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Water temp. for horses
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ger/water for livestock    Posted 10-12-2002 at 10:25:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
any body know the correct temperature for horse water, i just put in an automatic waterer an it came factory set at the mid point well the water was pretty hot that first moring so i set it back half again an now it,s 58 deg. in the moring , it,s real cold here now so i don,t want to set it back too much an have it freeze up on me, but im not sure they ,re drinking either an i think it may be to warm for them. when it gets colder does a guy have to keep adjusting the settings on these thing, thought it would make life easier but now im figurein i should of left the old system in, thanks ger


kraig WY    Posted 10-13-2002 at 17:31:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
The water heater I get have a 40degree thermostate taht kicks on at when it gets below 40. So's I figure the guy that made them is smarter the me so I leave them alone. I have chopped a lot of ice and my critter have done fine on water colder then that.


ger    Posted 10-13-2002 at 18:06:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
this thing came from the factory set as they say in the middle, well in the middle the water was over 60 deg. so i set it back half again an its at 50 now i still think thats to warm i figure it should be around40 deg too i tested it right out of the tap letting it run for a while it was 50 out of the tap, there water out un the pasture is 30 deg after i pull the ice of it . i just gotta keep firggin with this thing till i get it to around 40 without turning it down to much all at once an have it freeze up on me, have to do it at nigh t too warm during the day , ill get it eventually , thanks get


Saddlebum    Posted 10-12-2002 at 16:27:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
ger, as long as it's over 40 degrees, they should be okay. If it's 58, that is probably alright; they will likely get used to it, but should be watched carefully for water intake. Most horses don't care for "ice water," given the choice, but like others have said, don't necessarily like warm water either.

You can give them a little physiological urge to drink by mixing in a tablespoon of salt or equine electrolytes into their feed daily. We do this at our place during "cold" snaps here in Oklahoma (5-20 degrees or so, a few days every year), and also when the heat index gets up in the mid-90's or above (which could be 3 months or more). Horses that don't drink can start to show dehydration symptoms (including colic) as early as four hours without water.

I'm sure envious of your automatic waterer/heater--we have to go out and break the ice usually. But our winters are pretty mild here, esp. compared to yours!


ger    Posted 10-12-2002 at 17:24:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks saddlebum, i know all to well what happens if they don,t drink thats why i so concerened , i know if its to warm they won,t drink at the same time i don,t want it to freeze,i been tinkering with it an it,s around 50 deg. right now, it seems in the really cold days they drink lots of water as i was always filling their old tub up all the time, im just starting to hay feed at night now an i want to be sure they,re drinking as well, thanks again catch ya later .ger


Donna from Missouri    Posted 10-12-2002 at 12:40:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
This just shows you what a dummy I am. I've had 7 or 8 horses over the years and in winter I just broke the ice on the pond for them. They didn't seem any worse for the wear, but what do I know?


DeadCarp    Posted 10-12-2002 at 15:37:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Re:"--just broke the ice on the pond for them--"

Oh heck that isn't real critical anyway - long as you gave them a BIG bathtowel after their daily swim! lol - (i can see it now :)"You horses come out now - it's time for your cartoons!"



Burrhead    Posted 10-12-2002 at 13:10:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
that's how ye sposed to do it Donna.

From what I've experienced thru the years if there is much diff between the air temp and water temp the animals just simply will not drink it.

A hoss can be mox-nix about it, a cow is moody about it and will go either way, but a goat just flat outright will not drink it if it's too cool nor too warm.


ger    Posted 10-13-2002 at 18:09:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey bur , i think your right the difference between the air an water temp can,t be to great or they won,t drink . thanks ger


Sid    Posted 10-12-2002 at 12:30:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hard to say you say it is 58 deg. Fresh well water is about 65 deg. I do not think it would have to be kept that Warm, just keep from freezing. Once it is adjusted right that should do it. Is it electric if so watch out for stray voltage. A friends cattle refused to use his new one found out they were getting shocked. It might take some playing with it to get it right but do not think you should have to change it all the time.


ger    Posted 10-12-2002 at 13:16:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks donna an sid , yup used to do the same donna but the ice get a little thick here in jan . use to hav a 60 gal tub but was costing a lot to heat that all winter for a couple of horses , no cows anymore so i figured this would be a cheaper way to go, one horse plays in it all night sid so i don,t think theres any stray voltage but to be on the safe side i put a gfi breaker on it , had some friends that lost cattle to electric shock before, thanks again guys i,ll get it figured out eventually , before i go to bed i look out the window an can see the temp light so i know the heater,s working an won,t freeze over night haha , worry too much i guess thanks again later ger


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