I'd like to share an easy way to save rainwater dripping off the roof of your barn, spilling out into your paddocks and making - yep - MUD.
(And in the interest of full disclosure *grin* let me just state that I love this method not so much because it's environmentally sound, but because it saves me from the task of filling water troughs with hoses.)
All you do, is extend the gutter on your roof -
so that it drips directly into your water trough. Presto - it fills itself.
This method works well if you live in a temperate climate that gets frequent rain showers at certain times of the year. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it works from October through May.
You might need to add elbows, or make some other small changes in your rain gutters to get this to work for you.
In my case, we move the water trough to this location when our rainy season starts (around October) and my animals have plenty of fresh water (and I never have to fill it) for 9-10 months of the year. In the summer months, we move the trough over near the fence with ready access to a hose.
Does it rain a lot where you live?
Anyone else have tips to share about saving water, or other time and chore saving tips with your horses?
Let us know!!