Water Sources for Horses

What type of water sources do your horses have access to?

Stock tank
Automatic water fountains (stall or pasture)
Individual buckets
Natural sources, such as ponds or streams
Other (please specify)

Total votes cast: 1476

Comments & Write-in Answers

We have to clean them every week.

7/14/2014 11:00:18 PM

City water from automatic waterers

7/14/2014 10:10:46 PM

Large plastic tub.

7/14/2014 9:36:02 PM


7/14/2014 5:50:40 PM

one horse, one large bucket

7/14/2014 5:18:55 PM

water containers filled from home and taken to field everyday

7/14/2014 3:12:47 PM

300 gal white stock tank. Also occasionally used as a swimming pool for my ducks :)

7/14/2014 11:48:21 AM

shared buckets in pasture

7/14/2014 10:24:12 AM

My standardbred has the option of drinking from fresh water troughs or drinking from the pond

7/14/2014 7:16:45 AM

Fresh ground water pumped by a windmill

7/14/2014 6:40:43 AM

clean fresh water, 24/7/365

7/13/2014 8:46:56 PM

I have one horse on automatic watered and two on individule buckets to monitor water intake

7/13/2014 10:06:06 AM

cistern water

7/13/2014 9:37:24 AM

my horse has access in his paddock to an individual water trough

7/12/2014 9:31:39 PM

tank under shade with small pump moving the water for mosquito control

7/12/2014 7:26:41 AM

buckets are freshened 2-3 times a day

7/11/2014 9:10:37 PM

Cast iron clawed foot bathtubs

7/11/2014 3:39:35 PM

With mosquito fish.

7/11/2014 10:51:37 AM

It's the only way to go!

7/11/2014 9:34:23 AM

Stock tanks outside and buckets inside, and don't forget the occasional mud puddle.

7/11/2014 8:03:11 AM

I keep both in the stalls in case the automatics go out. The same in their outside turnouts,

7/11/2014 3:25:04 AM

16 gallon water bucket, heated 16 gal bucket in cold season

7/10/2014 10:32:12 PM

twenty to thirty gallon containers

7/10/2014 8:52:43 PM

We use 55 gal poly barrels.

7/10/2014 8:35:43 PM

50 gallon tanks in each pen or pasture

7/10/2014 6:44:22 PM

mine have all of the above available depending on where they are

7/10/2014 6:22:14 PM

A tank, individual buckets, and their favorite -- a clean muck buckey

7/10/2014 2:22:38 PM

we bucket to monitor intake. all buckets are cleaned daily to protect water freshness and palatabili

7/10/2014 12:24:54 PM

So I can monitor how much they are drinking

7/10/2014 10:27:34 AM

bath tub, gets dumped & rinsed daily

7/10/2014 8:22:27 AM

Old claw foot bath tub

7/10/2014 7:41:55 AM

My research indicates horses physicial systems are geared towards several large gulps at a time

7/9/2014 11:54:38 PM

individual buckets and drums.

7/9/2014 10:45:44 PM

Large muck buckets

7/9/2014 7:09:56 PM

several larger communal buckets

7/9/2014 5:48:59 PM

Both automatic water inside the walk-in area in the barn and a stock tank outdoors.

7/9/2014 5:42:29 PM

Buckets in stalls, but again, we're lucky--we have a stream running through the turnout

7/9/2014 5:23:44 PM

Plastic drums 50+ gallon ones three per pasture

7/9/2014 4:48:08 PM

Water comed directly from a dug well

7/9/2014 4:42:17 PM

My horses prefer drinking from the stock tanks in their runs, but also have auto waterers in stalls.

7/9/2014 4:10:20 PM

With a fountain pump circulating the water like a fish tank.

7/9/2014 1:36:15 PM

Since most are out to pasture, stock is easiest, when needed to monitor intake , I go to individual

7/9/2014 1:31:04 PM

Here in AZ, our "buckets" are 30gal. half-barrels.

7/9/2014 1:08:05 PM

Sadly from a source which contains chlorine and flouride. Not good!

7/9/2014 11:33:04 AM

He's a bit spoiled so has Nelson Waterers in his stall and all his pastures,plus 2 hanging buckets.

7/9/2014 11:25:40 AM

While there is a small lake in the pasture I keep their stall buckets full and a large metal tank

7/9/2014 11:22:03 AM

all are cleaned and fresh water daily

7/9/2014 10:38:00 AM

large tub, scrubbed and refilled regularly

7/9/2014 9:59:22 AM

3 stock tanks, 1 per pasture, and a small duck pond fed from well they sometimes use too.

7/9/2014 9:04:55 AM

They each have a 30 gal. container. It needs to be filled twice a week, I empty & scrub then.

7/9/2014 2:48:23 AM

Stock tank,heated bucket in winter, He also loves slush water in the winter

7/8/2014 9:57:51 PM

Stock tank in pasture. Buckets in stalls.

7/8/2014 9:30:57 PM

manually filled every three days and either hosed out or scrubbed with a brush

7/8/2014 8:50:56 PM

used to use a stock tank. down to 1 horse so I use a clean, new muck bucket

7/8/2014 8:33:22 PM

They used to have access to natural sources but both became ill, my vet advised only buckets.

7/8/2014 7:52:46 PM

in paddock 1 to 2 clean muck buckets; individual buckets in stalls

7/8/2014 7:18:01 PM

My 2 have their own large barrle sized buckets

7/8/2014 7:15:19 PM

city water & water changed daily for buckets

7/8/2014 7:03:41 PM

25 gal. barrels, dumped, rinsed & refilled daily; in AZ heat they drink a lot!

7/8/2014 6:45:32 PM

Pails in their in-and-out stalls. Stock tank in the indoor ring/drylot combo. Never without.

7/8/2014 6:33:34 PM

Have two sources available so they always have access to clean water

7/8/2014 6:13:54 PM

2 horse 5 sheep 50 gal tank checked and cleaned often heated if needed

7/8/2014 5:21:14 PM

stock tank w/ float; auto waterers in stalls

7/8/2014 5:17:06 PM

Best thing I ever put in.

7/8/2014 4:47:55 PM

Stock tank with constant water flow for freshness

7/8/2014 4:23:57 PM

We built an awning over the tank.It keeps the water really cool here in SC in the summer.

7/8/2014 3:42:08 PM

Oddly they prefer the stock tank, go figure.

7/8/2014 3:06:50 PM

2 X 20 Gallon buckets for 3 horses

7/8/2014 2:33:40 PM

100 gallon tank, cleaned regularly for 3 horses. Buckets in stalls

7/8/2014 12:06:25 PM

Waterers in paddocks, buckets in stalls.

7/8/2014 10:53:55 AM

I rather fill up outside tanks each day so i can see how much and it is fresh

7/8/2014 10:05:39 AM

Stock tank in the pasture, buckets when in the stalls

7/8/2014 9:17:10 AM

My horse has an auto waterer in his paddock and two buckets in his stall.

7/8/2014 8:28:41 AM

rain water

7/8/2014 7:42:24 AM