What are the benefits of using automatic waterers vs. just plain ol’ water buckets? Both have pros and cons...
Automatic waterer advantages:
-They vanquish the need for filling buckets. BAM. That’s the biggest advantage. Lots of time saved.
-Automatic waterers can have heating capabilities to prevent freezing in the winter.
-You can also get some that are metered so you can track water intake.
This auto waterer won't freeze in the winter.
Automatic waterer disadvantages:
-Easy for your horse to break if he’s into fiddling with things. Either he can break it so no water comes out, or he can break it so the water won’t stop.
-He can also get a leg stuck in the hosing, or he can get a leg stuck in the bowl. You would think they would keep their legs out of stuff like that, but it's not the case.
-Tricky to do a deep scrub, you need to disassemble.
-May need additional heating units for winter.
-With deep freezes the automatic waterer may be damaged.
-Usually no way to measure how much water your horse is drinking per day. (This one is a biggie!!)
-If you horse needs water additives to entice drinking, the dilution will never be correct in an automatic waterer.
-If your horse is a hay dunker, well, yuck. It’s tricky to get the bowl totally goo-free.
One style of automatic waterer. Not so good for areas where hard freezes are common.
Water bucket advantages:
-You can measure how much the horses are drinking. (This may be the only reason that my dream barn has buckets.)
-Easy to clean buckets.
-Easy to transport to shows.
-Easy to mix electrolytes or vinegar in the proper dilutions.
-Easy to have a separate hay dunking bucket away from the drinking buckets.
-Water buckets can be easily insulated, with out without electricity for use in the winter.
Water bucket disadvantages:
-More wasted water.
-If you don’t have a long hose or faucets throughout the barn, it’s a workout.
-It’s also still a workout as you lift the buckets up to the clips.
-It’s also a workout to think about lifting and toting buckets all over the land.
-Horses can get a leg stuck, creating quite the mess and possible vet bill.
-Frozen blocks of ice.
What is your preference?