Cleaning out horse water troughs or buckets seems an easy task, but it requires more than common sense. Keeping the water source disease-free and accessible to your horse requires frequent attention and maintenance. Horse owners too often neglect the maintenance of troughs and just fill them with dirty water, which can be harmful to the horse. In this article, we will discuss some tips to maintain your horse water trough
Following are some important tips to maintain horse water trough:
- Horse owners too often neglect the maintenance of troughs and just fill them with dirty water, which can be harmful to the horse. It may have saliva and chewed-up hay left over and other debris like sand, algae, bird droppings, feces, etc. So every time, before filling water in the bucket it is necessary to give a bucket and troughs a quick but thorough scrub. Horse owners too often neglect the maintenance of troughs and just fill in dirty water, which can be harmful to their horses.
- By some observation, you can get a sense of how much water your horse needs and how quickly they drink down the water. It depends on the size of the bucket and the number of horses using that bucket. You need to clean that bucket every 1-2 days. It is recommended to fill it only as necessary to avoid bailing extra water.
- To clean the bucket, use a small amount of clean water and a few squirts of liquid soap, and a stiff brush to scrub the entire inner surface of the trough. It is better to use a natural-fiber body such as the ones used in the broom of the house. It covers a large area quickly, doesn’t scratch, and dries quickly. Always pay attention to corner grooves and seams, as algae can easily go unnoticed.
- Rinse the trough with clean water until all suds are gone and the water rinses clear. You can now drag the trough back to its place in the stall or turnout and fill it with fresh water to drink for the horse. It is recommended to fill the bucket to half of its capacity and then analyze how much water your horse can drink and then fill the bucket accordingly.
- Never fill a trough or a bucket with the remaining old water, always throw the old water, if necessary clean the bucket and then fill it with fresh water. So these are some of the tips to maintain your horse’s trough and bucket to ensure the good health of your horse.
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