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What I'm saying is its possible. Not from the "manhole" but from the pipes entering and leaving the main tank.

Yeah I'm not following why the horse(s) are allowed around that, or any animal for that matter.
 

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I wouldn't put my horses in a field in that condition.:shock::shock::shock:

Regardless of whether that is an open cesspool or just a pool of stagnant water, it is a breeding ground for insects and disease, not to mention a falling hazard. YUK!!
 

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We don't have any neigbors near by, just hundreds of empty acres. The only reason its taking so long is because we had to wait for someone to come out a few days ago to decide whether we need a new one (bigger one) or just pump out this one. She seems to be acting fine, eating, using the bathroom, drinking, etc.
Your horse is using the bathroom? No wonder the septic is full!:p
 

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I'm only going to comment on the fact that on some occasions, horses DO drink toxic things, even if they have fresh water available. One reason that horses drink from muddy puddles instead of their trough is because - like someone else stated -they are lacking something. This horse could be needing something that he or she is not getting, and resorted to drinking the septic water.

For example I was using a bleach and water mixture a few months ago to scrub down the outside of our shed (it was mildewing because we'd been having a LOT of rain) and one of the kid's ponies bucked her off. I, ofcourse, ran to help her catch the pony and left my bucket of bleach water- assuming that the horses would smell it and be uninterested since it was a half and half solution...but when I came back ten minutes later, one of the ponies was drinking the water happily! He had to have his intestines pumped out to keep him from being burned internally, but he still drank it. I can't tell you WHY because I had just filled their buckets, but he did.

Horses are horses. Generally, yes, they ARE smart enough to know when not to drink something, but sometimes they arent. *shrug* not much you can do about it.

I do wonder why OPs horse is in that field at all, but I'm sure a lot of you are wondering why I'd leave a bucket of bleach out in a horse pasture! We all do stupid stuff sometimes. ^^
 

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This strikes me as alittle off ..?

We have a septic run off system - waste goes down pipe into a big tank , is then treated , and the run off (basically clean water - apparantly you can drink it safely , although I cant say I would be inclined to) runs off down in the bottom pasture.

It must be pretty unusual to just have a sitting tank?? and why is there no cover?? and also - it is not a huge puddle , and therefore is not hard to fence off if need be , we have just planted a whole lot of native trees for the wild bird population on our run off paddock ,as well as a few christmas trees as it is often quite wet (because of the water) , and so I dont want the animals on it churning it up.


wierd set up you have there :S the vet bill you will get from your horse standing in the hole and breaking his leg is going to be exponentially more than what it would cost you for a few stakes and tape to temp fence it off.
 
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