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Anyway to keep your water trough's from freezing?:

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  1. Haas Horse Farm

    Haas Horse Farm Senior Member+

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    We use a tank heater. Be sure that if you put a ball in it... it is large enough that the horse cannot choke on it trying to eat it. Any of mine will try to eat it. We use electric tank heaters.
     
  2. touchofdandy

    touchofdandy Senior Member

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    We use a tank heater for about all of our water tanks. :)
     
  3. faroutfax

    faroutfax Senior Member

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    There are a couple differert types that I've seen.
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    ^Ours looks something like that ;)

    All the feed, tractor supply and tack stores around here sell them :) Just plug them in and you'll have nice deiced water :)
     
  4. Haas Horse Farm

    Haas Horse Farm Senior Member+

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    That is what I have but mine are red on top instead of blue.
     
  5. Fox Glove

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    That rarely happens, most times the air keeps the ball moving enough to stop the water from freezing soild on top, if it does, just hitting the ball cracks the ice. The horses pretty much learn to do it themselves.

    Denny can not have a water heater, they are just toys to him.
     
  6. Haas Horse Farm

    Haas Horse Farm Senior Member+

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    Have you tried the ones that fit in the bottom of the tank?
     
  7. Dusty1979

    Dusty1979 Senior Member+

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    This is the one I use:

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    This is all assuming you have access to electricity? Running an extension cord waaayyy out into a field wouldn't be too practical. LOL :p
     
  8. Mare

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    Thats the same kind I use and love it. The floaters my horses would take out all the time.
     
  9. County

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    The floating ball works to a point till it actually gets cold then they just freeze into the ice. Theres cold and then theres cold temps in say Mn. and Can. aren't the same as say Ohio. I build insulated boxes to set the tanks in with insulated covers leaving a hole just big enough to drink out of. I also like putting 2 foot dia culverts set into the ground about 20 feet deep and set the tank on them the heat from the ground helps keep them thawed.

    Last year I put in some auto waterers with heaters which makes life alot easier then using 250 feet of hoses to run water into 8 tanks.
     
  10. Lindsayanne

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