Poll

Ice Water

How do you keep your horses' water in the barn from freezing during the winter?
(Choose your top two answers)

Change water in the buckets frequently
26%
287
Heated buckets
34%
373
Heated automatic waterers
14%
154
Heat the barn
4%
44
I don't keep horses in the barn during the winter
21%
228

Total votes cast: 1086

Comments & Write-in Answers

heated automatic waters are the best cold weather investment, above blankets, and shelters.

11/22/2010 7:54:44 PM

We bring hot water out to the barn in the morning and evening... horses areout during the day

11/22/2010 7:37:09 PM

none of those answers apply. We just break the ice or add warm water from an electric tea kettle

11/22/2010 7:30:43 PM

outside I have a water tank with a heater.

11/22/2010 7:03:04 PM

My horses only go in if we have wind or rain and wind. They have a lshed to get out of the worst of

11/22/2010 6:23:31 PM

We put filled buckets in heated tack rm and change out every feeding

11/22/2010 5:31:28 PM

Horses are in barn only when absolutely needed.

11/22/2010 5:30:51 PM

turned out 24/7, break ice and haul warm water when necessary

11/22/2010 5:02:12 PM

I do use warmers in the outdoor troughs

11/22/2010 4:57:18 PM

Use a small chest type freezer with a submersable heater in a protected area.

11/22/2010 3:25:48 PM

Floating water deicers so that the water doesnot get too warm

11/22/2010 2:59:27 PM

Ilive in southern California.

11/22/2010 11:09:45 AM

One day I'll have a frost-free hydrant installed. Lugging buckets of water is awful.

11/22/2010 10:25:37 AM

floating stock tank heater

11/22/2010 12:39:08 AM

Adding hot water to buckets

11/21/2010 9:12:09 PM

have two buckets, one heated, one not

11/21/2010 3:16:57 PM

Heated buckets in the pastures.

11/21/2010 12:54:21 PM

we heat the large outside tub

11/21/2010 10:06:34 AM

Automatic waterer is outside

11/20/2010 11:26:06 PM

Thickly insulated tubs, frequent additl warm water, out 24/7

11/20/2010 9:28:47 PM

Got tired of chipping ice, moved to Florida!!

11/20/2010 5:42:41 PM

Ive been afraid of heated buckets because of the fire hazard but I'll never go back to breaking ice.

11/20/2010 1:05:50 PM

Put sugar in the water bucket or water bowl

11/20/2010 7:20:26 AM

on the occasional moderate/severe freeze i have a fav shovel i use to break the ice so my ol' gal ca

11/20/2010 1:45:00 AM

I use a watering trough if the pond freezes with an electric heater to keep it from freezing so the

11/20/2010 12:35:24 AM

Water + electricity + horses makes me nervous. I bring hot water from the house.

11/20/2010 12:10:48 AM

there is a floating water heater that keeps the water moving

11/19/2010 11:37:32 PM

Use heated automatic waterers

11/19/2010 11:20:09 PM

Our horses have a three sided insulated run in and a stock tank with a heater in the area near it.

11/19/2010 8:48:48 PM

Put a heat coil in the 70 gl water tub.

11/19/2010 7:25:47 PM

Too many risks with heater elements

11/19/2010 3:26:40 PM

also insulate water tanks and keep them under shelter

11/19/2010 2:08:42 PM

Here in central Arizona water freezing is not an issue

11/19/2010 12:43:18 PM

Horses are on 24hr turnout.

11/19/2010 12:29:35 PM

I use warm water in the buckets in the evening.

11/19/2010 12:22:49 PM

tank heaters and de-icers for outdoor water

11/19/2010 12:13:11 PM

Barn only is heated to 40 F when below freezing

11/19/2010 1:01:06 AM

Have thermal insulated buckets and fill frequently with warm water. They wait for it.

11/18/2010 8:04:18 PM

run in shelters w/heater in stock tank

11/18/2010 7:20:45 PM

I use insulated picnic coolers with heating elements but the insulation also helps slow freezing

11/18/2010 7:10:10 PM

i fill their buckets with heated water from the stock tank which is heated with a tank heater.

11/18/2010 6:32:25 PM

We live in NC and although it gets quite cold our barn stays warm enough so this is not a problem

11/18/2010 6:30:35 PM

heater in trough

11/18/2010 6:17:59 PM

Heated buckets are the best invention ever!

11/18/2010 5:28:13 PM

The stall doors are open and the horses have free access to their heated 100 gallon tank

11/18/2010 4:43:30 PM

close barn in freezing weather

11/18/2010 4:29:56 PM

We use the heaters for the water tanks they work really well.

11/18/2010 4:03:50 PM

When it's really cold I put an apple in the water. He plays apple bobbing and ice doesn't form..

