As the temperatures cool off, we want to start thinking about preparing for winter. One of the main concerns every winter is having fresh, unfrozen water readily available for horses. Horses cannot eat enough snow to make up for the water they need each day. Horses without access to water are at high risk for impaction colic.
The most common way to keep water buckets ice-free are heated water buckets. These buckets are pretty straightforward. Most heated water buckets range from 5 gallons to 16 gallons. The buckets have a heating element built into either the walls of the bucket or the base that keeps water around 42 degrees.
Electrically heated water buckets have a cord connected to them at the back or bottom that is about 6 feet long. If the cord is not already shielded it should be covered in plastic PVC or metal pipe so a horse cannot bite into it. Heated water buckets should have a flat back. This helps it lay flat against the wall and keeps the electrical cord from twisting around it.
Heated water buckets and agents can be found online or at most local tack shops. They generally range from about $30 to $100 depending on size. There are plenty of options out there so make sure you do your homework before purchasing!
One of the best and most popular heated water buckets out on the market right now are Farm Innovators Heated Flat Back 5 Gallon Bucket. These buckets are thermostatically controlled and will only operate when necessary, which saves you money! They can also be found around $30.
Another popular heating agent is called the Blue Performance Once Insulated Bucket Holder
. These are not actually buckets; they are bucket holders (hence the name). They are simple and effective insulated bucket holders. These bucket holders are around $100 but they are practically indestructible.
When purchasing a heated bucket or a heating agent, check around for the best deals. Keep in mind that these buckets are practically necessary in order to get through a cold winter. Happy shopping!
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