finished my pasture fences this week, so the boys are out of their
temporary little paddocks and into their real quarters. Pics here:
Nelson waterer in the paddock they were using when the nights got
cold enough for it to freeze. And evidently, there's a bad ground or
a short in that waterer, because they stopped drinking and wouldn't go
near it. I ran a tester around it, and it says there is current
present, although I couldn't feel it when I'd put my hand in the
water. (former owner's dad was an electrician and he wired it)
No problem....I'm moving them to their new pastures and I've now
tested that waterer and it has no problems...but now the boys won't go
anywhere near it. I've spent hours and hours trying to convince
them....I fill the stainless bowl and hold it so they'll drink from
it, and they're now OK with that...and I gradually while they're
drinking, lower it back to the base....one horse will drink from it
there as long as my hands are touching the sides, but once the rim is
back on and my hands aren't there, no way. The other two won't go
anywhere near the base for the waterer. I've shut the water off and
filled the bowl with carrots, treat, etc....not touched. Grain in the
bowl...not touched. Carrots, etc. on ground near waterer...eaten.
Touching waterer...not touched.
I've been filling buckets for overnight, and then four to five times
during the day, I go out and spend half an hour or so each time trying
to convince them that its OK to drink from the Nelson. Somehow, I've
got to convince them it's OK to drink from the waterer again....