11/18/2010 3:16:56 PM

Insulated Bucket Holder

11/18/2010 2:53:32 PM

I use water heaters/buckets in the fields

11/18/2010 1:31:17 PM

Freezing not a problem in Phoenix, AZ deserts except 1-2 nites a year

11/18/2010 11:57:09 AM

Water trough heaters and turnout with stall access 24/7.

11/18/2010 10:22:12 AM

special buckets that promote keeping water unfrozen

11/18/2010 9:42:12 AM

Thick rubber buckets (the black ones) and add hot water

11/18/2010 6:17:34 AM

Nelson Automatic waterer...best thing we ever bought for the farm !!! Happy customer in New York.

11/17/2010 10:14:46 PM

My barn stays above freezing most of the Winter and I add warm water on cold night.

11/17/2010 9:28:40 PM

I've used propane water tank heaters for years and notice my horses drink more & don't colic.

11/17/2010 8:43:25 PM

The heated buckets are great since my horses are in and out 24/7

11/17/2010 7:23:01 PM

trough heater in barn 2 sets of buckets 4 stalls. "off" buckets in heated porch to thaw

11/17/2010 7:09:54 PM

The horses keep the barn warm enought to keep the water from freezing.I also add hot water whencold

11/17/2010 7:00:39 PM

The water is outside, but we change it out every other day, and the heater keeps it from freezing.

11/17/2010 6:33:27 PM

Insulated barn and heat from the horse kepps the water from frezzing.

11/17/2010 6:31:50 PM

live in NM

11/17/2010 5:43:07 PM

I use a deicer in the water trough. They have access to stalls 24/7

11/17/2010 3:47:55 PM

My barn is insulated and they don't freeze

11/17/2010 3:43:00 PM

I don't keep horses stalled, but have a flating tank de-icer in a 40-gallon tub.

11/17/2010 2:58:25 PM

Horses are outside most of the time. Come in at night or during inclement weather.

11/17/2010 2:54:22 PM

100 gal heated tank

11/17/2010 2:43:56 PM

our horses are outside most of the time, If they have to be in, we change water frequently

11/17/2010 2:36:15 PM

I add warm water to the buckets and also use insulated (non-electric) buckets

11/17/2010 2:00:03 PM

Love our heated buckets & keeps the horses drinking during freezing weather.

11/17/2010 12:53:20 PM

Stock tank heater

11/17/2010 12:38:35 PM

just live in the south!

11/17/2010 12:26:57 PM

water tank heater

11/17/2010 12:22:13 PM

I have a water trough heater

11/17/2010 12:06:21 PM

tank heaters

11/17/2010 12:03:52 PM

They are free to go in and out during the winter on there own, and the horse tank has a water heater

11/17/2010 11:51:21 AM

Thermal buckets -- with plastic disks in the top

11/17/2010 11:24:08 AM

I only keep my horses in the barn at night so a heated water bucket lasts all night.

11/17/2010 10:46:04 AM

Don't have a barn. Use shelter shed, remove ice as needed; horses drink all they need.

11/17/2010 10:32:44 AM

I keep horses in as little as possible, but use heated buckets at those times.

11/17/2010 10:20:50 AM

My horses range free in pasture. They go in a barn in severe weather; 25 gallon tubs are heated.

11/17/2010 10:16:42 AM

also add warm water to each bucket

11/17/2010 10:09:12 AM

for outside, I change buckets frequently

11/17/2010 9:42:16 AM

Penned for feeding then turned out. Break any ice on troughs every morning while horses are eating.

11/16/2010 11:40:14 PM

I live in Louisiana. We don't have very many days that are freezing.

11/16/2010 10:56:05 PM

I use a tank heater in a 100 gallon water tank -it works good

11/16/2010 10:48:48 PM

I insulate the barn automatic waterers and have a heating element for the outdoor tub

11/16/2010 10:41:28 PM

We also add hot water to the buckets at night

11/16/2010 10:28:02 PM

I am fortunate to have heated auto warerers inside & out.worth every penny & less problems

11/16/2010 10:27:35 PM

Floating de-icers in the stock tanks

11/16/2010 10:27:31 PM

Free choice ice free water is the only option for a healthy horse.

11/16/2010 10:19:11 PM

none of the above.SELTZER water 1 liter bottle when it is really cold, works the best.

11/16/2010 10:16:12 PM

I also haul warm water in jugs from the house to break the ice up and then remove the ice by hand

11/16/2010 10:12:52 PM

We move from Iowa to South Texas in November and return to Iowa in May

11/16/2010 10:10:53 PM

Have a "heater" that goes in the water from freezing in the cold weather

11/16/2010 9:57:43 PM

Our horses have a run attached to their barn stall. We keep heaters in the 100 gal tanks

11/16/2010 9:52:06 PM

Insulated & heated water line above stalls

11/16/2010 9:36:34 PM

The stable where my horses are boarded outdoors has heated automatic waterers.

