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    We're getting ready to get a winter storm and I was wondering how do you keep water from freezing with out a heater? Where the troughs are there is NO access to hook up a water heater. SO please let me know any tips and tricks.

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    Go out every few hours with a bucket of hot water from the house. I just got done doing that here, three times a day and once in the middle of the night, for over a week.

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    Both in outdoor pastures and inside buckets we put small kid size kick balls, or soft balls, nurf foot ball, etc.... then tend to float around and with the horses moving them around they keep the freezing down to a minimum..... just a thought tho...lol..

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    extension cords work for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appy-Girl View Post
    Both in outdoor pastures and inside buckets we put small kid size kick balls, or soft balls, nurf foot ball, etc.... then tend to float around and with the horses moving them around they keep the freezing down to a minimum..... just a thought tho...lol..

    YES THIS WORKS.
    Also if you have good horses who will leave stuff alone. Put a 2x4 in the tak sticking out like it was a big pot and you would use the 2x4 to stir it. lol it wont freeeze as much and you just move it back and forth and it breaks the ice easier. <- that sounds complicated sorry

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    I've heard of people putting like a remote boat or something in the water, something cheap. They leave it in there.
    Then if the water isn't far from the house you go outside with your remote and buzz it around a few times.
    Good thing for the kids to do
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    thank you everyone very helpful!

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    I read somewhere that putting ACV or listerine in the water helps to anyone know or tried this? I like the tennis ball idea, and if it does freeze it will look like those cool stickers on the back of the soccer moms mini vans
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoers_girl View Post
    YES THIS WORKS.
    Also if you have good horses who will leave stuff alone. Put a 2x4 in the tak sticking out like it was a big pot and you would use the 2x4 to stir it. lol it wont freeeze as much and you just move it back and forth and it breaks the ice easier. <- that sounds complicated sorry
    not to sound like a worrier (SP) lol but make sure the 2x4 is untreated wood if specifically using that and not just a large stick. they put some pretty nasty chemicals on the wood for building and it will leach into the water if left there too long.

    http://www.ecologycenter.org/factshe...ood.html:eek2:

    just be careful is all. and good luck keeping the ice away!
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    I packed horse manure around the bottom of my trough and the water does not freeze on the bottom and part way up the sides. Unfortunately, I didn't go high enough up around my sides so it only works on the bottom part of the tank. The manure helps create heat as it decomposes (so I have read). Seems to be helping so far.

    Next year, I think I will figure out some way to put my trough inside of something else and pack the manure all the way around up higher. I know it sounds "gross" but I figured that I had a lot of free manure laying around, why not use it.

    I do put a ball in mine, but my horses come in the barn at night, so no one is out there playing with the ball, so mine does freeze overnight sometimes. The ball makes it easier to break through the ice though. I use a crowbar to break open a hole and it is good for another day.

    When the ice gets a little thick and we have a "warmer" day, we break out all the ice, refill the trough, and start over.

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