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Painted Horse
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2013-01-13 6:02 PM (#149305)
Subject: Horse drinker



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I just thought I'd mention how well my horse drinker works in the winter.

It was 0°F this morning and I walked out to check the horse's water. Unlike the old days where I had to go out and break ice off a water tank once or twice a day during cold weather. It becomes a secondary task that I have to remind myself to periodically go check and make sure the waterer is working. It's just never had a problem.

I installed this back in 1998, it is one of their 1st generation products and their newer models seem to have some improvements. I wish this had some method of measuring how much water my horses drink. But I see them standing there drinking and they seem to be healthy, So I assume they are getting enough water.

The bottom of the fountain is 5 foot in the ground, and the valve is located at the bottom. As the horses press on the paddle the water flows up into the bowl and they drink. When the pressure on the paddle is released. The water drains back down the bottom of the fountain 5 foot below ground. At first the horses ignored the fountain because water was not present all the day. But they have learned to press and wait for the water to appear.

I have no interest in the company, just thought I'd share. I was just thinking how nice it was not to worry about breaking ice in the winter.

 http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p259/Painted-Horse/2012/Drinker_zpse8bd7312.jpg

 

 



Edited by Painted Horse 2013-01-13 6:03 PM
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Painted Horse
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2013-01-13 6:06 PM (#149306 - in reply to #149305)
Subject: RE: Horse drinker



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On another note. I used to be able to insert photos into my post. But I recently upgraded to Windows 8 with IE10. 

Guess what, can't embed photos any more.  The little photo image when clicked opens and I can only see half dialog box. I can insert the link for the photo, but there is no way to find the OK button to accept what you have inserted.  OH the joys of upgrading a persons software.

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gard
Reg. Aug 2007
Posted 2013-01-13 10:41 PM (#149314 - in reply to #149305)
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I hope a fix is possible. We all greatly admire your photographs and insight.
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Painted Horse
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2013-01-13 10:51 PM (#149315 - in reply to #149305)
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Painted Horse
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2013-01-15 11:42 AM (#149358 - in reply to #149305)
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Just fooling around with IE10 settings trying to learn how to post photos again on this website.  It seems that Horsetrailerworld.com needs to be run in the compatibility mode. So I added to the list of websites that need this and now I can again post photos.

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rose
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2013-01-17 11:29 PM (#149388 - in reply to #149305)
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good info, thanks
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pnhsavvy
Reg. Aug 2012
Posted 2013-02-21 9:19 PM (#150078 - in reply to #149388)
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we have 3 horse drinkers on our farm and absolutely love them as well! never have a freeze issue. only issue we have found is the horses will kick up a rock that will block the paddle.
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cajunmuleman
Reg. Oct 2011
Posted 2013-02-24 10:26 AM (#150118 - in reply to #149305)
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What brand is this? I don't have a freeze problem, but it seems they would always have fresh water. Am I thinking correctly?
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Painted Horse
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2013-02-24 5:26 PM (#150130 - in reply to #149305)
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Bar Bar A is the brand.  They are made in Northern Utah.

The water valve is located at the bottom of the drinker. So about 5 foot underground where it will not freeze. As the horses push down the paddle, it takes 2 seconds for the water to flow up the pipe and start to fill the bowl. So the horses always get fresh ground temp water. Which here in my area is always 52-55° (winter or summer)

When the horse stops depressing the paddle, The drinker shuts the valve and any left over water in the basin drains back down the pipe and disperses into the soil around the base of the drinker. It is important to place a good bed of gravel in the bottom of the hole so the water has some place to drain down to.

http://horsedrinker1.reachlocal.com/?scid=1076325&kw=7043719

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DLR
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2013-02-25 7:33 AM (#150136 - in reply to #149305)
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It freezes at 5 feet in this part of the country.
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Painted Horse
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2013-02-25 8:47 AM (#150141 - in reply to #150136)
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So put it in deeper. They have models that are longer in length.

At some point you get below the frost line

 

 

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cajunmuleman
Reg. Oct 2011
Posted 2013-02-25 9:02 AM (#150143 - in reply to #149305)
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I would have to move to another location, for me that would be a better choice
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honey
Reg. Jun 2013
Posted 2013-06-27 12:01 AM (#152974 - in reply to #149305)
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There are a lot of folks that eat deer and elk and find the meat very tasty. For some reason, most americans turn up their nose at horse. I understand that it is a good meat to eat. But too many of us have had attachments to horses to comfortable eat them.
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dbelling
Reg. Aug 2005
Posted 2013-09-07 5:31 AM (#154595 - in reply to #149305)
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We just installed and I love it. We live in Michigan so the winters get cold and the cost of heaters and frozen buckets are an issue. This waterer is so nice and the folks that sell it are very helpful in fact the day we were installing they wanted us to call them to give an update on the progress. That is customer service. It took about 10 minutes for one of our horses to figure out how to use it. I read lots of reviews prior to purchase and never found a negative review on this product. It works just like a hydrant. Horse pushes on the paddle and gets water, when done the water drains back down into the ground....I am excited to have a winter without the hassle of frozen hoses, frozen stock tanks, algae filled stock tanks in the summer...The company is Bar Bar A.....great invention. Debbie
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