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
Heated buckets
Heated automatic waterers
Heat the barn
I don't keep horses in the barn during the winter

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


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