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I attach hose to the outside of the house. Meaning the water is REALLY cold. My horses hated it when I bathed them just because of that, so I started to fill a big plastic bucket with the cold water and then add couple of buckets with the hot water there. Then I used that nice warmish water to bath them. They like it, but it's very inconvenient for me. So I'm really wondering if someone has similar problem and how to deal with it.
 

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We just got a bathroom put in in our barn, so we have hot water! and I love it! No more smashing out frozen water buckets!
 

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You could build a little campfire and warm it the old fashioned way...
 

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If you ride first, put the water in a black colored bucket, leave it in the sun while you ride. Warm water.
 

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You can buy propane heaters that your hose attaches to just for this purpose. They are a bit pricey but if you wash regularly might be woth the investment.
 

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Ooooh, another way to do it would to get a few nice sized river rocks and place them in your oven before you go to ride. Wrap them in aluminum foil and a towel to keep them hot. When you fill the buckets with water, drop a few river rocks in with the water and it will warm it pretty good. Cheap ans rather quick!(sorry for the double post, I just remembered how I used to do it...)
 

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Never heard of the river rock thing. How long do those stay warm? Will they keep water from freezing over a 4 hour period?
 

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If you have to bathe your horses when it's below 30 degrees, it's best to just sponge bathe them anyway, rather than soak them completely... I use warm buckets of water, as I don't have a way to get warm water out there either.
 

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If you ride first, put the water in a black colored bucket, leave it in the sun while you ride. Warm water.
I do something similar too. Just fill in morning and let it warm on sun. The problem is it doesn't warm much if the temperature is not very high (say, 70).

Bathroom and hot water in barn are not the options, because I don't have a "real" barn - just Amish-build run-in/stall combo. :)
 

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You can buy propane heaters that your hose attaches to just for this purpose. They are a bit pricey but if you wash regularly might be woth the investment.
That's an interesting suggestion. I certainly will check that one out.
 

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Ooooh, another way to do it would to get a few nice sized river rocks and place them in your oven before you go to ride. Wrap them in aluminum foil and a towel to keep them hot. When you fill the buckets with water, drop a few river rocks in with the water and it will warm it pretty good. Cheap ans rather quick!(sorry for the double post, I just remembered how I used to do it...)
That sounds like "native" method from the movies. Lol! I'm sure it should work though.
 

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All, thanks for sharing the ideas! I'll try some of them. :)
 

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we bought a bucket heater(i think thats what its called) off ebay. We plug it in and then put it into the bucket of water so it warms up. We have 2 horses that always get messy tails during the winter so we use the bucket heater. And then we blow dry their tails...I mean I don't even blow-dry my hair and the horses get it. =)
 

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At the barn my horse is kept there is a few bathrooms and a tackroom with a sink, so hot water is everywhere.
I'll usually fill a bucked up with hot, not warm but hot water from the tackroom. It's freezing where I am located, and even colder at nights which is generally the time I can see my horse. There and two seperate barns, one with the indoor arena and tack room in it, and a seperate one in which my horse is kept.
And while all I have to do is open the door of the tack room barn, walk 7 feet in the cold to the barn where my horses stall is, the hot water is always to a perfect warm by the time I reach my horses stall due to the cold.

I'd say if you can fill up the bucket with the warm water from a sink in your house, assuming it's not a super long walk from your house to the barn.
 

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If you want a garden hose that puts out warm water hook up a second hot water tank. You can usually find them cheap used on craigslist. You can turn the thermostat down to whatever temp you like, then run your hose from that. I keep mine around 85 degrees. The horse seems to like it, and when I wash my truck in the winter my hands don't freeze as bad.
 

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I also use a bucket heater within 5 mins you have hot water.. I also can run my hose from my basement deep sink and have a good warm water flow...
This is the one I have from TSC.
 

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You could use a water kettle =)
 
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