11/16/2010 9:02:52 PM

tank de icer

11/16/2010 8:54:25 PM

Heated water tanks

11/16/2010 8:47:14 PM

I have a military immersion heater in the big tank

11/16/2010 8:43:17 PM

I use water heaters in all water buckets and barrels

11/16/2010 8:41:10 PM

fill buckets w/warm water AM & PM

11/16/2010 8:37:47 PM

I add hot water at night. It helps,but water still has ice by morning.

11/16/2010 8:36:14 PM

Horses are outside w/heated water tanks.

11/16/2010 8:31:27 PM

My horses are outside 24/7 with shelters in each paddock and 100 gallon water tanks with heaters

11/16/2010 8:29:47 PM

Have a hot water heater in the barn, I add hot water to icy buckets. Works great.

11/16/2010 8:28:53 PM

In California almost never freezes that long

11/16/2010 8:28:15 PM

I uses plug-in water heaters in the troughs.

11/16/2010 8:23:29 PM

I moved to California

11/16/2010 8:07:27 PM

Water 1X daily with warmer water, heated water tank outside thru day

11/16/2010 8:03:13 PM

I use insulated bucket holders, and alway give them warm water

11/16/2010 7:41:53 PM

I aso use heated buckets/bowls for the barn cats & dog.

11/16/2010 7:30:09 PM

use insulated buckets, change water 2-3 times daily

11/16/2010 6:59:49 PM

Heated buckets cause death in horses, just happened to a friend

11/16/2010 6:54:13 PM

Horses have two buckets, one heated and one insulated

11/16/2010 6:52:54 PM

Not a problem where I live--coastal No. California

11/16/2010 6:42:32 PM

we add warm water to top off

11/16/2010 6:37:06 PM

We use insulated buckets, add hot water twice a day, and the water stays warm all day/night.

11/16/2010 6:35:37 PM

they go in thru a hole in the bottom of the trough. portect the wire by putting it thru a pvc pipe

11/16/2010 6:33:35 PM

But was do have heated auto waterers in the pastures.

11/16/2010 6:32:54 PM

I don't have a barn, but rather a three sided run-in shed. My water troughs are outside w/heaters.

11/16/2010 6:31:29 PM

I use a stock tank defroster.

11/16/2010 6:30:22 PM

LOVE IT! - Nelson Waterer!

11/16/2010 6:28:58 PM

In Michigan you need to be able to add warm water to buckets several times a day.

11/16/2010 6:23:47 PM

I also have a heater in their outdoor water tub.

11/16/2010 6:07:49 PM

stock tank heaters

11/16/2010 6:03:00 PM

Use heaters that fit in drain plug of stock tank to keep water thawed.

11/16/2010 5:58:30 PM

WATER COMES OUT OF THE GROUND AT 72 DEGREES HERE IN FL

11/16/2010 5:56:57 PM

I also have a hammer nearby to break the ice off the top if needed No electricity in the barn

11/16/2010 5:56:30 PM

large heated tub outside

11/16/2010 5:55:44 PM

2 horses get fresh luke warm water from the house morning and night.

11/16/2010 5:54:07 PM

Use a tank heater on outdoor tank

11/16/2010 5:51:33 PM

Heaters in Water Tanks outside.

11/16/2010 5:05:53 PM

Heated buckets save the day!

11/16/2010 4:57:32 PM

When night temps hit 40 degrees I turn on the heated buckets so my horses drink lots more water.

11/16/2010 4:49:15 PM

insulated water bucket holders

11/16/2010 4:46:09 PM

I have a 100 gallon trough which I insulate and keep a 1200 watt heater in it. It works down to -40C

11/16/2010 4:41:58 PM

Insulated water buckets and warmed water

11/16/2010 4:41:33 PM

Carry hot water to the barn morning, noon and night.

11/16/2010 4:41:27 PM

None of these. Barn temp stays above freezing - 80 yr old barn, heavy timbers

11/16/2010 4:34:32 PM

Water tank heaters

11/16/2010 4:31:30 PM

a leather basketball or volleyball works well too

11/16/2010 4:29:46 PM

We keep heat lamps on for several hours in the evening and again early morning

11/16/2010 4:27:53 PM

It is warm enough in my area to keep horse in the pasture with their shelters - I haul water t them

11/16/2010 4:26:31 PM

add hot water

11/16/2010 4:25:16 PM

I moved South so I don't have to worry about frozen buckets anymore.

11/16/2010 4:22:47 PM

Not really heated buckets, but a heater in the water trough.

11/16/2010 4:22:04 PM

and use a tank de-icer for the trough

11/16/2010 4:16:42 PM

I live in Florida!!

