Tired of muddy horse fields, particularly near your water trough? Extend your drain outside of the field to reduce how much mud you have.
Over the winter, we had a heater in our big Rubbermaid trough to keep the water from freezing. It inserts through the drain hole so there was no easy way to empty it. While I normally have all sorts of clever tricks to keeping my trough clean, that heater messed EVERYTHING up. The heat increased algae growth and the fish seem to prefer freezing to the heated water. It was SO gross and I don’t have water run to my fields. Ever water change, I needed to haul out a hose and hope the day was warm enough for the water to push through my hose.
I was so happy when we finally saw the last of the freezing nights. Now that the weather is improved, I wanted to make it easier to do water changes in the trough. This is my first Spring with a horse and I’ve discovered that water + a heavy horse results in a lot of mud. When you empty your trough with the drain, you end up with drainage issues in that area.
Many farms will use stone dust, stone, or mud control mats to decrease the mud near their troughs. This was not in the budget though so we rigged this easy drain extension for our trough. There’s an on/off switch and it diverts the water away from the horse field. I’m really excited to see how this works!
Let’s get into the tutorial for how to setup your own trough drain.
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When you’re doing this project, remember that not all trough drains are the same. You can probably make this method work for any trough, but you may need different pieces than what we used.
Here’s a video of the process. For the photos and breakdown, keep scrolling.
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