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By Ritchie Industries Automatic Waterers
Summertime and early fall are great times to plan for and install automatic waterers in the paddock, stall or pasture. Automatic waterers keep the water fresh, clean and at a temperature that is appealing to your horse throughout all seasons. On average, a horse drinks eight to 12 gallons of water a day, and having access to clean, fresh water is critical for keeping your horse healthy and reducing the risk of developing colic. Hauling buckets to stalls, scrubbing the buckets and making sure your horse has enough water available is time consuming. Automatic waterers simplify this chore and eliminate water worries for your horse.
Automatic waterers also help conserve water by providing water on demand in the bowl or trough. This keeps the water fresh compared to larger stock tanks that hold stagnant water that becomes a breeding ground for algae and mosquitoes. Cleaning automatic waterers is simple, quick and does not require you to dump a large amount of water. Water conservation will be on the minds of many horse farms this summer. The U.S. Drought Monitor for the week of June 15, 2021, showed that 60 percent of the continental U.S. is experiencing some degree of abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions and that percentage will continue to worsen.
Five Planning Steps to Consider
So, after reviewing all the benefits of an automatic waterer, you are now ready to plan which brand you want to purchase and install. Here are five basic planning steps to consider.
Avoid These Two Common Mistakes When Planning to Add an Automatic Waterer
You’re ready to get your automatic waterer installed and enjoy all the benefits. Before you make final installation plans, consider the following words of wisdom. According to Clinton Anderson, a renowned clinician, horse trainer, competitor and founder of Downunder Horsemanship, there are two common mistakes he sees horse owners making when they install their waterers.
To learn more about planning, selecting and installing automatic waterers, visit RitchieFount.com today. Ritchie Industries is headquartered in Conrad, Iowa, and was the first company to patent the automatic water valve in 1921. Ritchie has manufactured and sold over 3 million units globally.