Kent Sundling: Mr. Truck 12-27-10
December 27, 2010
Hauling horses in a trailer on our bumpy roads, with cars constantly filling the gap in front of us so we don’t have safe braking room, is stressful for our horses and us. And most of our horse trailers sound like a tin can in the horse compartment, a hot tin can in the summer. This trailer stress and a lack of water can be a recipe for colic or worse, according to several vets around the country. Same goes for shipping fever with show cattle.
How far could you go in summer without AC in your truck, without your bottle of water? Horse athletes need water, on demand water for faster recovery and ready for competition or the trail when the trailer gate opens. Who knows how good the water is at truck stops and will it taste different from the well water your horse is use to? I grew up on a farm with hard water. I thought it was great. Moving to the city, I got used to chlorinated water. Horses are the same, they get used to their water taste and don’t like change. I’ve had horses that wouldn’t drink city water. Now you can take your water with you.
Having water available to horses in the trailer can make a big difference in their performance and attitude. Dehydration can cause horses to loose 2-5 pounds of body weight every hour they travel. I’ve had heat stroke and migraines in my youth related to not drinking enough water in the summer. Whether I was branding cattle or combining wheat in July, we didn’t realize how important it was to keep drinking water. Now you see folks all over carrying water bottles. And water bottles can cost more than pop. Wouldn’t have believed that 20 years ago. How much more water does your horse need than you? You know it’s easier and cheaper to prevent problems than try and fix them latter.
Easy to install in your trailer. Heavy duty stainless or powder-coat brackets hold the spun aluminum bowls with a splash back lip. The water lines are push in fittings from the RV world that make plumbing the water lines easy, no wrenches required. Pex tubing hard line makes up most of the water lines connecting the water tank to the bowl quick coupler. RV style reinforced flex hosing attaches to the water bowls with quick couplers. Using an optional outside bowl bracket and water quick coupler makes it fast moving the water bowls from stall to the outside of your trailer. An optional water meter will plug into individual bowls to measure how much a horse drinks.
The 30-gallon water reservoir comes pre-assembled with quick release fittings. The pump is mounted to the tank, and the float switch shuts the pump off when the water is low, the relay switch shuts the pump off if voltage is low to protect the pump. On top of the tank is an optional horse wash connection with a shut off valve.
The 50-gallon tank is optional as well as a space saver wedge tank.
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Having pressurized water on the road makes life easier for cleaning wounds and washing your horse after a dusty trail ride and your dogs. On my trailer the horse wash ran to the rear of my tack room. With 40 pounds of water pressure, like in a living quarters, will even let you wash your trailer like mine at a horse expo near you.
For more information please call (877) 404-0489 or visit http://www.HydraHorse.com.
Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site, http://www.mrtruck.net.