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    How long will they be okay without water?

    We are leaving for FL to take my bf's nephew back home. We will be leaving Friday morning and return Monday night. Some of my horses have water always available, but down in the bottom I have a hose run and have to refill daily. It is a horse and 2 calves together and now they have a 20 gallon tank and a 25 gallon tank. They drink up the 20 gal. and 1/2 of the 25 gal. per day. When we leave I am gonna put 2 muck buckets (15 gal. each, I guess?) and some 5 gallon buckets and a wash tub (if it doesn't have any holes in it) down for the 4 days. I will make sure they are full on Friday morning before we leave.

    That's 85 gallons without the wash tub. I guess they drink 32gal per day. That's about 2 1/2 days worth of water. Ugh! If they DO run out, would they be okay for the whole day Monday without water?

    I don't have anyone that I trust horse smart or gate smart to come over and check them.
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    Not good for them to go without for more than six hours. Can you leave the hose on drip in the bucket, put out some extra buckets, or have a neighbor check on it for you?

    PS I really need to read better before posting: I'd still see if I could get someone just to check and refill the water. If something gets turned over or dirty, it would not be smart. I'd want someone to check on them anyway to make sure none got hurt or caught in a fence. Maybe you could find a nearby barn and ask if anyone there would want to help out?

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    what about a water timer? I don't know how those work really, but I think you just hook it up to the water spicket and then hook the water hose upto it!!! I would for sure test it b4 you leave!!!

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    Could you just get another big tank? That way you're positive they have enough and won't have to worry about them in the heat.

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    I don't know how well this hose would drip. Part of it is one of those curly ones and it runs uphill. I guess I'll have to scrounge up all of the buckets I have. Oooo...I have some of those over-the-fence feeders I can hang up!! That'll be some extra water!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by karend1205 View Post
    what about a water timer? I don't know how those work really, but I think you just hook it up to the water spicket and then hook the water hose upto it!!! I would for sure test it b4 you leave!!!
    Not familiar with those.

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    Could you just get another big tank? That way you're positive they have enough and won't have to worry about them in the heat.
    I'll have to look out behind the barn to see what I can find. Things tend to disappear. Oooo!! I'll go over to the neighbors! He used to have cows but doesn't anymore!
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    Quote Originally Posted by endurgirl View Post
    Not familiar with those.
    I guess u could get them at lowes or home depot. There was one here at the office that our gardner used to water the garden.



    I'll have to look out behind the barn to see what I can find. Things tend to disappear. Oooo!! I'll go over to the neighbors! He used to have cows but doesn't anymore!
    NOW YOUR THINKING!!! Surely he would let you borrow some buckets and troughs!!
    Got one of those kiddie pools?? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by sorrell View Post
    Not good for them to go without for more than six hours. Can you leave the hose on drip in the bucket, put out some extra buckets, or have a neighbor check on it for you?
    That sounds like a really good idea to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karend1205 View Post
    NOW YOUR THINKING!!! Surely he would let you borrow some buckets and troughs!!
    Got one of those kiddie pools?? LOL
    It's still a good idea to have someone check. We have had horses paw the water, rats die in the water, etc. If the guy that owned cows once is still there, maybe he could go over once every few days and just check?
    Not wanting to sound scary or anything, but there is a lot that can go wrong, even downed fences, etc. and it is good to have someone check up on them even if they aren't comfortable around horses.

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    You should just get another water tank. With smaller buckets and tubs, they could very easily get knocked over, then they would be without water for longer. For piece of mind, I would spend the money and buy another tank.
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