This is my first year considering moving my horse's heated water bucket INSIDE the barn. The stall floor is dirt with shavings for cushioning. What is the very best and safest way to put this inside his stall (remember the shavings) without fear of fire? I also have 9 barn cats running around, too! And yes, I do have electric inside the barn. I live near Harrisburg, PA and the winters can get pretty cold. My horse is a 26-year old gelding. I'm trying to avoid him from walking too much on the ice.
Hi Barbara -
Thank you for your good question. Before I tell you what we do in our barn, I just want you to know that I strongly recommend that you have a qualified electrician look at your heated bucket set-up. I'm not a qualified electrician, and I think it is best to have a professional look at your final installation. With that said, I have a heated bucket set-up in my barn, too with barn cats as well. We have our bucket plugged into a GFI outlet and the cord is covered so that the animals cannot play with it. We have not had a problem with the bucket tipping; however, you may want to consider having some kind of a simple box build around your bucket that secures it against any tipping or being played with. Our bucket sits directly on the ground. I love how the water does not freeze and provides the water that is needed, even for an occasional kitty that stops by for a drink! You can either run your cord to the other side of your stall wall by drilling a hole through your wall or there are cord covers that can be purchased from hardware stores that cover the cord. However, be sure you have enough cord to clean the bucket if you want to 'turn' it over. We love how our Ramm heated water buckets make the chores go so much easier. The big factor - the animals get the water that they need! Thanks Barbara for your good question. I'm sure your older horse will benefit from your good horse care!