11/16/2010 4:15:21 PM

Don't trust deicers; manually remove ice in pasture troughs, use Wild Angel bucket cozy in shelters

11/16/2010 4:14:30 PM

We bring hot water down to the barn when horses need to be in due to severe weather.

11/16/2010 4:08:59 PM

Thermal Buckets

11/16/2010 4:04:51 PM

My Nelson waterers were worth every penny. One is over 20 yrs old & require little maintenance

11/16/2010 4:04:36 PM

Stock tank heater

11/16/2010 4:00:39 PM

stock tank heaters

11/16/2010 3:59:23 PM

Worth every penny in cold climates!

11/16/2010 3:59:16 PM

Also add hot water to the buckets

11/16/2010 3:59:09 PM

Heated outside water tub along w/ hot water "soup" for my TB's!

11/16/2010 3:57:48 PM

Tank heater in the water tank. 24/7

11/16/2010 3:57:23 PM

They're in stalls for breakfast and dinner, otherwise outside with geothermal waterers.

11/16/2010 3:56:30 PM

live in the South!

11/16/2010 3:55:24 PM

I use a heater in a large outdoor trough and a 16 gal. heated bucket.

11/16/2010 3:54:00 PM

I have a hot water heater in the barn and I give my horse warm water in the winter. He loves it

11/16/2010 3:51:02 PM

I live in a warm place that hardly ever freezes

11/16/2010 3:50:57 PM

Horses outside 24/7, running creeks or smash ice on stock tanks w/ hammer : )

11/16/2010 3:48:23 PM

heater in bottom of tank

11/16/2010 3:48:10 PM

have heating elements in troughs, will get heated outdoor waterers

11/16/2010 3:48:00 PM

outdoors we use a drain plug deicer. If they stay in (which is rare) we crack and refill

11/16/2010 3:47:38 PM

Live in California!

11/16/2010 3:47:01 PM

Horses have large tanks--some with heaters

11/16/2010 3:46:52 PM

We have a small water heater in the feed room. Change buckets 3 -4 times daily.

11/16/2010 3:40:02 PM

but I keep deicers in the outside water tub

11/16/2010 3:38:40 PM

Not in the barn unless nasty weather

11/16/2010 3:37:46 PM

heated 70 gal tub actually, accesible under overhang of both stalls

11/16/2010 3:36:48 PM

A small pan with a bird bath feeder and $15.00 automatic watering device. Easy and cheap.

11/16/2010 3:32:09 PM

styrofoam insulated buckets

11/16/2010 3:26:00 PM

Deicers in buckets and tanks.

11/16/2010 3:25:36 PM

we also have a few insulated buckets that worked out well last winter

11/16/2010 3:25:05 PM

I don't really heat the barn just keep it closed up tight.

11/16/2010 3:20:14 PM

heater installed to the side of my 100 gallon tank. get it at TSC, wonderful.

11/16/2010 3:18:29 PM

I have tank heaters

11/16/2010 3:18:09 PM

geothermal waterers

11/16/2010 3:17:19 PM

Love the heated buckets, best invention for winter watering

11/16/2010 3:17:18 PM

I bought Bucket cozys this year. Heard they are awesome

11/16/2010 3:14:05 PM

Two years of dragging hoses was enough!

11/16/2010 3:10:37 PM

pipe insulation

11/16/2010 3:10:11 PM

Also have a heated trough in the large paddock

11/16/2010 3:09:32 PM

Use a stock tank heater

11/16/2010 3:09:26 PM

Horses get hot water at 9-10PM, 2nd hot coffee pot full at 1-2AM. Then out at 7AM.

11/16/2010 2:58:00 PM

With heated tank for outside

11/16/2010 2:55:15 PM

All outside water has automatic heaters

11/16/2010 2:45:41 PM

Move South for the winter!!

11/16/2010 2:43:55 PM

All water troughs have heaters, pasture and barn

11/16/2010 2:39:32 PM

Heat tape on outdoor faucet works in addition draining hoses.

11/16/2010 2:12:26 PM

I have a large heated bucket outside.

11/16/2010 2:08:58 PM

Am in Canada -40C some winters htd buckets awesome: Sandi

11/16/2010 12:24:06 PM

We use heat lights in the stalls when the weather is freezing. It seems to help keep buckets from fr

11/16/2010 11:47:51 AM

I dont. I refresh the buckets (often) with hot water

11/16/2010 11:07:26 AM

nelson waterers

11/16/2010 10:51:43 AM

Heated buckets and trough heaters

11/16/2010 10:03:47 AM

i LOVE my heated buckets

11/16/2010 9:40:40 AM

In Australia's warm climate, most equines stay outdoors during winter.

11/16/2010 1:05:41 AM