We’ve been having a lot of water problems lately due to the freezing temps and have had to resort to using water buckets in three of the stalls. Dusty, Nate and Sami don’t mind at all as long as it doesn’t freeze by morning. We found these insulated water bucket covers and decided to give them a try.
I’m happy to report that they work quite well. We fill the buckets with hot water and by morning the water is not frozen into a solid block of ice. So even though we only have a few more weeks of this miserable winter left (fingers crossed) if your water buckets are freezing solid you might want to give them a try. I figure it's good to keep them on hand because you never know what’s going to happen with the weather or the pipes.
Short “Dusty” Story
A few weeks ago after all the horses were in and fed it was time for lights out and good night. Dusty usually ignores everyone at night. Her normal routine is basically: gobble down food as fast as possible, pin ears at anyone in the vicinity if necessary, take a drink of water and start chowing down on her hay net. Well, this one night she hung her head out her door and was very vocal with lots of neighing and head tossing calling us to her stall. “Yoo Hoo, um, excuse me, I have a complaint for management!”
When we got to her stall she stood over her waterer and banged it with her nose a few times. On further inspection it appeared her automatic waterer wasn’t working and she was alerting the minions of her displeasure with this objectionable situation. She got a full bucket of water for that night and we’re working on getting it fixed. Seems if you leave the door open on her end of the barn during the day the waterer freezes up. The plumber is going to take the bottom half apart and wrap the base with better insulation.
Once she got her bucket and took a drink she turned around in her usual huff of annoyance gave us a “look” and started eating her hay. Her attitude sort of reminded me of the famous line from an old movie of Bette Davis’s “What a dump!”
Until next time
Quote for Today
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.
- Sharon Ralls Lemon
- Sharon Ralls Lemon