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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

PRODUCT REVIEW: The Water Bucket Cozy

I have had the opportunity to test out the Water Bucket Cozy over the last week.  I wanted something that might not freeze the buckets quite so solid but without any electricity.  It retails for $42.95 at SmartPak which is pretty decent since a heated bucket is about the same price.


Mine looks like this except in black...and I think this one is the small 2.5 gallon bucket, while I have the 5 gallon version.  But you get the drift!  LOL!
When I opened the package, the Cozy was like a big poofy jacket for a bucket.  LOL!  It came with nice little instructions and only took me a moment to figure out how to put it onto the bucket.  It went on easily and has stayed very clean and neat over the last eight days.


So far I am loving it!  I am using it for Sparky, as she is very good about not destroying things.  I moved the top cover out a bit so that the opening is larger for her to get used to it.  The company does recommend adding 4 cups of hot water to increase insulation but so far I am just filling it normally from the barn spigot.  I think that as the winter continues into the "deep freeze" I will add the recommended hot water.  But so far, there has just been a bit of very thin ice on the top, but absolutely no ice on the sides.  Both of my other horses' buckets have had much more serious ice on the top and sides by morning.  And the company is based out of New Hampshire, which is neat.  You can order directly from them (looks like it is $4 cheaper to do that than most retailers, but then the shipping is $8), but since I get free shipping from SmartPak it was cheaper to get it from them.  Many other tack stores carry them as well from the looks, including Dover.


So why am I so excited about this cool new invention, asks those of you who use heated buckets all winter.  I know many people happily use heated buckets, but I have never had any inclination to want them in my own barn.  I refer to them as "barn burners".  LOL!  There is too much risk involved in my opinion, from barn fires to horses electrocuting themselves by chewing the cord.  And because I only have one four-way outlet in my barn that is not directly outside the stalls, I cannot use heated buckets even if I did want to, as they are not supposed to be used with extension cords.

It is a complete pain to break ice out of buckets, but I rather break ice than have dead horses.  I give the horses one last check around 10 PM and they have to go until 6:15 AM, which means their buckets normally do freeze.  I have kept my horses for almost 20 years like this with no issue, as Sparky has NEVER had a heated water bucket.  I realize some of you readers think I am a bad horse person for not using them, but I am happy with it, my horses are clearly happy with it, and so, the end.  ;-D  And in no way do I think that anyone who does use a heated water bucket is negligent; I am just saying they are not for me and my horse husbandry style.  :-)  So if you are like me, here is a great alternative to the heated buckets.  

Comments

  1. Sounds like an awesome idea... though I thin I'd be worried about my mare destroying it. Nifty new inventions are always so much fun.

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  2. Nice! I've seen these before and wondered if they actually worked. I have heated water tubs in the pastures for the first time this year, and while I appreciate not having to break ice at ONE farm, I still worry about the electricity, even with no horses stalled overnight!

    I will keep these in mind if I go back to stalling, or ever have to use smaller buckets instead of troughs.

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