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RE: [RC] Horse water thawed w/out electric - Chrystal Woodhouse - Ranelle Rubin

While I realize if the power goes out, it makes no difference, I use the Rubbermaid tank with the drain plug heater. I have a whole drilled in the wall behind the tank so my *read* "nosy" Arab can't mess with the cord. I then have an inline GFI (easy to obtain at Home Depot) and a big ornage contractor's extension to the garage. I placed the tank close to the hose bib (the kind that drains back down into the ground so it can't freeze). I have a short hose that spends the summer in my horse trailer for camping (about 10ft). Each night I top off the tank and then hang the hose back up so it completely drains.
Twice a day when I feed, I look at the GFI light to be sure it is still on, and if the power blinks, I go out and reset it. So far, even the goldfish are surviving..and we have had -15 degrees a couple nights..no loss of power yet though..so that will be the trick..guess I will have to boil snow and thaw out the tank that way..and oh..replace the 12 cent goldfish.:)
This is my second winter in the high desert (just south of Reno)..horses are drinking lots!

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~ John Wayne

Ranelle Rubin
Independent Dynamite Distributor


Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 15:42:31 -0800
From: rogueroughriders1@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: re:[RC] Horse water thawed w/out electric - Chrystal Woodhouse
To: c_collins@xxxxxxx; ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

I'm getting a crash course in COLD weather ( well -12)  I'm used to cold being anything 20 to 30 degrees then We bought a place in the high desert and last week we had a run of negative weather of course I didn't have troth heaters. The entire water troth was frozen solid!! then our pipes froze so I had to find an empty troth and go to a neighbor's to fill it just to water the critters. Needless to say our hose is curled up in our utility room now as well :-) although I plan to pick up some heaters I am very interested in some other means to help keep the ice away as well
My horse's feet are as swift as rolling thunder
He carries me away from all my fears
And when the world threatens to fall asunder
His mane is there to wipe away my tears.
~Bonnie Lewis

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--- On Thu, 12/17/09, Cindy Collins <c_collins@xxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Cindy Collins <c_collins@xxxxxxx>
Subject: re:[RC] Horse water thawed w/out electric - Chrystal Woodhouse
To: "Ridecamp Ridecamp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 1:29 PM

"if you can leave your hoses outside after October"

I had to really laugh at this one...I'm in Wyoming and my horses are outside all winter, even when it's 18 below 0 like it was last week :)


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