees with it.
coil the hose under the tree so it stays in the shade, wrap the pipe with insulation.
if it is a metal trough, paint it white to reflect the heat. Most rubber troughs are black which is a shame .
you could also try to put up a shade cloth cover over the trough area , four tall poles and tie the shade cloth on at each corner.
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oh, and if it is really hot, then dump your ice maker tray into an ice chest , a couple times a day , then go dump the ice chest into the water.
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If you are dealing with real heat and sun, the only solution is to cover your water. It does not have to be anything expensive, if you have a large trough try putting a piece of wood over part of it to keep some of the water out of the sun. I built a separate stall for my water because keeping to sun off the water is the only way to keep the water cool.
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post #6 of 19 Old 06-11-2015, 08:25 PM
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The only thing about not filling trough is that if something should happen to you, and you weren't able to fill it, they might go without water, we never know how day will go, and in this heat, I would want them to have water and plenty of it too.

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What I would consider the best is to have a roof over it. This way it could be located in the most convenient location to fill, reduce algae and heating from the sun, and avoid leaves and things falling from the trees
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Best place for the trough is closet to the water faucet or hose. To keep the water cool all day, fill up ice cream pails or milk jugs with water and freeze them. When they are frozen solid, put them in the water trough, keeps the water cool all day and no wasting water either.
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Not sure cool water is good for them or us. They drink whatever when they are out. Cold creeks, very cold from snow melt. And from hot puddles and ponds.

But, physiologically, warm is better.
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Since the weather is heating up, the water in the trough in my pasture is getting warm. It is located in the sun. Since I have oak trees, I was told not to put the water under the trees because of toxic acorns that might fall in the water and make my horses sick. The trees give lots of shade to the horses. Has anyone else heard of this? Where is the best spot for the water trough? I have been refreshing the water several times a day, but the water from the hose is hot too!
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I'm not sure you have a problem Oaks don't produce acorns until fall so there shouldn't be any falling in your trough this time of year…not to mention it's very easy to simply sieve out any that do. And, if "the water from the hose is too hot" simply let the water run until it isn't, then fill the trough.

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