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post #11 of 19 Old 06-11-2015, 11:39 PM
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The shade from a barn or other structure is better. Put your water under any kind of tree and it ends up with lots of bird poop in it. Ask me how I know this. LOL
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Thank you for all the great answers! They are much appreciated :)
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post #13 of 19 Old 06-13-2015, 02:19 AM
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I built a wooded surround for my trough - that way the sun only gets to the surface water and doesn't heat the trough up from the outside - we currently have 35 deg and no real problems with heated water as it has to be replaced twice a day

My farrier also told me to overfill the trough or when changing the water to dump it near the trough in the summer months - this way my horses have to walk in soaked/muddy ground which helps keep their feet from drying and getting really hard.
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Hi Smdecuir, All!

Some Oak leaves are toxic; Red Oak? Other than that, I've seen my (very well fed) critters happily munching on the new Scrub Oak (Gambrel Oak) leaves and branches, so I doubt they are _too_ toxic. Check with your local farm annex for a definitive answer.
I keep the water bucket right at the faucet, and top it off at least twice a day. I would suggest keeping it as close to a faucet as practical, if for no other reason than to save from messin' with a long hose every time you need to service it. Make a custom hose that is just the right length. Another thing to consider is a location where an Alpha animal can't bully the rest away from it, and where it can't easly be tipped by them "horsing" around.
I wouldn't worry about the water temperature too much; they'll drink when they are thirsty regardless; just keep it clean and full for 'em. If they want cold water, they will come up for a draught while you are filling it :-)


PS, in really hot weather, mine just love being sprayed with a hose. Just like a bunch of kids, I tell ya!

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I personally would just put it under the trees. What are the odds enough acorns would fall in the trough to harm a horse? Especially considering they don't drop until fall. Also if your checking it daily you would be able to dump and refill it if acorns do happen to make it in.
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Unless it's "about to be boiling" (which I know it can be in the summer sometimes) I really don't get the big fuss about "must have cool water".
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Unless it's "about to be boiling" (which I know it can be in the summer sometimes) I really don't get the big fuss about "must have cool water".
Me, too. Face it, when it's 95 outside, the water is going to get that hot even in the shade.
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It's also not healthy to chug ice water when it/you are hot. I would be concerned about that.

While I love a nice cool drink on a hot day it's completely healthy and normal to drink a room temperature drink, it may even be better.
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post #19 of 19 Old 06-13-2015, 04:18 PM
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Using a bigger (deeper) trough, having it closer to shade but not under the tress if that is a worry and letting the truly hot water run out of the hose before putting it in the trough are enough for the water to be a comfortable temp for the critters. Watch how the shade travels across the day and mark the areas that receive shade but aren't under the trees then put your trough there to keep bird droppings and much of the leaf litter out. Acorns will fall directly below the tree except in the heaviest of winds. Having a few in the water isn't an issue. I have a few that love to fight for "spinkles" when I am watering.
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